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Shaun Prendergast (born 1958) is a British actor and writer. Prendergast has made hundreds of appearances in television, film and on radio and written extensively for the stage, television, radio and film. He played Greg Doland in British soap opera Emmerdale from August 2007 until July 2008. In 2009 he appeared as Chief Supt. Mike Evans in the series Collision, written by Anthony Horowitz and in 2012-2013 created the role of Robert Bain in Waterloo Road.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Career
- 3 Writing credits
- 4 References
- 5 External links
Prendergast was born in North Shields, educated at Collingwood School, Oswin terrace North Shields, Norham High and Tynemouth Sixth Form College and trained at Bretton Hall College (BA Hons). Predergast's first play Potter's Wheel, written when a student, won five awards at the 1980 National Student Drama Festival including Best New Play and was subsequently presented at the Old Vic as part of an NSDF showcase season.
He was an actor and playwright in residence for Northumberland Theatre Company before joining the BBC Radio Drama Company, and subsequently became a founder member of Kenneth Branagh's newly formed Renaissance Theatre Company. Awards include a Sony Award, a Writers Guild Award and a Time Out Award.
Selected TV credits
2006-2007 - The Bill, Eastenders, Holby City, Hotel Babylon, The Lightning Kid, Heartbeat, New Tricks. Greg in Emmerdale. Currently plays Chief Supt. Mike Evans in Collision by Anthony Horowitz. In summer 2010, he filmed an episode of Tracy Beaker Returns, the episode will air on the CBBC Channel on 7 January. As well as appearances in Casualty, Doctors and WPC 56, he plays the role of ROBERT BAIN, the Head of Education for East Kilbride, in the drama series WATERLOO ROAD.
Prendergast was the voice of Sunshine, Zak and Sea Rouge's Uncle in the animated series TUGS. Waterloo Road (TV series) Robert Bain – Journey's End (2013) … Robert Bain – Sugar Mummy (2013) … Robert Bain
Doctors (TV series) Billy Silvester / Keith Finney / Melvyn Spennymoor – 20 Million Miles to Letherbridge (2013) … Melvyn Spennymoor – Body Language (2010) … Billy Silvester – Changes (2008) … Keith Finney
WPC 56 (TV series)
Henry Fuller – Great Pretenders (2013) … Henry Fuller
Way to Go (TV series)
Grant – Dead End (2013) … Grant
Casualty (TV series)
Felix Berry – Fixed (2011) … Felix Berry
Inspector George Gently (TV series)
Lafferty – Goodbye China (2011) … Lafferty
Coronation Street (TV series)
Alex – Episode #1.7590 (2011) … Alex
Au Revoir Monkeys (short)
Tracy Beaker Returns (TV series)
Council Official / Council Worker – Drained (2011) … Council Worker – The Burnywood Menace (2011) … Council Official
Collision (TV mini-series)
D.C.I. Mike Evans – Episode #1.5 (2009) … D.C.I. Mike Evans – Episode #1.2 (2009) … D.C.I. Mike Evans – Episode #1.3 (2009) … D.C.I. Mike Evans
Emmerdale (TV series)
Greg Doland – Episode #1.5024 (2008) … Greg Doland – Puff of Smoke (2008) … Greg Doland – Alibi (2008) … Greg Doland – Denial (2008) … Greg Doland – Race Against Time (2008) … Greg Doland (33 Episodes in total)
New Tricks (TV series)
Brian Tweedie – Big Topped (2007) … Brian Tweedie
Heartbeat (TV series)
Harry Marvin / Ron Tidy – No Laughing Matter (2007) … Harry Marvin – The Angry Brigade (1999) … Ron Tidy
The Bill (TV series)
Ben Travis / Brian Hewitt / Geordie / … – 440 (2006) … Jimmy Todd – Long Shadows: Part 2 (2001) … Ben Travis (as Sean Prendergast) – Inside Straight (2000) … Jimmy Rice – Masquerade (1994) … Gerry Allen – In Broad Daylight (1993) … Brian Hewitt See all 6 episodes »
EastEnders (TV series)
Sergeant Tasker – Episode dated 21 July 2006 (2006) … Sergeant Tasker
Director's Debut (TV series)
Jimbo – The Lightning Kid (2006) … Jimbo
Hotel Babylon (TV series)
Daniel – Episode #1.4 (2006) … Daniel
Holby City (TV series)
Ben Rogers – Best Laid Plans (2005) … Ben Rogers
Man in pub
Teachers (TV series)
Barman – Episode #4.8 (2004) … Barman
55 Degrees North (TV series)
Frank Galley – Episode #1.3 (2004) … Frank Galley
The Afternoon Play (TV series)
Jerry Parnell – Drive (2004) … Jerry Parnell (as Shaun Prendegast)
Seven Wonders of the Industrial World (TV series)
Ned Hepworth – The Great Ship (2003) … Ned Hepworth
The Inspector Lynley Mysteries (TV series)
Sheehan – For the Sake of Elena (2002) … Sheehan
The Gist (TV movie)
Bob engineer hostage
Berkeley Square (TV mini-series)
Detective Pearson – I, Said the Sparrow (1998) … Detective Pearson – Wednesday's Child (1998) … Detective Pearson
The Vanishing Man (TV series)
1996 Our Friends in the North (TV mini-series) Frankie – 1966 (1996) … Frankie
Pie in the Sky (TV series)
Quirke – Doggett's Coat and Badge (1996) … Quirke
The Vanishing Man (TV movie)
In the Bleak Midwinter
Mule Train Man
1995 Men of the World (TV series) Bob – Farewell My Lovely (1995) … Bob
All Quiet on the Preston Front (TV series)
