May. 17th, 1958
Stanleytown, Rhondda, Wales, UK
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Whitehouse was born in Stanleytown in the Rhondda Valley, Glamorgan, Wales. His father worked for the National Coal Board and his mother was a singer with the Welsh National Opera.The family moved to Enfield when he was four years old, which led to him discovering his talent for mimicry
"At school I didn’t say a word for the first four weeks - I called it my Silent Month. I think it was because everyone was speaking so differently from how it had been in Wales. Then, after four weeks, I came home one day and said, ‘Muumm, I wanna go to Sarfend!’ For her that was the end because I had lost my lovely Welsh lilt.
Whitehouse attended the University of East Anglia in Norwich from Autumn 1977, where he made friends with Charlie Higson.The pair spent little of their first year studying,instead playing guitar and performing with their punk rock combo,the Right Hand Lovers, along with other university friends Kevin Buckland and Dave Cummings.
Whitehouse dropped out and lived with other drop-outs in a council flat in Hackney, east London and occasionally worked as a plasterer.After Higson graduated in 1980,he moved in with Whitehouse,working by day as a decorator and performing at night and the weekends with his new punk-funk group The Higsons.
The pair began working as tradesmen on a house shared by comedians Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry,which inspired them to start writing comedy. They moved to an estate where in a pub they met Harry Enfield, a neighbour with a stage act,and after he gained a place on Channel 4's Saturday Live,the pair were invited to write for him.Whitehouse created Enfield's character Stavros a London-based Greek kebab shop owner, and then Loadsamoney an archetypal Essex boy made good in Margaret Thatcher's 1980s
The Fast Show
While watching a preview tape of highlights from Enfield's show, Whitehouse and Higson were inspired to create a rapid-fire delivery comedy show, The Fast Show. Whitehouse's characters included:
Rowley Birkin QC
The 13th Duke of Wymbourne
Archie ("hardest game in the world")
Ken, one of the "Suit You" tailors
Lindsey, one of the Offroaders
Poutremos Poutra-Poutremos, anchor of the foreign TV station Chanel 9 sketch
Due to his array of comedy characters, Johnny Depp has said Whitehouse is one of the best actors he has seen. Depp is a fan of the The Fast Show and made a guest appearance on the programme.
In 2001 and 2002 Whitehouse wrote and performed in two series of the BBC comedy drama Happiness, in which he played a voice-over actor with a mid-life crisis.
Whitehouse wrote, produced and appeared with Chris Langham in the 2005 comedy drama Help,also for the BBC.In this show he took 25 roles, all patients of Langham's psychotherapist (except one, who is Langham's psychotherapist's psychotherapist).The pair's collaboration resulted in Whitehouse taking the witness stand on 24 July 2007 in the trial of Langham
Harry and Paul
Whitehouse is appearing in the BBC sketch show Harry & Paul (formerly Ruddy Hell! It's Harry and Paul)
Whitehouse stars alongside Charlie Higson in a new BBC2 comedy series called Bellamy's People, the first episode was broadcast on 21 January 2010.
Whitehouse, who lives in Islington and drives an Audi R8,is a supporter of English Premiership football team Tottenham Hotspur and has appeared on fellow comedian Phil Cornwell's Spurs Show podcast.Whitehouse also claimed to have a soft spot for Everton when asked on the Danny Baker radio show broadcast on Saturday 13 February 2010 to describe his childhood bedroom Whitehouse responded by saying "There's an Everton and Tottenham poster on the wall.I'm a Tottenham fan but I quite like Everton 'cause they were the champions when I was a kid.If I wasn't from Tottenham I think I'd have been an Everton fan as they're my second team if you like."
Whitehouse's main early influences were the sketches of Peter Cook and Dudley Moore, and the Monty Python crew. Tommy Cooper made him laugh, as did Morecambe and Wise and the television show "Dad's Army".He cites his modern influences as Harry Enfield (who he says without meeting he would not have been doing what he does now),and the approach of Reeves and Mortimer who he thinks are "far and away the best comedians that we have had in this country for a long while."
- Supports English football team Tottenham Hotspur.
- Johnny Depp was such a fan of his work that he appeared in the very last episode of The Fast Show.
- In the 1980s he worked as a plasterer with Charlie Higson. They were inspired to have a go at comedy when they were doing some work in the house were Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie were living.
- Appeared in two Johnny Depp films Finding Neverland + Corpse Bride
- Used to write an article for British newspaper The Times in character as Ron Manager from _"The Fast Show" (1994)_ (qv).
- Has three daughters - Molly, Sophie and Lauren. Molly and Sophie had non-speaking roles in "Finding Neverland"
- Worked with Simon Day and Mark Williams when doing his comedy sketch, The fast show (in U.S. "Brilliant")
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