English comedian, actor and writer, and one half of the double act Mitchell and Webb.
At the age of 20, Robert Webb studied English at Robinson College, Cambridge, becoming vice-president of the Footlights, the university’s famous amateur theatrical club. It was at Footlights where Robert met David Mitchell, at an audition for a production of Cinderella in 1993.
Mitchell and Webb’s early comedy projects include writing sketches for Alexander Armstrong and Ben Miller and contributing to series two of the surreal British comedy Big Train. Then in 2000, after doing some peripheral work for The Jack Docherty Show and Comedy Nation, the comedy duo broke into television acting with the BBC sketch show Bruiser, which they also helped write.
The following year they were commissioned for a sketch show of their own, entitled The Mitchell and Webb Situation.
Mitchell and Webb’s next project came in 2003, with lead roles in the hugely successful Channel 4 sitcom Peep Show, as flatmates Mark Corrigan and Jeremy “Jez” Usborne respectively. The pair won the 2007 Royal Television Society Award for “Comedy Performance”, and were jointly nominated for Best Television Comedy Actor at the 2006 British Comedy Awards.
After the success of Peep Show, Mitchell and Webb returned to sketch comedy with the very funny BBC Radio 4 show That Mitchell and Webb Sound, which ran for four series. The show was soon adapted for television and became That Mitchell and Webb Look.
Robert has appeared in two series of the BBC Three sitcom The Smoking Room (2004) and the Radio 4 sketch show Concrete Cow. In 2005 he appeared in the Ben Elton-scripted BBC One sitcom Blessed as Ardal O’Hanlon’s ‘perfect’ counterpart.
Robert has appeared on many comedy panel shows: The Bubble, Have I Got News For You, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, QI. In January 2011, he appeared on a celebrity version of BBC quiz Mastermind, answering nine questions correctly on his specialist subject (the novels of Ian McEwan) and 11 correctly on the general knowledge round.
Also in 2011, Robert played Dan, a geology lecturer, in the Channel 4 series Fresh Meat. Later that year, he was cast in the costume comedy The Bleak Old Shop of Stuff, a parody of Charles Dickens’ works.
Webb is the narrator of Channel 5’s anti-nostalgia series 10 Things I Hate About, which began on 16 April 2012. In each episode, Webb presents his opinion on the awful aspects of a particular year.
Robert also voiced a TV commercial for Peugeot’s ‘Same Time Tomorrow?’ advertising campaign.