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Mark Williams
Born 22 August 1959 (1959-08-22) (age 50)
Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, England, United Kingdom
Occupation Actor, comedian, presenter, screenwriter
Years active 1982–present

Mark Williams (born 22 August 1959) is an English actor, comedian, screenwriter and presenter. He is best known as one of the stars of the popular BBC sketch show The Fast Show, as well as for his role of Arthur Weasley in the Harry Potter films.

Williams was born in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, attending North Bromsgrove High School. He was educated at Brasenose College, Oxford where he studied English. He became a member of the Mikron Theatre, a canal boat-based touring group in the 1980s.

He has appeared in numerous British television series, most notably The Fast Show. He also starred as Olaf Petersen in Red Dwarf and Kirk in Carrie and Barry.

He starred in the 1997 film The Borrowers with Tom Felton and Jim Broadbent. Later, the three would all be cast in the Harry Potter films, with Tom portraying Draco Malfoy and Jim portraying Horace Slughorn. Coincidentally, the antagonist of The Borrowers is named Ocious P. Potter.

In the Academy Award-winning film Shakespeare in Love, Williams brilliantly portrayed Wabash, the stuttering actor who recited the Prologue and Epilogue in the production of Romeo and Juliet. More recently he has begun to receive notice for appearing in the second, third, fourth, fifth, and sixth Harry Potter films. On 3 July 2006 he appeared as an old roadie friend of Tommy Saxondale in the third episode of the BBC comedy series Saxondale.

Williams has also presented several excellent documentary programmes: Mark Williams' Big Bangs on the history of explosives, a follow-up to previous series Mark Williams on the Rails, Industrial Revelations and More Industrial Revelations.

He is a supporter of both Aston Villa and Brighton & Hove Albion[1] football clubs.


Cultural references

  • In an episode of Zoey 101, Mark is told by Chase to be one of his friends. To see if this is true, Mark asks Chase to tell him his (Mark's) last name. Chase says, "...Williams?"


Year Film Role Notes
1982 Privileged First major screen debut
1987 Out of Order
1988 High Season
Alexei Sayle's Stuff
1989 Tumbledown
1990 Kinsey
1991 Merlin of the Crystal Cave
1993 The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer Don Series One
1994 Prince of Jutland
1995 The Big Game
1996 101 Dalmatians Horace
1997 The Borrowers Exterminator Jeff
1998 The Fast Show Live
Shakespeare in Love
Ted & Ralph
Hunting Venus Peter
2000 The Strangerers Cadet Flynn
High Heels and Low Lifes
2002 Industrial Revelations
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Arthur Weasley
Anita and Me
2004 Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Arthur Weasley
Mark Williams on the Rails
2005 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Arthur Weasley
2006 Mark Williams' Big Bangs
A Cock and Bull Story Ingoldsby
2007 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Arthur Weasley
Stardust Billy
A Room with a View Mr Beebe Made for TV, broadcast on ITV1 on 4 November 2007
2008 Sense and Sensibility Sir John Middleton
2009 George Gently
Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: Why Didn't They Ask Evans
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Arthur Weasley
2010 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I Arthur Weasley
2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II Arthur Weasley


Year Film Role Notes
1988 The Storyteller Episode "Fearnot"
Red Dwarf Episodes "The End", "Balance of Power" and "Stasis Leak"
1990 Making Out Episode #1.2
KYTV Episode "Launch"
1991 Bottom Episode "Accident"
1994 Health and Efficiency Episode "Cinderella Rockafeller"
The Fast Show 1994-1997
Chef! Episode "Masterchef"
1995 Peak Practice Episode "Life and Soul"
1998 The Canterbury Tales Episode "Leaving London"


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