Mackenzie Crook biography

The Brothers Grimm

Mackenzie Crook

Date of Birth: September 29, 1971

Paul Mackenzie Crook was born in Maidstone, England, then raised in Dartford. As a small boy, he underwent growth therapy to conquer a genetic hormone deficiency. From a young age, he had a passion for the arts, so much so that he tried three times to get acceptance to Kent Institute of Art and Design. When he received his third rejection, Mackenzie was encouraged to join a local theater. There, he fell in love with comedy sketches and began to write a few of his own. The theater manager quickly spotted his potential.

Working part time in the food industry to pay the bills, it was not long before Mackenzie was recognized for his comedic abilities. He made his film debut in 1996 in The Man Who Fell in Love with a Traffic Cone!.

Soon after, he made a series of television appearances, including a stint on the 11 o’clock Show as a standup comedian.

However, his big break came in 2001 when he landed the role of Gareth Keenan on the hit BBC TV series The Office. His character sported an embarrassing haircut and had a meaningless job title that audiences loved. After that, he shared the screen with Al Pacino in The Merchant of Venice, the late Heath Ledger in The Brothers Grimm and Johnny Depp in Finding Neverland . It was Mackenzie's lasting impression on Depp that secured his role as pirate Ragetti in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.

Mackenzie joined the cast of the hit series Game of Thrones in 2013, playing Orell. He also plays Rudy Lom on Almost Human and Andy on the TV series Detectorists.

He married his wife Lindsay in 2001 and together they have a son, Jude Michael (born in 2003) and a daughter, Scout Elizabeth (born in 2007).

Mackenzie Crook Filmography


  • Caesar (2015)
  • Muppets Most Wanted (2014)
  • One Chance (2014)
  • In Secret (2013)
  • Ironclad (2011)
  • The Adventures of Tintin (2011)
  • Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll (2010)
  • Solomon Kane (2009)
  • A Deal is a Deal (2008)
  • Abraham’s Point (2008)
  • City of Ember (2008)
  • I Could Never Be Your Woman (2007)
  • I Want Candy (2007)
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007)
  • Quest for a Heart (2007)
  • Land of the Blind (2006)
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006)
  • The Brothers Grimm (2005)
  • William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice (2005)
  • Churchill: The Hollywood Years (2004)
  • Finding Neverland (2004)
  • Sex Lives of the Potato Men (2004)
  • The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (2004)
  • The Merchant of Venice (2004)
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
  • The Gathering (2003)
  • The Principles of Lust (2003)
  • Still Crazy (1998)
  • The Man Who Fell in Love with a Traffic Cone! (1996)

The Brothers Grimm

Genre:  Comedy, Horror, Thriller
Running Time:  118 min.
Release Date: August 26, 2005
DVD: December 20, 2005

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Cast: Matt Damon, Heath Ledger, Peter Stormare, Monica Bellucci, Lena Headey, Jonathan Pryce, Tomas Hanak, Julian Bleach, Mackenzie Crook, Richard Ridings