Matthew Charles Berry (born 2 May 1974) is one of the hammiest actors working in Britain today. Whilst he has had leading and supporting roles on several cult sitcoms, he is probably most well-known to denizens of the Internet as George the Volcano from a series of ads for Volvic mineral water.
Also a terrific singer and musician, having released six studio albums to date, and even opening for Steven Wilson at the Royal Albert Hall.
Has hammed in:
- Garth Marenghis Darkplace as Todd Rivers playing Dr. Lucien Sanchez.
- The IT Crowd as Douglas Reynholm.
- The Mighty Boosh as Dixon Bainbridge.
- Snuff Box as Matt Berry.
- Toast of London as Steven Toast.
- House of Fools as Beef.
- Community as Roger DeSalvo.
- The Spongebob Movie Sponge Out Of Water as Bubbles the Dolphin (replaced by Jeff Bennett in the video game based on the movie)
- Harvey Beaks as Doctor Roberts (also later replaced with Jeff Bennett).
- Moon as Overmeyers.
- Portlandia as Squiggleman.
- Twelve Forever as the Butt Witch.
- The 2006-2007 Volvic and Volvic Revive "Volcanicity" commercials as George the Volcano.
- The Mansions of the Gods as Vitalstatistix.
- Major Lazer as Professor Teacher.
- Disenchantment as Prince Merkimer.
- Matt Berry Does... as himself, narrating.
- What We Do in the Shadows as Laszlo.
- Year Of The Rabbit as Detective Inspector Rabbit
- Jackpot (1995)note
- Opium (2008)
- Witchazel (2011)
- Kill the Wolf (2013)
- Music for Insomniacs (2014)
- Matt Berry & The Maypoles Live (2015)
- The Small Hours (2016)
- Television Themes (2018)
Tropes associated with this ham:
- AcCENT upon the Wrong SylLABle
- The Cast Show Off - Every time he gets to sing.
- Jerkass - With the exception of Todd Rivers/Lucien Sanchez, all his characters are kinda dicks.
- Large Ham - If Tom Baker and BRIAN BLESSED had a son, this would be the result.note
- Wimp Fight
Tropes associated with his music:
- Album Title Drop: The word "witchazel" is uttered by a demonic voice towards the end of "Take My Hand".
- Design Student's Orgasm: The cover◊ of Music for Insomniacs, and the single◊, "Music for Insomniacs Part IV", both of which he painted himself.
- Epic Rocking: "The Pheasant" (8:41), "Solstice" (9:26) and "Night Terrors" (9:51). Music For Insomniacs consists of two pieces that last for just over 23 minutes.
- Face on the Cover: All of his output, with the exception of Music For Insomnics.
- Insomnia Episode: Music For Insomniacs was made during a bout of insomnia.
- Last Note Nightmare: There's one at the end of "Take My Hand", where it suddenly changes from a gentle indie folk kinda feel to bizarre dischordant electronics, finishing off with a witch-like cackle.
- Live Album: Matt Berry & The Maypoles Live.
- Progressive Rock: A huge part of his music. He cites Mike Oldfield as a major influence.
- Something Completely Different: People who know him for his comedy roles are often surprised to find out that his preferred musical style is jazzy progressive folk rather than anything comedic.
- The Something Song: "A Song For Rosie".