Tim Healy (actor)

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Tim Healy
Tim Healy (2007).jpg
Healy in 2007
Born Timothy Malcolm Healy
(1952-01-29) 29 January 1952 (age 62)
Benwell, Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Residence Hexham, Northumberland, England
Occupation Actor
Years active 1976–present
Spouse(s) Denise Welch (m. 1988–2012, divorced)
Children Matthew Healy (born 1989)
Louis Healy (born 2001)

Timothy Malcolm Healy (born 29 January 1952) is an English actor. He is probably best known for playing Dennis Patterson in the television series Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, and Les/Lesley in the ITV comedy-drama series Benidorm. He is the father of Matthew Healy, frontman of alternative rock band The 1975.


In 1982 he appeared in A Captain's Tale, depicting the triumph of West Auckland F.C. in the Sir Thomas Lipton Cup.

During the mid-80s, Healy played Barney Bodger, the blundering handyman in the Children's ITV series Tickle on the Tum and became a great favourite with young viewers.

In the early-1990s he appeared as a cockney ex-pat in the BBC1 series Boys From The Bush and played a binman in Common as Muck, a BBC TV series.

In 2001 he appeared in the surreal BBC situation comedy Breeze Block, playing the head of a strange family. Healy had high hopes for the series, but was reportedly upset when it was only screened on the digital channel BBC Choice (later relaunched as BBC Three) and never broadcast on BBC One or BBC Two. He starred as a folk musician in the first episode of comedy series, Phoenix Nights. His band, "Half a Shilling", sang a song called "Send the Buggers Back", supposedly about a set of Holy Communion shoes, but clearly intended (to those who are themselves racist) as a racist anthem. He also played Jackie Elliot in the West End musical Billy Elliot.

He also appeared in the film Purely Belter as the abusive father of the main character, delinquent teenager Gerry, and appeared in Coronation Street as Paul Jones the father of barman Sean Tully. Healy previously appeared on the show in 1976 as a bingo caller.

In 2003 he appeared as Inspector Colin Duggan in the BBC drama Murder in Mind series 3 episode 8 - "Cornershop".

In 2009 he appeared in the BBC drama Waterloo Road as a Security Guard, Dave Miller, a love interest for Steph Haydock (played by former real life wife, Denise Welch).


Tim Healy and Denise Welch have 2 sons, Matthew Healy (aged 25) and Louis Healy(aged 13). They Divorced, and Tim found a new partner which he settled down with and had another son named Johnny Healy (aged 14)?

Other appearances[edit]

When Healy's wife Denise Welch was a guest on The Paul O'Grady Show, an apparently aged man came on the show to talk about a subject. He sounded unwell while Denise was speaking, and to her and everyone's surprise he revealed himself to be Healy.[citation needed]

September 2009 - Healy became the voice of thegreenercompany.com - a wood-burning stove company based in Lymm, Cheshire. Working in conjunction with The Greener Company and Smooth FM, Healy plays the part of 'David' - The Wood-Burning Stove fitter for The Greener Company. David is a character in a series of radio commercials used to promote the company.

He starred in the third series of the ITV comedy Benidorm playing a transvestite called Lesley. He later became a regular in the fourth series that aired in 2011. His character is really called Les and he has a son, Liam. He has also had a role in Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer's Catterick as a helpful man with a chronically cold wife. He filmed a cameo in the first episode of the second series of the BBC sitcom Hebburn broadcast in November 2013.[1]

Charity work[edit]

Healy often shows support for the children's charity, Children North East, which is based in Newcastle, by making appearances at events and showing support at their community based projects. The charity currently raise funds for youth projects, such as WEYES project, in the west end area where Healy grew up. In April 2010, Healy appeared with his wife Denise on the ITV game show All Star Mr & Mrs and came runners - up. Their £5,000 prize was donated to Children North East.

Healy co-founded the Sammy Johnson Memorial Fund, established to support young talent in North East England. He hosts the biannual Sunday for Sammy concerts in aid of the fund. He also appeared in the remake of Jackass.

In September 2014, along with Jill Halfpenny, Healy narrated the history of the North East of England as part of the Great North Run opening ceremony.[2]


  1. ^ Dipper, Andrew (6 November 2013). "Tim Healy to appear in series two of Hebburn". Giggle Beats. Retrieved 8 November 2013. 
  2. ^ Dalby, Helen (5 September 2014). "29 stunning pictures from the Great North Run Million opening ceremony - Chronicle Live". Evening Chronicle. Retrieved 7 September 2014. 

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