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 of the last twenty years. He has helped create iconic characters such as Stavros; Loadsamoney; Smashie and Nicey; the Old Gits; Ted and Ralph and Kevin and Perry, many of whom have become part of our cultural landscape from their origins in The Fast Show.

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 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. 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.

Paul has also taken on dramatic roles including cameos in David Copperfield, Finding Neverland, Harry Potter, as well as voicing characters for The Corpse Bride and Alice In Wonderland. Other successes include the BAFTA-award winning comedies Help and Happiness for BBC2; 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

Having recently worked with Foster's Funny to launch Fast Show Faster, Paul can be seen on screen in the fourth series of Harry and Paul. He is also starring in the latest set of commercials for AVIVA. In 2013 Paul won the Writer's Guild of Great Britain Award at the British Comedy Awards.

This year, Nurse which was both created and written by Paul for BBC2 followed on from the success of Harry and Paul's Story of the Twos which receive critical acclaim. The programme received a nomination at the British Academy Television Awards and was awarded two Royal Television Society awards for Scripted Comedy and Writer Comedy