Mathew Frazer Horne (born 6 September 1978) is an English actor, stand-up comedian, television presenter and narrator best known for appearing on several BBC sketch shows and sitcoms, most notably Gavin & Stacey portraying Gavin Shipman, The Catherine Tate Show, 20 Things to do Before You're 30, Teachers and Horne and Corden. Horne also appeared in the BBC Three comedy Bad Education.
Horne was born in Nottingham to Brian Horne and Glenis Reynolds and grew up in Burton Joyce, Nottinghamshire. Horne has an elder brother, Daniel. He attended Burton Joyce Primary School. He studied A level performing arts at Southwell Minster School in Nottinghamshire, and has a degree in drama from the University of Manchester. Here, Horne met Bruce Mackinnon in the first few weeks of term; they realised that they shared a similar sense of humour, but did not write material together until the third year of their studies.
Horne began his career as a comedian and later became one half of the comedy duo Mat and MacKinnon – first performing at the Edinburgh Festival in 2000. He was spotted at the festival by Catherine Tate who invited him to perform in The Catherine Tate Show. Since then Horne has continued to appear in several Catherine Tates Nan specials. He reprised his role as Jamie in two festive episodes of Catherine Tates Nan in 2015.
He also appeared in the first series of ITV production Doc Martin. In 2005, Horne appeared in an episode of The Smoking Room, playing Dominic the nephew of Janet who was conducting a psychological study of the employees.
In 2007 he starred in the BBC sitcom Roman's Empire and in November that year appeared in comedy sketches in The Kylie Show on ITV1 alongside Kylie Minogue, playing her assistant. Horne was also a guest star in the second series of Robin Hood.
From 2007 to 2010 he starred in the double BAFTA winning series Gavin & Stacey as main character Gavin Shipman, a kind-hearted young man who meets up with a girl he meets through their work phone calls and falls in love with her. The programme ran for three series with a Christmas special and received widespread critical acclaim.
Horne starred in the film Lesbian Vampire Killers alongside James Corden and made his stage debut in a 2009 revival of Entertaining Mr Sloane at the Trafalgar Studios. On 3 April 2009 it was reported that Horne collapsed on-stage during a West End performance of the play. He remained on-stage until medical assistance arrived, at which point he was taken to hospital. A statement released soon after said that he was exhausted after working 'flat out' for 3 months and it was later revealed that he was suffering from a virus.
Horne also guest-starred in the video for the Maccabees' 2009 free-download single "No Kind Words"
Work with James Corden
In 2008 Horne and Corden toured the UK with a stand-up show in preparation for their BBC sketch show Horne & Corden. The first episode was broadcast on show of 10 March 2009n on BBC Three. It was presented in front of a live audience, in a style reminiscent of Morecambe and Wise or The Two Ronnies. A variety of pre-filmed sketches and live performances were included.
2009 also saw the release of Lesbian Vampire Killers a comedy horror film written by Stewart Williams and Paul Hupfield and produced by Steve Clark-Hall and directed by Phil Claydon. Reviews of the film were largely negative. It holds a 29% approval rating on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes with an average score of 4/10. James Christopher of The Times described Lesbian Vampire Killers as "profoundly awful" stating it is an "instantly forgettable lads' mag farce" and claimed the film was an "appalling waste of a perfectly decent title". Allan Hunter of the Daily Express called it "badly written and hastily executed" and "takes all the easy options of bad taste, bosoms and body fluids". Anthony Quin writing in The Independent gave the film 1 star out of 5, describing it as woeful and stating that Horne and Corden had "overstretched their appeal" and looked "in danger" of becoming today's Hale and Pace. Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian described the film as "mostly pretty awful, but there are one or two crass laughs."
The Sun, however, gave it a positive review; Sun reviewer the Sneak gave Lesbian Vampire Killers (LVK) a rating of 3 out of 5 saying "other reviewers will undoubtedly say that LVK is another British comic flop but the Sneak won't be driving that stake into its heart." Similarly, Nicholas Yanes of Scifipulse.net found Lesbian Vampire Killers to be a great "B film" worth becoming a cult classic.
Whilst on the comedy panel show "The King is Dead" in September 2010, star James Corden commented that watching the film would be too harsh a punishment for prisoners being held at Guantanamo Bay and that it was "a pile of shit."
Horne appeared alongside Corden in the CGI film Planet 51, with a minor part voicing a soldier, Vesklin.
|2001||Noble and Silver: Get Off Me!||Housemate|
|2004–2007||The Catherine Tate Show||Various Characters|
|2004||The Smoking Room||Dominic|
|2004||Doc Martin||Ed Johnson|
|2005||Carrie & Barry||Adrian|
|2005||Our Hidden Lives||Davy|
|2005||Nathan Barley||Shop Assistant|
|2007–2010||Gavin & Stacey||Gavin Shipman|
|2007||The Kylie Show||Paul|
|2007||Robin Hood||The Fool|
|2007||Big Brother's Big Mouth||Guest Presenter|
|2008||Big Brother:Celebrity Hijack||Presenter|
|2008||Fairy Tales||Dean Gruff|
|2009||Horne & Corden||Various Characters|
|2009||Phineas and Ferb||Blay'n|
|2010||Worried About the Boy||Jon Moss|
|2010||Miss Marple||Bill Eversleigh|
|2010||Chekhov Comedy Shorts||Lomov|
|2011||Sounds from the Cities||himself|
|2012–2014||Bad Education||Shaquille Fraser|
|2013||Death in Paradise||Leo Downs|
|2014–||Agatha Raisin||Roy Silver|
|2014–2015||Catherine Tate's Nan||Jamie Taylor|
|2015-2016||Drunk History||Various Characters|
|2016||Are You Being Served?||Young Mr Grace|
|2004||Vanity Fair||Casino Boy|
|2005||A.W (Short Film)||Teen|
|2006||Stingray (Short Film)||Kurt|
|2008||Trimming the Fat (Short Film)||Sutcliffe|
|2009||Planet 51||Solider Vesklin|
|2009||Lesbian Vampire Killers||Jimmy|
|2011||Horrid Henry: The Movie||Dad|
|2014||Breaking the Bank||Nick|
|2015||The Bad Education Movie||Shaquille Fra$er|
Recognition and awards
Horne was nominated for Best Male Comedy Newcomer at the 2007 British Comedy Awards.