David Mitchell, 47, is one of TV’s most recognisable and best-loved faces.
After being cast as the awkward and disgruntled Mark Corrigan in Channel 4 comedy Peep Show in 2003, David has been making TV lovers laugh ever since.
But where did it all begin for the actor and comedian?
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David was born in Salisbury, Wiltshire, to Ian and Kathryn who were hotel managers. He grew up alongside his brother Daniel who is seven and a half years younger than him.
After spending the early stages of his life in Salisbury, David’s family relocated to Oxford where his parents became lecturers at Oxford Polytechnic.
David attended New College School, an independent school in Oxford.
Speaking to The Independent , Mitchell said his dream to become a comedian began during childhood.
“When I was at school I either wanted to be a comedian-stroke-actor or prime minister. But I didn’t admit that to other people, I said I wanted to be a barrister and that made my parents very happy.
“I didn’t admit I wanted to be a comedian until I came to university, met a lot of other people who wanted to be comedians, and realised it was an okay thing to say.”
After being rejected from Merton College, Oxford, David went to study history at Peterhouse, Cambridge.
David Mitchell and Robert Webb in Peep Show
(Image: 24 Seven)
There, he began performing with the renowned drama group Cambridge Footlights where he met Robert Webb. The pair would go on to form one of the UK’s most successful comedy partnerships, Mitchell & Webb.
The pair pursued a number of Mitchell & Webb projects together after graduating from Cambridge, but their big break came in 2003 when they were cast in the TV comedy Peep Show.
Peep Show ran on Channel 4 until 2015, making it the longest running programme in the channel’s history.
Since, David has been involved in a number of other opportunities, such as the sketch show That Mitchell and Webb Look and as a team captain on the BBC series Would I Lie to You?
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In his private life, David has been married to wife Victoria Coren Mitchell for nine years. The couple have one daughter together, Barbara Elizabeth June Mitchell born in 2015.
The couple have proved themselves to be true romantics when discussing their relationship. David described himself as being “completely smitten” when he first met Victoria in 2007.
David told The Times in 2018: “I am just incredibly proud that someone like Victoria wants to be with me.
David and Victoria tied the knot in 2012 and now have a child together
“She has these amazing qualities, but fundamentally, we clicked. I fell in love with her.”
Victoria has shared the same sentiments, telling the Telegraph in 2013: “I am filled with this bizarre mix of thinking David could have done a lot better than me and feeling we’re so alike and complement each other so wonderfully that we are the ideal match and couldn’t possibly be with anyone else.”
Would I Lie to You? is on BBC One tonight at 9:30pm.
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