Bill Bailey

Birth Day January 13th, 1965
Birth Place Bath, Somerset, England
Age 59 Years Old
Zodiac Sign Pisces

About Bill Bailey

An English comedian, actor, and musician, Mark Robert Bailey is professionally known as Bill Bailey. He is well recognized for his role as Manny in the British sitcom "Black Books" and for his appearances on the British panel shows "Never Mind the Buzzcocks", "Have I Got News for You" and "QI", as well as his stand-up work. In 2013 he produced a two-part documentary, "Bill Bailey's Jungle Hero" and became a competitor on the 18th series of the BBC show "Strictly Come Dancing". He was the leader of his high school band called Behind Closed Doors. He is also a pianist and guitarist and has perfect pitch. He was listed by The Observer as one of the 50 funniest acts in British comedy in 2003. In 2007, and again in 2010, he was voted the seventh greatest stand-up comic on Channel 4's 100 Greatest Stand-Ups. In recent news, "Strictly Come Dancing" fans were stunned to learn that 'Bill Bailey' is not the comic's real name after he took on a nickname at school.

Famous For

  • Being an English comedian, actor, and musician.
  • For his role as Manny in the British sitcom "Black Books".

Bill Bailey, a famous British comedian, actor, and musician


Early Life of Bill Bailey

On 13th January 1965, Bill Bailey was born with the real name or full name of Mark Robert Bailey in Bath, Somerset, England. However, his current hometown is in Hammersmith. He holds a British nationality and British-white ethnicity. Analogously, he is from Christianity religion and his race is white. He happily celebrates his birthday on 13th January of every year and he has celebrated his 55th birthday as of 2020 though as his birthdate, his star sign is Pisces. His father was a medical practitioner and his mother a hospital ward sister. He was educated at King Edward's School and started studies for an English degree at Westfield College of the University of London but left after a year as he received an Associate Diploma from the London College of Music.

Career of Bill Bailey

Stand-up Career

  • Bill Bailey jumps off his stand-up career by forming a double act, the Rubber Bishops, with Toby Longworth as he returned at Queen Margaret College, Edinburgh, to perform a set composed entirely of punchlines but, Longworth left to join the RSC in 1989 and was replaced by Martin Stubbs.
  • He then performed "Rock" at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with Sean Lock in 1994 and went solo the next year with the one-man show "Bill Bailey's Cosmic Jam" which was broadcast in 1997 on Channel 4 as a one-hour special called "Bill Bailey Live".
  • He returned to Edinburgh in 1996 with a show that was nominated for the Perrier Comedy Award after supporting Donna McPhail in 1995 and winning a Time Out award. Amongst the other nominees was future "Black Books" co-star Dylan Moran, who narrowly beat him in the closest vote in the award's history.

Television Career

  • Bill started his TV career as BBC gave him his own television show, "Is It Bill Bailey?" which was the first time he had written and presented his own show. Though, his television debut had been on the children's show "Motormouth" in the late 1980s.
  • He also appeared as captain on two-panel games, an ITV music quiz pilot called "Pop Dogs", and the Channel 4 science fiction quiz show "Space Cadets".
  • After that, he was seen in numerous shows such as "Have I Got News for You", "World Cup Comedy", "Room 101", "Des O'Connor Tonight", "Coast to Coast" and three episodes of off-beat Channel 4 sitcom "Spaced", in which he played comic-shop manager Bilbo Bagshot whereas Dylan Moran approached him with the pilot script for "Black Books", in 1998.
  • As well, he roled as a team captain on "Never Mind the Buzzcocks" in 2002 but, it was announced on 18th September 2008 that Bailey would leave the series and be replaced by a series of guest captains including Jack Dee and Dermot O'Leary. He also left his position as "curator" of the Museum of Curiosity and declared his intention to "retire" from panel games during that time.
  • He starred frequently on the intellectual panel game "QI" since it began in 2003, though he has appeared in numerous series, TV shows like "Jonathan Creek", "Fifteen Storeys High", "TV Heaven, Telly Hell", "Skins",  "Grand Designs Live",  "Hustle" and many others.
  • Bailey presented ITV1's half-hour wildlife mini-series "Baboons With Bill Bailey" to continue his foray into natural history as he also played Droxil in the 2011 Christmas Special of "Doctor Who", titled "The Doctor, the Widow, and the Wardrobe".
  • In addition, he has presented a two-part documentary, "Bill Bailey's Jungle Hero", which first broadcast on BBC Two on 21st and 28th April 2013.
  • It was announced on 3rd September 2020 that Bailey would be taking part in the eighteenth series of "Strictly Come Dancing".
  • Besides, he was part of the punk band Beergut 100, which he founded in 1995 with comedy writer Jim Miller.
  • Furthermore, as a piece of fresh news, "Strictly Come Dancing" fans were stunned to learn that 'Bill Bailey' is not the comic's real name after he took on a nickname at school.
  • He explained the poignant meaning behind it in his video trailer, sharing: "My name's Mark Bailey, but when I was at school my Geography teacher, who knew the song, started calling me Bill Bailey. I was nicknamed Bill Bailey and I've been called Bill Bailey ever since - because of this song!"

