Chris Addison is a patron of Social Enterprise UK. Chris described social enterprise as a “sector that is taking the best of people’s entrepreneurial talent, the best of their energy and putting this back into the community.”
Chris is an accomplished comedian, writer, actor and director and began his career by writing and performing eight one-man stand-up comedy shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival; Chris was nominated for three Perrier awards for this work and went on to adapt two of the shows for BBC Radio 4, one of which went on to win the Sony Radio Academy Award for comedy. Chris is often a regular on popular comedy TV shows such as Mock The Week, Have I Got News For You, QI, Live At The Apollo and many more.
Moving away from stand-up Chris is most notably recognised for his role as Oliver Reeder in Armando Iannucci’s The Thick of It (BBC) and as Toby Wright in the subsequent Academy Award-nominated feature, In The Loop. Chris has starred in three series of the award-winning Channel 4 programme Skins and Peter Capaldi’s debut season of Dr Who. Chris has also featured in and written dialogue for the Royal Opera production of Emanuel Chabrier’s L’Étoile at Covent Garden.
Chris has written and created a number of his own series for TV, including the critically acclaimed Trying Again and the BBC sitcom Lab Rats. He has also written two books: Cautionary Tales for Grown Ups and It Wasn’t Me.
In recent years Chris has proved himself to be a successful director producing thirteen episodes of the multi-award-winning HBO programme Veep. In 2015, Chris won an Emmy for his role as Executive Producer on Veep and in 2016, he won the Directors Guild of America Award for director of a comedy series. 2017 saw Chris direct an episode of Fox’s Fresh Off the Boat and two episodes of NBC’s Playing House. He recently made his first Hollywood feature as the director of MGM’s new Dirty Rotten Scoundrels remake, starring Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson.
His latest work is the TV comedy Breeders which he created along with Martin Freeman, Chris Addison and Simon Blackwell.