Tim Whitnall

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Tim Whitnall
Tim Whitnall.jpg
Tim Whitnall at BFI London, March 2013.
Born (1961-06-27) 27 June 1961 (age 53)
Canvey Island, Essex, England, U.K.[citation needed]
Occupation Playwright, screenwriter, actor, musician
Years active 1977-present

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.[1]

Career[edit]

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.

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 BBC Four 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]

In 2014, he provided the voices of Timothy and Reg in the CGI series of Thomas & Friends.

Personal life[edit]

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

Filmography[edit]

Actor[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
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
King Oberon
Devil's Playground News Anchor
2014 Thomas & Friends: Trouble on the Tracks Reg Video short
Thomas & Friends: Tale of the Brave Timothy
Reg
Direct-to-video
Thomas & Friends: The Christmas Engines Reg Video short

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role
2000 Play with the Teletubbies Narrator
The World Is Not Enough Davidov

Screenwriter[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Notes
2008 The Hide "The Sociable Plover"

Television[edit]

Year Title Notes
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[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
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
Nominated

References[edit]

  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. 22 March 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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