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Shaun Prendergast (born 1958) is an English actor and writer.
He was born in North Shields and holds a BA Hons from Bretton Hall College. He was an actor and playwright in residence for Northumberland Theatre Company before joining the BBC Radio Drama Company, and subsequently became a founder member of Kenneth Branagh's newly formed Renaissance Theatre Company. Awards include a Sony Award, a Writers' Guild Award and a Time Out Award. in 2020 he published his first novel, Benny Blue Eyes.
Selected TV credits
2006–2007 – The Bill, EastEnders, Holby City, Hotel Babylon, The Lightning Kid, Heartbeat, New Tricks. Greg in Emmerdale. Currently plays Chief Supt. Mike Evans in Collision by Anthony Horowitz. In summer 2010, he filmed an episode of Tracy Beaker Returns, which aired on CBBC Channel. As well as appearances in Casualty, Doctors, WPC 56, and Father Brown he plays the role of Robert Bain, the Head of Education for East Kilbride, in the drama series Waterloo Road. In 2020, he appeared in an episode of the BBC soap opera Doctors as Archie Matthews.
Selected film credits
- The Stepdad
- Henry V
- Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
- In the Bleak Midwinter
Christmas of 2010 saw Shaun play the role of Sarah the Cook in the pantomime Dick Whittington at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, directed by Steve Marmion. The production was given excellent reviews, with the Daily Telegraph declaring that Shaun, in his pantomime debut, had created the 'finest, funniest pantomime Dame in London'. In early 2010, the role of Mr Boo in The Rise and Fall of Little Voice by Jim Cartright at the Vaudeville Theatre, London. Directed by Terry Johnson. Glamour by Stephen Lowe at Nottingham Playhouse directed by Bill Alexander. And Shaun in Searching for Tom Hadaway for Live Theatre, which Shaun also wrote and directed.
- Much Ado about Nothing,
- Twelfth Night,
- As You Like It (for Kenneth Branagh’s Renaissance Company national tour and Phoenix Theatre, West End)),
- The Glee Club (Bush and the Duchess Theatre, West End),
- Macbeth and the Sam Shephard season at the BAC and
- A Going Concern at Hampstead Theatre Club.
- Waitress at the Adelphi Theatre London
Other theatre includes Grace, Twelfth Night, Candida, (NTC), Dracula, Spot the Lady, A View from the Bridge, Strippers, (Newcastle Playhouse), Twelve Tales of Tyneside (Live Theatre), Sisterly Feelings (Manchester Library Theatre), As You Like it (Nottingham Playhouse), The Miser (Salisbury).
Television and radio writing includes
2006–2007 Multi-episodes of The Roman Mysteries, Rocket Man (BBC) as well as The Lightning Kid (BBC) Other: Multi- episodes of – My Parents Are Aliens (GRANADA), EastEnders (BBC), Grafters (CENTRAL), Equinox (BBC), Microsoap (BBC), Soldier, Soldier (CENTRAL).
Rebel Zone (BBC Films) The Stepdad, Henry V, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, In the Bleak Midwinter, Frozen, Bye Bye Columbus. Harrigan, Stupid Cults, Rudolph & His New Friend Frosty Mikey The Canary
Theatre writing includes
Potter’s Wheel, The Firefawn Trilogy, A Fine and Private Place, Distinguished Service, Little Victories, The Green Eyed Monster of Ecrovid, The Witches’ Kitchen, Twelve Tales of Tyneside, Poles Apart, Come and Make Eyes at me, Karl Marx Live in Concert, The True History of the Tragic Life and triumphant Death of Julia Pastrana, the Ugliest Woman in the World, The False Corpse and The Biggest Adventure in the World. In 2013 'The True History of the Tragic Life and Triumphant Death of Julia Pastrana, the Ugliest Woman in the World' was presented at the Brick Theatre in Brooklyn and the Tympanic Theatre in Chicago. Earlier that year, Julia Pastrana's body had been returned from Oslo to her birthplace in Mexico. An article in the New York Times credited Prendergast's play as being the inspiration for the campaign to have Julia Pastrana repatriated to her birthplace.
Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, The Giant Prince, The Three Musketeers, The Canterville Ghost and The Day of the Triffids.
The Lightning Kid, Rocket Man, Soldier, Soldier, EastEnders, Grafters, Equinox, Sunshine and Zak in "Tugs", My Parents are Aliens and Microsoap. He also played a small role in Tracy Beaker Returns as the Council Manager.
Open Mike, Kiss Me Quick, Only the Good Die Young, Phoenix England, A Fake’s Progress, Travellin' Light, the Bee-Keeper's Apprentice, "Spread a Little Happiness" and The Goldfish Bowl.