I’m going to say it right here, and right now: Peep Show is the best British sitcoms of the 21st century.
Though it never managed to pull in huge numbers on Channel 4, it has become a cult phenomenon whilst also managing to maintain mainstream recognition as the best sitcom that this country has produced in quite some time, and a show that Ricky Gervais called “the best show on television today”.
There has been a huge cast of characters over the years, and each one of them are legendary amongst fans. But with the revolving door of hilarious faces leaving a legacy of one of the funniest shows ever, have you ever wondered what the actors behind the supporting characters have been up to since they stepped in front of the POV camera?
Well, let’s take a look together.
11.Rachel Blanchard (Nancy)
Rachel Blanchard played the free-living American love interest of Jez for the second series of Peep Show, after the pair meet at a sort of spiritual dance thing, which Mark mocks incessantly, naturally.
Canadian actress Rachel Blanchard’s career was launched when she appeared in a McDonald’s advert and as an eight-year-old on the Canadian children’s show The Kids of Degrassi Street, in which she played Melanie Schlegel.
Before Peep Show, she appeared in many TV and movie projects such as Iron Eagle IV, the TV adaptation of 90s classic Clueless and Nailed.
After Peep Show, she continued to pop up in a wide variety of shows and films, such as the 2006 B-movie classic Snakes on a Plane, the Friends spin-off Joey, HBO show Flight of the Concords, Jim Jefferies’ Legit, and Fargo.
Most recently, she is appearing in the TV series You Me Her.
10.Flora Newbigin (Valarie)
Flora Newbigin played Valarie, the teenager with whom Mark spends a night of bowling, passion, and finally disappointment. She made her appearance in one of Peep Show’s earliest episodes in 2003, but that is not the only thing for which she is famous.
Having begun her career in 1997, Flora’s main claim to fame is playing Arrietty ‘Ett’ Clock in The Borrowers, alongside Jim Broadbent and John Goodman.
After Peep Show, however, there was a long break in her career, until she appeared in a TV short for ITV entitled Perspective in 2011. Having seemingly retired from acting, she now teaches at Pimlico Academy in Westminster.
9.Liz May Brice (Sally Slater)
Studying English at Cambridge University, Liz May Brice is known for her single appearance in one of the funniest episodes of Peep Show in the show’s history.
Acting as one of the flames of Mark’s youth, Sally, the pair meet up at a school reunion and rekindle a relationship that Mark thought was long dead. However, naturally things go disastrously wrong when they try to start an affair and Foz, Sally’s husband, finds out.
Liz May Brice has appeared in a number of projects such as Casualty, Hard Boiled Sweets and Bad Girls. More recently, she has appeared in Black Mirror and has given her voice to Lindeldt & Milibeth in Dark Souls II
8.Liam Noble (Big Mad Andy)
Putting in a performance as one of the best supporting characters in the show, Liam Noble stole every scene in which he participated. He played the role of Big Mad Andy – the carpenter with a lot of issues who seems, for some reason, to really like being hit.
He was one of the most memorable recurring characters, making his first appearance in 2005 after flu-ridden Mark spoils Jez’s mushroom party. He then cropped up later on in 2012, when the true extent of his mental issues were revealed.
Early in his career, he appeared in A Touch of Frost in 2002, followed by roles in shows such as Silent Witness, Holby City and the Nicolas Cage movie National Treasure.
Aside from reoccurring roles in shows such as EastEnders and The Bill, Liam Noble will star in his own comedy TV series Spirit Breaker, which will debut on Amazon Prime and is in the post-production stage.
He also uses the Twitter handle @BigMadAndy.
7.James Carlton (Matt)
James Carlton played Mark’s personal trainer and Judo instructor Matt Townsend in the 2007 series of Peep Show.
She made her debut in 1998 and since then has appeared in shows such as Where The Heart Is, Mersey Beat and Casualty. He is mainly remembered for his roles in Emmerdale and Heartbeat. However, he seems to have left acting, as his last role was a 2009 short movie Blue.
These days, Carlton works on a farm and frequently posts photos of his new lifestyle on his Twitter profile.
His Twitter bio reads as following: “British actor now living in California growing Almonds and Walnuts!”
6.Shelly Blond (Michelle)
Shelly Blond’s name will forever remain immortal as the first and original voice of Lara Croft in one of PlayStation’s definitive titles, Tomb Raider.
Shelly Blond played Michelle in one of the great Peep Show episodes in which Mark gets mugged, and is forced to run from his muggers…which, in his words, really left a sour taste.
