40s-50s, Suffolk, Neutral, RP
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Karl is a recognisable comedy actor & stand-up comedian, best known for his long-running role as the ‘Landlord’ in the ITV2 award-winning comedy ‘Plebs’, set in Ancient Rome.  He is also known for playing one of the leads in much loved Channel 4 medical comedy series 'Green Wing' in which he starred as Dr Martin Dear.  Audible brought the series back in audio format in 2024 with all the main actors from the original series including Karl, alongside Olivia Colman and Stephen Mangan. 

He had a key part in the Universal Pictures 2019 romantic musical comedy movie 'Yesterday', alongside Lily James and Himesh Patel. 

In 2023 he had roles in The Sister Boniface Mysteries (UKTV/Britbox) as well as Malory Towers (CBBC).  Prior to that he appeared in the BBC Two comedy series 'The Witchfinder'.  He also appeared in the BBC series ‘Life’. He has had a string of appearances in many well-loved TV comedies such as Channel 4’s ‘Hang Ups’ with Stephen Mangan, as the therapist in ‘GameFace’ (also C4), Sky One’s black comedy ‘Sick Note’ with Nick Frost, Rupert Grinch & Lindsay Lohan and ‘Twenty Twelve’, the BBC’s irreverent take on the 2012 Olympics with Hugh Bonneville. He also appeared in the Sky One comedy movie ‘The Queen and I’ starring Samantha Bond and with Steve Coogan in the Alan Partridge movie ‘Alpha Papa’. 

He is also a writer and in 2002 he was part of the team who collected a British Academy Award for Best Television Comedy Series for scripting 'The Sketch Show.'

He has performed at the Edinburgh Festival, toured the UK with his one-man show Mr. Tinnamen's Travelling Medicine Show & more recently with, "Karl Essentially/The Book Tour" in 2019. He is lead singer of the band ‘Grifter Kid and the Midnight Raiders’. See videos below.

He has a light Suffolk accent from where he grew up, yet he neutralises well.

Age Range



Neutral, RP, Suffolk*


Green Wing: Resucitated (Audio Drama, 2024) – 'Dr Martin Dear', Audible
Still Up (TV, 2023) – 'Russell', Apple TV+
The Chelsea Detective (TV, 2023) – 'Sam Lenton', Acorn TV, Series 2
Malory Towers (TV, 2023) – 'Mr Edwards', CBBC
The Sister Boniface Mysteries (TV, 2023) – 'Patt Garrett', UKTV/Britbox, Series 2
The Witchfinder (TV, 2022) – 'fake John Stearne', BBC Two, Episode 5
Life (TV, 2020) – 'Dominic', BBC One
Death in Paradise (TV, 2019) – David Molyneux, BBC One, Series 8
Yesterday (Film, 2019) – 'Terry', Universal Pictures
Upstart Crow (TV, 2018) – Scratchit, BBC Two, Series 3
The Queen and I (Film, 2018) – 'Governor Windett', Sky One
Hang Ups (TV, 2018) – 'Pete Thompson', Channel 4
Game Face (TV, 2017-2019) – Graham/therapist, Channel 4, Series 1 & 2
Plebs (TV, 2013-2019) – 'Landlord', ITV2
Sick Note (TV, 2017-2018) – 'Michael', Sky One
Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa (Film, 2013) – 'Graham Frampton', Studio Canal/BBC Films
Twenty Twelve (TV, 2011-2012) – 'Graham Hitchins', BBC One, Series 1 & 2
Green Wing (TV, 2004-2006) – 'Dr Martin Dear, Channel 4, Series 1 & 2

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Showreel Videos

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Singing: Grifter Kid & The Midnight Raiders "I'm Not That Good To Be Bad"
Singing: Grifter Kid & The Midnight Raiders "Please Girl"
Singing: Grifter Kid & The Midnight Raiders "Preparing for The War"
Twenty Twelve (watch from 1.01)