Mark Williams (actor)

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Mark Williams
Born(1959-08-22) 22 August 1959 (age 55)
Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, England, UK
OccupationActor, presenter, screenwriter
Years active1982–present
Spouse(s)Diane Williams
Childrenone daughter
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Mark Williams
Born(1959-08-22) 22 August 1959 (age 55)
Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, England, UK
OccupationActor, presenter, screenwriter
Years active1982–present
Spouse(s)Diane Williams
Childrenone daughter

Mark Williams (born 22 August 1959) is an English actor, comedian, screenwriter and presenter. He is best known as one of the stars of the popular BBC sketch show The Fast Show, as well as for his role as Arthur Weasley in the Harry Potter films. Most recently he has appeared as the titular character in the BBC series Father Brown.

Early life[edit]

Mark Williams was born in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire.[citation needed]

He was educated at North Bromsgrove High School and Brasenose College, Oxford. He performed with Oxford University Dramatic Society (OUDS). Having made a career as a theatre actor and working for the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal National Theatre along the way, Williams came to wider public attention through his appearances on the BBC television sketch programmes Alexei Sayle's Stuff and The Fast Show.[1] Williams has described the huge popularity of the latter show as a "double-edged sword" as it has led to his being seen by the public as a comedian rather than as an actor.[1]


Williams made his film début alongside fellow débutants Hugh Grant and Imogen Stubbs in the Oxford University Film Foundation production Privileged in 1982.

His most famous cinema role is as Arthur Weasley in the Harry Potter film series, which began in 2002. Other high profile appearances include the film adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Stardust alongside Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert De Niro and Claire Danes in 2007 and a 2012 role in Doctor Who as Brian Williams, father of the Doctor's companion, Rory.[2]

In 2013 he appeared as the lead role in the BBC costume drama Father Brown.

In 2014 he started presenting the BBC game show The Link.

Aside from his acting work, Williams has also presented several documentary programmes: Mark Williams' Big Bangs on the history of explosives, a follow-up to previous series Mark Williams on the Rails, Industrial Revelations and More Industrial Revelations.

He is a supporter of both Aston Villa and Brighton & Hove Albion football clubs.[3]



1987Out of OrderPC
1988High SeasonBenny
1994Prince of JutlandAslak
1996101 DalmatiansHorace
1997The BorrowersExterminator Jeff
1998Shakespeare in LoveWabash
1999Whatever Happened to Harold Smith?Roland Thornton
2000High Heels and Low LifesTremaine
2002Harry Potter and the Chamber of SecretsArthur Weasley
2002Anita and MeThe Reverend 'Uncle' Alan
2002The Final CurtainDeclan Farrell
2004Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination LondonInspector Crescent
2004Harry Potter and the Prisoner of AzkabanArthur Weasley
2005Harry Potter and the Goblet of FireArthur Weasley
2006A Cock and Bull StoryIngoldsby
2007Harry Potter and the Order of the PhoenixArthur Weasley
2007StardustBilly the Innkeeper
2009Harry Potter and the Half-Blood PrinceArthur Weasley
2010Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1Arthur Weasley
2011Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2Arthur Weasley
2011Albert NobbsSean


1988The StorytellerFearnot's brotherEpisode "Fearnot"
Red DwarfOlaf PetersenThree episodes: "The End", "Balance of Power" & "Stasis Leak"
Alexei Sayle's StuffFirst series, six episodes
Making OutManfredEpisodes 1 and 2
KYTVEpisode "Launch"
1991Merlin of the Crystal CaveCerdic
BottomBorisEpisode "Accident"
1993The Smell of Reeves and MortimerDon PowellSeven episodes 1993–1995
1994Health and EfficiencyStevenEpisode "Cinderella Rockafeller"
The Fast Show23 episodes 1994–2000
Chef!Policeman 2Episode "Masterchef"
1995The Big GameTommy Hollis
Peak PracticeRoland GroganEpisode "Life and Soul"
1998The Fast Show Live
The Canterbury TalesChanticleerEpisode "Leaving London" – voice
Ted & RalphConfirmed Bachelor
1999Hunting VenusPeter
2000GormenghastProfessor Perch
The StrangerersCadet FlynnNine episodes
2001Fun at the Funeral ParlourLarry NazarethEpisode "The Jaws of Doom"
Industrial RevelationsHimselfTwo series (as presenter)
2002ShackletonDudley Docker[citation needed]
2003GrassBenSix episodes
2004Mark Williams on the RailsHimselfPresenter
Carrie and BarryKirkTwo episodes
2006Mark Williams' Big BangsHimselfPresenter
SaxondaleDeggsyOne episode
2007A Room with a ViewMr Beebe
2008Sense and SensibilitySir John Middleton
2009Inspector George GentlyJoe BishopEpisode "Gently in the Night"
Blood in the WaterJerry Hourihan
Agatha Christie's MarpleClaud EvansEpisode "Why Didn't They Ask Evans?"
New TricksDavid BeaumontEpisode "The Truth is out There"
2010Merlinvoice of goblin[4]Episode "Goblin's Gold"
The Indian DoctorRichard Sharpe[5]Five episodes
2011Frankenstein's WeddingAlphonse Frankenstein
2012Being HumanRegus
HustleDale Ridley
Doctor WhoBrian Williams[6]Season 7; Episode 2 (Dinosaurs on a Spaceship) and Episode 4 (The Power of Three)
2013BlandingsSebastian BeachSix episodes
Father BrownFather BrownAll ten episodes
Still Open All HoursPlanter's Salesman
2014Father BrownFather BrownAll ten episodes
The LinkPresenterBBC One game show


  1. ^ a b "Mark Williams: I'm not a comedian". 2013-01-12. Retrieved 2013-01-16. 
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ "Mark Williams: Captain of industry". The Independent.
  4. ^ "Merlin – Goblin's Gold". Retrieved 2013-01-16. 
  5. ^ Ian Wolf. "The Indian Doctor – Production Details". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 18 November 2010. 
  6. ^ Doctor Who Magazine - Issued March 8, 2012.

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