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Griff Rhys Jones

Griff Rhys Jones

Griff Rhys Jones (born 6 November 1953) is the comedy partner and foil of Mel Smith. He was born in Cardiff, Wales.

Griff was educated at Brentwood School, Essex, where he met Charlie Bean (Executive Director of the Bank of England) and Douglas Adams, the writer of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. He was part of a group called The Clique by the school's headmaster: they would hang around making each other laugh, and Griff has remained a comic. Rhys Jones and Bean followed Adams to Cambridge, reading English at Emmanuel College.

While at University, Griff Rhys Jones joined the prestigious Cambridge Footlights Club (of which he became Vice-President in 1976).

Since University, he has appeared in numerous comedy programmes, usually with Mel Smith, including the second series of notable 1980s sketch show Not the Nine O'Clock News, alongside Smith, Rowan Atkinson and Pamela Stephenson.

Griff was the presenter of the BBC's Restoration programme, and has done a considerable amount of fundraising work for the Hackney Empire theatre conservation project.

He stars in Russell T. Davies's drama series Mine All Mine, on ITV1.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2005.

Griff Rhys Jones Facts

BirthdayNovember 6, 1953 (67)
BirthplaceCardiff, Wales, United Kingdom

Selected Filmography

Morons from Outer Space
Three Men in a Boat / Three Men in Another Boat
The Adventures of Pinocchio
Morons From Outer Space/Alien From LA
The Best Of Not The Nine O'Clock News Vol. 1
At Last Smith & Jones: Vol. One
Stephen Fry Collection
Not The 9 O?clock News
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