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Chris Langham

Chris Langham
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Nom de naissance Christopher Langham
Nationalité Royaume-uni
Naissance 14 avril 1949 (73 ans) à Londres (Royaume-uni)
Récompenses Emmy Award, Writers Guild of America Award

Christopher "Chris" Langham (born 14 April 1949) is an English writer, actor, and comedian. He is known for playing the cabinet minister Hugh Abbot in the BBC Four sitcom The Thick of It, and as presenter Roy Mallard in People Like Us, first on BBC Radio 4 and later on its transfer to television on BBC Two, where Mallard is almost entirely an unseen character. He subsequently created several spoof adverts in the same vein. He also played similar unseen interviewers in an episode of the television series Happy Families and in the film The Big Tease. He is also known for his roles in the TV series Not the Nine O'Clock News, Help, Kiss Me Kate, and as the gatehouse guard in Chelmsford 123. In 2006, he won BAFTA awards for The Thick of It and Help.

On 2 August 2007, Langham was found guilty of 15 charges of downloading and possessing level 5 child pornography and was jailed for ten months, reduced to six on appeal.


The son of theatre director Michael Langham and actress Helen Burns, Langham read English and Drama at Bristol University before dropping out.

Langham began performing comedy and writing for Spike Milligan.

One of his earliest breaks was as the sole British writer for The Muppet Show. He also appeared as the "special guest star" in the nineteenth episode of the final season, when the scheduled guest, Richard Pryor, was unable to make it to the recording; a script was hastily written in which "Chris the Delivery Boy" stood in for an absent celebrity. He received two awards from the Writers Guild of America for his work on The Muppet Show.

Langham was part of the original cast for the pilot for Not the Nine O'Clock News in 1979, written by Richard Curtis. The show was positioned as a comedy series which was neither Monty Python's Flying Circus nor The Two Ronnies. Even after the original pilot was pulled from the schedules, Langham was retained for the first full series, billed equally with the then-unknown Mel Smith, Pamela Stephenson, and Rowan Atkinson. The first series did not rate as well as hoped, however, and it was felt that Langham was "too independent a spirit." Langham took a part in Monty Python's Life of Brian as a centurion, against the reaction of which Curtis had written a skit of the debate between John Cleese and Malcolm Muggeridge. Langham was upset at the inclusion of the sketch, which gave the team and producer John Lloyd the excuse for his replacement by support player Griff Rhys Jones. Langham did not learn of the switch until the last day of filming when he heard the crew discussing the second series. The show only achieved cult status during its later series and, in subsequent compilation repeats, most of Langham's contributions have been cut, giving the impression that he was never a main cast member.

Langham went on to appear on Smith and Jones' own programme, Alas Smith and Jones, playing an ineffectual panel show host. This character apparently inspired John Morton to create the character of Roy Mallard, who was later to feature in his show People Like Us; Mallard was played both on radio and (offscreen) on television by Langham. Langham also played a fly-on-the-wall documentary interviewer very similar to Roy Mallard in Happy Families in 1985.

Also in 1979, Langham played Arthur Dent in the first professional stage version of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, directed by Ken Campbell. He later returned to Hitchhiker's, appearing as Prak in Above The Title Productions' Tertiary Phase radio series in 2004.

Langham narrated the 1984 radio series The History of Rock with Chris Langham, in which Langham gave a comedic and somewhat fictitious account of the history of rock music. On 14 November 1985, Langham appeared as the narrator/reporter in "Roxanne", episode five of the BBC situation comedy Happy Families, written by Ben Elton. In 1992, he appeared in the film Carry On Columbus.

In addition to several one-man shows, Langham counts among his stage credits Les Misérables, in which he played Thénardier in 1996; Crazy for You, for which he received an Olivier nomination; The Way of the World, The Nerd, Blondel and The Pirates of Penzance.

Langham wrote the BBC One sitcom Kiss Me Kate, in which he appeared alongside Caroline Quentin and Amanda Holden. In 2002 he wrote and starred in Bradford in My Dreams, an adaptation of a short story by Lawrence Block for the BBC. On Radio 4 he narrated the series The Rapid Eye Movement, which starred Martin Freeman as Chester Bennington, in whose head the entire series took place. In 2003 he directed the BBC TV comedy series Posh Nosh.

In 2003 and 2005, respectively, he portrayed the authors George Orwell and John Wyndham in the BBC docudrama George Orwell - A Life In Pictures and the BBC Four documentary John Wyndham: the Invisible Man of Science Fiction. He also appeared in the radio magazine satire The Sunday Format.

He starred alongside co-writer Paul Whitehouse in Help on BBC Two in 2005, where he also appeared in the Armando Iannucci comedy The Thick of It in the same year. Langham was named Best Comedy Actor in the 2005 British Comedy Awards and won the 2006 BAFTA Best Comedy Performance award for his role in The Thick Of It. In November 2005 Langham wrote and starred in ITV pilot Seven Second Delay.

He was a frequent guest on The Heaven and Earth Show and part of Bremner, Bird and Fortune writing team. In this series he has occasionally appeared as a civil servant discussing things with Bremner's Tony Blair. On radio, Langham has appeared as a panellist on the Radio 4 show Armando Iannucci's Charm Offensive.

Langham starred in a feature-length comedy drama Black Pond, his first screen appearance since his release from prison.

Personal life
Langham's first marriage, to actress/singer Sue Jones-Davies, produced three children, but broke up on his own admission due to his alcoholism. Langham had two children by his second wife, director Christine Cartwright.

