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Noel Fielding
Noel Fielding
Vince Noir Mirrorball.jpg
Noel Fielding performing at The Mighty Boosh Live in 2006
Born (1973-05-21) 21 May 1973 (age 44)
Westminster, London, England
Medium Stand-up, television, film, radio
Years active 1996-present
Genres
Partner(s) Lliana Bird (c. 2010-present)
Relative(s) Michael Fielding (brother)
Website Official website

Noel Fielding (born 21 May 1973) is an English comedian, writer, actor, artist, musician and television presenter. He is known for being part of The Mighty Boosh comedy troupe alongside comedy partner Julian Barratt.

Born and raised in London, Fielding was educated at Croydon School of Art and Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College (now Buckinghamshire New University). During the late 1990s he became a stand-up comedian, through which he met Barratt, with whom he established the Mighty Boosh. Together, the pair produced a 2001 radio series, The Boosh, for BBC Radio London. This was followed by a television series, The Mighty Boosh, producing three series for BBC 3 from 2004 to 2007. The show generated a cult fan following and won a variety of awards.

During the 2000s, he also had smaller roles in a number of comedy shows for Channel 4 including Nathan Barley, The IT Crowd, AD/BC: A Rock Opera and Garth Marenghi's Darkplace. After The Mighty Boosh, he wrote and starred in two series of a solo show for Channel 4, Noel Fielding's Luxury Comedy, between 2012 and 2014. He also moved into other television avenues, appearing as himself; from 2009 to 2015, he appeared as a team captain on the BBC Two music/comedy panel show Never Mind the Buzzcocks, and since 2017 has co-presented The Great British Bake Off with Sandi Toksvig.

Aside from his comedic and television work, Fielding has also exhibited his paintings in London. He is the founder of the band Loose Tapestries, formed with Kasabian's Sergio Pizzorno.

Career

Stand-up comedy

Fielding performed regularly as a stand-up comedian during the late 1990s, and appeared repeatedly on the television stand-up showcase Lee Mack's Gas. His highly animated stand-up routine included surreal stories, physical comedy, characters, and songs, much like his later work in The Mighty Boosh.

In 2010, Fielding was to perform a solo tour across the country. It was cancelled, however, so he could concentrate on writing The Mighty Boosh film with Julian Barratt and creating an album. Fielding announced via Twitter that he was too busy to do the tour.[1] In 2015, Fielding told the Guardian that the film was something he talked about writing with Barratt.[2] The album was released in June 2016.[3]

In 2010, Fielding took part in Channel 4's Comedy Gala, a benefit show held in aid of Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital and filmed live at the O2 Arena in London on 30 March.

The Mighty Boosh

Fielding in 2006

Fielding is best known for playing the role of Vince Noir, a childlike eccentric, opposite Julian Barratt (Howard Moon) in the cult comedy series The Mighty Boosh.

Fielding met Barratt when he was performing a gig. Impressed by Fielding's skill, Barratt offered him a place to perform, and the two went on to form a partnership. Barratt and Fielding are said to have compared their relationship to a marriage; the character of Vince Noir is a kind, somewhat naive and loyal friend to the self-centred, neurotic and ambitious Howard Moon. Vince can talk to animals, earning him the nickname "Mowgli in Flares". Vince is vibrant and flamboyant, contrasting with his friend Howard, who is more like a "geography teacher from Leeds".

As well as Noir, Fielding plays various supporting characters in the Mighty Boosh, including: Tony Harrison, a small pink head with tentacles and member of the shaman council; The Hitcher, a cockney hitch-hiker with a polo mint for an eye; The Moon; Spider Dijon, a bongoist in Rudi's band; and Old Gregg, a hermaphroditic merman obsessed with Baileys Irish Cream and watercolours.

The Mighty Boosh has won the Shockwaves NME Best TV Award three times: in 2007, 2008, and 2010.

Television

Outside his work on The Mighty Boosh, Fielding has also had bit parts in many of Channel 4's somewhat off-beat comedy programmes, including Nathan Barley, The IT Crowd, AD/BC: A Rock Opera and Garth Marenghi's Darkplace, more often than not appearing alongside Julian Barratt. He also appeared in 1998 sketch show Unnatural Acts. In February 2007, Fielding appeared on Never Mind the Buzzcocks as a panellist, before going on to become a permanent team captain. Fielding also made a short appearance in the film Plunkett & Macleane as a bystander to Robert Carlyle's scuffle in a brothel. Fielding appeared on The Charlotte Church Show as a special guest.

