|Born||Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada|
|Occupation||Actor, voice actor, writer|
Kerry Shale is a Canadian-born actor, writer, and voice-over artist based in the UK. He is married to Suzanne Shale, a former Oxford University law don, now a specialist in the field of medical ethics.
Shale's extensive work for the stage includes six solo shows (five of which he wrote) which he performed in Edinburgh, London, Berlin, Sydney, Cape Town and New York. Other theatre credits include His Girl Friday at the National Theatre, Aunt Dan and Lemon at the Almeida, Lion In The Streets at Hampstead Theatre, True West for Shared Experience, Henry V at the Bristol Old Vic, The Normal Heart at the Royal Court and in the West End, The Exonerated at the Riverside Studios and Frost/Nixon at the Donmar Warehouse and in the West End. In 2011, he appeared in the Royal Exchange Theatre production of C P Taylor's Good. In 2012, he appeared in Are We Nearly There Yet? at Wilton's Music Hall in London's East End. In 2013, he co-wrote and appeared in the verbatim play Listen, We're Family.
Most recently: Mr Selfridge and Red Dwarf (Series X). Other television acting work includes Life's Too Short, Doctor Who (2011), The Trip (2010), 10 Days To War (2008), Holby and Not Going Out (2007), the Stephen Poliakoff film Gideon's Daughter (2006) and Love Soup (2005), as well as episodes of Cracker, Joking Apart, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Sharpe's Rifles, and The Tomorrow People. He played "Mr. Beaver" in the BBC TV series The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (1988). He also appeared in "The Comic Strip Presents.... Five Go Mad On Mescalin" (1983) as "Willy", opposite French and Saunders.
Shale has lent his voice to many UK cartoon series such as Dennis the Menace, Budgie the Little Helicopter, Captain Star, and Dr. Zitbag's Transylvania Pet Shop. Shale has voiced the US versions of many popular UK series, including Roary the Racing Car. His latest animation series is the BAFTA and Emmy Award-winning The Amazing World of Gumball for The Cartoon Network (UK and US). He is a regular cast member of Thomas & Friends, providing voices for Henry, Gordon, James, Bash, Scruff, Harold, Kevin, Sir Topham Hatt in the US and Diesel in the UK. Shale also provides the voices of Tech the mechanic and Stinky the garbage truck from Firehouse Tales.
Shale's many film appearances include Barbra Streisand's Yentl, Michael Winterbottom's films Genova, Code 46, Jude and Welcome To Sarajevo, the Emmy-winning HBO film RKO 281 as well as 102 Dalmatians, Max, Little Shop of Horrors, and a short film based on Ethan Coen's story A Fever in the Blood. In 2009, he played a leading role in Universal Soldier: Regeneration and a supporting role in the HBO/BBC film The Special Relationship. In 2012, he appeared in A Fantastic Fear of Everything with Simon Pegg. Most recent film credits: a cameo in the British thriller Narcopolis and another in the British romantic comedy Hello Carter. He played Harry S Truman in the Swedish feature The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (UK release in 2014).
Shale has acted in over 200 BBC radio plays, recorded Bill Bryson's travel books on the radio and as audio books, has won a Sony Award as Best UK Radio Actor and a Writers' Guild Award for his radio dramatization of Dr Strangelove in which he also played half a dozen roles. From 2002 - 2004, he wrote and presented Kerry Shale's Listy Show, an eclectic music program on Oneword Radio. He has often been the reader for BBC Radio 4's Book of the Week.
In addition to writing five one-man stage plays and a number of radio adaptations, Shale has written columns, reviews and sketches for BBC Radio, articles for The Guardian and The Word and a BAFTA-nominated video game Dog's Life. His play The Prince of West End Lane was given a staged reading at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in 2012.
Videogame voice credits
Shale's many videogame voice credits include the leading role of Rufus in Series 1, 2 and 3 of Deponia plus Just Cause 2, Driver: San Francisco, Blood Stone, Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation, Tomb Raider Chronicles, Dog's Life, Original War, Big Mutha Truckers, Killzone, Fable, Space Channel 5: Part 2, Blade II, Vietcong, Vietcong 2, Vietcong: Fist Alpha, Urban Chaos, The Movies, Imperium Galactica II: Alliances, and Battalion Wars. According to The Guinness Book of World Records - Gamers' Edition, Shale has provided more voices for a single video game (in Dog's Life) than any other actor.
He has narrated many television documentaries for the US and UK, including 1959: The Year That Changed Jazz. Shale's many audio books include the Jack Reacher series by Lee Child as well as Life of Pi (Reader of the Year, APA Awards), Slumdog Millionaire (Audie Award Winner, Best Male Reader), and The White Tiger, winner of the Man Booker prize.
Other media work
In the past few years[when?], he has appeared as a panellist on BBC television and radio review programs such as "Newsnight Review", "The Review Show", and "Saturday Review". He was one of the organizers (and MC) of the monthly London story-telling evening, "True Stories Told Live".