Jim Sweeney (comedian)
Jim Sweeney (born Michael James Dominic Sweeney in
Bournemouth, Hampshire, on 7 February 1955) is an English actorand comedian, best known for his improvisation partnership with Steve Steen.
He moved to
Londonwith his parents, along with two brothers and a sister, when he was 11 years old. He became interested in theatre and improvisation while attending an all-boys Roman Catholicschool Clapham College.
Sweeney spent the 1970s in
theatreproductions, creating and touring shows with Steen, who was a friend from school. The pairing's first television work as a duo came on the ITVchildren's show "CBTV", followed by the Channel 4comedy "Little Armadillos" and resident support comic slots on Rory Bremner's first sketch showfor the BBC.
1987, Sweeney played Samuel Taylor Coleridgein an episode of " Blackadder the Third", with Steen alongside him as Lord Byron. He then appeared in commercials and radio comedies before acquiring a semi-regular slot as a contestant on the Channel 4 improvisation show " Whose Line Is It Anyway?" from 1991to 1993, later joined frequently by Steen.
Sweeney has been involved with the Comedy Store's Comedy Store Players team since
1992, alongside the likes of Paul Merton, Josie Lawrenceand Richard Vranch. He has also appeared in numerous radio series', including the improvised faux drama show, " The Masterson Inheritance" and has had one-off roles in sitcoms " One Foot In The Grave" (as a computersalesman memorably humiliated by Victor Meldrew) and "Kiss Me Kate"
1985, Sweeney has suffered from multiple sclerosis, something which has required use of a walking stickand, from 2005, a wheelchair. However, he continues to perform, write and act, often with Steen.
Sweeney wrote about his experiences of multiple sclerosis in "My MS and Me", a play he performed for
BBC Radio 4after a successful Edinburgh Festivalrun.
As of August 2007 he is starring in the Radio 4's improvised sketches "The Lawrence Sweeney Mix" alongside
Sweeney lives in Wimbledon with his girlfriend and two daughters.
* [http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0842132/ Jim Sweeney] at the
Internet Movie Database
* [http://jimsweeney.co.uk Jim Sweeney's official website]
* [http://epguides.com/MastersonInheritance/ Masterson Inheritance Episode Guide]
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