Fielding on the set of The Mighty Boosh television series

At Bill Bailey's request, Fielding stood in as a team captain for three episodes during Season 21 of Never Mind the Buzzcocks. He also achieved a record for the highest team score ever on the show. When Bailey returned, presenter Simon Amstell made various jokes about Fielding's departure. In 2009, Bailey left the show and Fielding became one of the regular team captains. According to Neil Gaiman's blog, Fielding was scheduled to appear in the film Stardust, but had to drop out due to ill health.[4] He also participated twice with Russell Brand in 2006 and 2007 on the annual quiz show The Big Fat Quiz of the Year. He participated again in 2010 and 2013 with Richard Ayoade.[5][6]

In 2008, Fielding appeared with comic partner Julian Barratt on Transmission. As usual, he wore a somewhat flamboyant attire, this time featuring Cuban heels and polka dot trousers.

In 2009, he helped host Comic Relief Does Top of the Pops with Reggie Yates and Fearne Cotton.

Fielding played the role of "Marcus" in the series 3 of How Not to Live Your Life, which was broadcast in November 2010.

Fielding produced his first solo series for the Channel 4 network's E4 channel in 2011,[7] as the broadcaster invests an additional £5 million in its comedy budget following the cancellation of reality show Big Brother.[8] Fielding said of the project, tentatively titled Noel Fielding: Boopus: "I want to make something in the spirit of Spike Milligan or the Kenny Everett Show but using modern techniques. Blending filmed comedy with animation. Television needs a madman! I want the show to be psychedelic and beautiful but have charm and personality. If Dalí made a show hopefully it would look like this."[7][9] The show has since been renamed Noel Fielding's Luxury Comedy and began broadcasting on Channel 4's E4 channel on 26 January 2012. It contains many aspects of animation composed with live action. A video shown to a select audience of C4 staff, producers, writers, performers and journalists showed the Boosh star as a stingray, discussing the recording of albums. Similar to the Mighty Boosh, in Luxury Comedy Fielding plays a wide array of characters including an optimistic lion, a chocolate finger, a deranged clown, a New York cop, a music producer stingray, and a futuristic Don Quixote called Fantasy Man.[]

Fielding performed a dance to "Wuthering Heights" by Kate Bush for Let's Dance for Comic Relief reaching the finale. He has also appeared in a Kate Bush video for the remix version of "Deeper Understanding".

In March 2017 it was revealed that Fielding would co-host the upcoming series of The Great British Bake Off alongside Sandi Toksvig.

Fielding appeared as a contestant on Series 4 of the Dave comedy panel game Taskmaster in 2017, hosted by Greg Davies and Alex Horne: he was the overall series winner.

Radio

Fielding starred in the 2001 Mighty Boosh radio series as Vince Noir and other characters. It was broadcast on BBC London Live. He also appeared on The Russell Brand Show on BBC Radio 2 on 26 May 2007 and 13 October 2007, and Team Disgusting's show on Life fm as a co-host for one episode, along with fellow Team Disgusting members Melvis and Birdy.

In November 2007, Fielding starred in five episodes of BBC Radio 2 show Vic Reeves' House Arrest as a local vagrant who knocks on Reeves' door once a week to ask for work.[10] His character is often given seemingly pointless tasks, such as building a galleon out of sausages, and is paid in small change.

Music

Fielding has appeared in several music videos, including Mint Royale's "Blue Song", alongside Julian Barratt, Nick Frost and Michael Smiley. He also made a brief appearance in the video for Razorlight's "In the Morning". He appeared in music videos for the Robots in Disguise songs "Girl" (alongside Chris Corner who was, at the time, boyfriend to Sue Denim), "The Tears", and "Turn It Up". In 2009, Noel was involved in the Kasabian video "Vlad the Impaler", in which he plays the titular character, and he's referenced in "La Fée Verte" (his friend Sergio Pizzorno said "The line, 'I met Dalí in the street.' Dalí is Noel Fielding. And he is the modern-day Dalí"). Fielding also makes a brief appearance as Vlad in the video for another Kasabian song, "Re-Wired", riding a five-seater bicycle with the band, and appears as a patient in a psychiatric hospital in "You're In Love With a Psycho", in which he re-enacts the broken mirror routine from the Marx Brothers film Duck Soup with Pizzorno and Tom Meighan. He has also appeared in Kate Bush's music video "Deeper Understanding" as a means of thanks for the Let's Dance for Comic Relief performance.

