Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson’s greatest personal masterpiece, Bottom. Where names like Skullcrusher Henderson, Ted “Unlucky Suicide” McGloomy, “Cannonball” Taffy O’Jones, “Mad Dog” Patrick “D’you Want Some Of This” O’Fist, Mad Quentin “Trousers Down Pervy” O’Blimey and Dodgy Bob McMayday – the most violent travel agent in the world, are all perfectly commonplace.
Noted for its cartoonish violence and ridiculous humour, Bottom is the perfect example of slapstick and farce comedy, and it stands as one of the funniest and most quintessentially British sitcoms of all time.
The main characters are the mad pair of Sir Richard Richard V.C and Edward Elizabeth Hitler, but there are a whole host of wacky supporting characters that contribute to the zany and surreal world of Richie and Eddie.
Some of the most famous faces in British comedy have appeared in Bottom, and if you’ve ever wondered where some of those famous supporting characters are now, well you’re in the right place.
Here are the supporting characters of Bottom and what they are up to now.
15.Steve O’Donnell – Spudgun
Steve O’Donnell played one of Eddie’s lazy and unemployed friends, with his nickname coming from a trick that he is able to perform with a potato. However, Eddie is always quick to point out that it isn’t something that most people would want to see.
Though Spudgun seems like a perennial member of the Bottom household, he only appears in five of the 18 episodes from the original series that ran from 1991 until 1995.
Aside from his performances as Spudgun in Bottom, Steven O’Donnell began his career in 1986 with a performance in the TV movie London’s Burning, and from there he made appearances in shows such as Paperhouse, The Love Child and Without a Clue, before appearing in The Bill in 1989.
He appeared in shows in the early 90s such as Lovejoy and Casualty as well as the first half of the decade in Bottom. And after Bottom, he continued his work on TV in shows such as Nelson’s Column and How to Be a Little Sod before moving into the movies and appearing on the big screen in Spice World, Shakespeare in Love and A Knight’s Tale (as well as a returning cameo with the boys in Guest House Paradiso, the big screen adaptation of Bottom).
After 2000 he made another splash on TV when he appeared alongside the burgeoning star Lee Evans in the 2001 sitcom, So What Now? And as the years went on he also appeared in shows such as Silent Witness, movies such as Churchill: The Hollywood Years and Doctors.
14.Christopher Ryan – Little Dave Hedgehog
When asked why Spudgun had such a nickname, he said “give me a potato and I’ll show you why” and when Dave Hedgehog was asked why his last name is Hedgehog, he said “give me a hedgehog and I’ll show you why.”
A veteran of British comedy, Christopher Ryan has appeared in so many classic sitcoms over the years, from The Young Ones to Only Fools and Horses, with Absolutely Fabulous and My Family in between.
Ryan started his career back in 1978 playing Jock in the TV series Target, and from there he enjoyed a number of roles in TV shows such as Fox, Angels, Premier and The Olympian Way before becoming an instant household name as Mike The Cool Person in The Young Ones.
Interestingly, though it’s impossible to imagine someone else playing Mike now, Christopher Ryan was, in fact, a late replacement for the original member of the lineup Peter Richardson, who was in a double act partnership with Nigel Planer, who played Neil.
Peter Richardson had a disagreement with director and producer Peter Jackson, the cause of which no one can quite remember, and Christopher Ryan was brought in after being seen in a West End play to fill the role of Mike.
After The Young Ones, Ryan’s career took off and he enjoyed roles in shows such as Saturday Live, Doctor Who, Only Fools and Horses and The New Statesman.
His most recent film appearance was in the Absolutely Fabulous movie in 2016, and at the age of 68 played his last role to date this year in Tracey Breaks the News.
13.Lee Corns – Dick Head
This still makes me laugh. The fact that two grown men, being paid to write a TV show for the BBC, thought it would be amusing to have a character called well…it would be a little inappropriate to write it here, so do some research. And to be fair, as childish as it is, it is still really funny.
Lee Corns played the grumpy landlord Richie and Eddie’s local, The Lamb & Flag, and constantly had to fight off their schemes and plans to try and get out of paying for their drinks.
Lee Corns is another one that has popped up in a whole host of different British sitcoms over the years, with roles in shows such as The Young Ones, Red Dwarf, Blackadder and French and Saunders.
He also played Mr Hankin in Grange Hill from 1990 until 2002.
Most recently, he played a newsreader in the 2016 film The National Union of Space People.
12.Helen Lederer – Lady Natasha Letitia Sarah Jane Wellesley Obstromsky Ponsonsky Smythe Smythe Smythe Smythe Oblomov Boblomov Dob, 3rd Viscomptress of Moldavia
Another veteran of the 80s and 90s comedy scene and longtime cameo merchant alongside Rik and Ade, Helen Lederer played a few different characters in Bottom, but she is remembered for the character that very nearly, so closely, almost let Richie finally get his end away.
