Ben Bailey Smith has already enjoyed a career you couldn't make up.
Under the stage name Doc Brown, Bailey-Smith hosted open mic nights at Deal Real record store, attracting a host of talent both local and international.
He's performed with Mark Ronson and Amy Winehouse, released several albums, and also established himself as a successful comedian.
And then there's the screen work, with appearances in everything from Law & Order: UK to David Brent: Life on the Road (our man likes a colon).
Just to rub in his talent, Bailey-Smith is following the path of his sister Zadie by publishing a novel next year.
Don't Cha just hate him? (Nah: he's a really sound guy.)
What upcoming project(s) are you most excited about?
I’m stupidly excited about my first novel for Bloomsbury but it doesn’t come out til spring 2021 so I should probably calm down. Much closer is the second series of The Split for BBC1 in February, it’s a big role for me and very different from anything I’ve done before so I’m excited for people to see that.
I’m definitely hyped about this drama I’ve just finished shooting with David Tenant and Daniel Mays – it’s the true story of the apprehension of Denis Nilsen set in 1983. The Split is first though!
What is your proudest professional accomplishment?
I’ve had a few moments when I’ve had to pinch myself, but probably hosting the Baftas in Beverly Hill in 2016, I can’t remember ever being so nervous and still succeeding. Samuel L Jackson and Tom Hanks both sought me out to say well done and I was like, well, my career could end tomorrow now and I’ll always have that.
If you could change one thing about your career, what would it be?
Probably my name. I’m still not sure why I held onto my old rap name when I got into comedy. I really just want to be Ben.
What do you hope to achieve that you haven’t yet?
Voice a Pixar movie. I do a lot of voicework, and have recently done some stuff for Disney but I would sell a body part to voice a Pixar character. I mean, maybe not my larynx or anything voice related but most other parts.