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Michael Fenton Stevens (born Michael Stevens on 12 February 1958; London, United Kingdom)[1] is a British actor and comedian known for being a founder member of The Hee Bee Gee Bees and the voice behind the Spitting Image 1986 number 1 hit "The Chicken Song".[2] He also starred in KYTV, its Radio 4 predecessor, Radio Active and Benidorm as Sir Henry since Series 4 which was first broadcast in 2011.

Michael Fenton Stevens
Born
Michael Stevens

(1958-02-12) 12 February 1958 (age 61)
London, England
NationalityBritish

CareerEdit

Fenton Stevens featured in regular roles as Hank in the 1996 series The Legacy of Reginald Perrin, and as Ralph in Andy Hamilton's 2003 television sitcom Trevor's World of Sport, as well as in the Radio 4 version of the latter which was broadcast in 2004. Stevens had previously appeared in a guest role in Drop the Dead Donkey, another television comedy series written by Hamilton, and appears regularly in various roles in Hamilton's Radio 4 sitcom Old Harry's Game. He has also featured in Ian Hislop's sitcom My Dad's the Prime Minister as the Home Secretary. He played a guest role in Coronation Street in November 2004. He plays the eponymous Inspector Steine in Lynne Truss' long-running Radio 4 comedy series. From 2004 until 2005 he appeared in two series of Julia Davis's dark comedy series Nighty Night as the Reverend Gordon Fox. He also appeared in various roles in the Tertiary, Quandary and Quintessential Phases of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy radio series. In 2006, he guest-starred in the Doctor Who audio adventure The Kingmaker. In 2007, he played Michael Wenton Weeks in Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency. He is a very successful Pantomime Dame, having written and appeared in a number of pantos over the years. From December 2006 until January 2007, he starred in and wrote the Cambridge Arts Theatre pantomime version of Aladdin in the role of Widow Twankey. More recently, he has provided the voice of Mr Beakman, a toucan, in the CBeebies show 3rd & Bird. He has a recurring role in the sitcom My Family as Mr Griffith, the boss of the dental corporation "Cavitex". He also played Mr. Bean's neighbour in "Mr. Bean in Room 426". In 1995, he was reunited with his former Hee Bee Gee Bees bandmate and Radio Active and KYTV co-star Angus Deayton when he appeared in an episode of One Foot in the Grave, playing the brother-in-law of Deayton's regular character. He also appeared in Series 3 Episode 3 of Outnumbered, as a substitute player called 'Lance' in a tennis match, and in the "Music 2000" episode of Look Around You as the chairman of the Royal Pop and Rock Association. In 2015, Stevens appeared as Dr. John Radcliffe in the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of Helen Edmundson's Queen Anne.[3] He has played Sir Henry in Benidorm since Series 4 which was first broadcast in 2011. In 2014, his mother, Olive Stevens, was accidentally killed by her own car when another motorist attempted to help her turn her vehicle around after fly-tipped rubbish blocked her path. She fell and hit her head which caused a bleed on the brain causing her death in hospital.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Stevens, M F (2011) "random pictures - bloody internet", Mike's Yes Prime Minister Tour 2011, accessed 5 September 2014
  2. ^ "Hee Bee Gee Bees page on Fenton's website". Archived from the original on 27 September 2011. Retrieved 1 November 2011.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-12-02. Retrieved 2015-11-30.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ Winchester, Levi (2014-11-10). "Elderly mother of Michael Fenton Stevens killed by her own car in bizarre accident". Express.co.uk. Retrieved 2019-01-31.

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