Joe Wilkinson

Joseph Roland Wilkinson (born 11 February 1975) is an English comedian, actor, and writer. He began his comedy career in his local village pub in 2004 and has supported Alan Carr and Russell Howard on tour.[3] He has also made numerous appearances on television on programmes such as Live at the Apollo and Live at the Electric and has been touring solo since 2011. He began appearing on 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown in 2012, initially as Rachel Riley's assistant. He has since gone on to become a regular panelist or guest team captain. He is also one half of the comedy duo "Two Episodes of Mash", alongside Diane Morgan. In 2019 Wilkinson took part in a celebrity special version of The Great British Bake Off (for Stand Up to Cancer), which he won.

Joe Wilkinson
Birth nameJoseph Roland Wilkinson
Born (1975-02-11) 11 February 1975[1]
Bromley, London, England[2]
MediumStand-up comedy, actor, writer
Years active2004–present
GenresBlack comedy, surreal humour, deadpan

In 2006, Wilkinson won the Hackney Empire New Act of the Year.[4]

Early life

Wilkinson was born to Brian Wilkinson and Stella (née Dunster) Wilkinson[5] on 2 May 1975 and grew up in Kent.[6][2]


Wilkinson started his career in 2004 at his local pub, which was holding an "open mic" evening for which he signed himself up.[7] Since 2008, he has performed many stand up shows including the tour "Joe Wilkinson: My Mum's Called Stella and My Dad's Called Brian"[7], and has appeared at venues such as the Edinburgh Fringe and the Bloomsbury Theatre.


Since 2010, Wilkinson has appeared in a number of television shows. In 2010, he played various characters in the first series of Robert's Web. He appeared on The Rob Brydon Show, The Wright Stuff, Show & Tell, Comedy Lab, My Funniest Year, and the television film England's Worst Ever Football Team. He played a major role in Him & Her as Dan Perkins, the lonely, socially awkward neighbour to main characters Becky and Steve.

Wilkinson is a regular on popular British panel shows. He has appeared on 8 Out of 10 Cats, Have I Got News for You, Mock the Week and Never Mind the Buzzcocks and has performed at a stand-up section of Russell Howard's Good News. He has appeared in Miranda.

Wilkinson wrote three episodes in the first series of Anna & Katy, as well as an animated short in 2012, A Fishy Tale. Additionally, three episodes of Show & Tell and the episode '2001' for My Funniest Year were written by him.

Wilkinson is involved in the BBC Three comedy show Live at the Electric as half of the comedic double-act "Two Episodes of MASH" with Diane Morgan.[8] It has been previously broadcast on BBC Radio 2.[3]

Since 2014, Wilkinson has appeared as a resident comedian on the revived series of Celebrity Squares, hosted by Warwick Davis on ITV.[9] It returned for a second series in April 2015.

In 2016, he starred in the Sky 1 series Rovers which he co-wrote with David Earl.[10] He was also a contestant on the second series of Dave comedy panel show Taskmaster.[11]

In 2019, Wilkinson appeared as Jeffrey in the first series of the Netflix original series Sex Education. He also starred in Ricky Gervais' comedy-drama After Life as "Postman Pat", the incompetent and nosey postman of the main character's street.

In November 2019 he starred in the 3-part Gold sitcom The Cockfields, which he co-wrote with David Earl. Wilkinson plays Simon who takes his girlfriend Donna (Diane Morgan) to meet his family at their home on the Isle of Wight for the very first time.[12]

8 Out of 10 Cats

Since 2012, Wilkinson has made regular appearances on the 8 Out of 10 Cats spin-off show, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown. He generally partakes in the show's second half during which he stands in as Rachel Riley's assistant. He often appears in costumes, performs stunts, and brings on special guests. In 2012, during the special episode of 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Deal or No Deal, Wilkinson made a special appearance as the banker's assistant.


