English actor and comedian Karl Theobald was born on August 5, 1969 in Norfolk, England. He attended dance school at an early age, before eventually graduating at the Drama Centre in London in 2000, and eventually worked with the theater group Theatre de Complicite.
At one point, Theobald was the comedy partner of Russell Brand; they toured together during the 1990s, under the name Theobald and Brand on Ice. He also performed twice at the Edinburgh Festival, and did a tour around the UK with his one-man show, Mr. Tinnamen’s Travelling Medicine Show. His first television appearance was in the 2004 television movie AD/BC: A Rock Opera, followed by an appearance in the 2005 mini-series The Virgin Queen. He grew into prominence, however, as downtrodden house officer Martin Dear in the award-winning sitcom Green Wing. He plays a doctor who’s being denied by his mother, bullied by his half-brother and hasn’t got much of a love life to speak of.
Theobald has also written for comedy shows such as the award-winning The Sketch Show and Smack the Pony. He has made appearances in two films: The Truth, in 2006, and Buying Porn, in 2007.
He also appears in the science fiction program Primeval’s second season. He plays the role of Oliver Leek, the new assistant of James Lester (Ben Miller) who’s nerdy and eager to please. Later into the series, he is revealed to be working for Nick Cutter’s (Douglas Henshall) estranged former wife Helen (Juliet Aubrey), investigating the team and plotting to have them killed by the creatures that entered through a time anomaly. His character was killed off on the same season.
He has also appeared on stage, notably in the West End production of Donkey’s Years, written by Michael Frayn; he played the role of outsider Kenneth Snell.