Griff Rhys Jones was born in Cardiff, Wales in 1953. Rhys Jones read History and English at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and has since established himself as a comedian, actor, writer and presenter.
Rhys Jones performed in Charley’s Aunt in 1984, a performance, which found him winning the Olivier Award for Best Comedy Performance. He won this award again in 1994 for his turn in An Absolute Turkey. He also starred in Oliver! at Theatre Royal Drury Lane as Fagin from December 2009 to January 2011. He then played Toad in Wind and the Willows at the National Theatre.
As well as founding two production companies, Talkback, which produced comedy series such as Da Ali G Show, I’m Alan Partridge and Smack the Pony, and Modern Television in 2005; he has also been awarded honorary degrees at University of East Anglia, University of Glamorgan, University of Essex and Anglia Ruskin University.
Rhys Jones returned to the West End in 2017 in The Miser at the Garrick Theatre.