STOP PRESS: Covid -19 and the need to entertain bored children
Tim’s twin sister Mimsey McWirter has risen to the crisis with an ongoing series of reasonably silly versions of fairytales either into a camera or through the hedge for the neighbouring children. Please subscribe to her Youtube channel here: Mimsey on Youtube where Mimsey will entertain from the privacy of the Kent countryside. She is also Live on Instagram on Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons at 3.15. Here’s the link: Mimsey Instagram
At six foot five, Tim (now reduced to being the third tallest in his family) is a reasonably patrician-looking actor: grey, balding and wrinkled. He publicly welcomes guesses as to his age and latest estimates have ranged from sixty-three to seventy-five. Most people suggest sixty-nine. According to a Viennese studio runner recently, Tim’s wrinkled physiognomy in German would be described as faltig. ‘I’m deceptively old,’ she was informed. ‘It’s just that I’ve not worn well.’
Tim attended ALRA for a very postgraduate year in 1993/4. Since then, he has always played older than himself, but long gone are the days of being obliged to paint own his hair white for appearances on stage and screen. From serious to high camp, his favourite roles have been Osborne in Journey’s End, Captain Hook (twice), generic old bores in Agatha Christie, country solicitors, doctors, an undertaker in Chaos & Cadavers and (of course) mad professors for Sooty and Chucklevision. These days he is a regular Father Christmas in garden centres, cafés, pubs, IKEA and St Mary’s Hospital, in no particular order.
Since first cracking open this site in 2014, there have been two drag queens (thus making his late mother very proud), a sexual deviant, a man who frightens children, a Catholic priest, a camp theatrical agent and a mad professor. Since being represented by Agent Lawrence at Wintersons, he has been the right-hand Twix manager for a Russian commercial, a butler for Richards Russian tea (twice), a moustachioed John Cleese character for Irish Life, a Grandpa for Kinder Eggs and #Posh Santa to Janet McTeer’s Mrs Claus in the spectacular 2016 Marks & Spencer’s Christmas commercial directed by Tim Hooper. For Christmas 2017, Tim played Grandpa in the Asda Imaginarium commercial. During the same week, on the centenary of the Balfour Declaration, the chilling short film 100, Balfour Road was premiered. Tim plays Sir Arthur Balfour, subsequently delivering an improvised apology on behalf of the British Empire to a thousand Palestinians gathered in Milan. Christmas 2018 saw Tim as a grouchy old Scrooge in Currys PC World but last year saw the the star of M&S reduced almost to a black hole with half a second silhouetted on a sofa for a sports promo…
Having performed in so many pantos and Christmas shows, Tim has no fear of teenagers. In the world outside, Tim has taught “Drama” (whatever that is) and coached Grade 8 LAMDA in Acting, Devising and Public Speaking for International students. He also potters about the countryside giving “interesting talks” to Probus, U3A, Women’s Institute and Rotary Club groups.
For further comedy insights into some of the jobs mentioned, have a look at the actorish blogs section.