Mackenzie Crook is an English actor, comedian, director, and writer known for his portrayal of Ragetti in the fantasy action-adventure film series Pirates of the Caribbean. He is also recognized from his role in the British mockumentary series The Office UK as Gareth Keenan.
Mackenzie is often praised for his awkward charm lacking the social skills he brings into his characters. The 48-year-old actor who started his career in 1996 is also equipped with the skills of drawing.
The British actor has an estimated net worth of $4 million as of 2020, compiled from his wide range of appearances in both British and American movies and TV series.
The comedian started his acting career with a minor role in a short film named The Man Who Fell In Love with a Traffic Cone and later making sporadic appearances in a late-night comedy show called Barking in 1998.
He appeared on similar comedy shows on random sketches before appearing in a movie called Still Crazy in 1998, establishing himself as a fulltime actor.
His most famous role came in 2001 when he auditioned for the role of Gareth Keenan in the Ricky Gervais created mockumentary series The Office.
He appeared in 14 episodes of the total two seasons of the series alongside Martin Freeman, Ricky Gervais, and Lucy Davis. For this role, he got nominated for the British Comedy Award for Best Comedy Newcomer.
Trivia: Gareth Keenan’s American counterpart Dwight Schrute in the American remake of The Office is played by Rainn Wilson.
In 2003, Mackenzie got the role of Ragetti in the action fantasy movie Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl for which he was nominated for Empire Award for Best Newcomer.
He appeared in two more installments of the movie Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End reprising his role along with an ensemble cast featuring Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, and Penelope Cruz. The three movies in which Crook appeared in raked in a cumulative figure of $2.6 billion.
The comedian has appeared in over a couple of dozens of movies, including but not limited to Sex Lives of the Potato Men, Finding Neverland, The Brothers Grimm, I Could Never Be Your Woman, City of Ember and Solomon Kane.
Mackenzie also played Orell in the HBO’s fantasy drama series Game of Thrones in 6 episodes.
The versatile actor has appeared, directed, and co-wrote BBC’s comedy series Detectorists, which ran from 2014 to 2017, earning him two BAFTA awards for Best Writing in Comedy Series and Best Situation Comedy. He keeps himself busy with guest appearances in TV series and mini-series every now and then.
Crook has also appeared in advertisements for Visa and M&Ms and in the music video for Slow Club’s single Giving Up on Love.
In recent days, Crook has been trending for his role as a scarecrow in the 2019 miniseries Worzel Gummidge.
In the 2011 animated movie adaptation of the book series The Adventures of Tintin titled The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, the comic actor provided the voice of a thug named Tom.
Crook has had roles in Radio Shows as well. He hosted BBC Radio Four’s show called North by Northamptonshire as well in which he starred alongside Geoffrey Palmer, Sheila Hancock, Lizzie Roper, and Jessica Henwick.
Crook has also narrated an audiobook of the novel Charlotte Street by Danny Wallace.
Mackenzie Crook currently resides in Muswell Hill, North London, in North London in a semi-detached house where Peter Seller formerly lived. Crook bought the property of the late actor and comedian for £645,000, which roughly translates to $840,000.
The quirky actor also owns eight acres of woodland in the Essex, which he apparently purchased to ensure that his children had the same countryside experience that he had during his childhood.
Mackenzie Crook was born as Paul James Crook on 29 September 1971 in Maidstone, Kent England, to Michael Crook and Sheila Crook. His father was a British Airways employee, and his mother was a hospital manager. Mackenzie was raised in Dartford, Kent, where his parents moved after his birth.
Crook had a pretty difficult childhood considering the fact he had to go through hormone therapy for the lack of growth hormone. He discovered his love for painting when he spent his summers in with his uncle in Zimbabwe.
Regarding his matrimonial life, Mackenzie is married to Lindsay Crook, who formerly worked as an advertising executive before getting married in 2001.
Crook’s family consists of his wife and his two children with Lindsay, Scout Elizabeth Crook, and Jude Michael Crook. The family resides in Muswell Hill, North London.