Karl Theobald (born 5 August 1969) is an English comedian and actor, best known as Dr. Martin Dear in Channel 4 sitcom Green Wing, and for his physical comedy style.
Karl was also the one-time comedy partner of Russell Brand when they formed their double act Theobald and Brand on Ice in the 1990s. Karl has written comedy for television programmes such as The Sketch Show. He also appeared with Russell Brand in the 2010 film, Get Him to the Greek.
Karl attended The Denes in 1985. He told us that school was a somewhat stifling experience for him. “My imagination would fly off to other worlds while my body would jitter or fall into a superficial doze. This didn’t please the teachers obviously,” he said. “I remember some teachers being cruel, racist even brimming with violence; some seemed creepy and perverse. There were some however who were encouraging and interesting, who had a talent for making education an active experience rather than a passive duty. I remember the headmistress (can’t remember her name, blonde woman). She – along with the biology teacher – was my crush.”
On the subject of reading, Karl told us, “I was impatient to get into the world. Funnily enough at school I hated reading, it was so dry and boring but as soon as I had some experience of the world I couldn’t devour enough books. I would read as if it was going to save my life, which in a way it did.” He finished by saying, “That, comedy and music saved me, hoisted me from a life hemmed in by dreariness and low expectations – I wasn’t a bright kid, but I was game.”
The proof of the pudding is in the eating, as they say. Karl’s career spiralled in the comedy and acting world. After leaving The Denes High, he joined theatrical touring companies and he appeared at the Edinburgh Festival in 2001 as a member of the Comedy Zone, he travelled throughout Great Britain performing his one-man show Mr Tinnamen’s Travelling Medicine Show.
Karl not only performs, but also writes comedy. For example, he was part of the team who were presented with a BAFTA award in 2002 for Best Television Comedy Series for scripting The Sketch Show. Since The Green Wing, Karl has starred in AD/BC, The Last Laugh, The Virgin Queen and many more. You may recall the BBC Four comic documentary series Twenty Twelve that featured people behind the scenes of the London Olympics – Karl played the part of Graham Hitchins, Head of Infrastructure. Of course, Twenty Twelve received a BAFTA award in the category of Best Sitcom.
Karl’s other TV appearances include Doc Martin, Primeval, Skins, Pramface and Plebs. Karl also starred in radio sitcoms such as The Exterminating Angels.
This year, Karl finished shooting the independent British feature film Downhill, which is a comedy about four men attempting Alfred Wainwright’s coast-to-coast walk. The film co-stars Ned Dennehy, Jeremy Swift and Richard Lumsden.
Karl’s mother, Wendy Theobald is a regular visitor to The Denes, as she is heavily involved with the local sea cadets. If you meet her, you may like to ask her about her famous son!
With the current world situation, and not being able to offer our normal transition, we would like to share some resources to support current Year 6 students, who will be moving to Ormiston Denes Academy in the next academic year. There are a number of online sites available, these include: Be Awesome, Go Big has […]
Mrs Buckenham has created this cookbook for all skill levels. Take a look and make something tasty!
Following on from the successful OAT EAST Dance competition, the full video performance from our students can be seen here: http://bit.ly/OATEASTDance
Students from Ormiston Denes Academy had a fantastic trip to Tonale in Italy again this year for the 2020 ski trip! All students had a fantastic time and demonstrated courage, resilience and determination. Our surroundings were beautiful – breathtaking with glorious weather! As well as skiing, students also participated in: • Bumboarding • Night Ski […]
We had an amazing time when 21 of our brilliant dancers took part in the first OAT East Dance competition! Students were competing against 7 other Ormiston academies, which calculated to just over 100 students. Their 10 minute routine made audience members cry, cheer and have goose bumps! Also, a huge well done to our […]
We are proud to announce that in January we were awarded our platinum award from our work with Suffolk Family Carers and supporting our young carers in school. We work closely with Suffolk Family Carers, and especially those within our academy. We have raised school awareness of young carers through assemblies, form time sessions, social […]
The OAT East Dance Competition is taking place at Ormiston Denes Academy on Wednesday 12th February 2020 at 7.00pm! This is a competition for students from eight Ormiston academies based in East Anglia, and we are hosting! Family and friends are welcome to this free event, doors will open at 6.45pm.
The Ormiston Denes Academy annual Careers Fair is taking place on Friday 6th March! This gives our students a chance to investigate possible careers and opportunities available to them. Over 45 organisations are attending this fantastic event!
Congratulations to all students involved, for their months of hard work and effort, in preparing and delivering various workshops and events for the Dora Love competition. All of the students were so professional in their presentation in the final, competing against 17 other secondary schools for the prize, and speaking in front of hundreds of […]
A very proud moment for Ormiston Denes Academy when some of our Year 9 students performed Suitcase 1938, at Lowestoft Train Stationn, as part of the Holocaust Memorial Day Service. This marked the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. The train station is important as it was one of the places that received hundreds of Jewish refugees […]
The results are now in and we are proud to say that we have won 4 of the 6 categories that we entered, with all of our students being highly commended! Dance – JessicaArt – OliviaFood Technology – AlfiePublic Speaking – Daisy Congratulations to all students from the Lowestoft schools that participated in the awards. […]