Michael Fenton Stevens
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|Michael Fenton Stevens|
12 February 1958 |
Michael Fenton Stevens (born 12 February 1958 in London), added the 'Fenton' (his wife's name) when he became an actor and is sometimes mistakenly credited as Michael Fenton-Stevens. He is a UK actor and comedian, a founder member of The Hee Bee Gee Bees and the voice behind the Spitting Image 1986 number 1 hit "The Chicken Song". He also starred in KYTV, and its Radio 4 predecessor, Radio Active.
Fenton Stevens featured in regular roles as Hank in the 1996 series The Legacy of Reginald Perrin, and as Ralph in Andy Hamilton's 2003 television sitcom Trevor's World of Sport, as well as in the Radio 4 version of the latter which was broadcast in 2004. Stevens had previously appeared in a guest role in Drop the Dead Donkey, another television comedy series written by Hamilton, and appears regularly in various roles in Hamilton's Radio 4 sitcom Old Harry's Game. He has also featured in Ian Hislop's sitcom My Dad's the Prime Minister as the Home Secretary. He played a guest role in Coronation Street in November 2004. He plays the eponymous Inspector Steine in Lynne Truss' long-running Radio 4 comedy series.
He also appeared in various roles in the Tertiary, Quandary and Quintessential Phases of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy radio series. In 2006, he guest-starred in the Doctor Who audio adventure The Kingmaker. In 2007, he played Michael Wenton Weeks in Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency.
He is a very successful Pantomime Dame, having written and appeared in a number of pantos over the years. From December 2006 until January 2007, he starred in and wrote the Cambridge Arts Theatre pantomime version of Aladdin in the role of Widow Twankey. More recently, he has provided the voice of Mr Beakman, a toucan, in the CBeebies show 3rd & Bird.
He is a recurring character in the sitcom My Family, as Mr Griffith, the boss of the dental corporation "Cavitex".
In 1995, he was reunited with his former Hee Bee Gee Bees bandmate and Radio Active and KYTV co-star Angus Deayton when he appeared in an episode of One Foot in the Grave, playing the brother-in-law of Deayton's regular character. He also appeared in Series 3 Episode 3 of Outnumbered, as a substitute player called 'Lance' in a tennis match, and in the "Music 2000" episode of Look Around You as the chairman of the Royal Pop and Rock Association.