Tom Watt (actor)

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Tom Watt
Born Thomas Erickson Watt
(1956-02-14) 14 February 1956 (age 61)
Wanstead, East London, England
Occupation Actor, writer, broadcaster
Years active 1981–2017

Thomas Erickson "Tom" Watt (born 14 February 1956) is an English actor, writer and broadcaster, who is best known for playing the role of Lofty Holloway in the BBC soap opera EastEnders. He is also known for his appearances on the BBC radio show Fighting Talk and his documentary films for BT Sport.

Acting career[edit]

A native of Wanstead, Watt studied drama at Manchester University where he directed several stage productions. One of his first television roles was in the comedy series Never the Twain in 1981, but his big break came in 1985 when he was cast as one of the original characters in the BBC's fledgling soap opera, EastEnders. Watt played Lofty Holloway, the weedy, asthmatic barman of The Queen Vic from the show's inception until 1988.

Other acting credits have included roles in the BBC drama South of the Border, a South London detective show; the role of Norman in the 1990 film for ITV called And the Nightingale Sang, a love story set during the war; Boon 1992, with Michael Elphick; as well as a minor role in the 1992 film Patriot Games, among others.

As well as television and film he has had many theatre and stage roles. Most notably, he starred in the one-man show Fever Pitch, based on the Nick Hornby novel of the same name.

In 2014 he started working on a local crowdfunded spy thriller in Torrevieja, Spain, released in 2017.

TV and radio[edit]

After leaving EastEnders, Watt combined acting with his second passion, football, by becoming a sports journalist. He has presented for Channel 4, Radio 1, Radio 3, Radio 5 Live, talkSPORT, and cable TV. He has recently written, presented and produced several documentaries about football for BT Sport Films, including the 'Football Outposts' series. Until recently, he featured regularly on BBC Radio 5 Live's Fighting Talk,[1] where we he won the "Champion of Champions" trophy on 28 May 2011. He also hosted Arsenal TV's Monday night Fans Forum until the show was discontinued.

He produced, directed and presented the Channel 4 children's sports show, Rookies in the early 1990s.

In 2010, Watt appeared in an episode of the BBC TV series New Tricks, had a small part in Guy Ritchie's first 'Sherlock Holmes' movie and appeared in a West End production of 'Madness In Valencia'.

Music[edit]

Watt recorded a version of Bob Dylan's Subterranean Homesick Blues in 1985, which featured members of the British band New Order among other artists. The single reached number 67 in the UK singles chart before dropping out of the chart completely. This was recorded for his own Watt The Duck label.

Writing[edit]

Watt wrote match reports and features for The Observer for several years. He has authored nine books about football, includingThe End ,A Passion for the Game, A Beautiful Game and the official legacy book for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. He was the ghost-writer for the David Beckham autobiography, My Side, which won a special prize at the British Book Awards and is the fastest-selling UK sports autobiography of all time.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Watt was once romantically involved with his EastEnders castmate Anita Dobson, who played Angie Watts.[2] He married his wife in 1993 and they have one son.

He is an avid supporter of Arsenal football club and Cheltenham Town. He is an advisory board member for BounceBack, a charity and social enterprise working with offenders.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1992 Patriot Games The Electrician
2005 Lost Dogs Dennis
2006 Flirting with Flamenco Martin
2009 Sherlock Holmes Carriage Driver

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1981 My Father's House Eddie Two Episodes
1982 A Kind of Loving Wally Chisholm Two Episodes
1983 Chessgame Technician One Episode
1984 Love and Marriage Paul One Episode
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes 1st Loafer One Episode (A Scandal in Bohemia)
Dramarama Steve Berwick One Episode
Never the Twain Duane One Episode
1985-88 EastEnders Lofty Holloway 106 Episodes
1986 Cold War Killers Technician TV Movie
1989 And a Nightingale Sang Norman TV Movie
1992 Boon Steve One Episode
1993 Comedy Playhouse Gordon One Episode
1994-95 Space Precinct Officer Beezle Four Episodes
2000 Happy Birthday Shakespeare Mickey TV Movie
2002 TLC (TV series) Sid the porter One Episode
2009 Doctors Ray MacGyver One Episode
2010 New Tricks Stuart Russell One Episode

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fighting Talk 10 January 2009
  2. ^ Kingsley, Hilary (1990). The EastEnders Handbook. BBC books. ISBN 9780563362920. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Bob Mills
BBC Radio Five Live
Fighting Talk Champion of Champions

2010/11
Succeeded by
Steve Bunce