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    Miles Jupp

    Miles Jupp is an actor, comedian, writer and huge cricket fan. His book Fibber in the Heat is a hilarious account of how he bluffed his way into the press corps during an England Test series in India posing as a cricket correspondent for BBC Scotland.

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    Iain Glen

    Iain Glen trained at RADA winning the Bancroft Gold Medal. Theatre includes Uncle Vanya, The Crucible, A Streetcar Named Desire, Henry V. Film and TV includes Small Engine Repair, Tombraider, Mountains of the Moon, Game of Thrones, Downton Abbey.

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    Sir Timothy Ackroyd

    Recent spoken word recordings include Charles Dickens’ The Signal Man and A Christmas Carol, and live recordings of Dracula and Three Men in a Boat. He has also narrated Diary of a Mad Man with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

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    Ben Willbond

    Ben first came to prominence as one half of ‘Ben and Arn’, winning the Perrier Best Newcomer Award for The Ben ‘n’ Arn Show at the Edinburgh Festival in 1998. He has appeared in all five series of Horrible Histories for CBBC/BBC1.

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    Heather Knight

    Heather Knight is one of the rising stars of England women’s cricket. She made her international debut for England in 2010 against India and has since become a regular in both the Test and ODI sides.

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    Jarrod Kimber

    Jarrod Kimber is ESPNcricinfo’s global writer, author, commentator and an independent filmmaker currently finishing a movie called ‘Death of a gentleman’. Recently his mouth was featured on reddit. 

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    Will Troughton

    Will Troughton is an actor, known for his appearances in The Crimson Field, Silk and Armistice. He comes from a theatrical family, and is related to Patrick, David and Sam Troughton. He also played cockney spiv Harry Robinson in The Ladykillers.

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    Sam Troughton

    Sam is a British actor, nominated for his Shakespearean roles at the Royal Shakespeare company. He has also starred in a number of horror films, such as Spirit Trap with Billie Piper, and Alien vs. Predator. He also appeared in the BBC Robin Hood series in 2006.

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    David Troughton

    Known for his Shakespearian roles, David has appeared on a number of British television programmes, notably Doctor Who and New Tricks.He comes from a theatrical family, and is related to the Warwickshire cricketer Jim Troughton.

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    Mark Steel

    I have been Conservative MP for Henley- on-Thames since 1925, and write a weekly fashion column for the New Scientist. I won an Oscar for my portrayal of Derek Underwood in Kubrick’s ‘Five for thirty-nine against Worcester’.

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    Felix White

    Felix White is part of the brilliant Maccabees, whose new album is not too far away. A staunch Surrey fan, Felix loves cricket almost as much as music and recently came out of a very long retirement spell, hitting 6 off his one ball and taking 3 for 10.

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    Mark Butcher

    Mark Butcher played for England with great distinction at a time when many people didn’t. He now commentates brilliantly and plays music just as well. Hear him here - http://markbutchermusic.com/

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    Ben Miller

    Ben Miller is a BAFTA-nominated actor, director and comedian, best known for writing and starring in seven series of The Armstrong and Miller Show, and his role as Rowan Atkinson’s sidekick, Bough in Johnny English.

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    Jo Johnson

    Jo Johnson is Head of the No10 Policy Unit and Chair of the Prime Minister’s Policy Board.  He serves as a Parliamentary Secretary to the Cabinet office and has been the Member of Parliament for Orpington since May 2010.

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    Nigel Henderson

    Nigel Henderson is author of the best-selling The Worst of Cricket, the not quite as best selling The Worst Of Cricket 2 and the remaindered If It Was Raining Palaces, I’d Get Hit by the Dunny Door, an Ashes travelogue, and a Test Match Sofa commentator.

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    Cedering Fox

    Fox produces and directs film, theatre and radio, and is on of the industry’s preeminent voice-over artists. A partner in some of LA’s best literary salons since the early 90’s Fox founded Word Theatre in 2002.

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    Joe Stilgoe

    Joe is a singer, pianist and songwriter touring constantly around the world. His radio work includes appearances on BBCR4′s The Now Show and The Horne Section and anchoring his own show Jingle Bell Joe on BBCR2

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    Andrew Miller

    Andrew Miller pretended to be a journalist on England’s tour of Pakistan in 2000-01 and has been pretending ever since. After a decade at Cricinfo he became Editor of The Cricketer in 2012.

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    Dileep Premachandran

    Dileep Premachandran is the Editor-in-chief of Wisden India. He lives in Bangalore with his wife and a daughter who likes whacking whatever’s within reach with her cricket bat.  @SpiceBoxofEarth
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    Ed Smith

    Ed Smith is an author, journalist and broadcaster. He was formerly a professional cricketer for Kent, Middlesex and England. His most recent book is Luck: A Fresh Look at Fortune

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    Tom Holland

    A prize-winning historian, whose books – RubiconPersian FireMillennium and Shadow of the Sword – cover the rise and fall of ancient empires. His translation of Herodotus was published by Penguin Classics in 2013.

