Oct. 17th, 1966
Darlington, Durham, England, UK
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Mark Gatiss (born October 17, 1966) is an accomplished author, actor and playwright. Originally from Darlington, having graduated from Bretton Hall Drama College with a BA(hons) in Theatre Arts, he is one quarter of the award-winning comedy team The League of Gentlemen, and is heavily involved in the post-television Doctor Who scene, having written a variety of novels and audio plays, together with a string of short supernatural/science fiction films (most of which he appeared in) and has been commissioned to write more. He also co-wrote three sketches for BBC2's Doctor Who Night in November 1999. He has co-written two plays for the Edinburgh Festival and appeared in a number of theatre and radio shows.
- When writing for The League of Gentlemen he writes with Jeremy Dyson. Whilst Shearsmith writes with Pemberton. This is to avoid arguments.
- In 2002 he was nominated along with Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith & Jeremy Dyson for Best Entertainment at the Olivier Awards for their show The League of Gentlemen: Live at Dury's Lane. They lost out to " Shockheaded Peter " created and devised by Julian Bleach, Anthony Cairns, Julian Crouch, Graeme Gilmour, Tamzin Griffin, Jo Pocock, Phelim McDermott, Michael Morris and The Tiger Lillies (Martyn Jacques, Adrian Huge and Adrian Stout)
- In 1997 along with his fellow League of Gentlemen (Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith & Jeremy Dyson)he won the Perrier Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. They became the first sketch group to win since the Awards began in 1981. The first Sketch group to win was The Cambridge Footlights which featured Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Tony Slattery, Emma Thompson, Paul Dwyer and Paul Shearer.
- Along with Sir 'Derek Jacobi' (qv), he is one of only two actors to play both the "Doctor Who" character the Doctor and his greatest enemy, the Master. He played the former in the spoof _The Web of Caves (1999) (TV)_ (qv) originally aired as part of BBC Two's "Doctor Who Night" and the latter in the Big Finish "Doctor Who Unbound" audio drama "Sympathy for the Devil". He also played Professor Richard Lazarus, an agent of the Master and an antagonist to the Doctor, in the _"Doctor Who" (2005)_ (qv) episode "The Lazarus Experiment".
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