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Creator / Matt Berry

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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:


  • 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)

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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".
  • 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".


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