It all started on a fateful day in 1984, when a disillusioned young Phill quit the Civil Service and started performing punk poetry, supporting bands including The Style Council, The Housemartins and Billy Bragg. Two years later, he began working for indie label Go! Discs - whose artists included Billy Bragg - where he eventually became press officer to The Housemartins.

In 1996, light sabre in hand, Jupitus performed his first tour of the UK with 'Jedi, Steady, Go' - a personal interpretation of the Star Wars story. In 1999, his second UK tour, 'Quadrophobia', was a huge success.

Phill also supported Madness on a national tour, became the voice of Dandelion in an animated series based on Watership Down for ITV and starred in a sitcom called Dark Ages for Granada Television.

Phill became a television personality in 1996, when he joined BBC2's pop quiz Never Mind The Buzzcocks as a regular team captain.

As a stand up comedian, he's brandished his rapier wit on both the national and London comedy circuits for eleven years, as well as touring the UK twice.

In January 2000, Phill presented several editions of the popular Top Ten series for Channel 4. Later that year, he joined BBC1's comedy panel game It's Only TV But I Like It as a team captain, alongside Jonathan Ross and Julian Clary. More recently, in true renaissance style, Phill has provided a selection of voices for Aardman Animation's second series of Rex The Runt. He also found the time to play an ill-fated patient in the BBC1's hospital drama Holby City . Moviegoers will have seen Phill as an embittered sports journalist in the feature film Mike Bassett England Manager.

Phill has worked on Radio 4 as a regular contributor to Loose Ends, I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, presented Best Sellers a series of the life and work of Peter Sellers and most recently wrote a presented Disneyfied, a documentary on the work of Walt Disney.

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