David Mitchell is a Actor, Director and Writer British born on 14 july 1974 at Salisbury (United-kingdom)
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David James Stuart Mitchell (born 14 July 1974) is a British actor, comedian and writer. He is half of the comedy duo Mitchell and Webb, alongside Robert Webb, whom he met at Cambridge University. There they were both part of the Cambridge Footlights, of which Mitchell became President. Together the duo star in the Channel 4 sitcom Peep Show in which Mitchell plays Mark Corrigan. Mitchell won the British Academy Television Award for Best Comedy Performance in 2009 for his performance in the show.
The duo have written and starred in several sketch shows including Bruiser, The Mitchell and Webb Situation, That Mitchell and Webb Sound and most recently That Mitchell and Webb Look. Mitchell and Webb also starred in the UK version of Apple's Get a Mac advertisement campaign. Their first film Magicians was released in 2007.
Mitchell is a frequent participant on British panel shows, being a team captain on Would I Lie to You?, host of The Bubble, and a frequent guest on other panel shows, including QI, Mock the Week and Have I Got News for You. He also hosts the television panel game Was It Something I Said?, the radio show The Unbelievable Truth and the comedy news programme 10 O'Clock Live. As a writer, Mitchell regularly contributes comment articles to The Observer and The Guardian.
Mitchell's father was born in Liverpool of Scottish ancestry, and his mother is Welsh—Mitchell considers himself British rather than English. On 7 August 2014, Mitchell's name appeared—as part of a list of 200 signatories—in support of an open letter to The Guardian opposing Scottish independence prior to the September 2014 referendum on the issue. Mitchell's participation in the open letter follows a May 2011 Observer column, in which he concludes that the "British will have lost their country" if Scotland ever achieves independence.
Mitchell has often joked about his personal life in interviews. In 2005 he stated he had "been in so many situations when I've just said nothing to someone I've fancied." He later added that "I'm sort of all right on my own. I don't want it to be forever, but the fundamental thing is I'm all right alone." For many years he lived in Kilburn, London, as the flatmate of novelist Robert Hudson. In 2007, he was best man at Robert Webb's wedding to Abigail Burdess.
He first met broadcaster Victoria Coren at a showbusiness party in 2007 and was "completely smitten", and although she decided to pursue someone else, he continued to pine for her. In December 2010 they began dating. In March 2012 their engagement was announced in The Times, and they married on 17 November 2012. In May 2015, Victoria announced the birth of their daughter.
He remains interested in history and said in an interview with The Observer that "I can see myself in a few years' time joining the National Trust and going round the odd castle. I think I might find that restful as the anger of middle age sets in." In his interview on Parkinson he stated that if he could go back in time to do one thing, it would be to go to the building of Stonehenge, to ask them "why they were bothering". He is a cricket and snooker fan, and also plays the occasional game of squash and tennis. He is a user of Twitter, and does not drive. He is an agnostic.
Mitchell walks for an hour each day to counter a bad back, and as a result lost weight, but he "probably [has] quite a bad diet" and "probably drinks too much." He is constantly "checking and re-checking things", and describes himself as a worrier. Mitchell is a keen cricket fan and has written on the subject for The Guardian.
His favourite television programmes include The Simpsons, which he called the "best programme ever". He claims that watching new comedy is "very stressful", and cites I'm Alan Partridge, The Office and Monty Python as being among his favourite television programmes. He has also stated a liking for Extras, 30 Rock, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Bleak House, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, Terry and June and the television programmes of Adam Hart-Davis.
Beyond the realm of film and television, Mitchell cites Evelyn Waugh as among his favourite authors. He once claimed that he is "not remotely interested in music", but appeared on the radio programme Desert Island Discs. Mitchell has revealed that he owns two CDs, Phil Collins's ...But Seriously and Susan Boyle's I Dreamed a Dream.