Tim Healy (actor)
Healy in 2007
|Born||Timothy Malcolm Healy
29 January 1952
Benwell, Newcastle upon Tyne, England
|Residence||Mobberley, Cheshire, England|
|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 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 the father 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".
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.
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.
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.
- Dipper, Andrew (6 November 2013). "Tim Healy to appear in series two of Hebburn". Giggle Beats. Retrieved 8 November 2013.
- Tim Healy at the Internet Movie Database
- Voice of Wood Burning Stoves
- www.sitcom.co.uk: Boys from the Bush