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Mark Williams who was born in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, England, UK, on ​​22 August 1959, was trained at North Bromsgrove High School and Brasenose College, Oxford. He performed with Oxford University Dramatic Society (OUDS). As a theater actor, Mark has a made a career and worked for the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal National Theater. He acted for three years at the Mikron Theater on a tour boat in the 1980s. In 1982 Mark made his debut as Wilf in the movie 'Privileged'. He had in 1988 several roles in the first season of the TV series "Alexei Sayle's Stuff". In 1992 Mark played the role of Danny in the second season of the TV series "Kinsey". He could be seen from 1993 until 1995 for two seasons as Don Powell from Slade in the TV series "The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer". Between 1994 and 2000 Mark played several roles in the TV series "The Fast Show" that he co-wrote for three seasons. Mark could in 1995 be admired as Tommy Hollis in the TV movie 'The Big Game'. Between 1987 and 1994 he had roles in the movies 'High Season', 'Out of Order' and 'Prince of Jutland', the television movies 'Tumbledown', 'Coppers' and 'Bad Company' and the mini series 'Great Expectations'. Mark could in 1996 be seen as Horace in the movie '101 Dalmatians'. That same year he directed two plays at the Channel 4 Sitcom Festival at Hammersmith in London, Bleeding Hearts and In Exile. In 1997 Mark had a role in the movie 'The Borrowers'. He was in 1998 in the theaters with the performance of The Fast Show Live, which he co-wrote. In the same year, Mark was also featured in the movie 'Shakespeare in Love' and the TV movie 'Ted & Ralph'. He played in 1999 the role of Flynn in the TV series "The Strangers". In 1999 and 2000 Mark had further roles in the movie 'Whatever Happened to Harold Smith?', The TV films 'Hunting Venus' and 'Happy Birthday Shakespeare' and the mini-series 'Gormenghast'. In 2001 he presented the documentary "Industrial Revelations" and the sequel thereafter, "More Industrial Revelations". In that year Mark was also seen as Tremaine in the movie 'High Heels and Low Lifes'. In 2002 he had roles in the movies 'Shackleton', 'The Heart of Me', 'The Final Curtain', 'Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets' and 'Anita & Me' and the TV movies 'I Love the 100 Best Top Ten List of the Fast Show Ever!' and 'Dick Whittington '. Mark was in 2003 in the theaters with the performance The Fast Show Farewell Tour which he co-wrote. Mark also has on BBC Radio 4 his own radio program, The Tape-Recorded HighLights of a Humble Bee. In 2004 he could be seen for two seasons as Kirk in the TV series "Carrie & Barry". In that year Mark also had roles in the movies 'Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London' and 'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban' and he presented the documentary program "Mark Williams on the Rails". In 2005 Mark was shown in the movies 'A Cock and Bull Story' and 'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire' and the mini series 'The Rotter's Club'. In 2006 he presented the documentary program "Mark Williams' Big Bangs". Mark could also be admired as Tommy Vesty in the TV movie 'Viva Blackpool'. In 2007 he could be seen as Mr. Beebe in the TV movie 'A Room with a View' and he had roles in the movies 'Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix' and 'Stardust'. In 2008 Mark played the role of Sir John Middleton in the mini-series 'Sense & Sensibility'. In 2009 he had roles in the movie 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince' and the TV movie 'Blood in the Water'. In 2010 Mark could be seen as Richard Sharpe in the first season of the TV series "The Indian Doctor". He also had a role in the movie 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1'. In 2011 Mark could be seen in the theater with the production Frankenstein's Wedding ... Live in Leeds and he had roles in the movies 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2', 'Albert Nobbs' and 'Flutter'. Mark played in 2013 the role of Sebastian Beach in the first season of the TV series "Blandings". Since that year he can also be seen as Father Brown in the TV series "Father Brown" that has been running for six seasons already. Mark was in 2014 two seasons presenter of the program "The Link". In 2015 he gave his voice to the video game Lego Dimensions. In 2016 Mark could be seen as Phil in the movie 'Golden Years'. In 2018 he took care of Barry's voice in the animated film 'Early Man'. Mark also has his own program where he runs a tour boat, explores canal roads and looks at the history of the industrial era in the United Kingdom, especially in the Midlands. In the short movie 'Fever' and the short tv-movies 'You Is not Seen All These, Right?' and 'The Comic Strip Presents Redtop' he was shown, while he gave his voice to the short movie 'The History'. or Denim 'and the short TV movies 'Second Star to the Left', 'Combat Sheep' and 'We're Going on a Beer Hunt’. Mark was featured in guest TV series such as "The Storyteller", "Red Dwarf", "Making Out", "KYTV", "Bottom", "Merlin of the Crystal Cave", "Harry Enfield's Television Program", " Bunch of Five "," Casualty "," Health and Efficiency "," Chef! "," Harry Enfield and Chums "," 99-1 "," Peak Practice "," Searching "," Comedy Lab "," Fun at the Funeral Parlor "," Jumpers for Goalposts "," Happiness "," Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased) "," Star "," Grass "," Help "," Saxondale "," Agatha Christie's Marple "," Inspector George Gently "," New Tricks "," Little Crackers "," Being Human "," Hustle "," Doctor Who "from 2005," Still Open All Hours "," The Musketeers "," Drunk History: UK "and" Hospital People " ". He gave his voice in guest roles for TV series like "The Canterbury Tales", "Power Rangers Operation Overdrive", "Merlin" and "Power Rangers Samurai". Perry from Moov.nl was given the opportunity to interview the very friendly Mark Williams for the internet site.


