Greg Davies

For those of a similar name, see Greg Davis (disambiguation).

Gregory Daniel Davies (born 14 May 1968) is a British stand-up comedian and actor. He is best known for his roles as Greg in We Are Klang, Mr. Gilbert in The Inbetweeners, Ken Thompson in Cuckoo, as the Taskmaster in Taskmaster, and Man Down playing Dan Davies, as well as for guest appearances on Mock the Week, Would I Lie to You?, and Fast and Loose. He has also performed on the Live at the Apollo series.


Early life

Gregory Daniel Davies was born on 14 May 1968 in St Asaph, Flintshire. His parents lived in England at the time, but his Welsh father drove his mother across the border to make sure he was born in Wales.[1] He grew up in Wem, Shropshire, which he regards as his home.[2][3][4] His father’s origins lie in Porthmadog. Both Davies’ paternal grandmother, Edith, and her sister, Rebecca, were illegitimate; his great-grandfather, William Owen, had a second family in Stanleytown. Like many people in North Wales, Davies also claims descent from Owain Gwynedd.[5][6]

Davies was educated at Thomas Adams School in Wem,[3] and Brunel University in Uxbridge, where he studied English and Drama.[7] Prior to embarking on a career in comedy, he taught secondary school Drama and English for 13 years at Langleywood School in Slough; Orleans Park School in Twickenham; and Sandhurst School in Sandhurst.[8]


In 2005, Davies played a caricature of cricketer W. G. Grace in a series of adverts for Channel 4‘s television coverage of The Ashes.[9]

In 2007, Davies was nominated three times in the Chortle Awards, in the categories “Breakthrough Act” (for his solo stand-up act), “Best Sketch, Variety or Character Act”, and “Best Full-Length Show” (both as part of sketch team We Are Klang).[10]

In 2010, Davies’ first solo stand-up show Firing Cheeseballs at a Dog was nominated for the Fosters Edinburgh Comedy Awards at the Edinburgh Festival.[11] The show was subsequently taken on his first ever tour the following autumn.[12] He was also nominated for the Edinburgh Fringe’s Malcolm Hardee “Act Most Likely to Make a Million Quid” Award.[13]

From October 2013, Davies starred in Channel 4‘s sitcom Man Down,[14] as Dan, a man who hates his job as a teacher,[15] with Rik Mayall as his father. Channel 4 commissioned an additional 25-minute Christmas special before the first series aired,[16] and a second series was announced during Davies’s live tour “The Back of My Mum’s Head”, although this was before Rik Mayall‘s death in June 2014. Following Mayall’s death, Davies met with Channel 4 to discuss the future of the show. Mayall had been intended to have a more a prominent role in the second series.[17] Channel 4 later announced that Man Down would return for a second series in 2015.[18] The classroom used in the show is the same classroom in which Davies taught at Sandhurst School.[19]

From July 2015, Davies has been the host of the Dave show Taskmaster.[20] In December 2015, he starred in BBC Two‘s comedy drama A Gert Lush Christmas where he played Tony, the uncle of Russell and Kerry Howard‘s characters. On Christmas Day he played King Hydroflax in the 2015 Doctor Who Special “The Husbands of River Song[21]

In November 2017, Davies recorded a Netflix Special at Hammersmith Apollo during his Magnificent Beast UK tour.[22]

Personal life

Davies stands 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) tall and has size 14 feet.[23][24]



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  • ^ “My life in travel: Greg Davies, actor and comedian”. The Independent. 9 April 2011.
  • ^ a b “Wem’s Greg Davies makes it big”. Great British Life. 13 April 2011.
  • ^ Guardian, The (8 April 2011). “Rik Mayall was still a force of nature. His ambition was huge”. The Guardian.
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  • ^ “Feature article on TheGenealogist”. TheGenealogist. Retrieved 7 March 2017.
  • ^ Greg Davies Radio Times interview. Retrieved 4 December 2013.
  • ^ “Tall tales with king of comedy Greg Davies”. Birmingham Post. 21 May 2015.
  • ^ “Breaking Ads – Channel 4 – Ashes coverage”. Newspaper Marketing Agency. Retrieved 7 April 2011.
  • ^ Solutions, Powder Blue Internet Business. “And the Chortle nominees are.. : News 2007 : Chortle : The UK Comedy Guide”. Retrieved 10 June 2017.
  • ^ “Fosters Edinburgh Comedy Award 2010 nominations”. Archived from the original on 19 September 2010. Retrieved 10 June 2017.
  • ^ “Greg Davies sends fans home laughing”. Perthshire Advertiser. 27 May 2011.
  • ^ “British Comedy Guide, August 2009”. Retrieved 22 September 2010.
  • ^ “Man Down”. British Comedy Guide. 2013. Retrieved 30 September 2013.
  • ^ Jeffery, Morgan (2 November 2012). “‘Inbetweeners’ actor Greg Davies to star in Channel 4’s ‘Man Down'”. Digital Spy. Retrieved 9 June 2013.
  • ^ “Channel 4 orders Christmas special of Man Down”. British Comedy Guide. 23 August 2013. Retrieved 30 September 2013.
  • ^ “Man Down to go on without Mayall”. Archived from the original on 4 September 2014. Retrieved 10 May 2015.
  • ^ “Man Down”.
  • ^ “Man Down – Interviews with Greg Davies & Rik Mayall – Channel 4 – Info – Press”. Channel 4. 25 October 2013. Retrieved 10 May 2015.
  • ^ Taskmaster.
  • ^ “Doctor Who: Matt Lucas and Greg Davies join Christmas special”. BBC News.
  • ^ “Greg Davies tapes Netflix special”.
  • ^ Wilson, Chris (15 June 2013). “Heights of success”. The Stage. Retrieved 26 July 2013.
  • ^ “Chris Blumer Interviews Greg Davies”. NME. Archived from the original on 30 January 2013. Retrieved 28 March 2011.
  • ^ Obelix, Asterix & (21 July 2016). “Very excited to announce that The Centurion is voiced by @gdavies this summer! Trailer coming soon! #Asterix”. Retrieved 10 June 2017.
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