Michael Angelis (born 18 January 1952) is an English actor. He is best known for Boys from the Black Stuff, G.B.H and the former UK narrator of the British children's television series Thomas and Friends from 1991 to 2012, as well as several other products and media related to the franchise.

Michael Angelis
Born (1952-01-18) 18 January 1952 (age 68)
Liverpool, England
Years active1972–present
Known forBoys from the Black Stuff G.B.H Thomas & Friends (UK)
Helen Worth
(m. 1991; div. 2001)
Jennifer Khalastchi (m. 2001)
RelativesPaul Angelis (brother)


Michael trained at the College of Dramatic Art, Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Glasgow, where, inter alia, he played roles in Brendan Behan's The Hostage and The Zykovs by Maxim Gorky. He was featured in Boys from the Black Stuff (1982) and G.B.H..

Michael appeared in comedies such as The Liver Birds (1975–78) and Luv (1993–94) and films such as A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square (1979) and No Surrender (1985). In 1983, he appeared at the Manchester Royal Exchange in Harold Pinter's 'The Caretaker'. He was a villain in the revived television series Auf Wiedersehen, Pet (2002), alongside former fellow Black Stuff star Alan Igbon. He narrated the British language version of Thomas & Friends from 1991 to 2012.

He narrated John Peel's autobiography, Margrave of the Marshes,[3] which was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2005. In 2006, he starred in Fated, a film set in Liverpool, as well as in episodes of Midsomer Murders and The Bill in 2007. In September 2011, he participated in the BBC Radio 4 programme The Reunion talking with others cast members about his roles in the Boys from the Blackstuff.[4]

Personal lifeEdit

Angelis was married to the Coronation Street actress Helen Worth until the couple divorced in 2001.[1] Angelis married his second wife, Welsh model Jennifer Khalastchi, in 2001.[5]

He is the younger brother of fellow actor Paul Angelis.



Year Title Role Notes
1978 The Black Stuff Chrissie Todd
1979 Me You and Him Lucien
A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square Pealer Bell
1980 George and Mildred Café proprietor
1983 Pride of our Alley Monty Banks
1985 No Surrender Mike
1994 Woodcock Cyril
1996 Giving Tongue Will Shaker
2005 Calling All Engines! UK Narrator
2006 Fated Tatty
2009 Hero of the Rails UK Narrator
2010 Misty Island Rescue
2011 Day of the Diesels
2012 Blue Mountain Mystery
First Time Loser Father Malachie


Year Title Role Notes
1972 The Scobie Man Fire Officer
The Thirty-Minute Theatre Mike
Coronation Street Franny Slater Episode 1226
1972, 1974 Z-Cars Trev/Bobo Episodes: "Week Off", "Bits An Bats"
1974 Village Hall Terry Elliot Season 1 Episode 1
1975–1979, 1996 The Liver Birds Lucien/Lucian Boswell 34 episodes
1976 Rock Follies Stavros
1977 Crown Court Lewis Van Doren Episode: "The Family Business: Part 1"
1977, 1978 Robin's Nest Niarchos/Waiter Season 1 Episode 3, Season 2 Episode 4
1979 Hazell Scouse Benny Episode: "Hazell Gets the Bird"
1980 Minder Nick
1981 The Little World of Don Camillo (TV Series) 1st Salesman
BBC2 Playhouse Frankie Season 7, Episode 15
World's End Danny
1982 Wood and Walters Chuck Sweeney/Visitor Season 1, Episode 5 and 6
The Gaffer 'Bad-Back' Barker Episode: "Unfit as a Fiddle"
Boys from the Blackstuff Christopher "Chrissie" Todd
The Professionals Len Clarke Episode: "Lawson's Last Stand"
1983 Reilly, Ace of Spies Artuzov Episodes: "The Last Journey, "Shutdown"
Bergerac Tony Morel Episode: "Holiday Snaps"
1985 I Woke Up One Morning Max
Summer Season Jack Shaughnessy Episode: "Time Trouble"
1987 The Marksman (TV series) Irwin
1989 Bread Mr Cossack Season 5, Episode 2
The Russ Abbot Show Season 4, Episode 2 and 4
1990 Single Voices Terence Episode: "The Last Supper"
1991 G.B.H. Martin Niarchos
1991–2012 Thomas (the Tank Engine) & Friends Narrator UK version
US version
2 episodes of Season 6, and 4 episodes of Season 7
1992 Wail of the Banshee Merlin
Between the Lines Det Insp Kendrick Season 1, Episode 6
Boon Don Feldman Episode: "Blackballed"
1993 Lovejoy Tommy Norris Episode: "Second Fiddle"
Luv Harold Craven Season 1 Episode 4
1993, 1995, 1998, 2015 Casualty Gordon McCauley/Jez Ingrams/Ollie Yates/Stanley Momford Season 7 Episode 24, Season 10 Episode 14, Season 13 Episode 14, Season 29 Episode 21
1993–95 September Song Arnie
1994 Against All Odds Episode: Snatched
1995 Joseph Rueben
1996 Whatever Happened to The Liver Birds? Lucien Hennessey
1997 Common As Muck Pete Season 2, Episode 4 and 5
A Touch of Frost Reggie Stansfield Episode: "Penny for the Guy"
Melissa D.I Kilshaw
Harry Enfield and Chums Appeared in the episode Harry Enfield and Christmas Chums alongside Thomas & Friends narrator Mark Moraghan
1998 The Jump Donald Lewis
2000 Holby City Eddie Burke Season 2 Episode 10
Heartbeat Frank McCready
Playing the Field Chris/Chris Hurst Season 3 Episode 1–6, Season 4 Episode 4
2002 Auf Wiedersehen, Pet Mickey Startup
Always and Everyone Frankie Hills Episode: "A New Breed"
2003 Sweet Medicine Liam Season 1 Episode 5
2004 Merseybeat Colin Nivern Episode: "Distant Vices"
2006 Jack and the Sodor Construction Company UK Narrator Spinoff series of Thomas & Friends
2007 Midsomer Murders Nicky Harding Episode: "The Axeman Cometh"
The Bill Martin Donnelly Episode: "Good Cop Bad Cop"
2012 Good Cop Robert Rocksavage

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Role
1999 Thomas & Friends: The Great Festival Adventure All characters
2000 Thomas & Friends: Trouble on the Tracks
2002 Thomas & Friends: Building the New Line


  1. ^ a b Crawford, Sue (7 March 2010). "Coronation Street's Gail in Jail: Helen Worth on soap's hottest story". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 16 June 2010.
  2. ^ https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/liverpool-born-actor-michael-angelis-delighted-3338384
  3. ^ Profile, audiogo.com; accessed August 14, 2014.
  4. ^ BBC
  5. ^ "Coronation Street's Helen Worth talks for the first time about her marriage break-up sadness". Daily Mirror. 12 March 2001. Retrieved 9 April 2015.

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