Kerry Shale: The Trip

Date - 2 August, 2013, All News Comedy Television
Kerry Shale | Sainou Talent Agency London (c) Alan Howard

Kerry Shale plays the role of Mat, Steve Coogan’s agent, in a repeat episode of The Trip tonight on BBC Two at 10pm.

In an effort to impress his gourmand American girlfriend, Mischa, Steve Coogan has accepted a commission from The Observer newspaper to go on a restaurant tour of the north of England. However, when Mischa (who was meant to accompany him on the trip) insists that they take a break from their relationship and returns to America, Steve is forced to invite colleague and friend-of-sorts Rob Brydon.

Throughout the series the two constantly bicker and attempt to undermine and outdo each other, especially in the presence of any attractive women they encounter. Steve has a number of one-night stands but is increasingly revealed to be in a rut both professionally and personally: at one point – as Steve gets stuck attempting to cross a river using a series of stepping stones – Rob shouts out to him, “You’re stuck in a metaphor!”
The competitive atmosphere between the two is occasionally broken by passages of amicable and spontaneous comic improvisation, with each riffing off the other’s ideas.


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.


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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