Who is Neil Morrissey? Bear Grylls: Mission Survive 2016 profile

The Men Behaving Badly star is preparing to face the wild: "I suspect it’s a bit like childbirth. You don’t really like going through it, but once it’s all over you lose the memory and probably would do it again..."


Name: Neil Morrissey 


Age: 53

Famous, why? Best known for playing Tony in Men Behaving Badly – and those Bob the Builder Number 1 songs…

Bio: Morrissey’s part in 90s sitcom Men Behaving Badly catapulted him into the spotlight. A raft of roles followed and he became a hit with hoards of kids after voicing Bob the Builder.

This led to two Number 1 singles: Can We Fix it? in 2001 and a cover of Mambo No. 5 the following year. He starred in BBC2’s comedy drama A Gert Lush Christmas, playing Russell Howard’s father and most recently can be found in BBC1’s acclaimed drama The Night Manager.

Why did he want to join Mission Survive? “It’s not something you feel you should miss out on. You don’t get this opportunity all of the time to go out with Mr Cajones himself.”

It was tough, he admitted, especially the mental torture of not knowing what they were going to be doing each day. And Bear Grylls kept telling him to ‘man up’: “I think I said something on camera, don’t know if they caught it, ‘What am I supposed to do, punch him in the f****** face?’ But I didn’t have to fortunately…”

“I suspect it’s a bit like childbirth,” he added. “You don’t really like going through it, but once it’s all over you lose the memory and probably would do it again. It’s that sort of feeling to it. Yes it pushes you and yes it was testing and tough but would I do it again? Probably. I’m saying no, no, no, but if I had to I would.

“What you see, your daily visuals, what you’re actually witnessing, what you’re going through, it’s irreplaceable.”

His role in camp: From talking to the other campers it’s clear Morrissey was the king of comedy among the bunch. And he does a mean Grylls impression…

And, in his very own words, Morrissey insists it’s nothing like Game of Thrones: “Wouldn’t you love it? There was no one with swords and everyone had their t*** in…”


Bear Grylls: Mission Survive starts Thursday 3rd March at 9pm on ITV