Taking on the role of Lady Natasha Letitia Sarah Jane…you know the rest, Helen Lederer played a central part in one of the best episodes of the cult classic sitcom, in which some of the most famous one-liners were seen.
As Richie and Eddie continue their search for love, or rather, just women, they enlist the help of a dating agency, and Richie comes up lucky with the aforementioned 3rd Viscomptress of Moldavia.
But seconds before Richie is able to seal the deal, his heart gives out and is forced to ride to the hospital with Eddie by his side.
This wasn’t the first time that the pair had worked with Lederer however – she actually began her career with a couple of cameos in The Young Ones before starring in the 1985 TV series Happy Families.
A year later, she appeared in six episodes of the series Naked Video, as well as Girls on Top from 1985 to 1986. In the mid 80s she continued her collaborations with the 20th Century Coyote alumni when she appeared in the video release The Dangerous Brothers Present: World of Danger.
Then she appeared in Filthy Rich and Catflap in the late 80s alongside Rik and Ade as well as The New Statesman alongside Rik Mayall in his Alan B’Stard pomp.
Cameos in One Foot in the Grave and Harry Enfield’s Television Programme followed and in the mid 90s after her appearances in Bottom she appeared in shows such as Absolutely Fabulous – a role which lasted until the movie – and Murder Most Horrid.
In the new millennium, she appeared in shows such as Heartbeat, Love Soup and Agatha Christie’s Marple, and most recently she appeared in shows such as Hollyoaks, Old Jack’s Boat and Doctors.
She is still keeping very busy, and is currently working on the TV movie For the Love of Ella.
11.Roger Sloman – Mr Harrison
Roger Sloman is another long-time collaborator with Rik and Ade, having appeared for the first time alongside them as the psychotic and tyrannical TV detector man in The Young Ones. And this time he brought that same frenetic energy and menace to the role of Mr Harrison, the boys’ landlord.
He only appeared in a couple of episodes, but his short but fiery bursts were classic ones, such as when Richie and Eddie are employed as the temporary shopkeepers of the shop downstairs, as Mr Harrison, in his own words: “completely forgot about my stupid mother’s funeral.”
After starting his career in 1973 with roles in shows such as The Sweeny, Centre Play, Crown Court and Grange Hill, Sloman had his first featured role in the TV show Coming Home as Ted Maddocks in 1981.
And after appearing in the Young Ones in a few different roles, he appeared in the TV movie Newstime, Affairs of the Heart and The Lenny Henry Show.
One of Sloman’s longer lasting roles came as Les Coker in EastEnders in the last few years, and recieved a huge amount of credit for the portrayal of Christine Coker, his alter ego, as well as keeping busy in the last few years with shows such as Doc Martin Holby City and Inside No.9.
But one of his most amazing roles, albeit far too brief, was as Ted in the latest series of Man Down. And he managed to bring back some of that insanity that made his appearance so funny in The Young Ones.
10.Julia Sawalha – Veronica Head
This was a blink and you’ll miss it appearance in Bottom. Not so much for the amount of time she spent on screen, but for how different she looks when taking into consideration her character in Absolutely Fabulous.
Aside from her appearance in Bottom, as well as her role in Absolutely Fabulous, she has made appearances in shows such as Press Gang and Second Thoughts in the mid 90s, and as well as that she appeared as Lydia Bennett in the iconic BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice in 1995.
She has also found fame with her appearances in Jonathon Creek and Time Gentleman Please. Most recently, she appeared in the Ab Fab movie, and most recently Sawalha, 47, made the news for her relationship with 30-year-old Luke Hollingworth.
9.Carla Mendonca – Jenny
Carla Mendonca made her TV debut in The Young Ones and from there, she had roles in shows such as The Lenny Henry Show, Pushing Up Daisies and Saturday Live.
In the latter half of the 80s she made appearances in shows such as Coming Next, What’s All This Then and another collaboration with Rik and Ade in the video The Dangerous Brothers Present: World of Danger.
Mendonca spent the rest of the 90s popping up in shows such as French and Saunders, Rebecca, Smith & Jones and Harry Enfield and Chums.
The role for which she is most often fondly remembered came in 2001 when she played Sophie Johnson in the iconic kids TV show My Parents are Aliens.
When My Parents are Aliens finished in 2006, she made appearances in shows such as Doctors, Common People and So Awkward and most recently, she appeared in Together earlier this year.
8.Kevin McNally – Sex Shop Assistant
Kevin McNally is known all over the world for his appearances in the huge blockbuster Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, playing Joshamme Gibbs, the right hand man of Captain Jack Sparrow, played, of course, by Johnny Depp.
McNally has had a long career and has appeared in films such as Valkyrie, Legend and in iconic shows such as Life on Mars and Downton Abbey, but would you believe that in the early 90s, in Bottom, he plays an adult shop assistant that provides Richie and Eddie with the pheromone spray that they hope will improve their intimacy.