Fielding is friends with the members of Razorlight, and involved them in the "Priest and the Beast" episode of The Mighty Boosh. Fielding lent his voice to the Midfield General song "Midfielding". Fielding also sometimes plays bass live for Robots in Disguise. Furthermore, he has been known to DJ, often playing at The Barfly in London with the rest of The Mighty Boosh or with his DJ collective known as Team Disgusting, made up of six women and the Rev (formerly of Towers of London). Lately, he has been DJing with Dave Brown, who plays Bollo in The Mighty Boosh, under the DJing phenomenon, the Doctor and the Pencil, who first appeared in the Boosh episode "The Chokes".

Fielding is half of Loose Tapestries, a comedy music partnership with Kasabian's Sergio Pizzorno, set up to create music for Noel Fielding's Luxury Comedy.

Art

Fielding and co-stars of The Mighty Boosh at a panel at Comic Con

He held his first exhibition, entitled Psychedelic Dreams of the Jelly Fox, at Maison Bertaux, a patisserie in Greek Street, Soho in early 2008. He claimed that he was inspired by Henri Rousseau, René Magritte, Willem de Kooning, Roy Lichtenstein, and Dexter Dalwood.[11] He has stated that he has been heavily influenced by the works of Salvador Dalí. A second exhibition entitled "Bryan Ferry vs the Jelly Fox" took place at Maison Bertaux, from 5 July 2010 through to 5 January 2011.[12]

On 6 September 2011, Fielding received Honorary master's degrees from Buckinghamshire New University for his ongoing interest in the graphics area and support for many art organisations,[13] In October 2011, Fielding released an art book called 'Scribblings of a Madcap Shambleton', which he produced alongside with The Mighty Boosh cast member, Dave Brown. It features many of his old and new paintings, drawings and photography.[14]

Fielding's video installation of 'The Jelly Fox' was shown at the Saatchi Gallery, and in 2012 he created a unique piece inspired by The Beatles for Liverpool Love at the Museum of Liverpool. In March 2015, his exhibition 'He Wore Dreams Around Unkind Faces' was shown at the Royal Albert Hall.[15]

Personal life

Fielding was born in Westminster, London,[16] and grew up in Pollards Hill, south London. His brother is Michael Fielding, who appears as Naboo the Enigma in The Mighty Boosh and also portrays various characters in Noel Fielding's Luxury Comedy. Fielding resides in Highgate, north London, with his partner Radio X DJ Lliana Bird. His parents are Dianne and Ray Fielding, both of whom have appeared in Mighty Boosh episodes. He also revealed on Russell Brand's radio show that his grandmother is French.[17]

According to an article in The Sunday Times he has said that his "parents had lots of parties" during his childhood. He has also stated that his parents "were just 18" when they had him.[18] Fielding is close friends with Julian Barratt, Richard Ayoade and Rich Fulcher, with whom he has worked with on numerous occasions, and he is also friends with Courtney Love, Russell Brand and Johnny Borrell, as well as the members of Kasabian. Kasabian's Sergio Pizzorno is part of Fielding's Loose Tapestries project, set up to make music for his series Noel Fielding's Luxury Comedy. Fielding played the role of Vlad the Impaler in the video of the Kasabian song of the same name, and reprised his role at the 2014 Glastonbury Festival.[19] The music video was directed by Richard Ayoade.

Fielding is a fan of the bands Frank Zappa,[20] the Ramones, Captain Beefheart, Led Zeppelin,[21]Roxy Music, Kiss,[22]Pink Floyd, Syd Barrett, Nirvana,[23]Tame Impala, Everything Everything and Bo Ningen.[24] He is also a fan of Kate Bush, Gary Numan, Bryan Ferry, David Bowie, Jim Morrison, Mick Jagger, Cher, Adam Ant, David Lynch and he has portraits of Freddie Mercury in his flat.[25]

Fielding was educated at Croydon School of Art in South London then studied for a BA in Graphic Design and Advertising at Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College (now Buckinghamshire New University)[26] in High Wycombe, where he lived with friends and future collaborators Dave Brown and Nigel Coan.[27] He graduated in 1995.[28] Fielding has also shared a flat in Edinburgh with comedians Lee Mack, Julian Barratt and Simon Evans.[29]

In 2009, a Sunday Times article revealed that Fielding had hepatitis during his art college years and later revealed he was helped through this by friend and collaborator Nigel Coan. This forced him not to drink for six months which got him into the habit of not drinking for a couple of years. "I used to be able to enjoy myself with just nothing. I'd stay up till four in the morning, with everyone else being drunk. Just make a bit of effort and you can get used to it."[18]

He was named one of GQs 50 best dressed British men in 2015.[30]

