Adrian Charles Edmondson is an English actor, comedian, musician,
writer and television presenter. He studied drama at Manchester
University where he met his comedy partner Rik Mayall. The
influence of the absurdist dramatists he studied and his early love
for The Goons, The Muppets and Monty Python are all reflected in
his comedy practice. He and Rik were part of the first wave of
Alternative Comedy where their glorious pursuit of laughter and
anarchic performances changed the comedic landscape forever.
He starred as Vyvyan in The Young Ones, the series that blasted its way onto our screens tearing into our preconceptions of what television comedy could be. Adrian has since had a very significant career. A career that has taken him in later years into 'straight' acting as well, at the RSC, BBC TV's War and Peace and EastEnders, and as a writer of books for adults and children. He has also had an award-winning music career with his band The Bad Shepherds, which fused punk and folk.