Actor and comedian
One of the stars of both the multi award winning BBC sitcom Outnumbered – in which he plays the somewhat hapless, yet BAFTA nominated Dad – and the long-running BBC topical panel show Mock the Week, now in its 13th series, Hugh Dennis began his performing career in 1983, as a member of the Cambridge Footlights. On leaving University he paired up with Steve Punt to form double act “Punt and Dennis”. Regulars at London’s Comedy Store and Jongleurs, they soon teamed up with Jasper Carrott to appear on all three series on Carrott Confidential for BBC1.
The Mary Whitehouse Experience followed, running for 45 shows on Radio One, during which time it won the Sony Award for Best Comedy before transferring to BBC2 where it achieved cult status. Steve and Hugh were then given their own Imaginatively Titled Punt and Dennis Show on BBC 1, which Hugh combined with being one of the regular voice artists for Spitting Image, and playing the part of Dr Piers Crispin in 6 series of the sitcom My Hero for BBC1.
Hugh is also a regular voice on BBC’s radio network both writing and hosting Radio 4’s award winning comedy The Now Show, currently in its 43rd series. He has driven on the Worlds Most Dangerous Roads in both Peru and Ethiopia for the BBC, tried to save the British pub with Oz Clarke in Oz and Hugh Drink to Britain,fronted a major BBC series about the geology of Britain, The Great British Countryside and made a BBC1 documentary on his comedy hero Ronnie Barker. Most recently he starred in a BBC1 sitcom pilot Over To Bill.
Last year Headline published Hugh’s first solo book – Britty Britty Bang Bang – One man’s attempt to understand his country.
Hugh lives in Sussex with his real wife and his real children.