Nigel Planer

Nigel Planer

Highest Rated: 94% The Last Impresario (2013)

Lowest Rated: 43% Eat the Rich (1987)

Birthday: Feb 22, 1953

Birthplace: Westminster, London, England, UK

Nigel Planer was a member of the Comic Strip, a loose collective of actors and comedians who changed British comedy forever in the early 1980s. Having studied drama at the prestigious London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, Planer formed a double act with a comic named Peter Richardson. They performed as The Outer Limits, just one of the acts that appeared at the Raymond Revue Bar in Soho in the early '80s, alongside Adrian Edmondson, Rik Mayall, Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders and Alexi Sayle. The venue was a strip club the rest of the time, so the group took on the name The Comic Strip. They helped smash down the barriers of old-fashioned, staid comedians, helping create the alternative comedy scene. The buzz surrounding the club unsurprisingly attached TV interest and soon the Comic Strip was being courted by fledging TV network Channel 4, first appearing on TV in a documentary about the club in 1981. Planer appeared in almost 30 episodes of the long running anthology series "Comic Strip Presents" (Channel 4 1983-2012) most notably as Den Dennis in the 1984 heavy metal spoof "Bad News." A sort of British version of the concurrent "This Is Spinal Tap" (1984), the fake band even released an album produced by Queen's Brian May. At the same time, the BBC wanted a piece of the action and "The Young Ones" (1982-84) was developed. In this anarchic sitcom about four students who shared a dilapidated house, Planer played depressed hippie Neil Pye across 12 hugely popular and massively influential episodes. "The Young Ones" was so popular that Planer released an LP in character as Neil; the single, a cover of Traffic's 1968 hit "Hole in My Shoe," climbed to number two on the U.K. pop charts. A book, Neil's Book of the Dead, written in character by Planer with co-author Terence Blacker, followed. After "The Young Ones," Planer, Mayall and Edmondson reconvened for the Ben Elton-penned series "Filthy, Rich & Catflap" (BBC 1987), but it never reached the same popularity and folded after just one series. Meanwhile Planer was gaining a reputation as a character actor, regularly appearing on UK TV in both comedic and dramatic roles. One of his greatest creations was the pompous actor Nicholas Craig in the sitcom "The Nicholas Craig Masterclass" (BBC 1990-92), a character who resurfaced in various guises through the years. A man of many talents, Planer continued to write; a collection of poetry, Unlike the Buddha, was published in 1996, followed by his debut novel, The Right Man, in 1997. On stage, Planer featured in several huge West End hits in London as an original cast member of Queen musical "We Will Rock You" (2002), as well as "The Rocky Horror Show" (2006 and 2010), "Hairspray" (2009), and "Charlie and The Chocolate Factory" (2013).


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet 33% The List Ted Rove (Character) - 2013
94% 44% The Last Impresario Himself (Character) - 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Marple: The Pale Horse Mr. Venables (Character) - 2010
No Score Yet 24% Flood Keith Hopkins (Character) - 2007
No Score Yet 23% Virgin Territory Uncle Bruno (Character) - 2007
65% 67% Bright Young Things Taxi Driver (Character) $931.8K 2003
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cuts Jocelyn Pride (Character) - 1996
75% 62% The Wind in the Willows The Car Salesman (Character) $72.8K 1996
No Score Yet 40% Clockwork Mice Parkey (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet 17% Carry on Columbus The Wazir (Character) - 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet Blackeyes Jeff (Character) - 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet Number 27 Andrew Veitch (Character) - 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet More Bad News Den Dennis (Character) - 1987
43% 81% Eat the Rich DHSS Manager (Character) $194.9K 1987
No Score Yet 50% The Supergrass Gunter (Character) $1.8K 1985


No Score Yet No Score Yet There She Goes Gandalf (Character) 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Father Brown Ronnie Grunion (Character) 2020
65% 63% Marcella Reg Reynolds (Character) 2018
100% 99% Inside No. 9 Frank (Character) 2018
58% 76% Death in Paradise Eugene Sutton (Character) 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Celebrity Antiques Road Trip Himself (Guest Star) 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cockroaches Unknown (Character) 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Boomers Mick (Character) 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hogfather Mr. Sideney (Character) 2007
No Score Yet No Score Yet Flood Unknown (Character) 2007
No Score Yet 79% Sponge Bob Unknown (Guest Voice) 2006
No Score Yet No Score Yet Comedy Connections Unknown (Guest Star) 2004
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Comic Strip Presents Unknown (Character),
2000 1998 1992-1993 1990 1988 1986 1983-1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet Jonathan Creek Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
No Score Yet 100% Black Adder Unknown (Character) 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Shine on Harvey Moon Unknown (Character) 1984-1985 1982
No Score Yet 100% The Young Ones Neil (Character) 1984 1982


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