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Mark Heap

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Mark Heap is an English actor. He began his acting career in the 1980s as a member of the Medieval Players, a touring company performing medieval and early modern theatre, and featuring stilt-walking, juggling and puppetry. After its demise, he became part of the street theatre duo The Two Marks who appeared on television shows Ghost Train and 3-2-1. He is perhaps best known for a variety of television comedy roles, often playing obsessive and self-deluded characters, including struggling artist Brian Topp in Spaced, the pompous Dr. Alan Statham in Green Wing, and various roles in the sketch show Big Train. He has worked in a number of ventures with Chris Morris, appearing in Jam, its radio predecessor Blue Jam, and the documentary parody series Brass Eye.

Heap voiced the lead character of Eric in the animated comedy Stressed Eric. Other recurring roles included Terry Roche in Paul Whitehouse's comedy-drama Happiness and Derek Few in How Do You Want Me?. He played Eliza's husband in 2006 Radio 4 play The Eliza Stories and appeared as Marmite the Dwarf in the short-lived Radio 4 sitcom The Sofa of Time.

Heap played Harry in the short-lived Rob Grant TV series The Strangerers, aired in 2000. In the film About a Boy, Heap played a school teacher. Alongside Kevin Eldon, he played 'Man with dog' in Tim Burton's 2005 film Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. He also guested in the second series of the BBC comedy Look Around You as Leonard Hatred, and starred in the music video for Four Tet's single "Smile Around The Face" in 2005. Heap also played a minor role in the 2006 film Confetti as the marriage registrar. He played an injured fairground patron in Tunnel of Love , which also starred Jack Dee. In March 2007 he appeared in the BBC One drama Hotel Babylon as an unsuccessful businessman who became a bellboy. He plays the part of the prince Tertius in the 2007 film Stardust. Between 2008 and 2010 he appeared in 32 episodes of the BBC period drama 'Lark Rise to Candleford' as head postman Thomas Brown, as well as super villain Lightkiller in an episode of the sitcom No Heroics. He also appears as the father of Chris Miles in the Channel 4 programme Skins. Heap played the love interest of the main character in the second series of the BBC comedy Love Soup. In 2008 he co-starred in the surreal science fiction film Captain Eager and the Mark of Voth.

In 2008 Heap played the role of Widmerpool in a Radio 4 serialisation of A Dance to the Music of Time. He played the role of Charles Dickens in the 2009 BBC Two drama Desperate Romantics, as well as appearing as a car salesman in a SEAT television advert. Also in 2009 he played Jessica Hynes' husband in the comedy pilot Lizzie & Sarah, written by Hynes and Julia Davis.

In 2010 he appeared as the leader of a rambling group in the BBC4 series The Great Outdoors. He also appeared as a psychiatrist in Miranda Hart's comedy Miranda on BBC2. In October 2010 he appeared as Robin in the four-part BBC drama Single Father.

Heap voices the fox in the Old Speckled Hen adverts sponsoring comedy on Dave and offered a multitude of character voices in the audiobook "Do Ants Have Arseholes?".

In 2011 Heap played Jim in the Channel 4 sitcom Friday Night Dinner alongside Simon Bird and Tamsin Greig. He also played Andrew Thorogood in the BBC Four comedy Holy Flying Circus and Jonas in the 8th episode of E4's sci-fi comedy-drama Misfits series 3.


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