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Upstart Crow

Upstart Crow

BBC Two 2016

Comedy about the life and times of William Shakespeare as he starts to make a name for himself in London, whilst also trying to balance life as a husband and father for his family in Stratford-upon-Avon.

The Top 10 Actors and Characters of Upstart Crow (Ranked Cast in 2024)

Dominic Coleman

#1 - Dominic Coleman (Condell)

Dominic Coleman plays as Condell in Upstart Crow.
Dominic Coleman is the top #1 member of the cast and appears in 18 episodes.

Tim Downie

#2 - Tim Downie (Marlowe)

English actor and comedy writer Tim Downie was born in 1977. He trained at the Mountview Academy of Theatrical Arts in North London, beginning to write plays whilst in his early twenties. His first commissioned work 'The Dead Moon' became the first non-operatic work to be stages at the Aldeburgh Festival. His sketch show 'The Real Brian Blessed' with comedy partner Matt Earley toured Britain to critical acclaim and he has appeared on stage at the King's Head and the Rose as well as the self-explanatory Theatre in a Car. In 2011/2012, he has come to the attention of wider audiences in the television sketch series 'This is Jinsy' and sitcom 'The Royal Bodyguard' where his character,the hapless Yates,is the perpetual victim of bodyguard David Jason's clumsiness.

Tim Downie plays as Marlowe in Upstart Crow.
Tim Downie is the top #2 member of the cast and appears in 18 episodes.

Paula Wilcox

#3 - Paula Wilcox (Mary Arden)

Paula Wilcox plays as Mary Arden in Upstart Crow.
Paula Wilcox is the top #3 member of the cast and appears in 18 episodes.

Mark Heap

#4 - Mark Heap (Sir Robert Greene)

Mark Heap plays as Sir Robert Greene in Upstart Crow.
Mark Heap is the top #4 member of the cast and appears in 18 episodes.

Steve Speirs

#5 - Steve Speirs (Burbage)

Steven Roberts, better known as Steve Speirs (born 22 February 1965), is a Welsh actor. Since graduating from university, Speirs has played Sloan in Eragon, Andy Fellows in Making Waves and the "pathetic loser" Dullard alongside Ricky Gervais in Extras, as well as having small parts in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (Captain Tarpals) and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest. He appears in Kröd Mändoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire, a comedy fantasy series in which he plays Loquasto, an oafish servant, "who belongs to a race of pig-like creatures known as Grobble".[1] Speirs often goes by the name of "Dullard" in honour of his role in Extras, as he considers the character a mirror of himself. Speirs also appeared in the Gervais and Stephen Merchant film Cemetery Junction, released in 2010,[2] a part which was written particularly for Speirs.[3] Speirs also starred as the bouncer at Mother McOakley's Tavern in Burke and Hare, a British black comedy directed by John Landis and released (in the United Kingdom) in October 2010. Other roles which Spiers is known for include his portrayal of Bernard Bresslaw in Cor, Blimey!, Big Alan Williams in Stellaand Colour Sergeant Wormwood in Sharpe's Peril. Speirs played depressed geography teacher and caretaker Mr Gareth Barber in the BBC One sitcom Big School for two series in 2013 and 2014. In 2013, Steve played PC McClintock in the Christmas TV film Gangsta Granny, an adaptation of the book written byDavid Walliams. He played the role of Dad in the 2014 TV film The Boy in the Dress, also written by Walliams.

Steve Speirs plays as Burbage in Upstart Crow.
Steve Speirs is the top #5 member of the cast and appears in 18 episodes.

David Mitchell

#6 - David Mitchell (Will Shakespeare)

British comedian, actor and writer. He is half of the comedy duo Mitchell and Webb alongside Robert Webb.

David Mitchell plays as Will Shakespeare in Upstart Crow.
David Mitchell is the top #6 member of the cast and appears in 18 episodes.

Helen Monks

#7 - Helen Monks (Susannah)

Helen Monks plays as Susannah in Upstart Crow.
Helen Monks is the top #7 member of the cast and appears in 18 episodes.

Rob Rouse

#8 - Rob Rouse (Bottom)

Rob Rouse got his first break in comedy by winning the So You Think You're Funny? new act competition in 1998. As well as stand-up, he also performed as part of the Big And Daft trio with Ian Boldsworth and Jon Williams from 1997 to 2002, taking three shows to the Edinburgh Fringe. In 2002 he took his first solo show to the Fringe. TV credits include presenting the first series of The Friday Night Project on Channel 4, the C4 sketch show Spoons, and playing Mike in the first series of the BBC3 sitcom Grown Ups.

Rob Rouse plays as Bottom in Upstart Crow.
Rob Rouse is the top #8 member of the cast and appears in 18 episodes.

Harry Enfield

#9 - Harry Enfield (Martin Wickers)

Harry Enfield plays as Martin Wickers in Upstart Crow.
Harry Enfield is the top #9 member of the cast and appears in 12 episodes.

Spencer Jones

#10 - Spencer Jones (Kempe)

Spencer Jones is an English actor, comedian and writer. He has performed regularly at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and in 2017 and 2019 was nominated for the main prize in the Edinburgh Comedy Awards. He was co-creator and co-star of the BAFTA-nominated CBBC comedy Big Babies, and has a regular role in the sitcom Upstart Crow.

Spencer Jones plays as Kempe in Upstart Crow.
Spencer Jones is the top #10 member of the cast and appears in 6 episodes.

Last updated: feb 10, 2023

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