Michael Whitehall

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Michael Whitehall
Michael John Whitehall

(1940-04-12) 12 April 1940 (age 79)
ResidencePutney, London
OccupationProducer, Agent, Author
Years active1988–present
Net worth£10 million
Spouse(s)Hilary Amanda Jane
Children3, including Jack Whitehall

Michael John Whitehall (born 12 April 1940) is a British producer, talent agent, television personality and author. He is a former theatrical agent who went on to form two production companies, Havahall Pictures (with Nigel Havers) in 1988, and Whitehall Films in 1998. He has represented Colin Firth and Dame Judi Dench.[1] He is the father of comedian Jack Whitehall.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Whitehall was educated at Ampleforth College, a Catholic boarding school in Yorkshire, run by Benedictine monks. After his education, Whitehall worked as a film reporter for The Universe, a weekly Catholic newspaper.[3] Both his father and grandfather were commercial travellers[disambiguation needed]. His education was paid for by his grandfather, who had inherited a large amount (rough equivalent to £10 million today) from his cousin, a high-end woollen merchant.[4][5]


Whitehall has produced TV programmes such as Bertie and Elizabeth, Noah's Ark, Element of Doubt, The Good Guys and A Perfect Hero. He represented Judi Dench,[citation needed] Colin Firth,[citation needed] and Leslie Grantham.[6]

He has made guest appearances on various television shows including Countdown, John Bishop's Britain, The Million Pound Drop Live, Alexander Armstrong's Big Ask and Alan Carr: Chatty Man. In 2013, it was announced that he would present a TV chat show for the BBC with his son Jack Whitehall. The first series of Backchat began airing on BBC Three, starting on 20 November 2013 but has since moved to BBC Two.[7] In 2017, he co-presented Jack Whitehall: Travels with My Father, a travel documentary/road trip through Southeast Asia with his son Jack on Netflix.[8] In 2018, Travels had a second season where they visited several countries in Eastern Europe. In 2019, Travels had a third season where they visited the USA.

Whitehall's first book was Shark Infested Waters: Tales of an Actors' Agent, and his son Jack illustrated it.[9] The Times Literary Supplement (TLS) called the book "a most entertaining memoir" that was "wittily illustrated".[9] In October 2013, he released his second book Him & Me, which was co-written with his son. Written in two distinctive styles, it reflects the different personalities of its authors.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Whitehall lives with his wife Hilary in Putney in the London Borough of Wandsworth. He has three children: Jack Whitehall (born 1988), Molly Louisa (born 1989), and Barnaby William (born 1992).[11]

He is a supporter of the Conservative Party.[12]


  • Shark Infested Waters: Tales of an Actors' Agent (Timewell Press, 2007) ISBN 978-1857252156[13]
  • Him & Me by Michael and Jack Whitehall (Michael Joseph, 2013) ISBN 978-1405910903[14]
  • Backing into the Spotlight: A Memoir (Constable, 2017) ISBN 978-1472127099[15]



Year Title Role Notes
2013–2015 Backchat Presenter
2017–2019 Jack Whitehall: Travels with My Father Presenter Also Executive Producer, 3 series


  1. ^ "Michael Whitehall, an actors' agent - memoirs published by Apostrophe Books | Apostrophe Books". Retrieved 2019-03-01.
  2. ^ Cavendish, Dominic (12 October 2013). "Jack and Michael Whitehall interview". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 1 November 2013.
  3. ^ "Michael Whitehall". BBC3.
  4. ^ "Who Do You Think You Are? - Series 16: 3. Jack and Michael Whitehall" – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  5. ^ "Jack and Michael Whitehall - Who Do You Think You Are?". The Genealogist. 31 July 2019. Retrieved 6 August 2019.
  6. ^ "Grantham memoir to Timewell". Bookseller (5231): 15. 26 May 2006.
  7. ^ "Jack Whitehall bags new BBC3 chat show, with his dad". Daily Mirror. 22 August 2013.
  8. ^ "Jack Whitehall travels with his dad". Chortle. 28 February 2017. Archived from the original on 1 March 2017. Retrieved 2 March 2017.
  9. ^ a b Cecil, Jonathan (9 November 2007). "SHARK-INFESTED WATERS". TLS (5458): 33. Retrieved 25 September 2017.
  10. ^ "About - Jack Whitehall". www.jackwhitehall.com.
  11. ^ Hattenstone, Simon (2013-12-14). "Comedians and their parents: Jack Whitehall and father Michael". The Guardian.
  12. ^ Gordon, Bryony (2012-12-19). "Jack Whitehall: The funny thing about being posh".
  13. ^ results, search (14 June 2007). Shark Infested Waters. Timewell Press. ASIN 1857252152.
  14. ^ Whitehall, Jack; results, search (5 June 2014). Him & Me. Penguin. ASIN 1405911379.
  15. ^ Whitehall, Michael (2017-10-26). Backing into the Spotlight: A Memoir (1st ed.). Constable. ISBN 9781472127099. ASIN 1472127099.

External links[edit]