Grandfather Harry Piddock had a music-hall act with Charles and Sydney Chaplin, before Charles left for the U.S.
Was in the original Broadway production of Noises Off (1983).
Created, produced and wrote the BBC series Too Much Sun.
Has appeared in a number of Christopher Guest comedies, including Best in Show (2000), A Mighty Wind (2003) and For Your Consideration (2006), and teamed with Guest to create and star in the cable comedy Family Tree.
Provides a faux commentary extra in the director's cut of Joel and Ethan Coen's Blood Simple.