Fronted the band Seona Dancing in the early '80s and briefly managed the rock group Suede.
Met frequent collaborator Stephen Merchant while working at the London radio station XFM.
Authored a series of children's books, including 2004's Flanimals, 2005's More Flanimals, 2006's Flanimals of the Deep and 2010's Flanimals Pop Up.
Wrote and starred in the BBC Two series The Office. While the first six episodes of the show drew little fanfare, word-of-mouth made the following half dozen episodes one of the highest-rated series in the history of the station.