Mathew John Baynton (born 18 November 1980) is an English actor, writer, comedian, singer, and musician. He is best known as the co-creator, writer and star of the sitcoms The Wrong Mans and Yonderland, as well as a member of the starring troupe of children's sketch comedy Horrible Histories. Other major television roles include Deano in Gavin & Stacey, Chris Pitt-Goddard in Spy, and twin brothers Jamie Winton and Ariel Conroy in You, Me and the Apocalypse.
Baynton was born in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, the youngest of three brothers. He was educated at Southend High School for Boys. He graduated with first class honours from the Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama, and later trained in clowning at École Philippe Gaulier in Paris. Baynton explained his motivation in an interview with Metro, "The performing instinct came from making my family laugh, so I've always been drawn to the funny side of things. Comedy is really rewarding."
Acting and writing
Baynton teamed with friend and fellow Gavin & Stacey alumnus James Corden to create, write, and star in The Wrong Mans, a comedy-thriller for BBC Two that premiered in autumn 2013. The series is co-produced by online television provider Hulu.com in the United States, where it premiered in November 2013. The first six-part series proved a critical and commercial success, and a similarly well-received two-part sequel was broadcast in December 2014.
Baynton is also familiar as one of the stars of the hit children's television series Horrible Histories, appearing over all five series as a singer, actor, and occasional writer. Other notable roles include the recurring character of Deano in Gavin & Stacey and co-starring as Chris in the Darren Boyd sitcom vehicle Spy.
Along with the five other members of the Horrible Histories cast, Baynton is the creator, writer, and star of Yonderland, an eight-part family fantasy comedy series that premiered on Sky1 on 10 November 2013. He starred with the same troupe in Bill, a BBC family comedy film based loosely around the early life of William Shakespeare.
Baynton is a former member of the band Special Benny as a vocalist, guitarist, and bassist. Their debut album Toys was released in 2010. He has also performed as a solo act under the name Dog Ears. His debut solo EP, So It Goes, was released in November 2011. It consists of four self-penned songs.
Baynton is the youngest of three brothers. He and wife Kelly, a film historian, have a son, Bo, born in 2011. Baynton has said that he sees no problem with the boy following in his footsteps: "I enjoy it, so why shouldn't I let him?"
|2015||Bill||William "Bill" Shakespeare|
|2015||The Falling||Mr. Hopkins|
|2008||Ashes to Ashes||Tom Robinson|
|2008–2010||Gavin and Stacey||Deano|
|2009||Doc Martin||Junior Chef|
|2009||Horne & Corden||Various|
|2009||Brave Young Men||Dylan|
|2009–2010||The Armstrong and Miller Show||Various Characters|
|2009–2013||Horrible Histories||Various Characters|
|2010||The King Is Dead||Various Characters|
|2010||The Fleet||Van salesman|
|2010||The Stephen K. Amos Show||Himself|
|2011||BBC Proms: Horrible Histories Big Prom Party||Various Characters|
|2013–2014||The Wrong Mans||Sam Pinkett|
|2015||You, Me and the Apocalypse||Jamie Winton / Ariel Conroy|
|2016||Drunk History||Various Characters|
|2017||Amero Squad||Tiny Dancy (Male Version of Tiny Dancer)|
He was also involved in the music video for "Listening Man" by The Bees.
Awards and nominations
With Corden and Tom Basden, he won a 2013 Royal Television Society (RTS) Programme Award for Best Writer—Comedy for The Wrong Mans. Baynton and Corden also received a 2014 BAFTA TV Craft Award nomination in the same category, and were nominated for Best Male Performance in a Comedy Programme in the same year's BAFTA Television Awards.