Vic the Railwayman – Laura's Mousse (1995) … Vic the Railwayman – Dawn's Ball (1995) … Vic the Railwayman
Peak Practice (TV series)
Trevor Sharp – Other Lives (1995) … Trevor Sharp – Life and Soul (1995) … Trevor Sharp – Bedside Manners (1995) … Trevor Sharp – A Normal Life (1995) … Trevor Sharp – Ill Wind (1995) … Trevor Sharp See all 12 episodes »
Ship's Crew #2
Between the Lines (TV series)
Ray Garner – The Great Detective (1993) … Ray Garner
Soldier Soldier (TV series)
CSM George Marshall – Flying Colours (1991) … CSM George Marshall – Dirty Work (1991) … CSM George Marshall – Fun and Games (1991) … CSM George Marshall
Bodger and Badger (TV series)
Mr. Crusher – Mr. Crusher and the Ninja Zombies from Mars (1991) … Mr. Crusher
Bye Bye Columbus (TV movie)
Waiting for God (TV series)
P C Wilkins – A Trip to Brighton (1990) … P C Wilkins
Making News (TV series)
Mike – Doing Time (1990) … Mike
1989 Tugs (TV series) Sunshine / Zak / Sea Rogue's Uncle – Bigg Freeze (1989) … Sunshine (voice) – Up River (1989) … Sunshine (voice) – High Winds (1989) … Sunshine (voice) – Jinxed (1989) … Sunshine/Zak (voice) – Ghosts (1989) … Sunshine (voice) See all 13 episodes »
1988 Twelfth Night, or What You Will (TV movie) Fabian
1987 A Place of Safety (TV movie)
Show Writer (8 titles) Show Miscellaneous Crew (1 title) Show Self (2 titles)
Selected film credits
The Stepdad, Henry V, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, In the Bleak Midwinter, Frozen, Bye Bye Columbus. Harrigan, Stupid Cults, Rebel Zone, Rudolph & His New Friend Frosty Mikey The Canary
Christmas of 2010 saw Shaun play the role of Sarah the Cook in the pantomime Dick Whittington at the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith, directed by Steve Marmion. The production was given excellent reviews, with the Daily telegraph declaring that Shaun, in his pantomime debut, had created the 'finest, funniest pantomime Dame in London'. In early 2010, the role of Mr Boo in The Rise and Fall of Little Voice by Jim Cartright at the Vaudeville Theatre, London. Directed by Terry Johnson. Glamour by Stephen Lowe at Nottingham Playhouse directed by Bill Alexander. And Shaun in Searching for Tom Hadaway for Live Theatre, which Shaun also wrote and directed.
- Much Ado about Nothing,
- Twelfth Night,
- As You Like It (for Kenneth Branagh’s Renaissance Company national tour and Phoenix Theatre West End)),
- The Glee Club (Bush and the Duchess Theatre West End),
- Macbeth and the Sam Shephard season at the BAC and
A Going Concern art Hampstead Theatre Club.
Other theatre includes Grace, Twelfth Night, Candida, (NTC), Dracula, Spot the Lady, A View from the Bridge, Strippers, (Newcastle Playhouse), Twelve Tales of Tyneside (Live Theatre), Sisterly Feelings (Manchester Library Theatre), As You Like it (Nottingham Playhouse), The Miser (Salisbury).
Radio Westway, The Goldfish Bowl, Phoenix England, The Bee-keeper’s Apprentice, The Little World of Don Camillo, My Uncle Freddie, and over two hundred individual plays.
Television and radio writing includes
2006-2007 Multi-episodes of The Roman Mysteries, Rocket Man (BBC) as well as The Lightning Kid (BBC) Other: Multi- episodes of - My Parents Are Aliens (GRANADA), Eastenders (BBC), Grafters (CENTRAL), Equinox (BBC), Microsoap (BBC), Soldier, Soldier (CENTRAL).
Rebel Zone (BBC Films) The Stepdad, Henry V, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, In the Bleak Midwinter, Frozen, Bye Bye Columbus. Harrigan, Stupid Cults, Rudolph & His New Friend Frosty Mikey The Canary
Theatre writing includes
Potter’s Wheel, The Firefawn Trilogy, A Fine and Private Place, Distinguished Service, Little Victories, The Green Eyed Monster of Ecrovid, The Witches’ Kitchen, Twelve Tales of Tyneside, Poles Apart, Come and Make Eyes at me, Karl Marx Live in Concert, The True History of the Tragic Life and triumphant Death of Julia Pastrana, the Ugliest Woman in the World, The False Corpse and The Biggest Adventure in the World. In 2013 'The True History of the Tragic Life and Triumphant Death of Julia Pastrana, the Ugliest Woman in the World' was presented at the Brick Theatre in Brooklyn and the Tympanic Theatre in Chicago. Earlier that year, Julia Pastrana's body had been returned from Oslo to her birthplace in New Mexico. An article in the New York Times credited Prendergast's play as being the inspiration for the campaign to have Julia Pastrana repatriated to her birth place.
Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, The Giant Prince, The Three Musketeers, The Canterville Ghost and The Day of the Triffids.
The Lightning Kid, Rocket Man, Soldier, Soldier, Eastenders, Grafters, Equinox, My parents Are Aliens and Microsoap. He also played a small role in Tracy beaker returns as the council manager.
Open Mike, Kiss Me Quick, Only the Good Die Young, Phoenix England, A Fake’s Progress, Travellin' Light The Bee-Keepers Apprentice, "Spread a Little Happiness", and The Goldfish Bowl.