Shaun Prendergast

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Shaun Prendergast
Born1958 (age 61–62)
OccupationActor, writer
Years active1987–present

Shaun Prendergast (born 1958) is an English actor and writer.[1] In 2014 he created the role of DS Holt in EastEnders as well as appearing on stage as the MC in Terry Johnson's Olivier nominated revival of Oh! What a Lovely War and filming the role of Morrell in Remainder, a feature film directed by Omer Fast. In 2012–13 created the role of Robert Bain in Waterloo Road, and has made frequent guest appearances in Casualty, The Bill, Holby, Doctors, Coronation Street, New Tricks, Peak Practice, Soldier Soldier among others. He played Greg Doland in British soap opera Emmerdale, appeared as Chief Supt. Mike Evans in the series Collision, written by Anthony Horowitz He received a New York Critics' Choice award for his performance in A Place of Safety (ITV). He has over three hundred radio credits. He was a founder member of Sir Kenneth Branagh's Renaissance Theatre Company appearing on stage, screen and radio and has also made two appearances as a pantomime dame – described on his debut in the Daily Telegraph as 'the finest, funniest pantomime Dame in London.' He has written extensively for the stage, television, radio and film.

Early life[edit]

Prendergast was born in North Shields, Northumberland, educated at Collingwood School, Oswin Terrace, North Shields, Norham High School and Tynemouth Sixth Form College and trained at Bretton Hall College (BA Hons). Predergast's first play Potter's Wheel, written when a student, won five awards at the 1980 National Student Drama Festival including Best New Play and was subsequently presented at the Old Vic as part of an NSDF showcase season.


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.

Selected TV credits[edit]

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.[2] 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.

Selected film credits[edit]

The Stepdad, Henry V, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, In the Bleak Midwinter, Frozen, Bye Bye Columbus. Harrigan, Stupid Cults, Rebel Zone, Rudolph & His New Friend Frosty Mikey the Canary[3][1]

Stage credits[edit]

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.

  • Hamlet,
  • 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).

Radio credits[edit]

Westway, The Goldfish Bowl, Phoenix England, The Bee-keeper’s Apprentice, The Little World of Don Camillo, My Uncle Freddie and over two hundred individual plays.

Writing credits[edit]

Television and radio writing includes[edit]

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).

Film includes[edit]

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[edit]

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.

Adaptations include[edit]

Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, The Giant Prince, The Three Musketeers, The Canterville Ghost and The Day of the Triffids.

Television includes[edit]

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.

Radio includes[edit]

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.


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  2. ^ "Tracy Beaker Returns". Retrieved 8 April 2015.
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