Jan. 24th, 1957
Bradford, Yorkshire, England, UK
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Adrian Charles "Ade" Edmondson (born 24 January 1957) is an English actor, comedian, director, writer and musician. He is probably best known for his comedic roles as Vyvyan Basterd in The Young Ones (1982–1984), and Eddie Hitler in Bottom (1991–1995), which he also wrote together with co-star Rik Mayall, his long-time comedy partner.
Edmondson, the second of four children, was born in Bradford, West Yorkshire. As a child, he has spent time living with his family in a variety of places including Cyprus, Bahrain, and Uganda, where his father was a teacher in the armed forces. Edmondson attended Pocklington School in Yorkshire from 11 to 18 years of age and later went on to the University of Manchester to study drama, receiving a 2:1 degree, where he befriended his future comedy partner Rik Mayall. Edmondson and Mayall soon became best friends and before long, they found work on the burgeoning alternative comedy scene
Edmondson appeared regularly in series 4 of the BBC mystery series Jonathan Creek, broadcast in 2003–2004. In Surviving Disaster, a BBC docu-drama about the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, broadcast at the start of 2006, Edmondson played the role of Dr Valeri Legasov. In 2005 Edmondson appeared as a celebrity model on Star Portraits with Rolf Harris. From 2005 to 2008 he appeared as Percy 'Abra' Durant in the medical drama Holby City. In 2008 he played Henry Austen in the BBC produced film Miss Austen Regrets. From 2008 onwards he has played Vernon in ITV sit-com Teenage Kicks. In April 2009 Edmondson appeared on the cooking show Hell's Kitchen, where he reached the final, coming second to winner Linda Evans. In a 2009 interview, Edmondson stated he was 'finally' referring to himself as Adrian rather than his established nickname Ade, as he felt it was time to 'grow up.'
Edmondson is a fan and current season ticket holder of Npower League One football side Exeter City and often watches them at home and away matches.He played the role of 'Captain Hook' in the Canterbury Marlowe Arena pantomime during its Christmas 2009 run. In April 2010, Edmondson confirmed to the Daily Express that he'd quit comedy, stating that his interest in it has declined for many years, and wanted to focus more on his band, claiming it is 'more fun than doing comedy.' He also rubbished the idea of a potential reunion with Rik Mayall, saying it is 'very unlikely'. In an August edition of Radio 4's Chain Reaction he clarified to Lee Mack that, he hadn't really quit but was focussing more on music and farming. He confirmed that he and Mayall often spoke of a reunion when they are old men.
Edmondson has directed pop videos for Fiesta (1988) by The Pogues, Prime Mover (1987) by Zodiac Mindwarp, Like The Weather (1988) by 10,000 Maniacs, Please Help The Cause Against Loneliness (1988) by Sandie Shaw, and Hourglass by Squeeze (1987). A fan of the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band, Edmondson performed vocals with them as part of their 2006 reformation and countrywide tour, and contributed vocals and writing for their 2007 album Pour l'Amour des Chiens.Together with Maartin Allcock, Andy Dinan, and Troy Donockley, Edmondson founded the band The Bad Shepherds in 2008, performing punk and new wave classics on folk instruments. The band have released two albums and toured in 2009, playing at places like the Trowbridge Village Pump Festival.
- Is the second oldest of four siblings.
- He had auditioned for for the roles of Ed (when Ed was written to have some dialogue), Zazu and Pumbaa (by singing Hakuna Matata in a Queen's English accent) in _The Lion King (1994)_ (qv). He was asked to audition for the role of Pumbaa by lyricist 'Tim Rice (I)' (qv), who got the idea for the lyrics of the song "Hakuna Matata" by watching _"Bottom" (1991)_ (qv).
- Met best friend and comedy partner 'Rik Mayall' (qv) at Manchester University in 1975.
- Has three daughters: Eleanor, Beatrice and 'Freya Edmondson' (qv).
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