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Matthew Charles Berry (born 2 May 1974 in Bromham, England) 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. His output falls somewhere between Folk Music and Progressive Rock, with influences that include Mike Oldfield and The Doors. Berry has released eight studio albums to date, and has even opened for Steven Wilson at the Royal Albert Hall.

Has hammed in:


  • Jackpot (1995)note invoked
  • 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)
  • Phantom Birds (2020)
  • The Blue Elephant (2021)

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Tropes associated with his music:

  • Album Title Drop: The word "witchazel" is uttered by a demonic voice towards the end of "Take My Hand".
  • Canon Discontinuity: Jackpot is not counted as an official release, which makes Opium his proper first album.
  • Cover Album: Television Themes contains covers of television themes.
  • 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: Most of his albums, with the exceptions of Music For Insomnics and The Blue Elephant.
  • 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.
  • Milestone Celebration: Gather Up — a four-disc compilation that includes rarities and demos — was released in 2021 to coincide with ten years of Berry being signed to Acid Jazz.
  • Progressive Rock: A huge part of his music. He cites Mike Oldfield as a major influence.
  • The Something Song: "A Song For Rosie".