Paul Whitehouse

Actor in film and televison, and comedy producer and writer for radio and television.
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Paul is an iconic actor, performer and writer who has been involved in many of the best-loved comedy shows over the last twenty five years, winning 5 BAFTA’s and being awarded the Writer’s Guild of Great Britain Award at the 2013 British Comedy Awards.

In the 1982 Paul established a great writing partnership with Charlie Higson and Harry Enfield that culminated in The Harry Enfield Television Programme in 1990. He starred alongside Harry Enfield for two series, as well as working with other leading lights in comedy such as Kathy Burke, Bob Mortimer and Vic Reeves. In 1994 he co-created with Charlie Higson The Fast Show, a six-part sketch series for BBC TV which he co-wrote, produced and starred in. It ran for three series and won many awards including a BAFTA in 1998; the British Comedy Award in 1996 and 1997 and the Royal Television Award in 1997. The Final Fast Show Ever was made in 2001 which starred Johnny Depp.

Harry & Paul (originally titled Ruddy Hell! It's Harry & Paul) was first broadcast on BBC1 in 2007 with the second series going on to win a BAFTA in 2009. 2015 saw Harry and Paul celebrate 25 years at the BBC with An Evening with Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse being shown on BBC Two.

In 2015, Nurse which was both created and written by Paul followed on from the BAFTA-award winning comedies Help and Happiness again for BBC2; The success of Harry and Paul's Story of the Twos which received critical acclaim and a nomination at the British Academy Television Awards and was awarded two Royal Television Society awards for Scripted Comedy and Writer in Comedy.

Most recently Paul has appeared and is working on Death of Stalin and David Copperfield, both directed by Armando Iannucci. Other films include Ghost Stories; King of Thieves; Finding Neverland, Harry Potter. In addition, he voiced characters for The Corpse Bride and Alice In Wonderland.

Other radio successes include Nurse; the Sony Radio-award winning Down the Line, a spoof radio programme for BBC Radio 4 that was adapted for TV and aired on BBC2 as Bellamy's People.


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The first tale benefits from a genuinely terrific performance from Whitehouse, who in a rare foray into non-comedic acting demonstrates what a fine dramatic performer he can be. His nightwatchman is embittered, lonely and nearly bent double under the weight of family trauma; an early scene between him and Goodman is comfortably the film’s best.

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The first story is the most effective by far, both because of Whitehouse’s impeccably pitched performance and because it’s the most tightly constructed of the three.

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Radio 2 has not been this funny in a long time

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