Multi BAFTA and British Comedy Award-nominated actor and comedian Kevin Bishop returns to British television in a brand new one-off special episode of Porridge as part of the BBC Two’s Sitcom Season, celebrating the heritage and legacy of some of the BBC’s most illustrious and iconic sitcoms. Kevin will play Nigel ‘Fletch’ Fletcher – the grandson of Ronnie Barker’s beloved character Norman Stanley Fletcher – who is imprisoned for a series of cyber-crimes, and is forced to use his hacking skills to help fellow prisoner Richie Weeks (played by Ralph Ineson). Written by original series creators Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, and co-starring Mark Bonnar and Dave Hill, this landmark episode is scheduled to be broadcast later this year.
Kevin is arguably most well-known for his eponymous sketch comedy series The Kevin Bishop Show, produced by Objective Productions and Channel 4. Alongside Jim Howick and Karen Gillan, Kevin satirised pop culture at breakneck speed, using his exceptional talents as an impressionist to embody some of our society’s most recognisable personalities. Also appearing in the Channel 4 smash-hit Star Stories with a similar creative flair for celebrity impressions, Kevin earned critical and commercial acclaim for his seemingly endless array of hilarious caricatures. He also received a total of five television award nominations, including a British Comedy Award for Best Male Comedy Newcomer in 2006; a British Comedy Award for Best TV Comedy Actor in 2007; and a BAFTA TV Award for Best Comedy (Programme or Series) for The Kevin Bishop Show in 2010.
In 2016, Kevin starred opposite Luke Treadaway and Will Merrick in 1980s comedy-drama The Rack Pack, produced exclusively for BBC iPlayer, and was such a ratings success, that it will now be shown on BBC Two in late Spring. Inspired by the real-life rivalry between legendary snooker players Alex ‘Hurricane’ Higgins and Steve ‘The Nugget’ Davis, Kevin plays sports promoter and manager Barry Hearn, who was credited with turning snooker into one of the biggest sports in Britain.
Kevin has also enjoyed a highly successful career in the West End. In 2008, he was cast as the lead in Neil LaBute’s play Fat Pig, after its transfer to The Comedy Theatre. For his performance in Becky Mode’s exuberant one-man show Fully Committed at the Menier Chocolate Factory in 2014, Kevin received brilliant reviews as ‘resting actor’ Sam Peliczowski, who is reduced to working in the isolated basement of an extravagant Manhattan restaurant.
Most recently, Kevin has finished filming A Few Less Men, the sequel to his 2011 hilarious comedy A Few Best Men, which also starred Rebel Wilson and Olivia Newton-John. Kevin will reprise his stand-out performance as Graham, the whiny, clueless best friend of Kris Marshall’s loud-mouthed Tom and Xavier Samuel’s young groom David. The film is currently in post-production.