001.What is your favorite CD and why?

       My favorite CD is 'Endtroducing ...' by the American music producer DJ Shadow (the artist name of Joshua Davis, ed.). This is such a great album.

002.What is your favorite song and when do you prefer to listen to it?

       I do not have a favorite song. But if I need some energy and I need t oremember the right attitude to life I listen to the songs of the CD 'Troublegum'

       from the group Therapy.

003.Do you ever liste to music just before filming and/or performances?

       Yes, my iPhone playlist is always in random order.

004.How important is music in your private life?

       I have spent a holiday without music. Your brain remembers enough numbers to keep you busy.

005.Who is your favorite singer (man or woman) and/or group?

       For me is that the American neo-soul, R & B and hip hop singer Erykah Badu (Artist name of Erica Wright, ed.).

006.With who would you like to sing a duet?

       Together with my "The Fast Show" colleague Paul Whitehouse I would like to sing as a duet the classical song "Au fond du temple saint" ("At the back

       of the holy temple") from the opera Les pêcheurs de perles of Georges Bizet.

007.What is your favorite sport? And do you also practice a sport yourself?

       The Scottish sport Curling is a precision sport that is played on ice with heavy stones. I like to look at this. Self I do running, even though I do it at my

       own speed.

008.U acts in TV series ("Father Brown" from 2013), movies ('101 Dalmatians' from 1996), doing theater (Frankenstein's Wedding ... Live in

       Leeds from 2011), are comedian (The Fast Show Live from 1998), presents television programs ("The Link" from 2014), radio programs

       (The Tape-Recorded HighLights of a Humble Bee from 2003), are a writer (The Fast Show Farewell Tour from 2003), directs plays (Bleeding

       Hearts from 1996) and does voices (like for the video game Lego Dimensions from 2015 and the animated film 'Early Man' from 2018). If

       you have to make a selection from all your activities that you like to do the most, what would it be?

       I would never want to make a choice to do one thing. The incredible privilege to be asked to do different things is the greatest joy in my career. Some

       things I never expected to do.

009.You sometimes hear that every character that an actor or actress plays have something of itself. Can you name both an agreement and a

       big difference in terms of character between yourself and Father Brown from "Father Brown" of 2013?

       It is essential to bring something from yourself to your character. Otherwise it is just one caricature without love that you play. Father Brown has an

       unwavering faith. Both in faith itself as fellow human beings. I do not have that myself. With me it is still until here and not further. I can not easily

       mention an agreement. I already see Father Brown as one of my friends from my own circle of friends.

010.At what point in your career you are the most proud and/or do you save the best memories?

       Pride is a big word. I see that a bit like a sin. Every job has a lot of unique memories and most of them are through the work of certain persons where

       I worked with. I therefore think that the best part of the acting is the people with who you work.

011.From 1994 until 2000 you could be see three seasons in the tv-series "The Fast Show ". Have Paul Whitehouse (the other protagonist and

       writer of the series, ed.) and you agree on the possibility of a return with The Fast Show on TV or in theater?

       After the TV series, two more theater shows have appeared. The Fast Show Live from 1998 and The Fast Show Farewell Tour from 2003. As far as I

       am concerned there is always a possibility "The Fast Show" can return, but that is up to the BBC. Next year it will be 25 years ago that the program

       first appeared.

012.In 1997 the first Harry Potter book appeared, while four years later the first 'Harry Potter' movie appeared. What did you have with the

       books before you was approached for the role of Arthur Weasley?

       When I read the first Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, I immediately thought that I could be Arthur Weasly. I knew how I

       should play him. There is a big difference between films and books. If I had to make a choice between these two, if I prefer to read a film or reading a

       book, then I choose to read a book.

013.What can we expect from you in the future in showbizz?

       From Friday, November 9, 2018 through Saturday, May 4, 2019, I can be seen as Dr. Dolittle in a new version of the Leslie Bricus musical Dr. Dolittle.

       With this musical we go touring along British theaters. The seventh season of the TV series "Father Brown" will be broadcast from January 2019. I am

       also going to play the role of Mabuse in the movie 'The Dark Channel'.


Look for more information about the musical Dr. Dolittle that goes touring along British theaters at http://doctordolittlemusical.com/.


Interview: Perry Krootjes