Rik Mayall

Englush actor, comedian and writer

Richard Michael "Rik" Mayall (7 March 1958 – 9 June 2014) was a British comedian and actor and writer of comedy. He starred in many sitcoms, including Man Down,The Young Ones, Blackadder, Filthy Rich and Catflap, The New Statesman and Bottom. He also starred in the movies Eye of the Needle (1981), Drop Dead Fred (1991) and Guest House Paradiso (1999). He also won an Emmy Award in 1997 for The Willows in Winter (1995).

Rik Mayall
Birth nameRichard Michael Mayall
Born(1958-03-07)7 March 1958
Harlow, Essex, England
Died9 June 2014(2014-06-09) (aged 56)
London, England
Resting placePasture Farm, East Allington, Devon
MediumFilm, stand-up, television
EducationKing's School, Worcester
Alma materUniversity of Manchester
GenresAlternative comedy, dark comedy, character comedy, physical comedy, surreal humour
Barbara Robbin
(m. 1985)

Mayall was born in Harlow, Essex. When he was three, he moved to Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire. He studied drama at the University of Manchester. He had a relationship with writer Lise Mayer in the early 1980s. He was married to Scottish make-up artist, Barbara Robbin from 1985 until his death. The couple had two daughters and a son together. His autobiography was published in 2005.

On 9 April 1998, Mayall was injured in a quad bike accident near his home in Devon. After waking up from a coma and having operations, he made a full recovery but was left with epilepsy.[1]

Mayall died from a heart attack after a morning run on 9 June 2014 at his home in Barnes, London. He was 56.[2][3]


  1. "Comedian Rik Mayall 'seriously ill'". BBC. 11 April 1998. Retrieved 15 June 2014.
  2. "Rik Mayall, star of The Young Ones, dies aged 56". BBC. 19 June 2014. Retrieved 15 June 2014.
  3. "Rik Mayall died of heart attack after run, wife says". The Sydney Morning Herald. 12 June 2014. Retrieved 15 June 2014.

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