David Schneider

Actor and writer
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Biography

David is a comedy writer, performer and director who has written and appeared in some of the most iconic programmes of recent years.

A familiar face from TV, he wrote and appeared in Alan Partridge; Knowing Me, Knowing You, The Day Today and Friday Night Armistice. David featured in films as varied as Mission Impossible and Horrid Henry. The second series of his sitcom Births, Deaths and Marriages in which he starred, recently aired on Radio 4.

He directed Josh Widdicombe's series Josh a six part sitcom for BBC 3 starring Josh himself alongside Jack Dee, which was critically-acclaimed when it broadcast in 2015. He is currently shooting series 3.

An avid tweeter with more than 264,000 followers, David recently set up his own social media agency called That Lot, providing content for brands and businesses as well as giving workshops and talks on social media at various industry and academic events. His recent TEDx Talk - 'Is the Internet Making Us More Stupider' - will be online soon. 

More recently David has co-written the film The Death of Stalin with Armando Iannucci, starring Steve Buscemi and Jeffrey Tambor. The film will premiere at the Toronto Film Festival 2017 with a UK release in the autumn.

CV

TV

Director

Starring
  • Josh Widdicombe
  •  
    BBC3
     
    Starring
  • Josh Widdicombe
  •  

    Second series of the hit BBC3 sitcom by Josh Widdicombe

    BBC for BBC3
     
    Josh
    6 x 30'
    Writer Josh Widdicombe
    Starring
  • Josh Widdicombe
  • Jack Dee
  •  

    A sitcom starring and co-written by Josh Widdicombe.

    BBC 3
     

    Writer

    Fit
    13 x 30'
    Producer James Serafinowicz
    Director Al Campbell
    Starring
  • Aisling Bea
  • Camilla Marie Beeput
  • Sarah Pascoe
  • Tony Way
  •  
    Sketch writer
    Citrus for CBBC
     
    Producer Zak George
    Director Yvonne Jennings
    Starring
  • Zak George
  • Rik Mayall
  •  
    Children's comedy
    BBC Productions for CBBC
     

    Performer

    FULVIO 
    Director Sam Leifer
     
    ITV
     
    Marcus Salter 
    Director John Strickland
     
    Carnival Film & TV for ITV
     
    Alan Monster 
    Director Kez Margrie
     
    BBC
     
    Derek 
    Director Dan Clark
     
    Brown Eyed Boy
     
    Various 
    Director Mike Leggo
     
    BBC
     
    Stamford Hill Cowboy 
    Director David Hare
     
    BBC
     
    Stamford Hill Cowboy  
    Director David Hare
     
    BBC
     
    Martin Haslam 
    Director Chris Kelly
     
    ITV
     
    Martin 
    Director Coky Giedroyc
     
    C4
     
    Lucifer 
    Director Peter Richardson
     
    Comic Strip/BBC
     
    Butler  
    Director Sioned William
     
    C4
     
    Karate Instructor 
    Director Robin Driscoll
     
    ITV
     
    Tony Hayers 
    Director Armando Iannucci
     
    BBC
     
    Bradley Wilson 
    Director Dan Paterson
     
    Hat Trick/BBC
     
    Neville 
    Director Liddy Oldroyd
     
    Tiger Aspect/BBC
     
    Director Kathy Myers
     
    BBC
     
    Bazza 
    Director Audrey Cooke
     
    Avalon
     
    Uncle Max 
    Director Phil Trail
     
    Little Bird
     
    Tobia 
    Director Robert Dawnhelm
     
    Hallmark
     
    Dan Black 
    Director Sam Miller
     
    Carnival Film & Television
     
    Solicitor 
    Director Ed Bye
     
    BBC
     

    Assistant Director & Writer

    Director Armando Iannucci
     
    BBC
     
    Director Armando Iannucci
     
    BBC
     
    Director Sarah Smith
     
    BBC
     
    Director Sarah Smith
     
    BBC
     
    Director Phil Trail
     
    Little Bird/ITV
     

    Executive Producer

    Producer Tim Sealey
     
    Mockumentary about three wasters from Brentwood trying to run a pirate radio station
    Roughcut Television for BBC3 Online
     

