Acting Summary

George has starred in numerous television series and films and appeared in leading roles in theatre productions in the West End, Broadway and Australia.

Trained at RADA he won the Emile Littler Award for Most Promising Actor.  He played leading roles at the Belgrade Theatre Coventry and Nottingham Playhouse. From there he went to the Royal Court to appear in Chips With Everything directed by John Dexter which then transferred to Broadway.

He played the lead in the Australian production of Funny Peculiar, the lead in the musical How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying at the New, Bromley, Neil Simon’s Chapter Two opposite Maureen Lipman at the Lyric, Hammersmith and Fagin (for the first time) in a revival of the original production of Oliver!’ at the Albery Theatre.  The second time was in the Sam Mendes production at The London Palladium

He has combined his acting career with a successful writing career. He created & wrote two award-winning series for television Don’t Wait Up (Six Series) starring Nigel Havers & Tony Britton (TRIC award for best comedy series, 1990) and Executive Stress (Three Series) starring Penelope Keith.  Both these shows are shown throughout the world and are named in Gary Burman’s book on the top twenty television shows.  He also wrote the last two series & the Christmas Special of Robin’s Nest occasionally appearing as the amoral Vernon Potter.

On television he starred in and wrote the popular Doctor in the House and the ensuing series in which he created the role of Dr Paul Collier.  He was Bombardier Solomons in It Ain’t Half Hot, Mum and Des the car mechanic in Minder. He was one of the three presenters in the first series of the BBC consumer programme That’s Life.

His best selling book The Fib And Other Stories (Macmillan) is on the National Curriculum and in 2015 celebrated 40 years in print. His second book The Swap And Other Stories was published to critical acclaim as was his third collection, The Trick And Other Stories. His books have been published in several countries including France, Italy, Scandinavia and the United States.  He has recently completed a screenplay for a film based on The Swap.  He also contributed to Michael Morpurgo’s anthology War – Stories of Conflict

Films include Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush, Mosquito Squadron, Stand Up Virgin Soldiers, Don’t Go Breaking My Heart.

George’s voice will be familiar to many children from the numerous animated cartoon series he has narrated for television (Pigeon Street, Joshua Jones, Dig & Dug, Josie Smith) and many audio books (Peter Pan, Just So Stories, Wind In The Willows) together with numerous voice-overs for television commercials ranging from seductive exhortations to buy a Renault, reassuring advice on the benefits of Ribena to that cult hero of the Tetley Teafolk Sydney.

Television roles have been the hapless Alan Brookes in the BBC comedy/drama ‘Sunburn’, Dr Maurice Jacobson in Metropolis for ITV and M. de Breteuil in E=mc2 for Channel 4.

On radio he starred as Barry in the Radio 4 comedy series Do Nothing ‘Till You Hear From Me and was in the dramatization of Jack Rosenthal’s autobiography on Radio 4 directed by Maureen Lipman.  He was heard in Agatha Raisin with Penelope Keith and is a frequent guest on Radio 4’s Quote, Unquote.

He starred as Morry in the acclaimed production of The Bespoke Overcoat at the New End Theatre, London and Mr Spoon in the highly acclaimed West Yorkshire Playhouse production of Simon Armitage’s Jerusalem directed by John Tiffany. He has guest-starred in Heartbeat, Holby City, Doctors and The Bill and was featured in two editions of Comedy Connections on BBC1, first as an actor in It Aint Half Hot, Mum and later in the series as the creator and writer of Don’t Wait Up.  He was also a guest star in two editions of ITV’s Comedy Classics featuring classic episodes of On The Buses and Doctor In The House.

George is frequently in demand as an after-dinner speaker and host for corporate functions and conferences.

Physical Details & Skills

Location: London
Height: 5’6″ (167cm)
Weight: 9st. 7lb (61 kg)
Playing Age: 50 – 70 years
Appearance: White
Other: Equity
Eye Colour: Hazel
Hair Colour: Grey
Voice Character: Enthusiastic
Voice Quality: Warm
Accents & Dialects:
(* = native)
American-New York, American-Standard, Birmingham, Cockney, Devon, Lincoln, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Northern, West Country, Yorkshire*
Languages:
(* = Native/Fluent)
English*, German*
Music & Dance:
(* = highly skilled)
Tenor*
Performance: After Dinner Speaker, Radio Presenting, TV Presenting, Voice Over
Sports:
(* = highly skilled)
Horse-riding*, Skiing*, Tennis*
Vehicle Licences: Car Driving Licence

