Karl Theobald

Karl Theobald
Born Karl Julian Theobald
(1969-08-05) 5 August 1969
Yarmouth, Norfolk, England
Education The Denes High School
Alma mater Drama Centre London
Occupation Actor, comedian
Years active 2004–present

Karl Julian Theobald (born 5 August 1969) is an English comedian and actor, best known as Dr. Martin Dear in Channel 4 sitcom Green Wing, and for his physical comedy style.

Early life

Theobald was born in Great Yarmouth. He grew up in Lowestoft where he studied at The Denes High School around 1985 and went to dance school at an early age. He graduated from the Drama Centre London in 2000, to work with Theatre de Complicite.


Theobald is the one-time comedy partner of Russell Brand; they formed a double act during the 1990s called Theobald and Brand on Ice. This has been mentioned by Brand on his BBC radio show and in his autobiography, My Booky Wook. A quote from Theobald was used among quotes from others in Brand's book:

"I decided to go into comedy when my girlfriend left me, after all my life's a fucking joke!"

As well as appearing in Green Wing, Theobald has written comedy for the television programmes The Sketch Show and Smack the Pony. He also appeared in the radio sitcom The Exterminating Angels.[1]

In 2008, Theobald joined the cast of ITV science fiction series Primeval as Oliver Leek.

Theobald appeared in the 2010 film Get Him to the Greek, alongside former partner Brand, playing his assistant.

In 2014, he starred in the independent British feature film Downhill, with Ned Dennehy, Jeremy Swift and Richard Lumsden, which is a comedy about four men attempting Alfred Wainwright's Coast to Coast Walk. The film is directed by James Rouse and the screenplay was written by Torben Betts.



Year Title Role Notes
2006 The Truth Spud
2007 Buying Porn Jack Short film
Nora Argite (voice)
2009 I Am Ruthie Segal, Hear Me Roar N/A
Nativity! Parent
2010 Get Him to the Greek Duffy Servant Dude
Common Film Ground Karl Short film
2011 Rekindled Tim Stevens
2013 Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa Greg Frampton
2014 Downhill Keith
2015 Mortdecai Gardener
Pawel the Polish Mouse Goes to the Moon Pawel the Polish Mouse Short film


Year Title Role Notes
2004 AD/BC: A Rock Opera Shepherd TV movie
Green Wing Dr. Martin Dear
2006 The Virgin Queen Alsop TV mini-series
Episode #1.4
2007 Moonmonkeys N/A TV movie
Doc Martin Anthony Oakwood Episode: "City Slickers"
2008 Primeval Oliver Leek
Clive Hole Tatum Wilkinson TV movie
2011-2012 Twenty Twelve Graham Hitchins TV series
2012 Skins David Henley Episode: "Alex"
2012-2013 Pramface Jeremy Episode: "Pregnant Rapist"
"Knocked Up and Homeless"
"Optimum Conditions"
2012 National Theatre Live Itzak Episode: "Travelling Light"
2013 Common Ground Klive Richards TV mini-series
Episode: "Patricia"
Jo Oliver Episode #1.6
2013–present Plebs Landlord
2014 Doll & Em Oliver Episode #1.6

Video games

Year Title Role
2010 Fable III Additional Voices


  1. www.comedy.co.uk accessed 2010-06-17

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