Planer, Nigel 1955(?)–

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PLANER, Nigel 1955(?)


Born February 22, 1955 (some sources say 1953), in London, England; son of George Victor and Margaret Lesley (maiden name, Weeden) Planer; brother of Roger Planer (a writer); married Anna Lea, August 19, 1989 (divorced, 1994); married Frankie Park (an actress), April 3, 1999 (some sources cite 2000); children: (first marriage) Stanley; (second marriage) one son. Education: Attended University of Sussex; trained for the stage at London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

Addresses: Agent Maureen Vincent, Peters, Fraser & Dunlop, Drury House, 3443 Russell St., London WC2B 5HA, England.

Career: Actor and writer. Comic Strip (comedy group), founding member; also performed with Comedy Store. Appeared in commercials. Performed poetry readings in England.

Member: British Actors' Equity Association, Writers Guild of Great Britain, Musicians Union.

Awards, Honors: BPI Award, best comedy record, 1984.


Film Appearances:

Mansell, Yellowbeard, Orion, 1983.

Charlie, Brazil, Universal, 1985.

Gunter, The Supergrass (also known as The Comic Strip Presents the Supergrass ), New Line Home Video, 1985.

DHSS Manager, Eat the Rich, Columbia/TriStar Home Video, 1987.

Den, More Bad News, 1987.

Bernard, old man, and first camp actor, The Strike, 1987.

Grand Wazir, Carry On Columbus, Lauren Films, 1992.

Parkey, Clockwork Mice, 1995.

Car salesperson, The Wind in the Willows (also known as Mr. Toad's Wild Ride ), Columbia, 1997.

Taxi driver, Diana & Me, 1997.

Gerald, The Land Girls (also known as Trois Anglaises en campagne ), Gramercy, 1998.

Appeared as Darly Worthorne, Thunder Pants, Dragon Pictures.

Television Appearances; Series:

Member of ensemble, The Comic Strip Presents, Channel 4, 19831984, 19881990, and 19921993.

Neil Pye, The Young Ones, MTV, 1985.

Nigel Cochrane, Roll Over Beethoven, 19851986.

David Castle, King & Castle, BBC, 1986.

Ralph Filthy (Filthy Ralph), Filthy, Rich, and Catflap, BBC, 1987.

Title role, Nicholas Craig, the Naked Actor (also known as The Nicholas Craig Masterclass ), 1990.

Narrator and other voices, The Magic Roundabout (also known as The New Magic Roundabout ), Channel 4, beginning 1990.

Member of ensemble, The Comic Strip, BBC2, 19901998.

Voice, Romuald the Reindeer, Fox Family Channel, 19981999.

Also appeared as Laurence Didcott, Bonjour la classe; narrator, Grizzly Tales for Gruesome Kids; and Lou Lewis, Shine On Harvey Moon.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Andrew Veitch, Number 27, BBC, 1988.

Paul Hockings, Frankenstein's Baby, BBC, 1990.

Himself, The Nearly Complete and Utter History of Everything, BBS, 1999.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Jeff, Blackeyes, BBC, 1989.

Antonio, The Marriage of Figaro, 1995.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

The Lenny Henry Show, 1984.

Bartender, "Madeleine," Happy Families, 1985.

Lord Smedley, Madame La Guillotine, and the Scarlet Pimpernel, "Nob and Nobility," Blackadder the Third (also known as The Black Adder ), BBC1, 1987.

"Dangerous Liaisons," French and Saunders, 1990.

Inspector Hopkins, "The Golden PinceNez," The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (also known as Sherlock Holmes ), Granada, 1994.

The Good Sex Guide, 1994.

Shelford, "The Reconstituted Corpse," Jonathan Creek, 1997.

Gavin, "I Tell You It's Burt Reynolds," Paul Merton in Galton and Simpson's..., 1997.

Tim Goodman, "Four Men in a Car," The Comic Strip Presents, Channel 4, 1998.

Colin Boswell, "Look Again," The Bill, ITV1, 1999.

Tim Goodman, "Four Men in a Plane," The Comic Strip Presents, Channel 4, 2000.

Undertaker, "Dead Grandma," Baddiel's Syndrome, 2001.

Himself, Breakfast, BBC, 2001.

Himself, "New Years Compilation," I Love 1980's, BBC2, 2001.

Himself, "West End Theatre Special," The Weakest Link, BBC, 2002.

Dumbledore, "Harry Potter and the Secret Chamberpot of Azerbaijan," French and Saunders, 2003.

Guest on Saturday Night Live, LWT.

Television Appearances; Specials:

"A Night of Comic Relief 2," Comic Relief, 1989.

"Red Nose Day 3: The Stonker," Comic Relief, 1991.

Party in the Park 2002, Channel 5, 2002.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Wake Up With..., 1994.

Baz Grimley, The Grimleys, ITV, 1997.

Television Appearances; Other:

Himself, Boom Boom, Out Go the Lights, BBC, 1981.

Neil, Comic Relief (also known as The Utterly Utterly Rude Video Live ), 1986.

John Peel, The Trials of Oz, BBC, 1991.

Jocelyn Pride, Cuts, YTV, 1996.

Sheldon Cohen, You Are Here: Whatever Happened to Baby Jo?, 1998.

Himself, Top Ten Comedy Records, 2000.

Also appeared in Two Lumps of Ice, BBC.

Stage Appearances:

Amos Hart, Chicago (musical), Adelphi Theatre, London, 1997.

Pop, We Will Rock You (musical), Dominion Theatre, London, 2002.

Also appeared in All's Well That Ends Well, Regents Park Theatre, London; in Angry Old Men; as Den Denis, Badnews Live, London production; as Che, Evita (musical); as George, Feel Good, London; as Frosch, Die Fledermaus, English National Opera; as Donny, High Life, Bush Theatre, London; as Nicholas Craig, I, an Actor; as Douglas Beachey, Man of the Moment, London; and in Nicholas Craig (solo show), Hampstead, England; appeared in productions at Globe Theatre, London; Leeds Playhouse, Leeds, England; Lyric Theatre, London; Oxford Playhouse, Oxford, England; and Young Vic Theatre, London; also performed at Edinburgh Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland, and Adelaide Festival, Adelaide, Australia.

Major Tours:

Toured as Den Denis, Badnews Live, and with the company of Comic Strip, international cities.

Stage Director:

Directed Neil, Edinburgh, Scotland, and tour of international cities; and Outer Limits, London production and touring production.

Radio Appearances:

Performed as narrator and other voices, Adrian Mole, BBC (England); in Gruesome Tales for Grizzly Kids; as Bilbo Baggins, The Hobbit, BBC Radio 4; in I, an Actor, BBC Radio 4; in Lord of the Rings, Radio 5; and in Nicholas Craig's Acting Masterclass, BBC; also guest on the Griff RhysJones Radio Show.


Video Games:

Voices, Discworld II: Mortality Bytes! (also known as Discworld II: Missing Presumed...!? ), 1996.

Voice of zombie, Discworld Noir, Perfect Entertainment, 1999.


Recorded two comedy albums.


Television Episodes:

(With Doug Lucie) "Funseekers," The Comic Strip Presents, Channel 4, 1988.

Also writer for King & Castle, BBC, and Not the Nine O'Clock News.

Television Writing; Other:

Comic Relief (also known as The Utterly Utterly Rude Video Live ), 1986.


Neil's Book of the Dead, 1983.

I, an Actor, 1987.

A Good Enough Dad, 1992.

Let's Get Divorced, 1994.

Therapy and How to Avoid It, 1996.

Unlike Buddha, 1997.

The Right Man, 1998.

Faking It (novel), 2001.