Matthew Charles “Matt” Berry is an English actor, writer, comedian and musician. Berry is perhaps best known for his appearances in The IT Crowd, Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace and The Mighty Boosh; he also had his own series Snuff Box. He is renowned for his deep, rich voice, which is often enhanced for voice-over work and comic effect on screen, though reverting to his regular voice during interviews. He has lent his voice to several advertisements, most notably Volvic and The Natural Confectionery Company, as well as Absolute Radio and Australian employment website, Career One.
Berry’s first prominent TV role was playing actor “Todd Rivers” playing Dr Lucien Sanchez in the cult 2004 comedy series Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace. In October/November 2006, Berry joined his Garth Marenghi colleagues in the Garth Marenghi spin-off Man to Man with Dean Learner for three out of the six episodes in the series. He later appeared as the eccentric and sinister tycoon/explorer Dixon Bainbridge in The Mighty Boosh. Berry first met The Mighty Boosh duo while performing at the Hen and Chickens Theatre, where they were resident in 2000. He can be seen in a small cameo performance in the The Mighty Boosh Live DVD. Berry wrote and starred in the comedy show Snuff Box on BBC Three with Rich Fulcher, whom he met during the filming of the first series of The Mighty Boosh. Fulcher co-starred as Bainbridge’s lackey, Bob Fossil. The Series 1 DVD of Snuff Box was released on 16 June 2008.Berry has starred as Douglas Reynholm since the second series of The IT Crowd. He was nominated as Best Male Comedy Newcomer in the 2007 British Comedy Awards for this role, but lost out to James Corden for Gavin and Stacey. On 5 November 2007 he starred alongside Simon Farnaby and Boosh regular Rich Fulcher in The Golf War on E4. Film appearances include the horror film The Devil’s Chair, released in 2006 and in the 2009 science fiction film Moon directed by Duncan Jones.In 2008 he became the face of Adult Swim’s spoof charity appeal “Save the Workers”. Berry featured in Season 3, episode 9 of the Sarah Silverman Program, filmed in Los Angeles for Comedy Central. Berry stars in the video (directed by Richard Ayoade) for the 2007 Super Furry Animals song “Runaway,” from their album Hey Venus! He also appeared as an “antiques expert” in the ITV sketch show Monkey Trousers with Vic and Bob and Steve Coogan. Berry has provided many voice-overs for both radio and television advertising. Currently, he lends his voice to the voice of George the Volcano in Volvic mineral water’s April/May 2007 UK adverts, Muller Corner adverts and characters on several adverts for The Natural Confectionery Company.He has also been in the sketch show The Wrong Door as a recurring bit part character, who runs into a snooker hall and shouts “Stop playing snooker!” then whispers an implied impossible wager to one of the players, and completes an unfeasible trick shot.He played the part of Overmeyers, a ruthless corporate executive, in the critically acclaimed 2009 British science fiction thriller Moon. In 2010 Berry played journalist Michael Duffy in the BBC production Five Daughters relating to the Ipswich prostitute murders of 2006.
As a musician, he composed all the music for Snuff Box as well the music for AD/BC: A Rock Opera, which he co-wrote with Richard Ayoade. AD/BC was a half-hour parody of overblown musicals in general and Jesus Christ Superstar in particular, telling the story of the innkeeper who allowed Mary, Joseph, and the baby Jesus to sleep in his manger.AD/BC was broadcast in December 2004 and featured Fulcher and The Mighty Boosh stars Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding. The DVD was released in the UK on 19 November 2007. He also performed a song for an episode of Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace entitled One Track Lover, a spoof of cheesy romantic 80s songs.
Berry also composed music for the BBC 2 Steve Coogan comedy Saxondale and appeared in the first and third episodes of the second series of the show. He composed the theme song for the Channel 4 sketch show Blunder. He is also credited on The Peter Serafinowicz Show.
He has released one album, Opium which was a limited edition self-released record and will now release his debut album proper Witchazel in March 2011, coming out on Acid Jazz Records. He toured with Jonas 3 several times in 2006 and 2007. He stated in the first issue of Bearded Magazine that he was producing and collaborating on new material with 1960s soul singer Geno Washington and was to record a new album. This album turned out to be ‘Witchazel’, which Berry released online for a limited time free download on 11 March 2009 only. The album will now be officially released and will be available in stores in March 2011.
His touring band is composed of members of Brighton-based experimental rock group ‘Jonas 3′. They are George Baldwin (bass), his brother Charlie (drums) and Andy Vickery (guitar). Fulcher has joined Berry on stage for several appearances. Geno Washington has also joined Berry on-stage at London gigs for encores of the Snuff Box theme.
In October 2007, he provided a brand new track “Cream Pie” to Bearded Magazine for readers to download for free, followed by a cover of Blur’s Sing in November 2007. ‘Cream Pie’ is still available to supporters of Beardaid.
Berry voiced his appreciation of the television themes of Ronnie Hazlehurst in an episode of Charlie Brooker’s Screenwipe, and his Band played out the Screenwipe Christmas special with a rendition of Hazlehurst’s theme tune for 1980s British sitcom Sorry!.
Berry presents a show on Absolute Radio where he also performs various voice overs and is described as “the voice of Absolute Radio”. His podcasts can be downloaded from the Absolute radio website or from iTunes. The Matt Berry Podcast regularly features in the Top Ten of the iTunes podcast chart and its producer Vince Lynch has been nominated for Best Online Producer at the Radio Academy Production award.