Marc Wootton

Marc James Wootton is an English character comedian. He is perhaps best known for his role as Mr Poppy in the Nativity! film series. Wootton is also known for his role as the fake medium and psychic, Shirley Ghostman, on the two BBC Three series, High Spirits with Shirley Ghostman and La La Land. He currently appears on Counterfeit Cat as the voice of Max.

Marc Wootton
Marc James Wootton

(1975-02-08) 8 February 1975
OccupationComedian, actor, writer
Years active2003–present


Wootton previously starred in the Channel 4 comedy show The Eleven O'Clock Show, BBC Three and also voiced Jake in BBC children’s programme ‘The Tweenies’ show Cyderdelic the Channel 4 comedy gameshow My New Best Friend, in which contestants had to convince their closest friends and relatives that the most awful of people (played by Wootton) were their new best friends for a prize of £10,000, E4 comedy The Pilot Show and the BBC Two Sitcom Thin Ice. He also wrote and starred in the BBC Three sketch show, Marc Wootton Exposed, the first series of which started on 13 January and finished on 25 February 2008.[1]

Wootton played the role of a softly spoken dating agent, Gary Furze (Lasso The Moon agency) in the first series of Julia Davis' Nighty Night, in the second series he played Dennis, Linda's aggressive husband. He also starred and co-wrote with Julia Davis again in the semi-improvised character comedy 'Couples' for BBC Radio 4.[2]

He also played a small role in the 2006 Debbie Isitt wedding film Confetti as a best man, Snoopy, and has completed filming Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel, a science fiction comedy film with Chris O'Dowd, Dean Lennox Kelly and Anna Faris, which was released in UK cinemas on 24 April 2009. The DVD was released in the UK on 7 September 2009.

In Autumn 2008 he completed filming Nativity in the role of Mister Poppy. Nativity was released on 27 November 2009, and was directed by Debbie Isitt. The sequel Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger was released in November 2012.

Wootton made a cameo appearance as Duncan in series 2 episode 4 of Gavin & Stacey on BBC Three broadcast on 30 March 2008 and starred alongside Tom Basden in the BBC Three comedy Brave Young Men broadcast 22 March 2009.

His 6 part show La La Land premiered on the Showtime USA network on 25 January 2010 and premiered on BBC Three on 27 April 2010.

Wootton starred in Inside No 9.

Wootton is the voice of Max from Counterfeit Cat.

In 2018 Wootton wrote and starred in the six part comedy series High & Dry for Channel 4 in the UK, which debuted on the station on 4 May 2018. The premise of the series is that a disturbed, megalomaniac airline flight attendant (Wootton) and a handful of equally unstable characters are washed up on a desert island, the only survivors of a plane crash.








  1. "Programme Information: Network TV Week 3" (Press release). BBC. Retrieved 26 December 2007.
  2. "Couples – BBC Radio 4".
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