Colin Sell is a British pianist who has appeared on the radio panel games Whose Line Is It Anyway? and I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue. He has become famous mostly for his long service on the latter show, where he is frequently the butt of the host’s jokes. He is the Head of Music at East 15 Acting School, Essex. Until 1998 he was Head of Music at Rose Bruford College, Sidcup and was instrumental in the creation of the BA (Hons) Actor-Musician course there. He occasionally provides live musical accompaniment for The Comedy Store Players, a comedy improvisation group based in The Comedy Store, London.
He wrote music for the University of Bristol’s revues in the early 1970s, leading to performances at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, where Simon Brett saw Sell perform and offered him the pianist position on Clue. He also appeared with the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre TIE company in the early 1970s, which also included two other well-known names; Elizabeth Estensen and Clive Hornby, both long-standing members of the Emmerdale cast.
Sell appeared in an episode of Foyle’s War as a pianist, and composed the score for the 1984 BBC Television Shakespeare production of Shakespeare’s The Life and Death of King John.
Sell has also accompanied Barry Cryer and Willie Rushton in their stage show “Two Old Farts in the Night”. After the interval, he played (and sang) a solo: “We are the boys in the band”.