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1999 Plunkett & Macleane Brothel Gent
2001 Sweet Pete Sweet Short
2009 Bunny and the Bull Javier
2010 Come on Eileen Rex
2011 Horrid Henry: The Movie Ed Banger
2015 Aaaaaaaah! Carl
2015 Set the Thames on Fire Dickie
2016 Brakes Daniel
2016 The Wonderful World of Death Jones Post-Production

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1997-1998 Gas Himself Episodes;

Series 1, (8)

Series 2, (2, 4, 6)

1998 Unnatural Acts Various
1998 Alexei Sayle's Merry-Go-Round Various Episode #1.2
1999 Comedy Cafe Himself Episode #1.7
2000 The Big Schmooze Himself - Arctic Boosh Episode #1.4
2002 Surrealissimo: The Scandalous Success of Salvador Dali Bauer TV Movie
2002 Brain Candy Himself TV Movie
2003 Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala Himself TV Movie
2003-2007 The Mighty Boosh Vince Noir / Various
2004 The British Comedy Awards 2004 Himself TV Special
2004 Garth Marenghi's Darkplace Monkey Man
2004 AD/BC: A Rock Opera Shepherd TV Movie
2005 Nathan Barley Jones
2005 28 Acts in 28 Minutes Himself TV Special
2005 Breakfast Himself
2006-2013 The IT Crowd Richmond
2006 The Secret Policeman's Ball Himself / Vince Noir
2006 The British Comedy Awards 2006 Live Himself TV Special
2006 The Big Fat Quiz of the Year Himself TV Special
2006-2008 Friday Night with Jonathan Ross Himself Three Episodes
2007 Dawn French's Boys Who Do Comedy Himself Episodes #1, #2, #3
2007 Comic Relief 2007: The Big One Himself / Various TV Special
2007 Deadline Himself Episode #1.2
2007 The Big Fat Quiz of the Year Himself TV Special
2007 The Charlotte Church Show Himself Episode #2.2
2007-2014 Never Mind the Buzzcocks Himself Team Captain
2008 Shooting Stars: The Inside Story Himself TV Movie
2009 Shockwaves NME Awards 2009 Himself TV Special
2009 Comic Relief 2009 Himself TV Special
2009 Comic-Con '09 Live Himself TV Movie
2009 Shooting Stars Himself Episode #6.5
2009-2014 Alan Carr: Chatty Man Himself Two Episodes
2009-2010 Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Himself Two Episodes
2010 How Not to Live Your Life Marcus Episode 'Don's New Job'
2010 Shockwaves NME Awards 2010 Himself TV Special
2010 Teenage Cancer Trust Concerts 2010 Himself TV Movie
2010 Channel 4's Comedy Gala Himself TV Special
2010 Just for Laughs Himself Episode 'Cheech & Chong'
2010 Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow Himself Episode 'Bristol'
2011 The Big Fat Quiz of the Year Himself TV Special
2011 Let's Dance for Sport Relief Himself Two Episodes
2011 24 Hour Panel People Himself Episode #1.5
2011 Dynamo: Magician Impossible Himself Episode 'England'
2011 Horrid Henry's Movie Mayhem Himself TV Movie
2011 Catherine Tate: Laughing at the Noughties Himself TV Movie
2011 The Rob Brydon Show Himself Episode #2.8
2012 The Jonathan Ross Show Himself Episode #2.3
2012 The Secret Policeman's Ball Himself TV Special
2012-2014 Noel Fielding's Luxury Comedy Himself / Various
2012 Perspectives Himself Episode 'John Sergeant: Sergeant on Spike'
2012 The Project Himself
2012 The Big Fat Quiz of the 00s Himself
2013 Doll & Em Noel Episode 'Six'
2013 Brand X with Russell Brand Himself Episode #2.1
2013 Gadget Man Himself Episode 'Summer Holiday'
2013-2017 QI Himself Eight episodes
2013 Staying in with Greg and Russell Himself
2013 The Big Fat Quiz of the Year Himself TV Special
2014 Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled Himself Episode 'Cupped by a Shammy Hand'
2014 The Last Leg Himself Episode #5.2
2015 The Big Fat Anniversary Quiz Himself TV Special
2015 Backchat Himself Episode #2.2
2015 Live at the Apollo Himself Episode #11.3
2016 Trailer Park Boys: Out of the Park Lord Pumpwhistle Episode 'Europe - London'
2016 The Big Fat Quiz of Everything Himself TV Special
2016 The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Himself
2016 The Entire Universe Einstein TV Movie
2016 Travel Man: 48 Hours in... Himself Episode 'Copenhagen'
2016 Conan Himself
2016 Room 101 Himself
2016 The Big Fat Quiz of Everything Himself Two Episodes
2016 @midnight Himself
2017 Taskmaster Himself Series Four
2017 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown Himself Episode #10.1
2017 The One Show Himself
2017 The Great British Bake Off Co-presenter Alongside Sandi Toksvig, replacing Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins.
2017 Upstart Crow Thomas Morley Episode #2.4 'Food of Love'
2018 Disenchantment

