Steve Speirs

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Steve Speirs
Steven Roberts

(1965-02-22) 22 February 1965 (age 55)
FamilyJeffrey Lloyd Roberts (brother)

Steve Speirs (born 22 February 1965) [1] is a Welsh actor and writer, who has appeared in films such as Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest .


Early life

He was born as Steven Roberts in Troed-y-rhiw, a village now in the borough of Merthyr Tydfil, Wales [2] and went to school at Afon Taf High School where he found a taste for drama. He joined the National Youth Theatre of Wales and studied drama at Loughborough University. [3] He says he took his stage name, Speirs, from the surname of a lecturer at college. [4]


Since graduating from university, Speirs has played Sloan in Eragon , Andy Fellows in Making Waves and the "pathetic loser" Dullard alongside Ricky Gervais in Extras , as well as playing Captain Tarpals in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace and having a small role in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest .

He appears in Kröd Mändoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire , a comedy fantasy series in which he plays Loquasto, an oafish servant, "who belongs to a race of pig-like creatures known as Grobble". [5]

He wrote his first film, Caught in the Act , in 2008 and starred in it as the lead character. Based on his memories of growing up in South Wales, it was filmed in the Merthyr Tydfil area. [6]

Speirs often goes by the name of "Dullard" in honour of his role in Extras, as he considers the character a mirror of himself. Speirs also appeared in the Gervais and Stephen Merchant film Cemetery Junction released in 2010, a part which was written particularly for him. [2] Speirs also starred as the bouncer at Mother McOakley's Tavern in Burke and Hare , a British black comedy directed by John Landis and released (in the United Kingdom) in October 2010. He also starred in a CBBC show called Sadie J where he portrayed Sadies dad, a mechanic Other roles which Speirs is known for include his portrayal of Bernard Bresslaw in Cor, Blimey! , Big Alan Williams in Stella and Colour Sergeant Wormwood in Sharpe's Peril . He also appears as a postman on the last episode of Miranda season 3. Speirs played depressed geography teacher and caretaker Mr Gareth Barber in the BBC One sitcom Big School for two series in 2013 and 2014.

In 2013, Steve played PC McClintock in the Christmas TV film Gangsta Granny , an adaptation of the book written by David Walliams. He played the role of Dad in the 2014 TV film The Boy in the Dress , also written by Walliams.

In 2015 he appeared in the TV spin off The Bad Education Movie playing Don alongside the main cast of Bad Education as well as many other guests in the movie. The same year, he also appeared in the pilot of the radio sitcom Ankle Tag , which went on to air three series in 2017, 2018 and 2020.

In 2016 he appeared in the Ben Elton crafted Upstart Crow playing Richard Burbage (actor and leader of Will's acting company) and has continued in this role for 3 series ( 2016, 2017 & 2018) with 2 Christmas spin-offs in 2017 & 2018.

Steve has created, written and starred in The Tuckers for BBC Wales and BBC iPlayer.

Steve appears in the video for the Super Furry Animals song Ice Hockey Hair released in 1998.

Personal life

Speirs moved to live in Brighton, East Sussex. He is divorced from first wife, Julia, with whom he had two sons, Jack and Lewes. [2] Steve re-married and also has a third son, Max, and a daughter Amelie with his wife Joanna. [4] His brother is opera singer Jeffrey Lloyd Roberts. [3]


1996Rough JusticeDC
1997 House of America The Head
1998 Martha, Meet Frank, Daniel and Laurence Taxi Driver
1999 Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace Captain Tarpals
1999 Topsy-Turvy Mr. Kent
2000 Rancid Aluminum BMW Man
2000Married 2 MalcolmSam Tex
2001 The Musketeer Porthos
2004The Baby Juice ExpressMystery Man
2006 The Last Drop Gustav Hansfeldt
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Quartermaster – Edinburgh
Eragon Sloan
2007 The Baker Bryn
OctaneSocial worker
2008Caught in the ActEric Jenkins
Inkheart Flatnose
2010 Cemetery Junction Sgt. Wyn Davies
Burke and Hare McMartin's Doorman
2011 Hunky Dory Mr. Cafferty
2014 Set Fire to the Stars Mickey
2015 The Bad Education Movie Don
1989 We Are Seven Albert Thomas7 episodes
1993 Screen One PorterEpisode: "Tender Loving Care"
1995 Goodnight Sweetheart PhilEpisode: "Nice Work If You Can Get It"
1996 The Detectives BruceEpisode: "Fur Coat, No Knickers"
Dalziel and Pascoe Arthur EvansEpisode: "A Clubbable Woman"
Murder Most Horrid DI HooperEpisode: "A Life or Death Operation"
Cold Lazarus Blinda's Apartment Guard
1998 Keeping Mum LeonardEpisode "The Card Game"
The Wonderful World of Disney Chief ArmorerTelevision film: "A Knight in Camelot"
1999 The Bill Oliver BeaumanEpisode: "Pillow Talk"
2000 Cor, Blimey! Bernard Bresslaw Television film
The Scarlet Pimpernel Sergeant BibotEpisode: "Ennui"
Holby City Jim EllisonEpisode: "The Real Thing"
2002 NCS: Manhunt Benny LuckEpisodes: "Out of Time" (Parts 1 & 2)
2003The PlanmanDarren WestcoateTelevision film
Absolute Power Dave PineEpisode: "Pope Idol"
2004 Jonathan Creek Herbie BryantEpisode: "The Chequered Box"
The Last Detective CaradocEpisode: "Benefit to Mankind"
Making Waves CCMEA Andy Fellows2 episodes
Tunnel of LoveKimberley's DadTelevision film
2005 The Bill BarryEpisode: "289a"
Midsomer Murders Keith CarterEpisode: "Sauce for the Goose"
Doctor Who StricklandEpisode: "Aliens of London/World War Three"
Icon Viktor AkopovTelevision film
Extras DullardEpisode: "Samuel L Jackson"
2006 Doctors Pete MachinEpisode: "Strictly Bedroom"
Holby City Richard Price-ThomasEpisode: "Before a Fall"
2007 New Tricks Dougie TaylorEpisode: "God's Waiting Room"
2008 City of Vice William Pentlow5 episodes
2008–09 No Heroics Norse Dave6 episodes
2008 Sharpe's Peril WormwoodTelevision film
2009 The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler PiotrTelevision film
Kröd Mändoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire Loquasto6 episodes
A Child's Christmases in Wales Uncle HuwTelevision film
2010 Casualty Stewart KerrEpisode: "Russian Endings"
Doctors Dave HowellsEpisode: "Boyo"
Miranda RayEpisode: "The Perfect Christmas"
2011–12 Sadie J Steve26 episodes
2011 Benidorm Uri
2012–15 Stella Alan (Big Alan)39 episodes
2012 A Young Doctor's Notebook & Other Stories Syphilitic Mikhail
2013–14 Big School Mr. Barber12 episodes
2013 Gangsta Granny PC McClintockTelevision film
2014 The Boy in the Dress PeterTelevision film
2016 Dickensian Inspector Thompson
Cuckoo BarmanEpisode: "The Holiday"
Rovers Tel6 episodes
2016–present Upstart Crow Richard Burbage 19 episodes
2017 Not Going Out Johnny LucasEpisode: "Charlie"
Decline and FallDavisEpisode: "King's Thursday"
2019The TuckersGlyn Tucker6 episodes
2020 Inside No. 9 MitchEpisode: "The Referee's a W***er"
2020 After Life (TV series) Dog Waste ManEpisode 5

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