Bill Bailey in Strictly Come Dancing


Politics and Activism

  • Bill Bailey is a supporter of the Labour Party and appeared in its fifth party election broadcast of the 2010 general election campaign. He is an avowed feminist and a supporter of the Fawcett Society whereas he is also a prominent advocate of men's issues, most notably prostate cancer and the Men United campaign. 
  • He is a patron of International Animal Rescue and has been instrumental in the organization's campaign to rescue dancing bears.
  • As well, he received an honorary doctorate in conservation and sustainability from the Australian University of the Sunshine Coast in October 2014 for his works in environmental conservation.

Bill Bailey's International Tour

  • He began touring the globe with Bewilderness in the year 2001. 
  • A Bewilderness CD was sold outside gigs, a mixture of studio recordings of songs and monologues Bailey had performed in the past; it was later released in shops as Bill Bailey: The Ultimate Collection... Ever!
  • He continued to tour it all over the UK as well as in Australia, New Zealand and the US. 
  • He performed a show at the 2006 Edinburgh Festival Fringe entitled Steampunk.
  • The UK leg of the Tinselworm tour enjoyed three sell-out nights at the MEN Arena in Manchester, Europe's largest indoor arena, and culminated with a sell-out performance at Wembley Arena.
  • In the year 2012, his world tour was entitled Qualmpeddler, which toured England as well as returning to Australia and New Zealand in August and September 2012.
  • In September and October 2018, he toured his show, The Earl of Whimsy, to seven venues within New Zealand.

Personal Life of Bill Bailey

Reflecting on Bill Bailey's personal life, he is a married guy. He tied a knot with his partner Kristin in 1998. The couple was dating each other for a very long time and their relationship has also got successful. They have a son Dax, who was born in 2003. They both seem extremely happy in their domestic life. She's supportive of him and the profession that he is in.  There's much love between the two. Basically, her understanding and their strong love bond have helped them stay glue for this long. Furthermore, talking about his sexual orientation, he is straight.

Bill Bailey and his wife, Kristin


Net Worth of Bill Bailey

Moving towards Bill Bailey's net worth, he has a worth of around $7 million as of 2020 whereas he has also a handsome amount of salary too which is around millions of dollars per year. He is among those few individuals that have such a wide range of experience and remains true to whatever he embarks on. He has reached great heights in his career and he is sincere in his work. But, he is doing all the hard works in order to build a secure financial status for himself and his family. In addition, his major source of income is from his singing and acting career.

Body Measurement of Bill Bailey

The height of versatile actor, comedian as well as singer, Bill Bailey is around 1.72 m though he has also perfect body weight matching his height. He's definitely one of the hotshots of the industry at present. His heartwarming smile, his entire demeanor, and his gradual escalating popularity in the industry make him the perfect catch. Graceful guy Bill has white hair and lights brown eyes color as his body build type is average.

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