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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 24 January 1957Bradford, Yorkshire, England, UK
Birth NameAdrian Charles Edmondson
Nickname Ade
Height 5' 11" (1.81 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Adrian Edmondson was born on January 24, 1957 in Bradford, Yorkshire, England as Adrian Charles Edmondson. He is an actor and writer, known for Ade in Britain (2011), Guest House Paradiso (1999) and Bottom (1991). He has been married to Jennifer Saunders since May 11, 1985. They have three children. He was previously married to Anna.

Spouse (2)

Jennifer Saunders (11 May 1985 - present) (3 children)
Anna (1976 - 1979) (divorced)

Trade Mark (2)

Frequently performed alongside Rik Mayall
Often plays characters who are prone to violence with a short fuse

Trivia (6)

Has three daughters: Ella Edmondson, Beattie Edmondson and Freya Edmondson.
Is the second oldest of four siblings.
Met best friend and comedy partner Rik Mayall at Manchester University in 1975.
His wife, Jennifer Saunders, named Edina Monsoon her character in "Absolutely Fabulous" after him.
Helped carry the coffin of his comedy partner Rik Mayall at his funeral in June 2014.
He dislikes stand up comedy.

Personal Quotes (32)

I don't claim that our TV comedies are highbrow in any way, but I think there's a basis to them, and that's why they're more popular than other TV comedies. There's a basis of truth in them, a gut feeling.
Most modern comedy is crap.
There is a lot of rubbish written about toilet humor - people saying it is childish and pretending it is beneath them - but there is no doubting the effectiveness of a really good willy gag.
You're entering dangerous land when you start theorising about comedy.
We only have one agenda, which is to make 'em laugh their pants off. Unless they are girls, of course, when it is to make them laugh their bras off so we can get a quick look.
[on "Never Mind the Bollocks" by The Sex Pistols] I was 19 when the album came out, at university and far too middle class to be a punk, but I watched it all with a slight academic eye. It was just so exciting. It's still a fantastic voice and it still excites me.
[on Nick Cave] I wanted to be him for a very long time and I still do. He's kind of a god, up there with David Bowie.
I met Mick Jagger once and found that he was a bit ordinary so he sort of fell off his perch. If you see your heroes keep them at arms length. Once I was sitting in a pub in Notting Hill and Nick Cave was in there but I managed to stay away.
[on "Loaded" by The Velvet Underground] Pretty mellow and wistful, like you've got a slight hangover and you're about to have some cereal.
I like to listen to a medley of ska songs like The Ethiopians, stuff like that, because it makes you feel like you're going to have a party.
P.J. Harvey's "Let England Shake" is great. It sounds like it's half way between punk and folk and I admire anyone who plays an autoharp.
Do you think going to Oxford and Cambridge is necessarily a good thing? I have to say, a lot of the people I know who went to Oxford and Cambridge seem rather damaged.
[on the death of his comedy partner Rik Mayall] There were times when Rik and I were writing together when we almost died laughing. They were some of the most carefree stupid days I ever had, and I feel privileged to have shared them with him. And now he's died for real. Without me. Selfish bastard.
It only works because we still amuse each other. After we have been working with other people, it is so refreshing to laugh unreservedly when we are back together again.
From the stage I've seen people of all ages absolutely roaring at really good toilet humour.
I don't claim that our TV comedies are highbrow in anyway, but I think there's a basis to them, and that's why they're more popular than other TV comedies. There's a basis of truth in them, a gut feeling.
Richie and Eddie couldn't exist without each other. They're two halves of the same person.
I've never played a hero before so I jumped at the chance.
I've always had a kind of visual eye, and it was a pleasant exercise for that.
I'm waiting for the time when I fail - because we all fail - and I'm ready, I'll take up carpentry.
We had so much fun in Ghana and they are really lovely people.
On stage, we just want to generate hysteria. We don't care about looking cool or posing.
A lot of people are obsessed with looking cool. They feel they have to look after their image.
People expect us to be different, but we're not. We're very similar people, and it's because we're so similar and close to each other that we make each other laugh - in fact we make each other laugh more than we make anyone else laugh.
We have never been strictly political, only strictly funny.
Performers like Tommy Cooper, who are always getting things wrong, are much more endearing than comedians who are sassy and smart.
The most fun I ever have is sitting in with Rik writing, and we laugh at our own jokes.
Even though we work in the same field, we have an intense private life away from our professional lives.
I remember once having to stop performing when I thought an elderly man a few rows back from the front was actually going to die because he was laughing so hard.
It's definitely time to stop. We're getting too old. We both realised that the show wasn't as engaging as it used to be. We were starting to look a bit ridiculous.
I find stand up comedy the most boring comedy in the world. It drives me to tedium. I can stand 10 minutes of it. There are some really funny people, but they should be in a variety act. There should be something more dynamic than one bloke talking at you for two hours no matter how funny he is.
It's like running through a safari park in your underpants with only a plastic fork to protect yourself.

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