Tim Whitnall

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Tim Whitnall
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Tim Whitnall at BFI London, March 2013.
Born (1961-06-27) 27 June 1961 (age 53)
Canvey Island, Essex, England, UK[citation needed]
Occupation playwright and screenwriter

Tim Whitnall (born 27 June 1961), is an English playwright, screenwriter and former actor.

From 1989, he played Angelo in the long-running CITV series Mike and Angelo. He has starred in many West End musicals including Elvis, Grease, The Rocky Horror Show and Good Rockin' Tonight.[citation needed]

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".[citation needed] He has provided many voice-overs and vocals for TV commercials, animations and jingles. From 1997 he was one of the narrators on the pre-school children's TV programme Teletubbies.[1]

Whitnall's theatre play The Sociable Plover, first performed at Old Red Lion Theatre in 2005,[2] 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.[3] 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.[citation needed]

Whitnall's stage-play Morecambe – a tribute to the late comedian Eric Morecambe – won a Fringe First Award[4] 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[citation needed] and won the 'Best Entertainment' category.[5]

In 2012 BBC4 screened Whitnall's 90-minute drama Best Possible Taste: The Kenny Everett Story,[6] 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.[7]

He lives in Richmond, Surrey with his partner, Anna Murphy, with whom he has a production company, Feather Productions Ltd.[8]

In 2014, he provided the voice of Reg in the CGI series of Thomas & Friends.


  1. ^ Young, Graham (18 August 2009). "Say eh-oh again to Teletubbies; TOUR: Hit children's TV stars back with nationwide dance dates.". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 11 March 2014.  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required)
  2. ^ Taggart, Bronagh (2005). "The Sociable Plover". British Theatre Guide. Retrieved 11 March 2014. 
  3. ^ http://www.film4.com/search?q=The%20Hide
  4. ^ http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/specials/edinburgh/article6806317.ece
  5. ^ "From a play without a venue to a first for the Olivier Awards". The Independent. March 22, 2010. Retrieved 11 March 2014. 
  6. ^ Frost, Vicky (3 April 2012). "BBC to celebrate Kenny Everett". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 March 2014. 
  7. ^ "Television Craft - Breakthrough Talent in 2013". BAFTA. 2013. Retrieved 11 March 2014. 
  8. ^ http://www.featherproductions.com

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