It's always fairly dry reeling off the chronological events to date... but here goes...

I was born in Leeds (so I could play cricket for Yorkshire... can't bear cricket.) but grew up in Liverpool. After spending eighteen years without any real idea of what I wanted to do I started bunking off art college to do local youth theatre shows and decided to try for drama school. This decision led to me being expelled from Art College. I've always been curiously proud of that. (They actually let me back in but that doesn't sound as rock and roll...) 

As a professional actor, I starred in.. OK... appeared in ‘Godspell’, ‘Lark Rise to Candleford’ (Nottingham Playhouse) ‘The Meg and Mog Show’ (Unicorn Theatre and National Tour), and in the West End’s ‘Blood Brothers’ (playing Sammy opposite Kiki Dee and Stephanie Lawrence).  TV included ‘Inspector Morse’, ‘Flying Lady’ and I was also a presenter on the BBC’s ‘Playdays’.  (The 80's version of 'Playschool')

Whilst at ‘Playdays’ I trained to direct, and directed more than 100 episodes before directing the location based Art  Show ‘Bitsa’ after which I moved into a two year stint directing ‘Coronation Street’  and ‘Emmerdale' Thats when i really understood that it doesn't matter what age group our audience is, what is important is always story, character and relevance. We don't change much as we grow up....

 

Since then I have co-created, written, produced and directed some of today’s best known programmes for children, including ‘The Tweenies’, ‘Jim Jam and Sunny’, ‘Boo!’ , 'Fun Song Factory',  'BB3B' , 'Wibbly Pig', 'Mighty Mites', and 'Florries Dragons'. I have also (modest nod of the head) received many awards, including a BAFTA, a ROYAL TELEVISION SOCIETY AWARD, as well as six BAFTA nominations and another 14 awards and nominations.

Not content with mere TV I have also written, co-written and directed over 30 live shows, from all the traditional pantomimes to huge arena shows, including seven 'CBEEBIES LIVE' tours, seven 'TWEENIES LIVE'  as well as  ‘Dr Who! The Monsters are Coming!’ arena tour, starring Matt Smith (via video) and Nigel Planer, which opened at Wembley. 

The breadth of work continues, currently show-running 'Team Jay' for Juventus football club, adapting a very exciting top secret TV brand into a high tech live show that will blend special effects and apps - as well as looking forward to returning to TV directing later this year on Emmerdale followed by Eastenders.

I continue to create new television shows, the latest being 'Jack Mach' (watch the trailer here). I  have also released my first children's book 'Elephant White' buy it here...

 

 

 

© 2013 Will Brenton. No animals were harmed in the making of this site.

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