Tim Whitnall at BFI London, March 2013.
27 June 1961 |
Canvey Island, Essex, England, U.K.
|Occupation||Playwright, screenwriter, actor, musician|
Tim Whitnall (born 27 June 1961 in Canvey Island, Essex) is an English playwright, screenwriter, and actor known for playing Angelo in the long-running CITV series Mike and Angelo and narrating the pre-school children's TV programme Teletubbies. He currently co-provides voices in Thomas & Friends.
He worked extensively in film, TV, and radio and presented (and wrote for) the BBC School's series, "The Music Arcade" (with Lucie Skeaping), "Into Music", "Time and Tune", "Music Workshop", and "Let's Sing". He has provided many voice-overs and vocals for TV commercials, animations, and jingles.
Whitnall's theatre play The Sociable Plover, first performed at Old Red Lion Theatre in 2005, was made into a feature film by Poisson Rouge Pictures and Solution Films (re-titled as The Hide) and received its UK première on Film4 in February 2009. Following its screen release at the ICA Cinema, London, the film was released on DVD in January 2010. For this work, Whitnall was nominated for Best First Feature Length Screenplay category in the 2010 Writer's Guild Of Great Britain Awards.
Whitnall's stage-play Morecambe – a tribute to the late comedian Eric Morecambe – won a Fringe First Award for 'innovation and excellence in new writing' at the 2009 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The show opened at London's Duchess Theatre the following December and toured the UK through 2010. The piece was nominated in two separate categories in the 2010 Laurence Olivier Awards and won the 'Best Entertainment' category.
In 2012, BBC Four screened Whitnall's 90-minute drama Best Possible Taste: The Kenny Everett Story, which examined and celebrated the life of Kenny Everett. It was directed by James Strong, produced by Paul Frift and starred Oliver Lansley and Katherine Kelly. For it, Whitnall won the Breakthrough Talent Award in the 2013 BAFTA Television Craft Awards.
|1996||Famous Fred||Additional Vocals|
|2000||Teletubbies: Christmas in the Snow||Narrator||Direct-to-video|
|2008||Like Other People Do||Rich Man||Short|
|2010||Rainbow Magic: Return to Rainspell Island||Edison
|Devil's Playground||News Anchor|
|2014||Thomas & Friends: Tale of the Brave||Timothy and Reg||UK/US voice; Direct-to-video|
|2015||Thomas & Friends: The Adventure Begins||Jerome||UK/US voice; Direct-to-video|
|Thomas & Friends: Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure||Mike and Oliver the Excavator||UK/US voice|
|2016||Thomas & Friends: The Great Race||Timothy and Mike||UK/US voice|
|2000||Play with the Teletubbies||Narrator|
|The World Is Not Enough (Nintendo 64 and PlayStation)||Davidov|
|2008||The Hide||"The Sociable Plover"|
|1985–1986||And There's More|
|1990–2000||Mike and Angelo||Angelo|
|2005||Fifi and the Flowertots||Aunt Tulip, Stingo||Recurring cast|
|2006–2009||Underground Ernie||Hammersmith, Jubilee, Paris, and Osaka||Voice over|
|2007||The Beeps||Sleepy Beep|
|2007–2010||Roary the Racing Car||Mr. Carburettor, Farmer Green, and Dinkie||UK/US Voice cast|
|2008–2009||The Mr. Men Show||Mr. Lazy and Mr. Nervous||(UK version)|
|2010||Best Possible Taste: The Kenny
|2012–2015||Tree Fu Tom||Zigzoo, Stink, Squirmtum, Chezz, and Rickety McGluman||Main cast|
|2013||Agatha Christie's Marple||Episode: "Greenshaw's Folly"|
|2014–present||Thomas & Friends||Timothy (UK/US), Reg (UK/US), Mike (UK/US), Jerome (UK/US), Oliver the Excavator (UK/US), Max (UK) and The Deputy Minister (UK/US)||Recurring role; UK/US|
|2015||Jake and the Never Land Pirates||Captain Ander||Recurring cast|
Awards and nominations
|2009||"The Scotsman" Fringe First Award||Innovation and outstanding new writing||Morecambe||Won|
|2010||Writers' Guild of Great Britain Award||Best First Feature-Length Film Screenplay||The Hide||Nominated|
|2013||British Academy Television Craft Award||Breakthrough Talent||Best Possible Taste: The Kenny Everett Story||Won|
|2103||Broadcasting Press Guild Award||Best Single Drama
Shared with Paul Frift and James Strong
- Young, Graham (18 August 2009). "Say eh-oh again to Teletubbies; TOUR: Hit children's TV stars back with nationwide dance dates.". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 11 March 2014. – via HighBeam Research (subscription required)
- Taggart, Bronagh (2005). "The Sociable Plover". British Theatre Guide. Retrieved 11 March 2014.
- "From a play without a venue to a first for the Olivier Awards". The Independent. 22 March 2010. Retrieved 11 March 2014.
- Frost, Vicky (3 April 2012). "BBC to celebrate Kenny Everett". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 March 2014.
- "Television Craft - Breakthrough Talent in 2013". BAFTA. 2013. Retrieved 11 March 2014.