QI Panellist, Curator of the Museum of Curiosity
 and contributor to the QI Annuals 



Bill Bailey has been involved in QI from the start, appearing in the pilot episode in 2003 and in a record 28 episodes since. Bill is deeply knowledgeable about many things, but never lets this stand in the way of his natural comedic bent, a kind of affable surrealism which is perfect for QI. In the E series, he was responsible for leading and conducting the most watched QI moment of all – the impromptu a cappella rendition of ‘They say of the Acropolis where the Parthenon is…’ a sequence which left the usually unflappable Stephen Fry actually weeping with laughter.
 
One of the UK’s best-loved comedians, musicians and actors, Bill was raised in the West Country and his performing career began with a group called The Famous Five, which only had four members. He also worked as a lounge pianist, and keyboard player in a jazz trio (which had three members) and joined a Welsh experimental theatre troupe. Unable to resist the urge to slip jokes into the music, he was persuaded to become a stand-up comedian. His one-man shows, from Bewilderness (2001) to his latest, Qualmpeddler, are the stuff of legend.
 
Bill’s film credits include playing twin policemen in Hot Fuzz, a hangman in Burke and Hare and a whale in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. He was Manny in Black Books, Bilbo Bagshot in Spaced and a forest-melting space captain called Droxil in Doctor Who, as well as being a team captain on Never Mind the Buzzcocks. In theatre, he has appeared in 12 Angry Men, The Odd Couple and Pinter’s People.

His more factual TV shows have included Bill Bailey’s Birdwatching Bonanza and Wild Thing, I Love You, a wildlife show calling for Bill and his team to come up with innovative solutions to animals' problems. In 2013 he won the best writing award at the prestigious Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival for Bill Bailey's Jungle Hero, which followed in the footsteps of naturalist and explorer, Alfred Russel Wallace. 

Bill wrote and performed Bill Bailey’s Remarkable Guide to the Orchestra and led the BBC Concert Orchestra in a Cosmic Shindig - a special concert for Comic Relief. He is currently a Prostate Cancer UK ambassador and the front-man of the charity's 2014 campaign.
 
Bill has a carnivorous pitcher plant named after him (Nepenthes Bill Bailey) and shouldn’t ever be confused with the other Bill Bailey, who is a porn star.

 

Bill Bailey

BILL BAILEY

It's not a beard, it's an animal I've trained to sit very still.

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Three blokes walk into a pub. One of them is a little bit stupid, and the whole scene unfolds with a tedious inevitability.

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BILL BAILEY

There are tiny cameras in ham. They're called 'hameras'.

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