(Paul) MacKenzie Crook, now an established actor in cinema (the Pirates Of The Caribbean franchise) and theatre (with Christian Slater in One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest and Kristin Scott Thomas in The Seagull), was by no means an overnight success.
He did quite well at The Edinburgh Fringe specialising in comedy characters, including Charlie Cheese (who for a time presented ITV's Funny Business) and appalling PE teacher Mr Bagshaw.
Recruited to The 11 O'Clock Show, he was never given much to do and was quietly dropped, before appearing in the now forgotten sketch show TV To Go.
Then came The Office and Gareth Keenan, originally written for a beefier, more thuggish type of actor. Crook won the part, made it his own and has gone from strength to strength.
He was born in Maidstone in 1971, and now resides in Peter Sellers' old house with his wife and son.
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