2 June 1968 |
Ormskirk, Lancashire, England
|Genres||Impressions, sketch comedy|
|Notable works and roles||Dead Ringers (2000–07)
The Impressionable Jon Culshaw (2004)
The Sky at Night (2007—)
The Impressions Show with Culshaw and Stephenson (2009—)
Jonathan Peter Culshaw (born 2 June 1968) is an English impressionist and comedian, best known for his work on BBC Radio 4 and BBC Two's Dead Ringers, ITV's 2DTV, BBC One's The Impressions Show with Culshaw and Stephenson and his contributions to BBC Radio 1, particularly on The Chris Moyles Show.
Culshaw's radio career began in hospital radio in Ormskirk. His first job was at Red Rose Radio (now Rock FM) in Preston in 1987, where even then he used to occasionally read the weather in the voice of Frank Bruno. He did voice-over work then was catapulted to prominence with Spitting Image, where he voiced around forty characters, including John Major, the then Prime Minister.
For around four years in the late 1980s, he was a DJ on the commercial radio station Viking FM, based in Hull, and also had a breakfast show on Pennine Radio (now The Pulse of West Yorkshire) and Radio Wave in Blackpool. It was a receptionist at Viking FM who persuaded Culshaw he should go onstage with his impressions and make it his living. He later appeared on BBC Radio 2's It's Been a Bad Week, appeared as a guest on the BBC2 Star Trek Night Quiz in August 1996, and was also a regular guest on the Chris Moyles afternoon show on BBC Radio 1 from 1998–2002, where he would phone up commercial organisations such as a Kwik-Fit garage in the voice of Patrick Moore or Obi-Wan Kenobi, politely requesting whether they could service his X-wing fighter, and how much time it would take.
Culshaw rose to fame in January 1998 by impersonating William Hague while working with Steve Penk on Capital Radio, and succeeding in contacting Number 10 Downing Street. He was put through to Tony Blair who, despite instantly discovering the ruse, had a lengthy conversation with him until a member of Blair's staff ended the call.
Between 2001 and 2002, he had a programme on ITV called Alter Ego where he interviewed male celebrities in their own style of speaking, a form of simultaneous translation. He also appeared on 2DTV, a cartoon version of what Dead Ringers would do when transposed to TV. Using the same production team, in early 2004, he had his own programme, The Impressionable Jon Culshaw commissioned for ITV1.
His most famous impressions are ex-British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Obi-Wan Kenobi (in the Alec Guinness persona), Russell Crowe, President George W. Bush, Ozzy Osbourne, Dale Winton, the newsreader Brian Perkins, Sir Patrick Moore and Tom Baker (who played the fourth incarnation of The Doctor in Doctor Who).
Culshaw also appeared in the Doctor Who webcast "Death Comes to Time" and audio drama The Kingmaker. In the latter, he got to perform his Tom Baker impression "for real" (voicing tape recordings of the fourth Doctor), although his nominal part was that of Earl Rivers.
In 2005, Culshaw was a celebrity contestant on Comic Relief does Fame Academy.
In January 2006, he began presenting the BBC show Jon Culshaw's Commercial Breakdown on Friday Nights. In 2006, he received an honorary fellowship from the University of Central Lancashire in Preston.
He is also voicing Piston Pete in the upcoming film Agent Crush.
In November 2007 and in December 2008, Culshaw appeared on The Sky at Night, where he impersonated a younger version of Sir Patrick Moore. Culshaw is a keen amateur astronomer. In March 2011, he appeared on the 700th episode of The Sky at Night reading viewers questions to the panel of experts. He appeared again on the May edition of the show reporting on the Northern Lights.
In 2010, Culshaw appeared in the television series, Missing, as Des Martin.
In January 2012, he appeared on the BBC2 astronomy programme, "Stargazing Live", with Professor Brian Cox and comedian Dara Ó Briain. He also was invited as a guest speaker at the Cambridge Union Society, answering questions and responding to requests for impersonations.
|2002||Room 101||Patrick Moore impression||BBC Two|
|2002–09||Dead Ringers||Starring||BBC Two|
|2004||The Impressionable Jon Culshaw||Starring||ITV|
|Little Britain||Guest||BBC One|
|2006||The Slammer||Guest||BBC One|
|The Secret Policeman's Ball 2006||Guest||Channel 4|
|2007||The Sky at Night||'Young' Patrick Moore||BBC One|
|Red Nose Day 2007||Various||BBC One|
|Kombat Opera Presents||Guest||BBC Two|
|Hotel Babylon||Guest||BBC One|
|2008—||Horrible Histories||Voice (Guest)||CBBC / BBC One|
|2009||The Impressions Show with Culshaw and Stephenson||Starring||BBC One|
|2010||Heston's Eighties Feast||Guest||Channel 4|
|2011||The Sky at Night||Guest||BBC One|
|2012||Stargazing Live||Guest||BBC Two|
|2013||Let's Dance For Comic Relief||Contestant||BBC One|
|The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot||Tom Baker (voice)||BBC Red Button|
- TV guest appearances
|2004||Churchill: The Hollywood Years||Actor (as Tony Blair)|
- St Bede's
- "Canterbury Christ Church University". The Independent. 24 July 2013. Retrieved 9 April 2014.
- tellytunes: dj photocards: viking fm dj photographs
- Jenny Gilbert (11 August 2002). "Jon Culshaw: A very good impression of a man who wants to outdo Rory Bremner". The Independent. Retrieved 28 March 2009.
- "The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot", BBC programmes, retrieved 26 November 2013
- Jon Culshaw at the Internet Movie Database
- Alter Ego.
- Article in The Stage
- BBC Dead Ringers.
- Honorary fellowship
- Viking FM photo
- Prank call.[dead link]
- The Time Lord contacts terrestrial organisations by telephone.
- Voice over work.
- Viking FM jingle
- Talking about his work on Dead Ringers.
- Interviewed on Radio Lancashire in July 2006
- Helping out with Budget 2005 on Radio Five Live
- Would You featuring celebrity vocals
- Talking on Danny Baker's programme.
- This is the Radio Four News with Brian Perkins.
- Are you sitting comfortably? It's time for Dead Ringers to begin.