English comedian, actor, voice artist and writer who has co-written and performed principal roles in The Glam Metal Detectives and Stella Street. Phil is probably best known as being part of the Dead Ringers television and radio series.
Phil Cornwell voiced Murdoc Niccals in the virtual band, Gorillaz, and provided the voices of Mick Jagger and David Bowie for the Steve Wright in the Afternoon show on BBC Radio 1 in the late-1980s and early-1990s. Phil’s voice over talent for these impersonations – augmented by many others, including the series narrator, Michael Caine – formed the backbone of the BBC TV series Stella Street, written and performed with John Sessions. He played the part of Harry Noakes, Captain of the cockleboat Renown in the TV mini-series Dunkirk.
He has appeared in several films made by The Comic Strip, including the role as Dave Spanker in Detectives on the Edge of a Nervous Breakdown. He also played Dave Clifton, a local radio DJ on Radio Norwich – a fictional radio station in both series of Steve Coogan‘s I’m Alan Partridge.
He also voiced Sir Lancelot in the animated children’s television series King Arthur’s Disasters and was the voice of Gilbert the Alien in the 1980s TV series Get Fresh, which later span off into Gilbert’s Fridge, a series starring the character.
He played King Stupid in the CBBC series Stupid!, having replaced Marcus Brigstocke, because the latter was involved in Excuse My French on BBC2. Phil also appeared in the Doctor Who episode, “The Fires of Pompeii”. In 2010 he presented the Friday night Euro Lottery draw show on BBC1. In 2011 he did several standup comedy gigs as character Switzerland McNaughtiehorse.
He is a supporter of Tottenham Hotspur F.C. and presents the weekly podcast The Spurs Show with Mike Leigh.
Phil Cornwell also starred in a 2-part TV commercial for Nissan Almera that parodied British crime-action television drama series The Professionals.