Harry is a BAFTA-winning comedian, actor, writer and director. Along with his co-stars, Kathy Burke and Paul Whitehouse, he was one of the most prominent television comedians throughout the 90s. He first came to public attention when appearing on Channel 4’s Saturday Live as several different characters created with Paul Whitehouse. Among these characters were Stavros, a Greek restaurant owner with fractured English; and Loadsamoney, an obnoxious character who constantly boasted about how much money he earned. Loadsamoney spawned a hit single in 1988 and a sell-out live tour.
In 1989 Enfield realised a personal project, Norbert Smith – a Life, a spoof on British theatrical knights slumming in the film industry.
He also provided voices for the British satirical puppet show Spitting Image, and starred as Dirk Gently in the BBC Radio adaptations of Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency and The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul.
Television Career from 1990 Onwards
In 1990 Enfield developed his BBC sketch show, Harry Enfield’s Television Programme, later called Harry Enfield and Chums, with Whitehouse and Kathy Burke.
In 1991, Enfield played Dermot in the first series of Men Behaving Badly along with Martin Clunes, Caroline Quentin and Leslie Ash, originally on Thames Television.
In 2002 Enfield returned to the BBC with Celeb, a new series based on the comic strip of the same title in Private Eye, as the ageing rockstar Gary Bloke. Also in that year, Enfield became the first guest on the revamped version of BBC’s Top Gear and also appeared on the show on 23 November 2008. Enfield has also narrated various TV documentaries such as the Discovery Wings channel “Classic British Aircraft”.
In 2000 Enfield appeared in his first leading film role playing Kevin alongside Kathy Burke, who played the character’s (male) friend Perry—roles originally created for Enfield’s television series—in Kevin & Perry Go Large. The film charted the pair’s attempt to become professional DJs by travelling to the nightclubs of Ibiza and pestering their idol, the DJ Eyeball Paul, played by Rhys Ifans,
In 2004 Enfield starred in a series of commercials for Burger King in the United States as Dr. Angus, a character intended to promote the company’s newest hamburger.
In 2012 he starred with Simon Callow in the film ” Acts of Gordfrey” which opened in UK cinemas on 27 January.
One of the most respected figures in the history of comedy, Harry Enfield is in demand as an after dinner speaker and events host.