Date of Birth : Sep 29th 1971
He joined the Orchard Youth Theatre in Dartford when he was about fifteen and gained his inspiration for acting. In the summers he spent time with his uncle in Zimbabwe where he developed a love for painting and grew with an ambition to be a graphic artist. As an adolescent he even copied a painting of The Soul Of A Rose, by John William Waterhouse, on to the back of his biker’s jacket and commissioned painting the album cover from Meat Loaf’s Bat out of Hell on a former manager’s jacket. He also greatly admired Kurt Cobain, grew his hair long and pursued starting a heavy metal band, but dropped it after deciding his voice wasn’t suited for it. When he was eighteen he applied to the Kent Institute of Art & Design but failed to secure a place. He spent some time in part time jobs then turned to writing comedy sketches. He is left-handed.
Crook began his career as a standup comedian alongside Iain Lee for about eight years, in the guise of Charlie Cheese, “the cheeky chirpy chappy from Chorley”. They appeared at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in the mid-90’s as Chalk and Cheese. He had also often performed as a grotesque schoolteacher called Mr. Bagshaw, who is said to be based on obnoxious teachers he was tutored by while in school. Crook’s first major television role was as a comedy sketch contributor on Channel 4’s The Eleven O’Clock Show in 1998. He was later a member of the main cast of the BBC sketch show TV to Go in 2001. From 2001 to 2003 he played the role of Gareth Keenan in the popular mockumentary The Office. He appeared in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003), Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006), and in Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End (2007), as Ragetti, a pirate with a comically ill-fitting wooden eye. He has appeared in ads for Visa and M&Ms (as his Ragetti character in both).Mackenzie as Ragetti in Pirates of The Caribbean
He also appeared as Launcelot Gobbo in Michael Radford’s 2004 film adaptation of William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice. Crook played a minor role in the 2004 film Finding Neverland as a theatre usher. Other films he starred in include The Gathering (2002), The Sex Lives of The Potato Men (2004), Churchill: The Hollywood Years (2004), and The Brothers Grimm (2005). He has also featured in an advert for MTV and another advert for Film Four.