Would you believe it? I wonder if that’s on the CV…
7.Paul Bradley – Mr Scrubs
Paul Bradley is a long-time veteran of British TV and started off as a collaborator with Rik and Ade as he appeared as Warlock in The Young Ones, and as the pilot that crashed into the boys old house in the first ever episode.
He also appeared in Bottom as the burglar, named in the credits as Mr Scrubs, that broke into Richie and Eddie’s Hammersmith home. Despite trying to capture him, and eventually trying to poison him, some burglar back up arrived and left the pair tied to chairs with rat traps between their legs.
After Bottom, Paul Bradley went on to appear in a lot of TV shows including My Family, Red Dwarf, big roles in EastEnders and Holby City, Casualty as well as a role in the Academy Award-winning film, The Pianist.
6.Robert Llewellyn – Mr N. Stiles
I didn’t notice this one until years later, and for Red Dwarf fans, especially back then, may not have noticed this at all if not for the fact that his name cropped up in the credits. But he appeared in the show as Mr N Stiles, the Falkland’s war veteran with one leg who ends up having his leg stolen by Richie and Eddie in order to raise money for a dead cert on the horses given to them by none other than Tight Mouth Larry.
It goes without saying that Robert Llewellyn is most famous for his role in Red Dwarf, having been introduced to the show in 1989 for the third series, but he has also found success in the ludicrously underrated interview show Carpool, 10 years as the presenter of Scrapheap Challenge, and more recently a reprisal of his role in Red Dwarf, the movie Hangover in Death Valley and Here Comes Hell, which is currently in post production.
5.Andy de la Tour – Chief Inspector Grobbelaar
Another Young Ones alumni, Andy de la Tour has had a long and successful career on the TV screen as well as the big screen, and stole the show with his cameo in Bottom as Chief Inspector Grobbelaar.
After Bottom, Andy de la Tour went on to basically be in everything – including roles in Kavanagh QC, Notting Hill, A Touch of Frost, Oliver Twist, The Brief, The Bill, and amazingly Rogue One. And with Adrian Edmondson’s appearance in The Last Jedi, I think Star Wars should continue their new tradition of casting old alternative comedians as Imperial/First Order generals by casting Alexei Sayale in Episode IX. Make it happen, Disney. Make my dreams come true.
4.Rupert Bates – Wimbledon streaker
Rubert Bates made a name for himself as the streaker that terrifies Richie and Eddie as they camp, having lost a bet, on Wimbledon Common what is supposed to be a week, but ended up lasting only a few hours.
Bates has made appearances in shows like The Bill and Coronation Street over the years, but his last role on TV was After You’ve Gone in 2007, and he hasn’t been seen on the box since.
3.Hélène Mahieu – Gina Carbonara
The beautiful Hélène Mahieu made her big screen debut in the Bottom movie Guest House Paradiso, and okay, so it’s not quite Bottom, but it basically is.
Richie and Eddie now find themselves in charge of the worst and cheapest hotel in Britain, but their normal routine of fighting, harassing guests, terrible service and food is interrupted by a gorgeous runaway film star, Gina Carbonara.
After escaping a hotel full of guests that have been infected by radioactive fish, the pair end the film living it up on a tropical island. Finally they achieve their lifelong dreams, and thanks for killing her boyfriend, Gina leans down and gives Richie a “treat”, which finally, at long last, Richie manages to get some. What a beautiful ending.
Since Guest House Paradiso, Hélène Mahieu has mainly stayed in French cinema, with her last role to date, as Un ministre in The Jews, coming in 2016.
2.Mark Arden – shooting gallery stallholder
Mark Arden appeared as the proprietor of the shooting gallery stall that Richie and Eddie frequent after Auntie Olga tragically died and left Richie 600 big ones.
But it all goes wrong when Richie loses his wallet and Eddie is forced to shoot the stallholder in the eye, naturally, to escape.
Mark Arden is another longtime collaborator with the pair, having had frequent cameos, along with his comedy partner Stephen Frost, but has also popped up all over the place in shows such as Carry On Columbus, Harry Enfield and Chums, The Bill, EastEnders, and more recently Agatha Raisin in 2016 and this year in Endeavour and The Heiress, which is currently in post-production.
1. Mark Lambert – Mr. Gas Man
HELLO MR GAS MAN!
HELLO MR GASS MAANNN!
I love that bit. Every time I hear it, it still makes me laugh. But anyway, Mark Lambert appeared in quite possibly one of the best cameos in Bottom, and made his appearance in the first ever episode of the show.
Mark Lambert has had a long career, appearing in shows over the years such as Casualty, Cracker, The Bill and The Tudors and more recently shows such as Roy from 2009 to 2015, Fair City and most recently The Bailout last year.
So basically, anything you can think of that you watched in the 90s especially, Mark Lambert was probably in it.