Credits

2015, Television, Rod Buckwell, DOCTORS, BBC Television, Bob Tomson
2015, Television, Clive Jones, CASUALTY, BBC Television, Claire Winyard
2015, Television, Andrew, VICIOUS (SERIES 2), ITV, Ed Bye
2014, Television, Dennis, BOOMERS, Hat Trick for BBC1, Adam Miller
2012, Television, Norman (Regular), EASTENDERS, BBC Television, Various Directors
2012, Television, George Simpson, DOCTORS, BBC Television, Dominic Keavey
2010, Television, Featured, COMEDY CLASSICS – DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE, ITV
2010, Television, Featured, COMEDY CONNECTIONS – DON’T WAIT UP, BBC Television
2010, Television, Featured, THE UNFORGETTABLE…BOB MONKHOUSE, ITV
2010, Television, Featured, THE UNFORGETTABLE…JEREMY BEADLE, ITV
2009, Television, Featured, COMEDY CONNECTIONS – DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE, BBC Television
2009, Television, Featured, COMEDY CONNECTIONS – IT AIN’T HALF HOT MUM, BBC Television
2009, Television, Ashish Mountjoy, DOCTORS, BBC Television, Dominic Keavey
2007, Television, Dr Michael Sanderson, THE BILL, TalkbackThames, Diana Patrick
2006, Television, Graham, HEARTBEAT, ITV Productions, Andrew Morgan
2005, Television, E=MC2, Channel 4
2004, Television, HOLBY CITY, BBC Television, David Jackson
2000, Television, Alan Brookes, SUNBURN, BBC Television
1999, Television, Dr Jacobs, METROPOLIS, Granada Television
1999, Television, Alan Brookes, SUNBURN, BBC Television
Television, Dr Paul Collier, DOCTOR AT THE TOP, BBC Television, Susan Belbin
Television, Dr Paul Collier, DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE, BBC Television, also part of writing team
Television, Bombardier Solomons (2 series), IT AIN’T HALF HOT MUM, BBC Television, David Croft
Television, Cpl. May, LAY DOWN YOUR ARMS
Television, Des the Mechanic, MINDER, Euston Films, Various Directors
Television, Vernon Potter, ROBIN’S NEST, Thames Television, Peter Fraser-Jones
Television, Presenter, THAT’S LIFE, BBC Television
Television, Mario, THE LIKELY LADS, BBC Television
Television, Pte. Root, THE OTHER MAN
Film, Doctor, CARRY ON BEHIND, Gerald Thomas
Film, CONFESSIONS OF A DRIVING INSTRUCTOR
Film, Max, DON’T GO BREAKING MY HEART, Willie Patterson
Film, Gordon, HERE WE GO ROUND THE MULBERRY BUSH, Clive Donner
Film, Private ‘Jakey’ Jacobs, STAND UP VIRGIN SOLDIERS, Norman Cohen
2012, Stage, Billy Dunne, HEARTBREAK HOUSE, Chichester Festival Theatre, Richard Clifford
2011, Stage, Reading (as author), THE FIB, Cadogan Hall ‘Magic of Christmas 2011’, accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with music especially written by Debbie Wiseman
2011, Stage, Morry, THE BESPOKE OVERCOAT, Ashcroft Theatre, Croydon, Ninon Jerome, Revival
2010, Stage, Morry, THE BESPOKE OVERCOAT, New End Theatre, Ninon Jerome
2010, Stage, Narrator, WILDE & WONDERFUL, Mansion House London, Conductors Debbie Wiseman/Andrew Morley, with the Junior Trinity Symphony Orchestra
2009, Stage, Narrator, WILDE & WONDERFUL, Cadogan Hall, Conductor Debbie Wiseman, with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
2005, Stage, JERUSALEM, West Yorkshire Playhouse
2004, Stage, BEDROOM FARCE, Bill Kenwright
2002, Stage, Jerzy, MORE LIES ABOUT JERZY, Hampstead New End Theatre
2001, Stage, Bert Challenor, COMEDIANS, Oxford Stage Company
2000, Stage, Amos Hart, CHICAGO, Adelphi Theatre, Walter Bobbie
1998, Stage, Geoffrey Fisher, BILLY LIAR, Kings Head Theatre
1998, Stage, Aaron Greenwald, OF BLESSED MEMORY, Kings Head Theatre
1995, Stage, Fagin, OLIVER!, Cameron Mackintosh Ltd, London Palladium
1981, Stage, Leo Schneider, CHAPTER TWO, Hammersmith Lyric Theatre, Peter James
Stage, Baldasare Pantaleone, A TOUCH OF SPRING, National Tour, Cameron Mackintosh
Stage, CHIPS WITH EVERYTHING, Plymouth Theatre, Booth Theatre (New York)
Stage, Kenneth Snell, DONKEY’S YEARS, National Tour, James Roose Evans
Stage, Trevor Tinsley, FUNNY PECULIAR, Theatre Royal (Sydney), Comedy Theatre (Melbourne)
Stage, J. Pierpoint Finch, HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING, Bromley New Theatre, Ian Watts
Stage, Felix Unger, THE ODD COUPLE, Windsor Theatre Royal, Hugh Goldie
2013, Stage, Narrator, THE CHRISTMAS PARTY, Cadogan Hall

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