Armando Iannucci

As one of the most significant voices in British comedy at the dawn of the 21st century, Armando Iannucci made a name for himself with his unique brand of witty political satire. After earning a degree in English ... Read more »
Born: 11/28/1963

Filmography

Director (4)

Veep 2004 - 2005, 2011 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

In the Loop 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

The Thick of It (BBCA) 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Director

Tube Tales 1998 (Movie)

("Mouth") (Director)
Producer (3)

Alan Partridge 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Knowing Me, Knowing You... With Alan Partridge 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Producer

I'm Alan Partridge 2000 (TV Show)

Producer
Writer (3)

Alan Partridge 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

In the Loop 2009 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Tube Tales 1998 (Movie)

("Mouth") (Screenplay)
Actor (1)

The Daily Show 2013 (Tv Show)

Guest

Biography

As one of the most significant voices in British comedy at the dawn of the 21st century, Armando Iannucci made a name for himself with his unique brand of witty political satire. After earning a degree in English Literature from Oxford, Iannucci followed his passion for comedy and entered the world of radio broadcasting with his show "On the Hour," a satire of news programming. Iannucci helped develop several character for the show, most notably Steve Coogan's bumbling sports reporter Alan Partridge; the pair spun that character off into two television series, "Knowing Me Knowing You with Alan Partridge" (BBC 1994-95) and "I'm Alan Partridge" (BBC 1997-2002). After "On the Hour" spawned its own tremendously successful spin-off television series, "The Day Today" (BBC 1994), Iannucci found himself producing and writing several different television projects while keeping himself out of the limelight. But with his deeply personal and ambitiously experimental series "The Armando Iannucci Shows" (BBC 2001), Iannucci showed audiences what the world looked like through his eyes. Despite the show's low ratings in the wake of September 11, it helped land Iannucci his biggest and most critically-acclaimed project yet: the award-winning comedy series "The Thick of It" (BBC 2005-2012), a hilariously profane satire of British politics starring Peter Capaldi as spin doctor Malcolm Tucker. The show was such a success that Iannucci co-wrote and directed the Oscar-nominated satire "In the Loop" (2009) using the same characters in a political standoff with their counterparts in the United States. That success led to "Veep" (HBO 2012- ), another political satire, this time starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus as tone-deaf and hapless Vice President Selina Meyer. The series was an immediate critical and commercial success, winning the Outstanding Comedy Series Emmy for its fourth season after three consecutive nominations. While working on "Veep," Iannucci revisited one of his most popular early characters, co-writing Coogan's big-screen return to Alan Partridge, "Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa" (2013).

Relationships

Rachael Jones

Wife
Married after meeting at Oxford when Jones did the lighting for Iannucci's first one-man show.

Milestones

2012

Created HBO series "Veep," starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus

2009

Co-wrote and directed "In the Loop," a film spinoff of "The Thick of It"

2005

Created political satire "The Thick of It"

1997

Co-created and co-wrote "I'm Alan Partridge"

1995

Created and presented "The Saturday Night Armistice' (later "The Friday Night Armistice"), a comedy talk show for BBC 2.

1994

Co-created and co-wrote chat show parody "Knowing Me, Knowing You with Alan Partridge," starring Steve Coogan

1994

Co-created and produced "The Day Today," a news parody starring Steve Coogan and Chris Morris based on his BBC radio series "On the Hour"

Bonus Trivia

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Iannucci's father was born in Naples, Italy and emigrated to Scotland in 1950 to open a pizza factory.

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After considering becoming a priest in his teens, Iannucci became a graduate student at Oxford, studying religious language in Milton's Paradise Lost.

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Iannucci began his professional career in comedy at BBC Scotland Radio in the early '90s before moving to London to work at BBC Radio's main studios.

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Iannucci was a devoted fan of classical music, presenting radio programs and writing magazine articles on the subject over the course of his career.

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