Bradford-born Adrian Charles Edmonson grew up in a variety of foreign locations, including Cyprus and Uganda, as his father was an instructor in the Armed Forces. He met future comedy partner Rik Mayall while they were both studying drama at Manchester University. They went on to collaborate on several projects, including cult student sitcom The Young Ones and 1991 series Bottom. In the early Eighties they established the Comic Strip Club, which included Absolutely Fabulous actress Jennifer Saunders. She and Ade wed in 1995 and have three daughters together, Ella, Beatrice and Freya. The couple divide their time between London and a five-acre, £1 million property in Devon. The actor's other small screen appearances include Jonathan Creek, Blackadder Goes Forth and 2008 series Teenage Kicks. He also had non-comedy roles in Holby City and the BBC period drama Miss Austen Regrets. Ade also starred in and co-wrote big screen comedy Guest House Paradiso and appeared in Robbie Coltrane flick The Pope Must Die.