British writer and actor born in 1966, Mark Gatiss is a Darlington man best known for three things:
Gatiss is a long-time big Doctor Who fan, to put it mildly; he has written for seven of the Doctors, wrote and acted in three official approved spoofs and contributed to seven Big Finish Doctor Who audios. Topping all of that though are his writing credits for the television show proper; "The Unquiet Dead" for Nine, "The Idiot's Lantern" for Ten and "Victory of the Daleks" and "Night Terrors" for Eleven.
He provided an uncredited voice for a space spitfire pilot in "Victory of the Daleks" and "A Good Man Goes to War", as well as other roles in "The Lazarus Experiment" and "The Wedding of River Song" (the latter under a pseudonym and heavy prosthetics), making him the only person to write and appear in Doctor Who no less than four times.
And as if that wasn't enough, he's also the first person to play both the Doctor (The Web of Caves, a comedy spoof) and the Master (Sympathy for the Devil, a Big Finish What If audio).
He appeared in a live version of The Quatermass Experiment in 2005 with David Tennant. During a break in rehearsals, Tennant whispered to him that he was the new Doctor that Gatiss would write "The Idiot's Lantern" for.
Is also currently appearing in the fourth series of Horrible Histories, along with fellow League of Gentlemen stars Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton.
He is also one of the two creators of Sherlock, and plays the character of Mycroft Holmes.
Exhibits Examples of:
- Attractive Bent Gender: Several times in The League of Gentlemen.
- Awesome, Dear Boy: He recently said that his role on Being Human was his favorite. He said that since he grew up a huge fan of Christopher Lee and Hammer Horror films, getting to play the Being Human-verse equivalent of Dracula was a dream come true.
- Blue Eyes
- Creator Cameo: Plays (uncredited both times) a Spitfire pilot in "Victory of the Daleks" and Mycroft Holmes in Sherlock.
- Dyeing for Your Art: Dyed his hair darker for the part of Mycroft Holmes in Sherlock.
- Large Ham: Every scene Mycroft Holmes is in in Sherlock is simply made of this. And the fans love him for it.
- Nightmare Fetishist: Grew up next to an abandoned mental hospital and is obsessed with Hammer Horror movies and other scary-type things.
- One of Us
- Promoted Fanboy
- Real Men Wear Pink: Pink is definitely his color.
- Straight Gay: And married to actor Ian Hallard since 2008. Sorry, girls (and boys)!
- Of course, that doesn't mean he isn't without his moments. He was recently asked which show he'd love to make a guest appearance on. His answer? America's Next Top Model.
- Tall Ginger And Handsome