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 had a key part in the Universal Pictures 2019 romantic musical comedy movie 'Yesterday', alongside Lily James and Himesh Patel.
In 2022 he can be seen in the BBC Two comedy series 'The Witchfinder'. He has also recently 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’. Other notable performances include his role as Dr Martin Dear in series one and two of Channel 4’s ‘The Green Wing’.
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.
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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