Simon Amstell is a comedian, television presenter, screenwriter, director, and actor who was born in 1979 in Gants Hill, Redbridge, east London. He was brought up in a Jewish family. Together with Dan Swimer, Amstell wrote the BBC2 series Grandma’s House which was aired in 2010; a second series followed in 2012. The series deals with British-Jewish family life and Amstell plays the protagonist of the same name.
In 2015, Amstell authored and directed the short film William. In 2016, he wrote and directed Something More for Channel 4. In 2017, his Carnage premiered on BBC iPlayer. It is set in the future and deals with a UK that has become vegan. The same year, Amstell published his first book, Help, and did his third stand-up UK tour, titled ‘What Is This?’.