Kerry Shale: Red Dwarf X

Date - 11 October, 2012, All News Comedy Television
Kerry Shale | Sainou Talent Agency London (c) Alan Howard

Kerry Shale plays Medi-Bot (the computerised robot) and Taiwan Tony (the voice of the Chinese vending machine) in tonight’s episode of Red Dwarf X on Dave.

Red Dwarf X, the 10th series of the legendary sci-fi sitcom, reunites the much-loved original cast of Chris Barrie (Rimmer), Craig Charles (Lister), Danny John-Jules (Cat) and Robert Llewellyn (Kryten) with six episodes recorded in front of a live studio audience.

The brand new series, written and directed by Doug Naylor, begins with the Dwarfer’s mining ship still creaking though the wastelands of unchartered deep space, but the posse soon stumble upon the mysteriously abandoned SS Trojan. As they inspect the ship, Rimmer receives an SOS distress call from an old foe and is suddenly faced with the dilemma of his life.


Red Dwarf has been a favourite among fans and critics alike, with one of its highest praises coming in the form of an International Emmy Award for the 1994 episode ‘Gunmen of the Apocalypse’. And the gongs didn’t stop there, with the show being named Best BBC Comedy Series in the same year.

Overview

Kerry has worked at The National Theatre, The Almeida, Hampstead, The Donmar Warehouse, Riverside Studios, The Gate and The Royal Court. In Edinburgh, he wrote and performed six solo shows at The Traverse, The Assembly Rooms and The Pleasance. West End work includes The Normal Heart and Frost/Nixon.

His film credits began with Barbra Streisand’s Yentl. Other early films include Little Shop of Horrors. Kerry has a long association with acclaimed director Michael Winterbottom: Jude, Welcome to Sarajevo, Code 46 and Genova. Recent films include Moonwalkers, Show Dogs.

Early TV credits ranged from Ronnie Corbett’s godson in Sorry! to Mr Beaver in BBC’s The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. Recent work includes Undercover, New Tricks and Mr Selfridge, as well as The Trip, Life’s Too Short, Not Going Out, Dali & Cooper, Dr Who, and Steven Poliakoff’s Gideon’s Daughter.

For BBC Radio, Kerry has acted in hundreds of plays including his own adaptations of Dr Strangelove and A Confederacy of Dunces. He has been the voice of Bill Bryson and Woody Allen, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Mark Twain. Book of the Week readings include Nilsson’s biography and Philip Glass’s memoirs.

His many animation voices include Gnasher in Dennis and Gnasher, Sir Topham Hatt (The Fat Controller) in Thomas and Friends (USA) and Diesel in Thomas and Friends (UK). He plays dozens of characters in the BAFTA and Emmy-winning series The Amazing World of Gumball (Cartoon Network).

He has read many audio books, including all the Jack Reacher thrillers by Lee Child.

AWARDS

London Fringe Awards: Best One Person Show TMA/British Regional Theatre Awards Nomination: Best Actor Perrier Awards: Pick of the Fringe (Edinburgh) Sony Radio Awards: Acting and Writing Writers’ Guild Awards: Best Radio Dramatisation UK and USA Audio Book Awards: Performer of the Year Audible Sounds of Crime Awards: Reader of the Year

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