Richard is a multi-award winning writer, performer, and actor. His most recent show Baby Reindeer premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2019 where it won two awards – the Scotsman Fringe First Award for New Writing and a Stage Award for Acting Excellence. The show then went onto a five-week run at The Bush Theatre in London and was nominated for an Off West End Theatre Award for Best Performer.
His preview show, Monkey See Monkey Do, won the prestigious Edinburgh Comedy Award for Best Show at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festival where it was also nominated for a Total Theatre Award for Innovation. The show subsequently had several sell-out runs at London’s Soho Theatre, toured the UK and Europe, and had a run at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, where it was nominated for the 2017 Barry Award and was broadcast on Comedy Central.
His other shows Waiting for Gaddot, Breaking Gadd, and Cheese & Crack Whores were also Edinburgh Fringe hits and all went on to three week runs or more in the Soho Theatre. The former won the Amused Moose Best Edinburgh Fringe Show Award 2015 and was nominated for a Malcolm Hardee Award For Innovation 2015. In addition, Richard won a Chortle Comedian’s Comedian Award 2017, as well as being nominated for an Off West End theatre award for Best Performer in the same year.
Richard is also a successful actor, who starred opposite Daniel Mays in the BAFTA-nominated BBC2 single drama Against the Law – “surely a breakout role for him,” The Guardian. Other key acting credits include SKY’s Code 404, BBC3’s Clique, and E4’s Tripped. He also recently played a lead role in Sky Arts’ film One Normal Night. The Independent described his appearance as, “a quite wonderful performance,” and The Times described it as, “moving and very well acted.”
Richard is currently filming alongside Stephen Graham and Daniel Mays, in Sky One’s new six-part comedy series Code 404. In addition, Richard is also a writer who has written episodes of Netflix smash-hit Sex Education, as well as Ultimate Worrier for Dave and The Last Leg for Channel Four where he is also one of their correspondents.He also recently recorded his own pilot for BBC Radio 4 with Dabster Productions, The Richard Gadd Show, which aired in July 2018. He has also had several written projects broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio Scotland.