Remembering Rik Mayall 1958 – 2014

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Rik Mayall was born on 7th March 1958 in Harlow, Essex, to John and Gillian Mayall. When Mayall was three years old, he and his parents—who taught drama—moved to Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire, where he spent the rest of his childhood and performed in his parents’ plays.

Rik failed most of his O-levels at King’s School in Worcester and moved to the University of Manchester in 1975 to study drama. It was here where he met his future comedy partner Ade Edmondson. He also met Ben Elton and Lise Mayer at the University.

Rik is mostly known for his work with Ade Edmondson. The pair gained fame through shows such as The Young Ones and Bottom, and also The Dangerous Brothers, Filthy Rich and Catflap and Guest House Paradiso, a film version of Bottom. In the 1990’s and early 2000’s Rik and Ade went on tours across the UK with Bottom Live.

In October 2013, Rik appeared on Channel 4’s Man Down, playing Greg Davis’ father. His final TV appearance was in the first episode of the second series of Crackanory which was broadcast on 24 September 2014 on Dave.

On the 9th June 2014, Rik Mayall died at his home in Barnes, Richmond-upon-Thames, London, at the age of 56.

There were times when Rik and I were writing together when we almost died laughing. They were some of the most carefree stupid days I ever had, and I feel privileged to have shared them with him. And now he’s died for real. Without me. Selfish bastard.

— Ade Edmondson
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