Timothy David Minchin (born 7 October 1975) is an Australian comedian, actor, writer, musician and director. He was born in Northampton, England, to Australian parents, but raised in Perth, Western Australia.
Minchin is best known for his musical comedy, including six CDs, five DVDs, and live comedy shows that he has performed internationally. He has appeared on television in Australia, Britain, and the United States. After growing up in Perth, he attended the University of Western Australia (UWA) and the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), before moving to Melbourne in 2002.
His show Darkside launched him into the public eye, achieving critical success at the 2005 Melbourne International Comedy Festival and the 2005 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
In 2013, Minchin played the role of rock star Atticus Fetch on Showtime’s Californication.
Minchin has a background in theatre and has appeared in various stage productions, in addition to some small acting roles on Australian television. A documentary film about Minchin, Rock N Roll Nerd (directed by Rhian Skirving), was released theatrically in 2008 and broadcast by ABC1 in 2009.
He is the composer and lyricist of the Olivier Award-winning, Tony Award-winning and Grammy Award-nominated show Matilda the Musical, based on the Roald Dahl book Matilda. His new musical Groundhog Day, based on the 1993 film, opened in London in 2016, winning his second Olivier Award, and opened on Broadway in spring 2017.
In 2013, the University of Western Australia awarded Minchin an honorary Doctor of Letters degree for his contribution to the arts, recognising his outstanding achievements and worldwide acclaim as a composer, lyricist, actor, writer, and comedian. In 2015, he was awarded a second honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.
He was educated at the private Christ Church Grammar School and started learning piano at the age of eight, but gave it up after three years because he did not enjoy the discipline.
He redeveloped an interest in the instrument after he started writing music with his brother Dan Minchin—a guitarist—but still describes himself as a “hack pianist . . . a ‘more you practise, the better you get’ kind of guy”.
Minchin graduated from the University of Western Australia (UWA) in 1996 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and theatre, and from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in 1998 with a Diploma of Music (Commercial Music).
In 2013, he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Letters from UWA. In 2015, he was awarded a second Honorary Doctor of Letters, along with Dennis Kelly, from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.
He currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Sarah.
They have two children: a daughter, Violet, and a son, Caspar.
Minchin often refers to his relationships in his songs and stand-up routines.