Wilkinson has performed two major tours: My Mum's called Stella and my Dad's called Brian[13] and The Joe Wilkinson Experience.[14] Both tours have received mixed reviews, but those for The Joe Wilkinson Experience exceeded those of My Mum's called Stella and my Dad's called Brian. In an August 2011 review for My Mum's called Stella and my Dad's called Brian, Steve Bennett said, "There's just enough to earn Wilkinson three stars, but it's a close call for a comedian who always seems to attract industry attention but never really comes up with the goods to make an impact."[15]

Other work

In 2014, Wilkinson appeared in a commercial for Hellmann's Mayonnaise with Sue Barker and Brian Blessed, and in 2015, Wilkinson began voicing ads for

In June 2015, Wilkinson appeared in a live recording for the Flatshare Slamdown. From the beginning of the show, he was quite inebriated and had to be substituted with a member of the audience when he left to get himself another glass of wine. The episode was published in August 2017.[16]

In 2019, Wilkinson took part in a special episode of The Great British Bake Off for Stand Up to Cancer.[17]

Personal life

He married Petra Exton[18] in July 2015 and lives in Brighton.[19] Wilkinson has been very open about how his life has been "boring" and states that it has been useful in giving him material for his stand-up tour and comedies.[20]

Wilkinson is a fan of Gillingham F.C. [21][19]



2014 Title Role Notes
2008Monster from Bikini BeachLuau Burdett
2010England's Worst Ever Football TeamHimselfDocumentary
2012EggboxFast EddieTelevision film
2014The Feeling Nuts Comedy NightHimself
2015SuperBobThe Postman


Year Title Role Notes
2010–13 Him & Her Dan Perkins Main role
2011–19 8 Out of 10 Cats Himself Guest panellist (20 episodes)
2011 The Rob Brydon Show 1 episode
Comedy Lab Sheriff Episode: "Rick and Peter"
Show and Tell Himself 2 episodes
The Wright Stuff Guest panellist (1 episode)
2012 Russell Howard's Good News 1 episode
2012–present 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown Rachel Riley's assistant, later regular panelist/guest team captain (48 episodes)
2012 Live at the Electric Various characters 8 episodes
2013 Have I Got News for You Himself 6 episodes
Edinburgh Comedy Fest Live 1 episode
2013–14 Miranda Norman 3 episodes
2014 Derek Cliff 2 episodes
24 Hours To Go Broke Himself 1 episode
2014–15 Celebrity Squares Residen comedian (15 episodes)
2015 Russell Howard's Stand Up Central 1 episode
2016 Taskmaster Contestant (5 episodes)
Rovers Lee Also writer, associate producer
2017 Still Open All Hours Wayne 1 episode
2018 The Crystal Maze Himself Contestant (1 episode)
2019 Sex Education Jeffrey
After Life Pat [22]
Comedians Watching Football with Friends Himself [23]
Moominvalley Hemulen Fisherman and Park Keeper (Voice) 2 episodes
The Cockfields Simon 3 episodes, also co-writer


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  2. England & Wales, Civil Registration Birth Index, 1916-2007
  3. "Radio 2's Comedy Showcase, Two Episodes of Mash". BBC Online. Retrieved 24 June 2012.
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  6. England & Wales, Civil Registration Marriage Index, 1916-2005
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  8. Seale, Jack. "Live at the Electric | Series 1 - Episode 1". Radio Times. Archived from the original on 2 June 2012. Retrieved 24 June 2012.
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  10. "Sky 1 scores a blinder with Rovers, a brand new comedy produced by Craig Cash". Sky UK. 9 July 2015. Archived from the original on 2 April 2017. Retrieved 1 April 2017.
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  12. Guide, British Comedy. "The Cockfields - Gold Sitcom". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 19 November 2019.
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  22. Wiseman, Andreas (5 July 2018). "'Downton Abbey' & 'Game Of Thrones' Stars Join Ricky Gervais In His New Netflix Comedy 'After Life', Shoot Under Way". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 30 September 2018.
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