David Mitchell grew up in Oxford. He was miserable at a Dickensian primary school but happy at Cambridge, where he was president of Footlights and met his comedy partner Robert Webb. Together they have starred in the BAFTA-winning series That Mitchell and Webb Look and Peep Show.
He has been a team captain on BBC One’s ever popular Would I Lie To You for ten series, he presented Channel 4’s 10 O’Clock Live, hosts Radio 4’s The Unbelievable Truth and has appeared on pretty much every British TV or radio panel show. David starred as William Shakespeare in Ben Elton’s comedy series Upstart Crow for the BBC.
Following the critical success of his memoir Back Story, Thinking About It Only Makes It Worse: And Other Lessons from Modern Life, was published. His latest book, Dishonesty is the Second-Best Policy: And Other Rules to Live By attempts to make light of all the darkness in the dumbfounding times we live in. David writes a weekly column for the Observer.