Griff Rhys Jones

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Griff Rhys Jones (born 6 November 1953) is the comedy partner and foil of Mel Smith. He was born in Cardiff, Wales, UK.

Griff was educated at Brentwood School, Essex, where he met Charlie Bean (Executive Director of the Bank of England) and Douglas Adams, the writer of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. He was part of a group called The Clique by the school's headmaster: they would hang around making each other laugh, and Griff has just continued doing this for the rest of his life. Rhys Jones and Bean followed Adams to the Emmanuel College, Cambridge to read English.

Since then, he has appeared in numerous comedy programmes, usually with Mel Smith, including the second series of notable 1980s sketch show Not the Nine O'Clock News, alongside Smith, Rowan Atkinson and Pamela Stephenson.

Griff was the presenter of the BBC's Restoration programme.

He stars in Russell T. Davies's drama series Mine All Mine, on ITV1.Template:Comedian-stub

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