Steve Pemberton, Mark Gatiss and Reece Shearsmith wrote the League of Gentleman, a popular sitcom that ran in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, about which the BBC says:
The story of a simple Northern village [Royston Vasey] where everyone keeps themselves to themselves and people like to keep things ‘local’, The League of Gentlemen is one of the most powerful comic formats ever created.
Along with The Fast Show, it made the sketch format ‘cool’ after the genre spending years in the wilderness. Without The League, there would have been – almost without a doubt – no Little Britain.
At times genuinely moving, at others so profoundly disturbing and shocking that it transcends traditional comedy, most of the time TLOG is just extremely funny, biting and brilliantly, dramatically written – the classiest sketch-based format written in recent broadcasting history.
Steve Pemberton was also busy acting in other roles during that period. These included Churchill: The Hollywood Years, Match Point, and Mr. Bean’s Holiday.
Born in Blackburn, Lancashire, England, on September 1, 1967, Steve Pemberton attended St. Michael’s CE High School in Chorley, Lancashire, where his acting skills were first realised. He later graduated from Bretton Hall Drama College with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts.
Pemberton’s other TV credits include: Whitechapel (2009); Doctor Who (2008); Benidorm (2007–present); Under the Greenwood Tree (2005); Hotel Babylon (2005); The Last Detective (2005); Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased); and Blackpool. He also appeared in Shameless as the husband of Sheila, Frank’s Girlfriend. In 2004 he played Dr. Bessner in Agatha Christie’s Poirot – Death on the Nile. Pemberton also starred in the film Lassie (2005) as Hymes.
In the absence of a public domain photograph, we offer this link to a short YouTube clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7QPrk_GWCE