Bill Bailey Friend to the owl and the cheese maker, occasional bouzouki player/ Comedian

Bill Bailey is a multi-award-winning comedian, songwriter, musician, actor, presenter and animal welfare campaigner. His extensive career includes international stand-up comedy tours, performing on television, film and radio, dueting at HRH Prince Charles' 60th birthday with Robin Williams, and performing at the Royal Albert Hall with a full BBC Concert Orchestra.

He played Manny in the BAFTA award winning Black Books, and he was for many years team captain on the popular BBC music panel show Never Mind the Buzzcocks. He is a regular panellist on the hit BBC panel show QI, along with writing and presenting numerous TV wildlife documentaries. His passion for the natural world led him to make Bill Bailey's Jungle Hero, shown on BBC 2 this year, following in the footsteps of forgotten naturalist, Alfred Russel Wallace.

His most recent Qualmpeddler show sees Bill bringing his inimitable, insightful whimsy to pan-global audiences of all ages with his trademark musical mash-ups, multi-lingual riffs and silliness on a grand scale. A review from a recent tour of Australia declared, "He's a genius, full stop. Calling this Swiftian satirist, versatile multi-instrumentalist and gifted actor merely a comic genius is like calling Michelangelo a house painter".