Fast Facts

  • Has collected fossils since his childhood.
  • Spent his gap year traveling around Europe.
  • Met the other members of the League of Gentlemen comedy troupe while attending Bretton Hall during the 1980s, though they didn't band together as such until 1995. 
  • A lifetime fan of Doctor Who, he's penned several Who novels and even more Who episodes.
  • Has also authored quite a few non-Who novels, plus a biography of English film director James Whale.


  • 2015, Producers Guild Awards — David L. Wolper Award for Outstanding Producer of Long-Form Television: Nominee
  • 2012, Emmy — Outstanding Miniseries or Movie: Nominee
  • 2014, BAFTA Television Awards — Best Single Drama: Nominee
  • 2011, BAFTA Television Awards — Best Drama Series: Winner
  • 2014, Olivier Awards — Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 2014, Emmy — Outstanding Television Movie: Nominee


  • Ian Hallard — Significant Other


  • University of Leeds, Bretton Hall Drama College, West Bretton, West Riding of Yorkshire, England (BA in Theatre Arts)


  • Birth Name: Mark Gatiss
  • Birth Place: Sedgefield, County Durham, England
  • Birthday: October 17, 1966, Libra
  • Profession: Actor, Comedian, Screenwriter, Novelist
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