Desmond Pfeiffer

Max Baker

as Nibblet

Max Baker stars as Nibblet, Desmond's inanely faithful servant in "The Secret Diary of Desmond Pfeiffer," UPN's new half-hour comedy that takes place in an alternate universe version of Abraham Lincoln's Civil War-era White House.

Max Baker grew up in London where he has worked extensively in theater as an actor, writer, director and producer. In London, he was a founding member of the Kite Theatre and an associate director with Performance Exchange. He interned for a year at the Orange Tree Theatre as an assistant director and studied improvisation with members of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

His work has taken him to Hong Kong, Ireland, the Edinburgh Festival and across the United States. In 1991 he won the Detroit Free Press Best Actor Award for his portrayal of "Peer Gynt," and the following year the Irene Ryan Scholarship Award at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. In Chicago, he co-founded the Public Trust Theater, acting in and directing their critically acclaimed production of Charles Dickens' "Hard Times."

For the last two years, Max has been living in New York City, working off-Broadway. His performances include roles in Mike Leigh's "Goose Pimples," "Ivanov" with Victor Slezak and the Actor's Studio Free Theater production of "Portia Coughlan," the American premiere directed by Margaret Whitton.

Baker has also written several plays and had two produced, "The Smell of Comedy" and "The Rise of Quince." To relax, Baker plays chess and paints in oils.

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