Feb. 13th, 1962
Kettering, Northamptonshire, England
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Peter Hugh Dennis (born 13th February 1962) is an English actor, comedian, writer, impressionist and voice-over artist,born in Kettering, Northamptonshire and grew up in Mill Hill in North London. He was educated at University College School, an independent school for boys in Hampstead (where he was head boy in his final year) and at St John's College, Cambridge, where he read Geography.performing comedy at venues including London's Comedy Store.While an impressionist, Dennis did voices for Spitting Image, in his final year of university he was approached by a member of the intelligence services and was invited to London for interview at which time he decided he did not want to take the matter further. He often makes jokes or references to his days as a 'spy'.
While an impressionist, Dennis did voices for Spitting Image and appeared with Punt as resident support comics on two TV series hosted on the BBC by Jasper Carrott.
His radio work with Punt includes over a decade of performing Punt and Dennis, It's Been a Bad Week, The Party Line and the currently running satirical radio comedy show, The Now Show. On The Now Show he is in a line-up including Punt, Mitch Benn, Laura Shavin, Jon Holmes and Marcus Brigstocke. He is friends with Chris Morris and has had cameos on Brass Eye. He has also done the narration for the CBBC show Sam and Mark's Guide To Dodging Disasters.
In December 2009, Dennis joined Oz Clarke in presenting the 60 minute Christmas special Oz and Hugh Drink to Christmas broadcast on BBC Two. In December 2010 the pair returned for a four-part series called Oz and Hugh Raise the Bar, which puts them in a competition to create a bar featuring only local British food and drinks.
Dennis has starred in a number of sitcoms, including My Hero in which he played obnoxious GP Piers Crispin. Since August 2007, he has starred in Outnumbered, a semi-improvised sitcom based around family life and won a BAFTA nomination in the comedy category for the 2009 Christmas special.
Besides his regular television work, Dennis is a panellist on Mock The Week and has appeared in every episode since its inception. He is a regular guest on various BBC-broadcasted comedy panel game shows such as They Think It's All Over, Would I Lie To You?, QI and has guest hosted Have I Got News For You. In 2011, he hosted the short-lived improvisational comedy series Fast and Loose.
Dennis and Julia Bradbury host four-part BBC One documentary series The Great British Countryside, which began airing on 16 February 2012.
Dennis announced in 2012 that he would be one of the leading protagonists in the BBC drama series Monsoon Poultry Hospital.
Dennis was also the subject of a programme in the series "Who Do You Think You Are?"; broadcast on BBC1 TV on 12 September 2012.
Dennis lives in Chichester, West Sussex with his second wife, Catherine ("Kate") Abbot-Anderson whom he married in 1996. They have a son, Freddie (born 1997) and a daughter Meg (born 1999). His first marriage to Miranda Carroll ended in divorce in 1993.
On 10 July 2008, Dennis received an Honorary Fellowship from the University of Northampton.
Dennis took part in the 2007 L'Étape du Tour, cycling an open stage of the Tour de France for amateurs which was held in the mountains 2 weeks before the main event. This was discussed in the fifth series of Mock the Week and also QI series six, episode 5 'France'. He started in 2,400th place of 8,000 entrants, finishing in 3,400th from 4,000 who completed it, 5 hours behind the winner. On 30 October 2011, Dennis completed the Great South Run in Portsmouth for the Alzheimers Society.
- Wife Kate is a sound engineer. They met when Hugh was playing a talking fromage-frais in a Soho voice-over studio.
- Two children with Kate: Freddy and Meg.
- His father was the Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich (Church of England).
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