Tim Whitnall at BFI London, March 2013.
27 June 1961 |
Canvey Island, Essex, England, U.K.
|Occupation||Playwright, screenwriter, actor, musician|
Tim Whitnall (born 27 June 1961 in Canvey Island, Essex) is an English playwright, screenwriter and actor known for playing Angelo in the long-running CITV series Mike and Angelo and narrating the pre-school children's TV programme Teletubbies.
He worked extensively in film, TV and radio and presented (and wrote for) the BBC School's series, "Time and Tune", "Music Workshop" and "Let's Sing". He has provided many voice-overs and vocals for TV commercials, animations and jingles.
Whitnall's theatre play The Sociable Plover, first performed at Old Red Lion Theatre in 2005, was made into a feature film by Poisson Rouge Pictures and Solution Films (re-titled as The Hide) and received its UK première on Film4 in February 2009. Following its screen release at the ICA Cinema, London, the film was released on DVD in January 2010. For this work, Whitnall was nominated for Best First Feature Length Screenplay category in the 2010 Writer's Guild Of Great Britain Awards.
Whitnall's stage-play Morecambe – a tribute to the late comedian Eric Morecambe – won a Fringe First Award for 'innovation and excellence in new writing' at the 2009 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The show opened at London's Duchess Theatre the following December and toured the UK through 2010. The piece was nominated in two separate categories in the 2010 Laurence Olivier Awards and won the 'Best Entertainment' category.
In 2012 BBC Four screened Whitnall's 90-minute drama Best Possible Taste: The Kenny Everett Story, which examined and celebrated the life of Kenny Everett. It was directed by James Strong, produced by Paul Frift and starred Oliver Lansley and Katherine Kelly. For it, Whitnall won the Breakthrough Talent Award in the 2013 BAFTA Television Craft Awards.
|1996||Famous Fred||Additional Vocals|
|2000||Teletubbies: Christmas in the Snow||Narrator||Direct-to-video|
|2008||Like Other People Do||Rich Man||Short|
|2010||Rainbow Magic: Return to Rainspell Island||Edison
|Devil's Playground||News Anchor|
|2014||Thomas & Friends: Trouble on the Tracks||Reg||Video short|
|Thomas & Friends: Tale of the Brave||Timothy
|Thomas & Friends: The Christmas Engines||Reg||Video short|
|2000||Play with the Teletubbies||Narrator|
|The World Is Not Enough||Davidov|
|2008||The Hide||"The Sociable Plover"|
|1985-1986||And There's More|
|1997-2001||Teletubbies||Narrator (UK version)|
|2007-2010||Roary the Racing Car||Voice cast|
|2010||Best Possible Taste: The Kenny Everett Story||TV movie|
|2012-present||Tree Fu Tom||Main cast|
|2013||Agatha Christie's Marple||Episode: "Greenshaw's Folly"|
|2014||Thomas & Friends||Voice cast|
|2015||Jake and the Never Land Pirates||Recurring cast|
Awards and nominations
|2010||Writers' Guild of Great Britain Award||Best First Feature-Length Film Screenplay||The Hide||Nominated|
|2013||British Academy Television Craft Award||Breakthrough Talent||Best Possible Taste: The Kenny Everett Story||Won|
|Broadcasting Press Guild Award||Best Single Drama
Shared with Paul Frift and James Strong
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- "From a play without a venue to a first for the Olivier Awards". The Independent. 22 March 2010. Retrieved 11 March 2014.
- Frost, Vicky (3 April 2012). "BBC to celebrate Kenny Everett". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 March 2014.
- "Television Craft - Breakthrough Talent in 2013". BAFTA. 2013. Retrieved 11 March 2014.