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Enfield at the BAFTA Awards 2009

Henry Richard “Harry” Enfield (born 30 May 1961 in Horsham, West Sussex, England) is a British comedian, actor, screenwriter and director.

Career

Enfield rose to prominence in the late 1980s and early 1990s with his roles on British sketch shows such as Saturday Live.[1][2]

With Paul Whitehouse, he developed his characters Stavros (a Greek takeaway stall owner from London) and Loadsamoney (an archetypal boy from 1980s Essex at the time of Thatcherism); Whitehouse later became Enfield’s sidekick Lance on Saturday Live. He reached the British charts in 1988 with the single Loadsamoney (Doin’ Up The House), co-written with Whitehouse, Charlie Higson and William Orbit.

In 2000, he made the comedy Kevin and Perry Do It, for which Enfield wrote the screenplay and in which he starred alongside Kathy Burke. After that, he appeared sporadically in television shows and films for several years

Their collaboration with Whitehouse continued in Harry Enfield’s Television Programme, where they played DJ Mike Smash (Whitehouse) and Dave Nice (Enfield), the fictional duo Smashie and Nicey, and in the BBC sketch series Harry & Paul (also: Ruddy Hell! It’s Harry and Paul), which aired first on BBC One and later on BBC Two from 2007 to 2012.[3]

In August 2015 they both celebrated 25 years on stage, which was commemorated with the programme An Evening With Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse on BBC Two.[4]

Life

His 1997 marriage to Lucy Lyster produced three children.[2] Previously, Enfield had a three-year relationship with film producer Alison Owen.[5]

Filmography (selection)

Actors

  • 1985-1989: Spitting Image (television show, speaking role, 38 episodes)
  • 1986: Saturday Live (television show)
  • 1989: Norbert Smith, a Life (television film)
  • 1990-1992: Harry Enfield’s Television Programme (television show, 13 episodes)
  • 1992: Men Behaving Badly (television series, six episodes)
  • 1993: Bob’s Birthday (short film, speaking part)
  • 1994-1997: Harry Enfield and Chums (television show, 13 episodes)
  • 1994: Smashie and Nicey, the End of an Era (TV movie)
  • 1998: Lawyers Don’t Kiss (What Rats Won’t Do)
  • 2000: Kevin and Perry Do It (Kevin & Perry Go Large)
  • 2004: Tooth
  • 2004: Churchill: The Hollywood Years
  • 2006: Miss Marple: The Shadow Hand (TV movie)
  • 2007-2009: Skins – Hautnah(Skins UK, TV series, 9 episodes)
  • 2007-2014: Ruddy Hell! It’s Harry and Paul (TV show, 24 episodes)
  • 2008: Vicious Circle
  • 2012: Acts of Godfrey
  • 2013: Harry and Paul’s Magnificent Sporting Moments (TV movie)
  • 2013-2014: Bad Education (TV series, 8 episodes)
  • 2014: Harry & Paul’s Story of the 2s (TV movie)
  • 2015: Scottish Mussel
  • 2015: The Bad Education Movie
  • 2016: The Comic Strip Presents Redtop (TV movie)
  • 2016: Swallows and Amazons
  • 2016-2018 Upstart Crow (TV series, 19 episodes)
  • since 2016: The Windsors (TV series)
  • 2019: Island of Dreams (TV movie)
  • 2019: How Europe Stole My Mum (TV movie)

Screenwriter

  • 1986: Naked Video (TV series, 3 episodes)
  • 1989: Norbert Smith, a Life (television film)
  • 1990-1992: Harry Enfield’s Television Programme (television show, 13 episodes)
  • 1994: Smashie and Nicey, the End of an Era (TV movie)
  • 2000: Kevin and Perry Do It (Kevin & Perry Go Large)
  • 2007-2014: Ruddy Hell! It’s Harry and Paul (TV show, 23 episodes)
  • 2013: Harry and Paul’s Magnificent Sporting Moments (TV movie)
  • 2014: Harry & Paul’s Story of the 2s (TV movie)

Director

  • 2008: Skins – Hautnah(Skins UK, TV series, 2 episodes)
  • 2012: Ruddy Hell! It’s Harry and Paul (TV show, 5 episodes)

Discography

Chart positions
Explanation of the data
Singles[6][7]
Loadsamoney (Doin’ Up The House)
UK 4 07.05.1988 (7 Wo.)
The Big Girl
UK 16 06.05.2000 (4 Wo.)
  • 1988: Harry Enfield – Loadsamoney (Doin’ Up The House) (Mercury Records)
  • 2000: Kevin & Perry – Big Girl ( Virgin Records)

Web links

Commons: Harry Enfield– Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual references

  1. Harry Enfield: ‘I don’t like doing me’ at guardian.co.uk, retrieved 1 February 2013
  2. a b Harry Enfield: ‘I can’t get out of bed if I’ve got to do the same thing over and over again’ at guardian.co.uk, retrieved 1 February 2013
  3. Comedy – Harry and Paul – HomepageBBC. Retrieved 25 July 2009.
  4. BBC Two – An Evening with Harry Enfield and Paul WhitehouseIn: BBC.
  5. Happy as Harry in Daily Mail, November 1, 1997, retrieved from questia.com on January 6, 2016
  6. Chart sources: Harry Enfield
  7. Chart Sources: Kevin & Perry