6 September 1978
|Occupation||Actor, comedian, television presenter, narrator|
|Years active||2000 - present|
Mathew Frazer Horne (6 September 1978) is an English actor and comedian, best known for appearing on several BBC sketch shows and sitcoms, most notably Gavin & Stacey, The Catherine Tate Show, Teachers and Horne and Corden.
Horne was born in Nottingham, England to Brian Horne and Glenis Reynolds. Horne has an older brother, Daniel, and attended Burton Joyce Primary school, a small school not far from his home. He studied A level performing arts at Southwell Minster School, and a degree in Drama at the University of Manchester. Here, Horne met Bruce Mackinnon in the first few weeks of term; they realised that they shared a similar sense of humour, but didn't write material together until the third year of their studies.
Horne began his career as a stand up comedian and later became one half of the comedy duo Mat and MacKinnon - first performing at the Edinburgh Festival in 2000. He was spotted at the festival by Catherine Tate who invited him to perform in The Catherine Tate Show.
In 2003, he starred in Channel 4's 20 Things to do Before You're 30 and a year later earned the role of Ben, an atheist RE teacher, in the Channel 4 hit series Teachers. In 2007 he starred in the BBC sitcom Roman's Empire and in November that year appeared in comedy sketches in The Kylie Show on ITV1 alongside Kylie Minogue, playing her assistant. Horne also featured the Sheriff's court jester in the second series of Robin Hood, aired on BBC One at the end of 2007.
In 2008 Horne appeared in a modern adaptation of the Three Billy Goats Gruff as part of the BBC's Fairy Tales season. He has performed voice-over work for the ITV2 series The Passions of Girls Aloud.
Horne appears in the film Lesbian Vampire Killers and made his stage debut in a 2009 revival of Entertaining Mr Sloane at the Trafalgar Studios. On 3 April 2009 it was reported that Horne collapsed on-stage during a west-end performance of Entertaining Mr. Sloane. He remained on-stage until medical assistance arrived, at which point he was taken to hospital. A statement released soon after said that he was exhausted after working 'flat out' for 3 months and it was later revealed that he was suffering from a virus.
Mathew Horne also guest-stars in the video for The Maccabees' 2009 free-download single "No Kind Words"
In 2008 Horne and Corden toured the UK in preparation for their BBC sketch show Horne & Corden. The first episode was broadcast on 10 March 2009 on BBC Three. It was presented in front of a live audience, in a style reminiscent of Morecambe and Wise or The Two Ronnies. A variety of pre-filmed sketches and live performances were included.
Appeared alongside Corden in the CGI movie Planet 51 with a minor part voiceing a soldier vesklin.
Horne is possibly best known for his acting as Gavin in Bafta winning sitcom Gavin and Stacey where he portrays a 28 year old Gavin Shipman who begins a long distance romance with Stacey West . The comedy romance shows the blossoming relationship which quickly becomes a marriage. James Corden is co-writer along with Ruth Jones and both James and Ruth are co-stars in the comedy.