Steve Speirs

Steve Speirs
Born Steven Roberts
(1965-02-22) 22 February 1965
Troedyrhiw, Merthyr Tydfil, Wales
Other names Dullard, Thuggy Roberts
Family Jeffrey Lloyd Roberts (Brother)

Steve Speirs (born 22 February 1965),[1] is a Welsh actor and occasional writer, who has appeared in films such as Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest.

Early life

He was born as Steven Roberts in Troed-y-rhiw, a village in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales[2] and went to school in Aberdare where he found a taste for drama. He joined the National Youth Theatre of Wales and studied drama at Loughborough University.[3] He says he took his stage name, Speirs, from the surname of a lecturer at college.[4]


Since graduating from university, Speirs has played Sloan in Eragon, Andy Fellows in Making Waves and the "pathetic loser" Dullard alongside Ricky Gervais in Extras, as well as having small parts in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (Captain Tarpals) and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest.

He appears in Kröd Mändoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire, a comedy fantasy series in which he plays Loquasto, an oafish servant, "who belongs to a race of pig-like creatures known as Grobble".[5]

He wrote his first film, Caught in the Act, in 2008 and starred in it as the lead character. Based on his memories of growing up in South Wales, it was filmed in the Merthyr Tydfil area.[6]

Speirs often goes by the name of "Dullard" in honour of his role in Extras, as he considers the character a mirror of himself. Speirs also appeared in the Gervais and Stephen Merchant film Cemetery Junction released in 2010, a part which Speirs claims was written particularly for him.[2] Speirs also starred as the bouncer at Mother McOakley's Tavern in Burke and Hare, a British black comedy directed by John Landis and released (in the United Kingdom) in October 2010.

Other roles which Speirs is known for include his portrayal of Bernard Bresslaw in Cor, Blimey!, Big Alan Williams in Stella and Colour Sergeant Wormwood in Sharpe's Peril.

Speirs played depressed geography teacher and caretaker Mr Gareth Barber in the BBC One sitcom Big School for two series in 2013 and 2014.

In 2013, Steve played PC McClintock in the Christmas TV film Gangsta Granny, an adaptation of the book written by David Walliams. He played the role of Dad in the 2014 TV film The Boy in the Dress, also written by Walliams.

In 2015 he appeared in the TV spin off The Bad Education Movie playing Don alongside the main cast of Bad Education (TV series) as well as many other guests in the movie.

Personal life

Speirs moved to live in Brighton, West Sussex. He is divorced from first wife, Julie, with whom he had two sons, Jack and Lewis.[2] He also has a third son, Max, and a daughter Amelie (born 2014).[4] His brother is opera singer Jeffrey Lloyd Roberts.[3]


Year Title Role
1997 House of America The Head
1999 Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace Captain Tarpals
2001 The Musketeer Porthos
2005 The Last Drop Gustav Hansfeldt
2006 Eragon Sloan
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Edinburgh's Quartermaster
2007 The Baker Bryn
2008 Caught in the Act Eric Jenkins
2009 Inkheart Flatnose
2010 Cemetery Junction Sgt. Wyn Davies
Burke and Hare McMartin's Doorman
2011 Hunky Dory Mr Cafferty
2015 Bad Education Don
Year Title Role
1989 We Are Seven Albert Thomas
1995 - 1996 Goodnight Sweetheart Phil McCavity
2000 Cor, Blimey! Bernard Bresslaw
2004 Jonathan Creek Herbie Bryant
Making Waves CCMEA Andy Fellows
2005 Icon Viktor Akopov
Doctor Who Strickland/Voice of Sip Fel Fotch Passameer-Day Slitheen
Extras Dullard
2007 New Tricks Dougie Taylor
2008 Sharpe's Peril Colour Sergeant Wormwood
No Heroics Norse Dave
City of Vice William Pentlow
Kröd Mändoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire Loquasto
2009 A Child's Christmases in Wales Uncle Huw
2010 Miranda Ray
2010 Ronnie Corbett's Supper Club Himself
2011-13 Sadie J Steve
2011 Benidorm Debt Collector
2012–present Stella Alan William (Big Al)
2013–14 Big School Mr Gareth Barber
2013 Gangsta Granny PC McClintock
2014 The Boy in the Dress Dad


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