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Adrian Edmondson's Biography

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Adrian Edmondson was born on 24 January 1957 in Bradford.

As a young boy, Adrian Edmondson was nicknamed 'dustbin' because he wanted to eat the whole time.

When he was 11, his parents lived in Africa and they sent Adrian to a private boarding school in Yorkshire, Pocklington School.

Adrian Edmondson then studied drama at Manchester University, where he met Rik Mayall, which led to their enduring comedy partnership.

Whilst he was a student, Adrian Edmondson also got married but it only lasted four years.

Adrian Edmondson was once sacked from a crisp factory.

Ade Edmondson and Rik Mayall were leading figures behind the The Comic Strip Presents shows; as was Adrian's second wife Jennifer Saunders, whom he married in 1985.

Adrian Edmondson told The Observer:

"I tried coke for a year. Jennifer told me I was acting like a complete tit so I stopped."

One of Adrian Edmondson's most significant comedic roles was playing Vyvyan in The Young Ones, which also featured Rik Mayall.

In the 1990s Ade Edmondson and Rik Mayall starred in the BBC sitcom Bottom.

More recent roles saw Adrian Edmondson star in Jonathan Creek and Holby City.

In 2009, Adrian Edmondson was the runner-up on Hell's Kitchen, narrowly losing out to Linda Evans.

Adrian Edmondson is part of the folk band, The Bad Shepherds.

In July 2010, ITV announced that it had commissioned a series called Monte Carlo or Bust, in which three celebrity partnerships including Ade Edmondson and Jack Dee hit the road for a jaunt from London to Monte Carlo.

In November 2011, Adrian Edmondson started presenting the ITV1 20-part series, Ade in Britain, in which he travels the country, towing his mobile kitchen, and meeting the people responsible for the food, drink and traditions of each area.

In 2016, Adrian Edmondson co-wrote and starred in the one-man show Bits of Me Are Falling Apart, a play based on William Leith's 2008 memoir

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