Fine Time Fontayne

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Fine Time Fontayne
Born Ian Crossley
1951 (age 65–66)
Wombwell, West Riding of Yorkshire,[1] England, UK
Occupation Actor, theatre director

Ian Crossley (born 1951), better known by the stage name Fine Time Fontayne, is an English actor and stage director.

Early life[edit]

Fontayne was born in Wombwell, West Riding of Yorkshire[1] into a mining family.[2] In the 1960s, he moved with his parents and brothers to Sheffield, where they ran a pub.[3] He took his stage name when he began singing and playing at a local folk club in Yorkshire.[4] He started acting in the 1970s with the Crucible Vanguard Company.[5]


In the early years of his career Fontayne worked in cabaret, community and repertory theatre, as well as the Red Ladder Theatre Company.[2] He has played a variety of roles in many long-running British TV series such as All Creatures Great and Small, Coronation Street, and Emmerdale. He is a frequent voice in BBC Radio drama (including The Blackburn Files and Street and Lane) and has appeared in films including 24 Hour Party People and Butterfly Kiss.[6][7]

Fontayne appeared in the 2002 radio series The Little World of Don Camillo. He directed a successful production of Sleeping Beauty at the Mercury Theatre, Essex in December 2007 and January 2008.[8] In 2011, he played Claudius in the touring Northern Broadsides production of Hamlet. He has frequently appeared in pantomime at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry.

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  1. ^ a b South Yorkshire did not exist prior to 1st April 1974. West Riding of Yorkshire is correct
  2. ^ a b "Crossing the Picket Line" (PDF). Marxism Today. Communist Party of Great Britain. June 1985. Retrieved 13 November 2016. 
  3. ^ "Fine Time Fontayne comes to Hepworth". Huddersfield Examiner. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  4. ^ "In the name of success!". Huddersfield Daily Examiner. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  5. ^ "Fine Time Fontayne biography". Townsend Productions. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  6. ^ "Fontayne CV" (PDF). Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  7. ^ The Blackburn Files at
  8. ^ Review of Fontayne's production of The Sleeping Beauty, The Stage

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