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    Mark Steel


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    Alex Preston

    Alex Preston is an award-winning author and journalist who appears regularly on BBC television and radio. He writes for GQHarper’s Bazaar and Town & Countrymagazine as well as for the Observer‘s New Review. @ahmpreston 

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    Peter Sandys-Clarke

    Peter Sandys-Clarke has appeared in numerous West End productions including Pygmalion, When We Are Married, The Letter and Journey’s End.

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    Anthony McGowan

    Anthony McGowan is a multi-award winning writer for children and young adults. His most recent books include Brock and Hello Darkness. The film of his controversial Y/A novel The Knife that Killed Me is scheduled for release later this year.

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    Peter Frankopan

    is a historian at Worcester College, Oxford where he has been Senior Research Fellow since 2000. He works on the history of the Byzantine Empire, Russia and the Islamic world.

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    Jon Hotten

    Is the author or Muscle and The Years of the Locust (both Yellow Jersey), and writes the popular cricket blog, The Old Batsman.

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    Charlie Campbell

    Charlie Campbell is captain of the Authors XI. Off the pitch, he is a literary agent and the author of Scapegoat: A History of Blaming Other People.


    Sebastian Faulks

    He first picked up a cricket bat when Peter May was England captain, though for some reason they never batted together; he does, however, claim to have thick-edged Garry Sobers for four in a charity match in 1990.

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    William Fiennes

    The author of The Snow Geese and The Music Room, and co-founder of the charity First Story, which promotes writing in secondary schools. He’s a stylish opening batsman, with an exemplary back-foot punch, and a superb wicket-keeper when called upon.

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    Nicholas Hogg

    Has won numerous short story prizes, including Raymond Carver, his work has also been broadcast by the BBC. A former Leicestershire Schools and County U19 player, he claims once to have trapped Chris Broad plumb lbw in a match at Grace Road.

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    Thomas Penn

    The author of Winter King: The Dawn of Tudor England, He holds a PhD in medieval history from Clare College, Cambridge. This is his first outing for the Authors this season but, using the latest sports psychology, he also has visualised a five-wicket haul.

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    Andy Zaltzman

    Andy Zaltzman is one of Britain’s leading satirical comedians and a cult cricket writer for ESPNCricinfo.com.  He is one half of the hit topical podcast The Bugle, appears regularly on BBC radio. www.thebuglepodcast.com

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    Matthew Parker

    Born in Central America in 1970, Matthew Parker spent part of his childhood in the West Indies. His books include Monte CassinoHell’s Gorge: The Battle to Build the Panama Canaland The Sugar Barons.  More at www.matthewparker.co.uk

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    Richard Beard

    Richard Beard is a novelist, non-fiction writer and the Director of the National Academy of Writing. He is the vice captain of Clifton Hampden Cricket Club.

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    Zebedee Helm

    Artist, cartoonist, writist; tall human male in his prime. Contributor to Private Eye, House & Garden, Art Review, BBC politics show and luxury boot maker John Lobb. Co-author and illustrator of best-selling toilet book The Middle Class ABC. Interests: squirrels and salt.

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    James Sherwood

    James Sherwood is an award-winning stand-up comedian and comedy writer, though at the moment he’s really struggling with his line and length. It’s fine in the nets, but it just goes to pieces in the middle.


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    Daniel Norcross

    Without a doubt the greatest captain never to have scored a test hundred for England, Dan Norcross is the love child of Douglas Jardine, Che Guevara and Jeffrey Bernard.

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    Vithushan Ehantharajah

    Freelance cricket writer/gun for hire frequently found pumping lead at ESPNcricinfo and All Out Cricket whose obsession with Ravi Bopara knows no bounds. Maverick shot-maker and Andrew Strauss sound-a-like. His mum makes outrageous mutton rolls.

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    Phil Walker

    From the streets to the AOC hot seat, Phil Walker, a product of the Essex scene – cricket or otherwise – is just as likely to enthral you with his yarn-spinning or maverick flourish (again, cricket or otherwise).

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    Joe Craig

    Award-winning author Joe Craig writes novels and movies, including the bestselling Jimmy Coates thrillers and is considered “one of the best spy kids authors… outstanding at both writing and plotting” (The Times).

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    Isabelle Duncan

    Isabelle Duncan is a leading woman cricketer and qualified coach, MCC Member and author of Skirting the Boundary: A History of Women’s Cricket, published in May 2013.


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    Jo Harman

    Jo ‘The Lips’ Harman is deputy editor of All Out Cricket, and the magazine’s suavest, sanest, most effortlessly well-connected aesthete with a predilection for high culture, peaty Scotch, Selhurst Park, filthy nights and ‘The Palace’.

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    Gary Naylor

    Gary Naylor writes The 99.94 Cricket Blog, and his cricket writing appears regularly in The Guardian and Wisden India. He is chief theatre reviewer for West End section of BroadwayWorld website. He can be found on Twitter.

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    George Dobell

    George Dobell is the senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo, the world’s largest independent single sport website.

Due to the unpredictable nature of actors and musicians schedules, and the fact that they are donating their time when appearing at EFG Words and Wickets, appearances are subject to change without notice.