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Ben Bailey-Smith: Mastermind contestant, rapper and actor who shot to fame as Ricky Gervais’ sidekick


Actor, comic and rapper Ben Bailey Smith – aka Doc Brown – shall be returning to Celebrity Mastermind this Saturday (April 24) on BBC One and followers are getting very excited on the prospect.

The Kilburn born star, 43, has loved the lengthy and profitable profession his abilities counsel and will seem on the present alongside Amber Gill, Rob Deering, and Katie Razzall.

But when he is not fielding questions from John Humphrys, what does the North London entertainer rise up to?

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Ben has appeared on Celebrity Mastermind as soon as earlier than in 2014

After initially beginning his profession as a battle rapper below the identify Doc Brown, an opportunity cellphone name from Lenny Henry in 2007 opened up a doorway into the world of comedy for Ben.

Ben started writing for a number of Radio 4 comedy exhibits and went on to attain the final eight of the distinguished comedy competitors ‘So You Think You’re Funny’ in 2008.

From there, Ben’s recognition as a performer surged and he was quickly an everyday face on lots of the nation’s prime panel exhibits the place he put his rapping expertise to hilarious use.

Aside from arise comedy, Ben additionally appeared in lots of standard comedy exhibits within the late noughties together with Miranda and The Inbetweeners, the place he performed a drug seller.

However, it’s Ben’s collaborations with Ricky Gervais which have introduced him essentially the most consideration.

In 2013, the pair wrote and carried out a spoof rap known as ‘Equality Street’ for Comedy Relief.

Ricky Gervais being an enormous fan of Bailey’s work reached out for him to play the character completely.

This led to maybe Ben’s largest display screen efficiency as David Brent’s sidekick Dom Johnson in 2016’s Life on the Road movie.

Since then, Ben has continued to seem in quite a lot of tv packages together with Taskmaster and Silent Witness.

To see how Ben handles the strain, catch Celebrity Mastermind on BBC One on Saturday at 5.25pm.