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Occupation  Actor
Ex-spouse  Bridget Thornborrow
Role  Actor
Name  Mark Heap
Years active  1987–present

Mark Heap (actor)

Born  13 May 1957 (age 64) (1957-05-13) Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu, India
Movies  Stardust, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, All Stars
TV shows  Friday Night Dinner, Spaced, Green Wing, Big Train, Lark Rise to Candleford
Similar People  Paul Ritter, Robert Popper, Jessica Hynes, Blair Dunlop, Graham Linehan

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Mark Heap (born 13 May 1957) is an English actor, best known for his roles in television comedies such as Spaced, Brass Eye, Big Train, Jam and Green Wing.


Mark Heap as James "Jim" Bell wearing eyeglasses with a mustache in Friday Night Dinner, a British television sitcom.

Mark heap and kevin eldon in charlie and the chocolate factory

Early life

Heap was born in Tamil Nadu, India, to an English father and American mother. He was born the youngest of four boys. He began his acting career in the 1980s as a member of the Medieval Players, a touring company performing medieval and early modern theatre, and featuring stilt-walking, juggling and puppetry. His brother, Carl Heap, was the artistic director of the company. In 1983, he made a brief appearance as a fire-breather in the James Bond film Octopussy. After its demise, he became part of the street theatre duo The Two Marks (with Mark Saban) who appeared on television shows Ghost Train and 3-2-1.


He has appeared in a variety of television comedy roles, often playing obsessive and self-deluded characters, including struggling artist Brian Topp in Spaced, the pompous Dr. Alan Statham in Green Wing, and various roles in the sketch show Big Train. He has worked in a number of ventures with Chris Morris, appearing in Jam, its radio predecessor Blue Jam, and the documentary parody series Brass Eye.

Mark Heap wearing eyeglasses and a gray shirt.

Heap voiced the lead character of Eric Feeble in the animated comedy Stressed Eric. Other recurring roles included Terry Roche in Paul Whitehouse's comedy-drama Happiness and Derek Few in How Do You Want Me?. Heap played Harry in the short-lived Rob Grant TV series The Strangerers, aired in 2000. He also guested in the second series of the BBC comedy Look Around You as Leonard Hatred.

Mark Heap wearing a pink shirt with a collar.

In March 2007 he appeared in the BBC One drama Hotel Babylon as an unsuccessful businessman who became a bellboy. Between 2008 and 2010 he appeared in 32 episodes of the BBC period drama Lark Rise to Candleford as head postman Thomas Brown, as well as super villain Lightkiller in an episode of the sitcom No Heroics. He also appears as the father of Chris Miles in the Channel 4 programme Skins. Heap played the love interest of the main character in the second series of the BBC comedy Love Soup.

He played the role of Charles Dickens in the 2009 BBC Two drama Desperate Romantics. Also in 2009 he played Jessica Hynes' husband in the one-off comedy Lizzie & Sarah, written by Hynes and Julia Davis.

In 2010 he appeared as Bob Stevens, the leader of a rambling group, in the BBC4 series The Great Outdoors. He also appeared as a psychiatrist in Miranda Hart's comedy Miranda on BBC2. In October 2010 he appeared as Robin in the four-part BBC drama Single Father. Heap plays Jim in the Channel 4 sitcom Friday Night Dinner alongside Simon Bird and Tamsin Greig. He also played Andrew Thorogood in the BBC Four comedy Holy Flying Circus and Jonas in the 8th episode of E4's sci-fi comedy-drama Misfits series 3.

In October 2012 he appeared as an unnamed "Heathrow passenger" in the first episode of the Jungleboys comedy A Moody Christmas, broadcast on ABC1 Australia.

He joined the cast of the Sky1 original series Spy for its second season commencing in October 2012, replacing Tom Goodman-Hill as Philip Quil, Judith's partner and Marcus' headteacher.

He appeared in the spin-off episode of Outnumbered, the Christmas special episode, aired on 24 December 2012 in which he portrayed Norris, for this single episode. He played the owner of a pet crematorium in Sue Perkins's 2013 comedy Heading Out. Mark also had a leading role in BBC Radio 4's adaptation of Gogol's 'Lost Souls.'

He starred as Robert Greene in series one (2016) and series two (2017) of Upstart Crow, a BBC 2 sitcom about Shakespeare, written by Ben Elton, alongside David Mitchell, Harry Enfield, Rob Rouse and Liza Tarbuck.


In the film About a Boy, Heap played a school teacher. He appeared in Tim Burton's 2005 film Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Heap also played a minor role in the 2006 film Confetti as the marriage registrar. He played an injured fairground patron in Tunnel of Love (2004), which also starred Jack Dee. He plays the part of the prince Tertius in the 2007 film Stardust. In 2008 he co-starred in the surreal science fiction film Captain Eager and the Mark of Voth. He appears in the 2013 film The World's End.

Advertising work

In 2009 he appeared as a car salesman in a SEAT television advert. Heap voices the fox in the Old Speckled Hen adverts sponsoring comedy on Dave.

Other acting

In 2008 Heap played the role of Widmerpool in a Radio 4 serialisation of Anthony Powell's A Dance to the Music of Time. He played Eliza's husband in 2006 Radio 4 play The Eliza Stories and appeared as Marmite the Dwarf in the short-lived Radio 4 sitcom The Sofa of Time. He starred in the music video for Four Tet's single "Smile Around the Face" in 2005, contributed a multitude of character voices in the audiobook "Do Ants Have Arseholes?". In 2012 he starred as Martin in the Radio 4 play Cordite for Breakfast, a comedy about Napoleonic-era battle re-enactments. In March 2013, he appeared as Rincewind in a 4-part Radio 4 adaptation of Terry Pratchett's Eric. In 2014 it was announced that Heap will play the angel Aziraphale in the BBC radio adaption of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett's Good Omens.


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