    Film

    Writer

    Producer Kevin Loader
    Director Armando Iannucci
    Writer Armando Iannucci/David Schneider/Ian Martin
    Starring
  • Steve Buscemi
  • Robert Friend
  • Andrea Riseborough
  • Jeffrey Tambor
  • Michael Palin
  • Simon Russell Beale
  • Paul Ready
  • Tim Steed
  •  

    Feature co-written with Armando Iannucci. Premiering at the Toronto Film Festival 2017. 

    Quad Films/Free Range Films/Main Journey
     
    Director Sarah Smith
    Starring
  • Hugh Laurie
  • James McAvoy
  • Bill Nighy
  • Imelda Staunton
  •  
    Additional Story Material for the hit animation
    Aardman Features
     

    Performer

    Soggy Sid 
     
    Henry Productions
     
    Train Engineer 
    Director Brian de Palma
     
    Paramount
     
    Director Stephen Poliakoff
     
    BBC Films
     
    Director Jack Hazan
     
    Spider
     
    Ian 
    Director Andy Hurst
     
    Streamline
     
    Sony 
    Director Brian Helgeland
     
    Columbia Pictures
     
    Scientist 
    Director Danny Boyle
     
    DNA Films
     
    Todd 
    Director David Thewlis
     
    Cheeky Films Ltd
     
    Young Buck Reporter  
    Director Mel Smith
     
    Midfield Films
     
    Goebels 
    Director Peter Richardson
     
    Littlebird
     
    Tanner 
    Director Ed Bye
     
    Funny Films
     
    Joe's Co-Passenger 
    Director Woody Allen
     
    Jelly Roll Productions
     
    Monty 
    Director Josh Appignanesi
     
    Solly Films
     
    Spencer 
     
    Graley Bros Ltd
     

    Radio

    Performer

    Director David Ian Neville
     
    Production Company Radio 4
     
    Director Marilyn Imare
     
    Production Company Radio 4
     
    Director David Tyler
     
    Production Company Radio 4
     
    Director David Iain Neville
     
    Production Company Radio 4
     

    Assistant Director & Writer

    Starring
  •  

    Broadcaster BBC Radio 4
     
    Director Armando Iannucci
     
    Production Company Radio 4
     
    Director Armando Iannucci
     
    Production Company Radio 4
     

    Writer & Performer & Creator

    Producer Simon Jacobs
    Starring
  • Sally Bretton
  • Sarah Hadland
  • Sandy McDade
  •  
    Second series of the comedy set in a Local Authority Register Office
    Production Company Unique Radio
    Broadcaster BBC Radio 4
     
    Producer Kerry Luter
    Starring
  • Sally Bretton
  • Sarah Hadland
  • Sandy McDade
  •  
    Comedy set in a Local Authority Register Office
    Production Company Unique Radio
    Broadcaster BBC Radio 4
     

    Presenter

    Other

    Theatre

    Writer

     
    Stageplay charting the history of the Moscow State Yiddish Theatre from its heyday in the 1920s until its liquidation in 1952
     

    Performer

    Director Deborah Warner
     
    National Theatre
     
    Director Declan Donnelan
     
    National Theatre
     
    Yosef Gerstein 
    Director Nicholas Hytner
     
    National Theatre
     
    Lycus 
    Director Ed Hall
     
    National Theatre
     
    Director Mike Ockrent
     
    Tricycle Theatre
     
    Director Declan Donnelan
     
    National Theatre
     

    Assistant Director & Writer

    Director Matthew Lloyd
     
    Hampstead Theatre
     

    He is strongly assisted, however, by...David Schneider as the absurdly sinister Lycus.

    Peter Hepple
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