Music videos

Year Artist Song Title Notes
2000 Midfield General "Midfielding"
2003 Mint Royale "Blue Song"
2006 Razorlight "In The Morning"
2007 Robots in Disguise "Girl"
2008 Robots in Disguise "The Tears"
2009 Kasabian "Vlad the Impaler" Played the titular character
2011 Kate Bush "Deeper Understanding"
2011 Kasabian "Re-Wired" Played the aforementioned Vlad the Impaler.
2016 The Claypool Lennon Delirium "Bubbles Burst"
2017 Kasabian "You're in Love with a Psycho" Played the aforementioned Vlad the Impaler.

Awards

References

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  2. ^ Milman, Oliver (12 April 2015). "Noel Fielding on going solo and The Mighty Boosh: 'I'd love to do a film'" - via The Guardian. 
  3. ^ Solutions, Powder Blue Internet Business. "Noel Fielding's album released : News 2016 : Chortle : The UK Comedy Guide". www.chortle.co.uk. 
  4. ^ "Stardust news.." journal.neilgaiman.com. 
  5. ^ "Noel Fielding's new show : News 2010 : Chortle : The UK Comedy Guide". Chortle. 29 October 2010. Retrieved 2012. 
  6. ^ "The Big Fat Quiz of the Year - Episode 1.8. The Big Fat Quiz of the Year 2010 - British Comedy Guide". Comedy.co.uk. Retrieved 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "Noel Fielding joins E4 - E4 blog". E4.com. 29 October 2010. Archived from the original on 23 November 2011. Retrieved 2012. 
  8. ^ "Heard the one about Channel 4?". The Independent. London. 29 October 2010. 
  9. ^ Plunkett, John (29 October 2010). "The Inbetweeners to return for two specials". The Guardian. London. 
  10. ^ BBC. "BBC - Radio 2 Comedy - Vic Reeves' House Arrest". www.bbc.co.uk. 
  11. ^ "Noel Fielding's life of Bryan". The Guardian. Retrieved 2010. 
  12. ^ "Noel Fielding - Artist". Hooligan Art Dealer. Retrieved 2016. 
  13. ^ "Mighty Boosh stars back at university to receive honorary master's degrees". Bucks New University. Retrieved 2010. 
  14. ^ "Noel Fielding: The Scribblings of a Madcap Shambleton". The Guardian. Retrieved 2011. 
  15. ^ "The Mighty Brush: Behind the scenes at Noel Fielding's new exhibition". Retrieved 2016. 
  16. ^ "Noel Fielding". BBC Comedy. Retrieved 2009. 
  17. ^ Russell Brand Show - BBC Radio 2 (13 October 2007)
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  19. ^ Ed Keeble. "Kasabian close Glastonbury in style, joined by Noel Fielding". gigwise.com. Retrieved 2015. 
  20. ^ "Noel Fielding's favourite song at the moment - Double J". 
  21. ^ "The Mighty Boosh on Friday Night With Jonathon Ross 5/9/08". YouTube. Retrieved 2015. 
  22. ^ "Mighty Boosh star at Edinburgh Festival". YouTube. Retrieved 2015. 
  23. ^ "BuzzcocksQT: The Sixties to the Noughties". YouTube. Retrieved 2015. 
  24. ^ "YouTube". youtube.com. Retrieved 2015. 
  25. ^ "Noel Fielding interview: 'I live in the daytime now, and I meditate and play tennis' ". Time out. Retrieved 20 January 2015
  26. ^ Jones, Sam (14 December 2007). "He's a Mick Jagger of comedy ... sweet but unbelievably mischievous and naughty, like a very cheeky puppy". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 2014. 
  27. ^ "The Man Who Brings Noel's Dreams to Life". The Velvet Onion. Retrieved 2012. 
  28. ^ "Well-known TV stars to be among honorary graduates at Buckinghamshire New University". Retrieved 2014. 
  29. ^ "An interview with Noel Fielding - Channel 4 - Info - Press". www.channel4.com. 
  30. ^ "50 Best Dressed Men in Britain 2015". GQ. 5 January 2015. Archived from the original on 7 January 2015. 

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