David Wood (actor)

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David Wood
Born (1944-02-21) 21 February 1944 (age 76)
Sutton, Surrey, England
EducationChichester High School for Boys
Alma materWorcester College, Oxford
GenreChildren's literature
Notable worksThe Gingerbread Man (1976)
Notable awardsOrder of the British Empire

David Wood, OBE (born 21 February 1944 in Sutton, Surrey, England) is an actor, author, composer, magician and stage producer and director. The Times called him "the National Children's Dramatist".[1]

Early life[edit]

He was educated at Chichester High School for Boys and Worcester College, Oxford.

Stage work[edit]

Along with John Gould, he founded the Whirligig Theatre, a touring children's theatre company.[2]

His most famous story, The Gingerbread Man (1976), has been all across the world since its premiere at the Towngate Theatre in Basildon. Wood, FilmFair, and Central adapted the musical into an animated children's television series. The adaptation, also called The Gingerbread Man, aired on ITV in 1992.

He was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2004 Queen's Birthday Honours List, for his services to literature and drama.

Film career[edit]

Among his film roles are Johnny in Lindsay Anderson's If.... (1968) and Thompson in Aces High (1976). He appeared as the character Bingo Little in the original London cast of the Andrew Lloyd Webber and Alan Ayckbourn musical Jeeves in 1975.

He wrote the screenplay for Arthur Ransome's Swallows and Amazons, released by Anglo EMI in 1974.


Original works:

Adaptations of Roald Dahl's books for children:

Other adaptations of English authors of children's literature:


Year Title Role Notes
1968 if.... Johnny: Crusaders
1973 Tales That Witness Madness Tutor - Phillipe (segment 1 "Mr. Tiger")
1976 Aces High Thompson
1980 North Sea Hijack Herring
1980 Sweet William Vicar


  1. ^ David Wood: The National Children's Dramatist
  2. ^ Wood, David; Grant, Janet (15 March 1999). Theatre for Children: A Guide to Writing, Adapting, Directing, and Acting. Ivan R. Dee. pp. 22–. ISBN 978-1-4616-6449-9. Retrieved 27 March 2013.


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