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.

Early life

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

In 2009, Baynton featured in the video for The Maccabees' single "No Kind Words" alongside Mathew Horne.

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 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 appeared at the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, starring in the world premiere of Tom Basden's play Holes. He reprised his role of Gus in a London revival of the same play in summer 2014.

In late 2015, Baynton starred in a dual role as Jamie Winton and his evil twin Ariel Conroy in Sky1's science fiction comedy-drama miniseries You, Me and the Apocalypse.


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.

Personal life

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?"



2008TelstarRitchie Blackmore
2009City RatsBarista
2010HereafterCollege Receptionist
2010Tooty's WeddingAiden
2010You InsteadTyko
2015BillWilliam "Bill" Shakespeare
Various Characters
2015The FallingMr. Hopkins


2008Ashes to AshesTom Robinson
2008Roman's EmpireDavvy
2008–2010Gavin and StaceyDeano
2009Doc MartinJunior Chef
2009Horne & CordenVarious
2009Brave Young MenDylan
2009New TownDerrin
2009–2010The Armstrong and Miller ShowVarious Characters
2009–2013Horrible HistoriesVarious Characters
2010The King Is DeadVarious Characters
2010The FleetVan salesman
2010The Stephen K. Amos ShowHimself
2010–2012Peep ShowSimon
2011BBC Proms: Horrible Histories Big Prom PartyVarious Characters
2011–2012SpyChris Pitt-Goddard
2013–2014The Wrong MansSam Pinkett
2013–presentYonderlandVarious Characters
2014BlandingsPongo Twistleton
2015You, Me and the ApocalypseJamie Winton / Ariel Conroy
2016Drunk HistoryVarious Characters
2017Amero SquadTiny Dancy (Male Version of Tiny Dancer)

He was also involved in the music video for "Listening Man" by The Bees.

Awards and nominations

In 2012, Baynton was nominated for a Children's BAFTA for Best Performer for his work on Series Four of Horrible Histories. He lost to Khalil Madovi for 4 O'Clock Club.

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.