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Gregory Daniel Davies

(1968-05-14) 14 May 1968 (age 55)
St Asaph, Wales
Years active 2002–present

Gregory Daniel Davies (/ˈdvɪs/ DAY-viss; born 14 May 1968) is a Welsh comedian, actor, presenter, and writer. He is best known for his roles as Greg in We Are Klang, Mr Gilbert in The Inbetweeners, Ken Thompson in Cuckoo, the Taskmaster in Taskmaster, Dan Davies in Man Down, and Paul Wickstead in The Cleaner, the latter of which he also wrote. He has appeared as himself on Mock the Week, Fast and Loose, Live at the Apollo, and Would I Lie to You?

For his performance in Cuckoo, Davies was nominated for the BAFTA Television Award for Best Male Comedy Performance in 2013.

Early life

Gregory Daniel Davies was born in St Asaph on 14 May 1968. His Welsh parents lived in England at the time, but his father drove his mother across the border to make sure he was born in Wales so that he would be eligible to play rugby for the Welsh national team. He grew up in Wem, which he regards as his home. His father's origins lie in Porthmadog. Like many people in North Wales, he also claims descent from Owain the Great.

Davies was educated at Thomas Adams School in Wem, before studying English and Drama at Brunel University in London. Prior to embarking on a career in comedy, he taught Drama for 13 years at a number of secondary schools: Langleywood School in Slough, Orleans Park School in Twickenham, and Sandhurst School in Sandhurst.


In 2003, Davies made an appearance on the children's TV show Dick and Dom In Da Bungalow, playing a caricatured version of himself named "Massive Greg".

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.

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).

From 2008, Davies played head of Sixth Form Mr Gilbert in the E4 coming-of-age British comedy The Inbetweeners. He also appears in the follow-up films The Inbetweeners Movie (2011) and The Inbetweeners 2 (2014).

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. The show was subsequently taken on his first ever tour the following autumn. He was also nominated for the Edinburgh Fringe's Malcolm Hardee "Act Most Likely to Make a Million Quid" Award.

From October 2013, Davies starred in Channel 4's sitcom Man Down, as Dan, a man who hates his job as a teacher, with Rik Mayall as his father. Channel 4 commissioned an additional 25-minute Christmas special before the first series aired, 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 prominent role in the second series. Channel 4 later announced that Man Down would return for a second series in 2015. The classroom used in the show is the same classroom in which Davies taught at Sandhurst School.

Since July 2015, Davies has been the host of the panel game show Taskmaster. 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".

In November 2017, Davies recorded a Netflix stand-up comedy special at the Hammersmith Apollo during his Magnificent Beast UK tour. It was released as You Magnificent Beast in 2018.

In 2021, Davies wrote and starred in the BBC One comedy series The Cleaner. He is also the current host of Never Mind The Buzzcocks on Sky Max which was revived in 2021.

Personal life

Davies is noted for his height, standing 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) tall. He lives in the Kennington area of London. He was in a relationship with Labour Party politician Liz Kendall from 2007 to 2015.

Comedy specials

Year Title
2011 Firing Cheeseballs at a Dog
2013 The Back of My Mum's Head
2018 You Magnificent Beast


Year Title Role
2003 Dick & Dom in da Bungalow Massive Greg
2006 Girls? Eugh! Uncredited
2007 The Musical Storytellers Ginger & Black Mr Hopkirk
2007 Saxondale Dunc
2007–08 CBBC Office Various characters
2008 The Wall Various characters
2008–10 The Inbetweeners Mr Gilbert
2009 We Are Klang Greg
2010–11 Ask Rhod Gilbert Himself
2011 Fast and Loose Himself
2011 The Inbetweeners Movie Mr Gilbert
2012–19 Cuckoo Ken Thompson
2013–17 Man Down Dan
2014 This Is Jinsy Jennitta Bishard
2014 The Inbetweeners 2 Mr Gilbert
2014 Rik Mayall: Lord of Misrule Himself
2015–present Taskmaster Himself/The Taskmaster
2015 A Gert Lush Christmas Uncle Tony
2015 Doctor Who King Hydroflax
2016 Travel Man Himself
2016 Asterix: The Mansions of the Gods The Centurion (English dub)
2017 Who Do You Think You Are? Subject
2017 Comic Relief 2017 Himself
2018 Teen Titans Go! To the Movies Balloon Man (voice)
2019 The Inbetweeners: Fwends Reunited Himself
2020 Taskmaster NZ Himself (Video message cameo - Series 1, Episode 7)
2021 The Cleaner Paul Wickstead; also series creator and writer
2021-present Never Mind the Buzzcocks Himself/Presenter
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