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|Born||21 December 1970 (age 42)
Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, England
|Notable work(s)||The Catherine Tate Show (BBC, 2004–07)
Benidorm (ITV, 2007-present)
The Spa (Sky Living, 2013-present)
Derren Litten (born 21 December 1970) is an English comedy writer and actor. He is best known as the co-writer of the award-winning The Catherine Tate Show, for which he wrote and appeared as several different characters in the first two series and the 2005 Christmas Special. He has also acted in many comedy and drama series including Perfect World, French and Saunders, Spaced, EastEnders, Green Wing and Pie in The Sky with Richard Griffiths. His first sitcom Benidorm was made for ITV1 in 2007 and has been re-commissioned for a sixth series. He did write for an episode of Not Going Out, and is also the credited writer of an episode of the Only Fools and Horses spin-off Green Green Grass.
On 24 February 2011, it was announced that a fifth series of Benidorm will be broadcast. Although this may be the last series but it has been announced that a special will be following later this year.
In 2013 A one-off sketch was produced for Sport Relief featuring the Benidorm cast. The sketch involved several of the characters singing on Britain's Got Talent. A sixth series has been commissioned to be filmed and broadcast in 2013. 
Derren studied acting at The Central School of Speech and Drama where he met Catherine Tate. He left Central in 1993 and worked as a jobbing actor for 10 years appearing in shows such as Green Wing, Pie In The Sky, Spaced, French & Saunders, Doc Martin, Eastenders, Casualty and Perfect World but it was not until 2003 when Catherine asked Derren to write sketches for her TV show. Litten agreed despite having no experience in script writing, or indeed any formal qualifications at all having left Hessle High School (East Yorkshire) without a single O level or GCSE. In 2004 Derren was nominated for a BAFTA Craft award in the category of Best New Writer.
After two series and a Christmas Special (2005) writing for and appearing in The Catherine Tate Show, Derren met writer John Sullivan who asked if he would be interested in contributing to his Only Fools & Horses spin off 'The Green Green Grass'. Derren wrote one episode and co-wrote another with John.
In 2006 Derren penned his own comedy for ITV based in a Spanish all inclusive holiday resort. Although it started quietly (in February 2007), Benidorm turned out to be a ratings hit for ITV and was also nominated for a BAFTA in the category of Situation Comedy. From series 3 onwards the half-hour sitcom was turned into an hour long show. in October 2011 Constable & Robinson published Derren's book to accompany the series, The Benidorm Guide to A Happy Holiday. Benidorm has won numerous awards including two National Television Awards. Series 5 began transmission in February 2012, series 6 is currently being written by Litten and is slated to be transmitted in Autumn 2013. Derren did not take a regular acting part in Benidorm but instead appears briefly throughout the series in a number of small cameo roles. In January 2013 SKY LIVING announced its new sitcom The Spa, written and created by Derren Litten and starring Rebecca Front, would air from 7 February 2013. In this series Litten also plays a regular character, Marcus, a wheelchair bound, overweight fitness instructor.
Derren is openly gay and lives in North London. He is Godfather to Catherine Tate's daughter Erin and actress Ella Kenion's son, William.
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