Mark Gatiss Movies and Career Information
Oct 17, 1966
Actor and Writer
Mark Gatiss (born 17 October 1966 in Sedgefield, England) is an English actor, screenwriter and novelist. He is best known as a member of the comedy team The League of Gentlemen, and has both written for and acted in the TV series' Doctor Who and Sherlock. Gatiss grew up in Sedgefield, County Durham, opposite the Edwardian psychiatric hospital where both his parents worked. His childhood passions included watching Doctor Who and Hammer Horror films on television, reading Sherlock Holmes and HG Wells, and collecting fossils. All of these interests, bar the last, have fuelled his creative work as an adult. He attended Heighington CE Primary School and Woodham Comprehensive School in Newton Aycliffe; at the latter, he was two years ahead of Paul Magrs, who would also go on to write Doctor Who fiction. He lives with his husband, actor Ian Hallard, and their labrador, 'Bunsen'. He once built a Victorian laboratory in their London home, as the fulfilment of another childhood dream. He was listed as the 38th most influential gay person in the UK in The Independent on Sunday's Pink List 2010. Following his childhood interest in Doctor Who, Gatiss's early writing was devoted to the series.