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Simon Day
Born 24 May 1962

Simon Day (born 24 May 1962) is a British comedian most famous for his roles in the sketch show The Fast Show, sitcom Grass and a series of comedic adverts for Powergen. He has appeared on the 2004 Christmas episode of EastEnders as a taxi driver. He has also appeared in Run Fatboy Run as a wicked man in the card playing scene.

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Life and career

After graduating from the University of East Anglia, and Bristol Old Vic, Simon rose to fame as a stand up comic, winning the Time Out new act of the year in 1991 with his legendary music hall character Tommy Cockles. He then appeared on the BBC One show Paramount City as a weekly guest. He continued working live all over England before joining up with Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer for two tours and two series of Big Night Out. He continued to work with Vic Reeves throughout the Nineties.

In 1994 he appeared as a cast regular in Saturday Zoo,[1] Channel 4's Saturday night extravaganza where he appeared as his groundbreaking white rapper Ice Pick. TV credits include Heartbeat, Jonathan Creek, Sensitive Skin, Love Soup, Driving School, and Skins. Film credits include Shakespeare in Love, as a ferryman on the Thames.

He collaborated with The Transit Kings in 2005/2006 on their soaring ambient track "The Last Lighthouse Keeper" which appears on their debut album Living in a Giant Candle Winking at God.

He is also well known for playing Geoff, an alcoholic car salesman in the TV sitcom: Swiss Toni, also starring Charlie Higson and Rhys Thomas as his colleagues.

After failing to pass his driving test for charity during the 2003 Comic Relief Programme, Simon later went on to gain an automatic driving licence.

In 2008 Day embarked on his first solo UK stand-up tour entitled 'What a Fool Believes' that saw him play 36 dates during the period 30 October - 15 December.

In 2009 Day collaborated again with Rhys Thomas and wrote and starred in a web series of six videos as the character Brian Pern for the BBC.[2]

In 2010, Day appeared in the long running BBC TV series Hustle, playing Luke Baincross, a wannabe playboy with a huge country mansion.[3]

Fast Show roles

  • Antonios Gubba, from Chanel 9
  • Billy Bleach
  • Carl Hooper
  • Competitive Dad
  • Dave Angel, Eco-Warrior
  • John Actor, who plays Inspector Monkfish
  • Tommy Cockles
  • Gideon Soames, architecture expert
  • Jeremy Kwee, a 'white witch doctor' who appeasrs on the Jazz Club segment, intended as a parody of Jamiroquai lead singer Jay Kay.

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