The Inbetweener's Simon Bird thinks reboot would be 'creepy'

The actor rose to fame as teenage schoolboy Will in the hit sitcom which ended in 2010.

Simon Bird attends the British Independent Film Awards 2019  at Old Billingsgate on December 01, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Lia Toby/Getty Images)
Simon Bird thinks bringing back The Inbetweeners would be 'creepy'. (Getty Images)

The Inbetweeners star Simon Bird has said he thinks bringing back the show would be "sad and creepy".

The 38-year-old actor rose to fame as teenage schoolboy Will McKenzie alongside Joe Thomas, James Buckley and Blake Harrison in the hit E4 sitcom which ended in 2010.

Bird told the Radio Times when asked about bringing back the comedy: "My instinct is it would be a terrible idea. What was funny about these characters was the stage of life they were at.

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"They could get away with some of the terrible things they said and did because they were still essentially children.

Blake Harrison, James Buckley, Simon Bird and Joe Thomas arrive at the premier of The Inbetweeners 2 at Event Cinemas George Street on August 13, 2014 in Sydney, Australia.  The Inbetweeners 2 will be released on 21 August 2014.  (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)
Blake Harrison, James Buckley, Simon Bird and Joe Thomas starred as Neil, Jay, Will and Simon in The Inbetweeners. (Getty Images)

"If they got back together now, I’m not sure that would be funny. I think it might just be sort of sad and creepy."

The Inbetweeners, which also starred Emily Head, Emily Atack, Hannah Tointon and Greg Davies ran for three series between 2008 and 2010, following the antics of a group of teenage boys doing their A-Levels at comprehensive school.

The Inbetweeners Movie, released in cinemans in 2011, followed them on a lads holiday to Crete to mark the end of their exams and the sequel Inbetweeners 2 saw the friends travel to Australia.

A US adaptation of the series aire on MTV in 2011 but was cancelled after one season due to low ratings.

Joe Thomas who plays Simon Cooper, James Buckley who plays Jay Cartwright, Simon Bird who plays Will McKenzie and Blake Harrison who plays Neil Sutherland, during the filming of the forthcoming E4 comedy series 'The Inbetweeners' in Bushey, Hertfordshire.   (Photo by Ian West - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
Joe Thomas, James Buckley, Simon Bird and Blake Harrison as Simon, Jay, Will and Neil in The Inbetweeners. (Getty Images)

The Inbetweeners Movie took over £2.5 million in cinemas on its opening weekend, making it the most successful opening weekend for a comedy film ever in the UK. This record was beaten by The Inbtweeners 2 which took £2.75 million in its opening weekend.

In 2019 the cast reunited for reunion special, Fwends Reunited, an interview with comedian Jimmy Carr.

Bird, who is also known for his starrigng role in Channel 4 comedy Friday Night Dinner, married writer Lisa Owens in 2012 and they have two children together.

The actor has previously said he does not believe The Inbetweeners would be commissioned today, due to the sexism and homphobia expressed by the characters.

Tim Key, Tamsin Greig, Simon Bird, Lisa Owens and Earl Cave attend the UK Premiere of
Simon Bird with wife Lisa Owens (C) with Tim Key, Tamsin Greig,and Earl Cave at the 2019 London Film Festival. (Getty Images)

Bird told The Telegraph: "I rationalise it to myself by saying that at the time it was an accurate representation of the way teenagers talk to each other. Is that still the case now? I assume not.

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"Although the programme was set in the 2000s, it was based on a pilot set in 1990, so even in the 2000s it wasn't really an accurate reflection of how teenagers spoke."

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