Langham sought counselling for alcohol and cocaine addiction, and was still undergoing therapy once a week as of 2006. He used his experiences to co-write the BBC2 series Help, in which he portrayed a psychotherapist, with friend Paul Whitehouse; and played a counsellor in sitcom Kiss Me Kate.

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Filmographie de Chris Langham (8 films)

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My Family and Other Animals, 1h30
Réalisé par Sheree Folkson
Origine Royaume-uni
Genres Drame, Comédie
Acteurs Eugene Simon, Imelda Staunton, Chris Langham, Matthew Goode, Omid Djalili, Russell Tovey
Rôle Theodore Stephanides
Note72% 3.640733.640733.640733.640733.64073
My Family and Other Animals tells the story of the Durrell family, Lawrence Durrell, Leslie Durrell, Margaret Durrell and Gerald Durrell, as well as their mother Louisa Durrell, as they spend five years (1935–1939) on the Greek island of Corfu. The family reside in a series of villas, and spend their time indulging in their varying interests. Gerald develops his passion for wildlife, his mother spends her time cooking and worrying about everyone else; Larry writes and annoys the entire family with high-brow guests and unhelpful suggestions; Leslie develops his passion for ballistics and sailing, whilst Margo sunbathes and enchants the local young men.
The Emperor's New Clothes, 1h47
Réalisé par Alan Taylor
Origine Italie
Genres Drame, Comédie, Romance
Thèmes Histoire de France, Guerres napoléoniennes
Acteurs Ian Holm, Iben Hjejle, Tim McInnerny, Nigel Terry, Hugh Bonneville, Trevor Cooper
Rôle Maurice
Note68% 3.4462653.4462653.4462653.4462653.446265
L’histoire commence lors des derniers jours de l'empereur Napoléon, du moins les derniers jours officiellement reconnus. Nous sommes chez un épicier, Eugène Lenormand, qui, à la lueur d'une chandelle, narre une histoire à un jeune garçon, tandis que sur le mur apparaît l’image de l’Empereur maintenant défunt. Et si, au lieu de croupir en exil pour le reste de ses jours, Napoléon, avec l'aide de Lenormand, avait conçu une combine pour s’échapper de prison grâce à un sosie ?.
The Big Tease, 1h26
Réalisé par Kevin Allen
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Comédie, Documentaire
Acteurs Frances Fisher, Craig Ferguson, Mary McCormack, David Rasche, Sara Gilbert, Donal Logue
Note61% 3.0991253.0991253.0991253.0991253.099125
Ferguson plays Crawford Mackenzie, a Scottish hairdresser who, while being filmed as part of a fly-on-the-wall BBC documentary, is invited to the World Hairdresser International Federation annual contest. The documentary team (with Chris Langham playing the interviewer) follows Crawford to L.A., where he discovers that his invitation is to be a member of the audience rather than a competitor. He eventually weasels his way into the contest and produces the greatest creation of his career.
Monty Python : La vie de Brian, 1h32
Réalisé par Terry Jones
Origine Royaume-uni
Genres Comédie
Thèmes Afrique post-coloniale, Religion, La bible, Représentation de Jésus Christ
Acteurs Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Chris Langham, Eric Idle, Terry Jones
Rôle Alfonso / Giggling Guard
Note79% 3.9990453.9990453.9990453.9990453.999045
Dans l'étable avoisinante de Jésus de Nazareth, naît Brian Cohen. Les rois mages d'Orient qui suivent l'étoile se trompent et commencent à rendre hommage à Brian. Sa mère les accueille très discourtoisement et essaie de les flanquer à la porte. Son comportement change quand elle aperçoit les cadeaux précieux (de l'or, de l'encens, de la myrrhe) que les hommes apportent. Mais les rois mages comprennent leur erreur, reprennent les cadeaux et quittent l'étable pour aller rendre hommage au « vrai messie », Jésus-Christ.
Quand la Panthère Rose s'emmêle, 1h43
Réalisé par Blake Edwards
Origine Royaume-uni
Genres Comédie, Comédie policière, Policier
Thèmes Hold up, Gangsters, Escroquerie
Acteurs Peter Sellers, Herbert Lom, Lesley-Anne Down, Burt Kwouk, Leonard Rossiter, Colin Blakely
Rôle Police Driver
Note71% 3.597643.597643.597643.597643.59764
Le commissaire Dreyfus ayant sombré dans la folie à la suite des maladresses de Clouseau, son subordonné (cf. films précédents), il a été interné dans une clinique psychiatrique. Considéré comme guéri, il est sur le point d'être libéré. Malheureusement, une catastrophique visite de Clouseau le fait retomber dans la folie et devenir un dangereux criminel. Dreyfus enlève un savant, inventeur d'un rayon laser destructeur, et menace de s'en servir si Clouseau n'est pas éliminé rapidement. Des agents secrets de tous les pays sont chargés par leurs gouvernements de tuer Clouseau...


Call from Space
Réalisé par Richard Fleischer
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Science-fiction, Action, Aventure
Thèmes Voyage dans le temps
Acteurs James Coburn, Billy Campbell, Sherrié Austin, Charlton Heston, Ferdy Mayne, Marjorie Stapp
Note58% 2.9203452.9203452.9203452.9203452.920345
Call from Space est l'histoire d'une expérimentation scientifique qui tourne mal et envoie une jeune fille dans un voyage dans le temps.