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Mark Gatiss  * Co-Creator & Writer

Mark Gatiss
Mark Gatiss
Date Of Birth
17 October 1966
Co-Creator & Writer
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As well as being Mycroft Holmes onscreen, Mark Gatiss has a long and varied career as a writer and producer behind the camera, as well as a published author.

Thanks to a childhood interest in Doctor Who, his early writing was devoted to the series. His earliest published fiction was a sequence of novels in Virgin Publishing's New Adventures series of Doctor Who stories.

In mainstream print, Gatiss is responsible for a biography of the film director James Whale. His first non-Doctor Who novel, 'The Vesuvius Club', was published in 2004, and from there he wrote two further novels in the series to complete a trilogy.

Mark's great early success on television was as part of the comedy troupe The League of Gentlemen, where he both wrote and appeared onscreen.

Like Steven Moffat, Gatiss is one of the few writers to have written for all three Doctors in the modern television revival of 'Doctor Who', and the first three of his episodes are notable for their use of British historical figures and events. His first, 'The Unquiet Dead', with Christopher Eccleston, featured Simon Callow as Charles Dickens. The second, 'The Idiot's Lantern', starred David Tennant and was set on Coronation Day. His first episode starring Matt Smith, 'Victory of the Daleks', was set during the Second World War and featured Ian McNeice as Winston Churchill. Gatiss' series six episode entitled 'Night Terrors' broke the historical run, tapping into his lifelong love of horror while being set in a contemporary block of flats. Mark has written two episodes for Doctor Who's seventh series, as well as the screenplay for 'An Adventure in Space and Time', a 90 minute dramatisation of the genesis of the series that will form part of the 50th Anniversary celebrations.

Mark's other writing credits for television include episodes of 'Nighty Night' [2004 - 2005], the ghost story miniseries 'Crooked House' [2008] which he also executive produced, two episodes of Agatha Christies' 'Poirot', his adaptation of HG Well's 'The First Men in the Moon [2010] and all three episodes of the documentary series 'A History of Horror' [2010] and it's one off sequel 'Horror Europa' [2012], all of  which he also presented.

He has written two episodes of Sherlock, 'The Great Game' in series one and 'The Hounds of Baskerville' in series two. Mark serves as an Executive Producer and Co-Creator on the series, and is invariable found on set when filming is underway, even though he may not be twirling Mycroft's umbrella.

Perrier Award

Won: In 1997, along with his fellow League of Gentlemen (Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmithand Jeremy Dyson), he won the Perrier Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Olivier Award

Nominated: In 2002, along with Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith and Jeremy Dyson for Best Entertainment at the Olivier Awards for their show The League of Gentlemen: Live at Drury Lane (2001)

  • 2010 - 2012Sherlock (TV series, Executive Producer, Co-Creator, Writer)
  • 2010 - 2012The Great Game
  • 2010 - 2012The Hounds of Baskerville
  • 2005 - 2011Doctor Who (TV series, Writer - 4 episodes)
  • 2010A History of Horror with Mark Gatiss (TV series documentary, Writer)
  • 2010The First Men in the Moon (TV movie) (screenplay, Executive Producer)
  • 2008 - 2010Agatha Christie: Poirot (TV series, Writer)
  • 2008Crooked House (TV series, Writer, Producer)
  • 2007The Worst Journey in the World (TV movie) (written by)
  • 2004 - 2005Nighty Night (TV series)
  • 2005The League of Gentlemen's Apocalypse (Writer, Producer)
  • 2004Global Conspiracy (video short, Writer)
  • 1999 - 2002The League of Gentlemen (TV series, Writer, Producer)
  • 2001The League of Gentlemen: Live at Drury Lane (video, Writer, Producer)
  • 2001Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased) (TV series)