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Kerry Shale

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Kerry Shale
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Kerry Shale


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Kerry Shale was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. After training at Studio 58 Theatre School in Vancouver he moved to London where he has been living and working since 1978.

His theatre credits include six solo shows (five of which he wrote) which he has performed in Edinburgh, London, Berlin, Sydney, Cape Town and Off Broadway. Other stage work includes His Girl Friday at the National Theatre, Aunt Dan and Lemon at the Almeida, Lion In The Streets at Hampstead Theatre, True West for Shared Experience, Henry V at the Bristol Old Vic, The Normal Heart at the Royal Court, The Exonerated at the Riverside Studios and Frost/Nixon at the Donmar Warehouse and in the West End.

On television he has appeared in "The Trip" (2010), "10 Days To War" (2008), "Holby" and "Not Going Out" (2007), the Stephen Poliakoff film Gideon's Daughter (2006) and Love Soup by David Renwick (2005), as well as episodes of Cracker, Joking Apart, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Sharpe's Rifles and The Tomorrow People (1994). He played "Mr Beaver" in the BBC TV series The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (1988). He also appeared in "The Comic Strip Presents.... Five Go Mad On Mescalin" (1983) as "Willy", opposite French and Saunders.

Shale has provided voices for many UK cartoon series such as Dennis the Menace, Budgie the Little Helicopter, Timbuctoo, Captain Star and Dr. Zitbag's Transylvania Pet Shop as well as the animated film The King's Beard. Shale has voiced the US versions of many popular UK series, including Tinga Tinga Tales and Roary the Racing Car. His latest original animation series is The Amazing World of Gumball.

Shale's many film appearances include Michael Winterbottom's Genova, the Emmy-winning RKO 281, 102 Dalmatians, Code 46, Max, Welcome To Sarajevo, Jude, Fierce Creatures, a short film based on Ethan Coen's story A Fever in the Blood, Little Shop of Horrors and Yentl. In 2009, he filmed a leading role in Universal Soldier: Regeneration and a supporting role in the HBO/BBC film The Special Relationship. He is currently voicing the title role in the 3-D animated feature film Tad Jones (release date: 2012).

He has acted in over 200 BBC radio plays, read Bill Bryson's travel books on the radio and as audio books, has won a Sony Award as Best UK Radio Actor and a Writers' Guild Award for his radio dramatization of Dr Strangelove in which he also played half a dozen roles. Shale's most recent radio script was an adaptation of Budd Schulberg's boxing novel The Harder They Fall. In November 2010, Shale read the Book of the Week, The Autobiography of Mark Twain, on BBC Radio 4.