Shaun Prendergast

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Shaun Prendergast (born 1958) is a British actor and writer. In 2014 he created the role of DS Holt in Eastenders as well as appearing on stage as the MC in Terry Johnson's Olivier nominated revival of Oh What a Lovely war and filming the role of Morrell in Remainder, a feature film directed by Omar Fast. In 2012-2013 created the role of Robert Bain in Waterloo Road, and has made frequent guest appearances in Casualty, the Bill, Holby, Doctors, Coronation Street, New Tricks, Peak Practise, Soldier Soldier among others. He played Greg Doland in British soap opera Emmerdale, appeared as Chief Supt. Mike Evans in the series Collision, written by Anthony Horowitz He received a New Yorks Critics Choice award for his performance in A Place of Safety (ITV). He has over three hundred radio credits.He was a founder member of Sir Kenneth Branagh's Renaissance Theatre Company appearing on stage, screen and radio and has also made two appearances as a pantomime dame - described on his debut in the Daily Telegraph as 'the finest, funniest pantomime Dame in London.' He has written extensively for the stage, television, radio and film

Early life[edit]

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[edit]

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.[1] 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 (soap opera) 

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 (soap opera) 

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 (soap opera) 

Sergeant Tasker – Episode dated 21 July 2006 (2006) … Sergeant Tasker. DC Holt (2014)

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) 

Stuart Smacks


Prison officer

Command Approved 

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) 

First Seaman

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[edit]

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

Stage credits[edit]

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.

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 credits[edit]

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.

Writing credits[edit]

Television and radio writing includes[edit]

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).

Film includes[edit]

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[edit]

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 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.

Adaptations include[edit]

Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, The Giant Prince, The Three Musketeers, The Canterville Ghost and The Day of the Triffids.

Television includes[edit]

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.

Radio includes[edit]

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.


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