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  • Date of birth : 28/05/1964



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David Baddiel (1964)

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David Lionel Baddiel is an English comedian, novelist and television presenter.


 early life
Baddiel was born in New York, and moved to England when he was four months old. His father, Colin Brian Baddiel, was a Welsh research chemist with Unilever before being made redundant in the 1980s, after which he sold Dinky Toys at Grays Antique Market. His mother, Sarah, was a refugee from Nazi Germany. She moved to the UK at five months old with her parents in 1939. Baddiel is the middle of three sons.

Baddiel grew up in Dollis Hill, Willesden, North London. He attended primary school at the North West London Jewish Day School in Brent, and after studying at Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School in Elstree, an independent school near Borehamwood in Hertfordshire, he read English at King's College, Cambridge, where he was a member of the Cambridge Footlights, and graduated with a double first. He began studies for a PhD in English at University College London, but did not complete it.


Baddiel became a cabaret stand-up comedian after leaving university and also wrote sketches and jokes for various radio series. His first television appearance came in a bit-part on one episode of the showbiz satire, Filthy, Rich and Catflap. In 1988, he was introduced to Rob Newman, a comic impressionist, and the two became a writing partnership. They were subsequently paired up with the partnership of Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis for a new topical comedy show for BBC Radio 1 called The Mary Whitehouse Experience, and its success led to a transfer to television, shooting Baddiel to fame. Two seasons were made for BBC2, during which time Baddiel also co-hosted a Channel 4 monologue programme, A Stab In The Dark.

After the two duos chose not to do another series of The Mary Whitehouse Experience, Baddiel teamed up with Newman again for the Newman and Baddiel in Pieces series, which ran in 1993. The duo subsequently split with some acrimony after becoming the first ever comedians to play Wembley Arena The occasionally quoted myth that, Sean Lock became the first comedian to play Wembley Arena, since he was the warm-up act on the night in question, is incorrect: Lock performed extra parts in Newman and Baddiel's sketches and thus didn't come on until 15 minutes into the event.


Baddiel then took in a lodger at his London apartment - fellow comedian Frank Skinner - and asked his new flatmate to co-present when he was offered the chance to do a programme based on the fantasy football craze in newspapers. The show was Fantasy Football League, and later they took an improvised question-and-answer show to the Edinburgh Festival which then became a TV series, Baddiel and Skinner Unplanned. The duo also twice topped the UK singles chart with the football anthem "Three Lions", initially written as the England football team's official anthem for Euro 96, and later re-issued, with updated lyrics, as an unofficial song for the 1998 World Cup. Baddiel and Skinner collaborated on podcasts for the Times Online and Absolute Radio during both the 2006 FIFA World Cup and 2010 FIFA World Cup respectively.

Baddiel has published four novels, Time For Bed, Whatever Love Means, The Secret Purposes, and The Death of Eli Gold. He created and, for four series, hosted the Radio 4 comedy discussion programme, Heresy, before passing hosting duties on to Victoria Coren. He has made a number of TV documentaries, including Who Do You Think You Are? and Baddiel And The Missing Nazi Billions. In 2010 he wrote the screenplay for the feature film The Infidel.

 Charity work
David Baddiel is a patron for the Campaign Against Living Miserably . He acted as compere for the Stand-Up to Stop Suicide event organised by Claire Anstey and the charity, and has appeared on radio ads publicising the issue of young male suicide.

In February 2009 he and several other entertainers wrote an open letter printed in The Times of London supporting Bahá'í leaders then on trial in Iran.

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