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Horrible Histories consists of an ensemble cast of six actors. Each actor has one or more well-known characters. They became a particularly close-knit group both personally and professionally. Eventually, this led them to continue working together after the original Horrible Histories ceased full-time production, creating, writing and starring in the TV series Yonderland, the feature film comedy Bill and, most recently, the BBC comedy Ghosts.

In the 2015 revival series, most of the original cast didn't return, however, Jim Howick, Simon Farnaby, Lawry Lewin, Dominique Moore and Sarah Hadland did return in a limited number of roles. The new cast doesn't have an ensemble cast as such and actors come and go series by series, there are, however, a few core members that have remained through all series.

Horrible Histories (2009-2013)Edit

The starring cast of TV series Horrible Histories arrives at the Children's BAFTAs, 27 November 2011

L-R: Simon Farnaby, Martha Howe-Douglas, Mathew Baynton, Laurence Rickard, Ben Willbond and Jim Howick

In the original Horrible Histories, the cast consisted of an ensemble cast of six actors each of which played the majority of characters. A seventh member, Sarah Hadland, left after the second series but returned with an "also starring" credit for the fourth and fifth. There was also a number of supporting actors who played minor roles. They each are talented actors who can play multiple roles.

in 2019, they had more cast come in to support them and to help recline the amount of actors who took part.

Where ever possible recurring characters were played by one cast member, for example, Simon Farnaby's Death, Ben Willbond's Henry VIII and Laurence Rickard's Bob Hale.

Several of the writers and researchers also occasionally appeared in Sketches, including Steve Punt, Greg Jenner, George Sawyer and Susie Donkin.

Main CastEdit

Mathew BayntonEdit

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Mathew Baynton as William Shakespeare

Mathew Baynton is one of the original cast and appeared in every episode of series 1-5. Baynton plays the drums, piano and the guitar. Baynton's real-life son, Bo, appeared in a sketch playing a baby Mary, Queen of Scots.

Baynton is known for the following recurring characters:

Simon FarnabyEdit

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Simon Farnaby as Caligula

Simon Farnaby is one of the original cast members and appeared in every episode of series 1-5. He is the tallest member of the cast. Farnaby's dog, Dottie, appeared in several episodes throughout the show.

Farnaby is known for the following recurring characters:

Martha Howe-DouglasEdit

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Howe-Douglas as Cleopatra

Martha Howe-Douglas is one of the original cast members and appeared in every episode of series 1-5. She is the only female member of the main cast.

Howe-Douglas is known for playing the following recurring characters:

Jim HowickEdit

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Jim Howick as One-eyed Ned

Jim Howick is one of the original cast members and appeared in every episode of series 1-5. Due to his build and stature, Howick tends to play more obese historical characters.

Howick is known for playing the following recurring characters:

Laurence RickardEdit

Main article Laurence Rickard

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Laurence Rickard as Bob Hale

Laurence Rickard is one of the original cast members and appeared in every episode of series 1-5. Originally hired solely as a writer, Rickard became a member of the cast after creating the character of Bob Hale, whose extended, convoluted monologues proved impossible to hand over to anyone else.

Rickard is known for the following recurring characters:

Ben WillbondEdit

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Ben Willbond as Henry VIII

Ben Willbond is one of the original cast members and appeared in every episode of series 1-5. He plays a lot of historical characters of German origin. Willbond also hosted the Behind the Scene featurette. He is the oldest of the cast members.

Willbond is known for playing the following recurring characters:

Supporting CastEdit

While not credited as part of the main cast (with the exception of Hadland, who was part of the main cast in series one and two she was absent from series three but then returned with a "Also Starring" credit) these actors appeared regularly over the series.

Sarah HadlandEdit

Sarah Hadland was a member of the main cast between series 1 and 2 she left at the end of series 2 and returned in series 4 with an "also starring" credit. The characters she portrayed include:

Dominique MooreEdit

Dominique Moore played various roles between series 2 and 5 the includes

Lawry LewinEdit

Lawry Lewin played various roles between series 2 and 5 these include:

Alice LoweEdit

Alice Lowe played various roles in series 2, 3 and 5, these include:

ExtrasEdit

In addition to the main and supporting cast there were also recurring, sometimes uncredited extras. These actors normally filled in minor or background roles.

Susie Donkin: Played various roles in series 1 -5 (Uncredited in Series 2 and 3, credited for Series 1, 4 and 5)

Rhashan Stone: Richard HHTV Sport reporter (Series 3)

Lisa Devlin: Shelley in Historical Hairdressers (Series 1)

Giles Terera: Presenter of HHTV Sport (Series 1-5)

Katy Wix: Played various in series 1-4

George Sawyer: Rebellious spartan warrior(Stupid Deaths)

Special GuestsEdit

Over the 5 series many famous face have appeared, some in a one-off role while others had a recurring role.

  • Tanni Grey-Thompson (Series 3, field reporter for "HHTV Sport)
  • David Baddiel (Series 2 & 3, storyteller Vincenzo Larfoff, Scary Stories)
  • Amir Khan and Jermain Defoe (Series 4, as themselves in Sport Relief sketches)
  • Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith (Series 4 and 5. Film executives in HH Movie Pitch)
  • Al Murray (Series 5, various roles, notably the drummer for the Smiths-inspired Charles Dickens music video)
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