Chris Addison is a multi-Emmy® and DGA Award winner.
Co-creator of Breeders with Martin Freeman and Simon Blackwell, Addison is well-known as an acclaimed stand-up comedian, writer, actor and director. In recent years, Addison has moved behind the camera, directing the BAFTA®-winning The Thick of It for the BBC; served as an Emmy-winning executive producer, Emmy-winning supervising producer and Emmy-nominated and DGA Award-winning director on HBO’s Veep; and made his feature debut with MGM’s The Hustle, starring Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson. Other directing credits include ABC’s Fresh Off the Boat and USA’s Playing House.
As an actor, Addison’s most recognized role was as “Oliver Reeder” for all four seasons of the multiple award-winning The Thick of It and as “Toby Wright” in the Academy Award®-nominated feature In the Loop. Addison also appeared in three episodes of the BBC’s Doctor Who; Sky’s Trying Again, which he also co-created with Simon Blackwell; The Look of Love alongside Steve Coogan and three seasons of Channel 4’s Skins.
Involved with the Royal Opera House, he wrote for and performed in L’Étoile and introduced Dmitri Shostakovich’s The Nose. Addison hosted Sky’s Glyndebourne Opera Cup with opera singer Danielle de Niese.
Addison has written two books and has been twice nominated for the prestigious Edinburgh Comedy Award (formally the Perrier Award) for his stand-up comedy, nominated for a British Comedy Award for his acting and won a Radio Academy Award for a BBC Radio comedy series.