Shelly was Jez’s girlfriend at the time, although he was slightly scared of her, and it was because of Shelly that Jez was able to fulfil one of his fantasies by having a threesome. It wasn’t, however, as glamorous as perhaps he thought. And it did come with a clause in the contract, if you like, that we won’t mention here.
After Peep Show, the former Cold Feet and Casualty actress has had a stop and start career in front of the camera, with her last performance coming in 2014 in the movie Moomins on the Riviera. She’s also done some voice over and narrator work for various Tomb Raider documentaries.
5.Vera Graziadei (Elena)
The eras of Peep Show are defined by the women around whom the show’s two main characters’ motivations and storylines are built. For Mark, it is broadly split into two halves: the Sophie era and the Dobby era (however there is the infamous denouement with April). For Jez, it is a little bit more fluid, as he goes from one woman to another, but there is, nonetheless, a chronology, as he goes from Big Suze to Toni, to Nancy, to Big Suze again, to Elena, to Zahra and finally a change of pace with Joe.
Elena is one of Jez’s most memorable girlfriends, but she does nonetheless break his heart as their affair does eventually, as he predicts, blow up in his stupid face.
A producer, director and writer as well as an actor, Graziadei after Peep Show continued to appear in shows such as Agatha Christie’s Poirot, The Deep, Crackanory and most recently is filming the movie Book of Vision, for which she is the producer.
4.Natasha Beaumont (Saz)
Born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the Australian actress appeared as Saz in Peep Show, the wild and occasionally melancholic Aussie party girl and brief ‘flatmate’ shall we say, of Mark.
Aside from Peep Show, Beaumont has appeared in All Saints and EastEnders, and after Peep Show, she has appeared in My Spy Family, Tales of Tatonka, The Moodys and Morgan’s Story – a short movie which was her last credited role to date in 2016.
3.Camilla Beeput (Zahra)
First appearing on our screens in the 2002 series of Fame Academy, Camilla Beeput first acting role was Footballers’ Wives in 2005.
In Peep Show, Camilla played the sophisticated Zahra, who enjoys literature and French cinema and creating blogs about alphabetised lists of French cinema.
After Peep Show, Beeput had roles in shows such as Death in Paradise, Top Boy, Top Boy, Mr and Mrs Jones and Grantchester. She has also appeared in The Harry Hill Movie and Johnny Depp’s Mortdecai.
Her most recent role was in the Sky Atlantic TV series, ‘Save Me’.
2.Elizabeth Marmur (Toni)
Elizabeth Marmur had the distinction of being Jeremy’s first love interest of the show in the post-Big Suze era. She was a fun loving character, if not a little scary at times, that seemed to always be in the middle of a breakup or a reunion with her on again/off again husband Tony.
Marmur played Toni from the first episode of the show – seen when Mark needed to go to the shop to by toilet roll, but couldn’t because of a gang of children blocking the door – to the final episode of series 2 in which Jez participates in a green card marriage to his American love Nancy.
Marmur began her career in 1989 when she made her TV debut in Degrassi High, after that she spent the 90s making appearances in shows such as Forever Knight, Street Legal, Side Effects and Big Bad World before seeing in the new millennium with an appearance in the critically acclaimed Dylan Moran written Black Books in 2000.
After Peep Show, she took roles in shows such as Doctors and Holby City, but her last known screen credit was in 2009 as Muriel van den Plank in the TV series Scoop.
These days, Marmur has changed career and no runs her own business, Elizabeth Marmur Communications Skills.
Her website states on the homepage:
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Whether you are working towards a specific goal such as an interview or a presentation; whether you are struggling with social anxiety; or whether you are just keen to take your communication skills to the next level, I can help you to significantly improve your performance.
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1.Meredith MacNeill (Merry)
She may have only appeared in one episode, but boy, if you’re going to be one and done, she made her one count. Meredith MacNeill – born in Nova Scotia, Canada – played the role of Jez and Mark’s old university friend Merry, and over the course of the episode, she slowly loses her grip on sanity, and before you know it she’s trying to have a shave because she has a really important meeting.
After her appearance on Peep Show in 2005, MacNeill had a role in the wacky British film Confetti that starred Martin Freeman and Jessica Hynes – a film in which Jimmy Carr also had a cameo – and other projects like the movies North Mountain, Big News from Grand Rock and Your Money or Your Wife. Most recently, she appeared in the sketch show Barron Von Sketch Show.