Michael Whitehall

Michael John Whitehall (born 12 April 1940) is an English television producer, talent agent, television personality and author. He is a former theatrical agent who went on to form two production companies, Havahall Pictures (with Nigel Havers) in 1988, and Whitehall Films in 1998. He has represented Colin Firth and Dame Judi Dench.[1] He is the father of comedian Jack Whitehall.[2]

Michael Whitehall
Born (1940-04-12) 12 April 1940 (age 79)
OccupationProducer, agent, author
Years active1988–present
Net worth£10 million
Jane McIntosh
(m. 1969; div. 1973)

Hilary Amanda Jane
(m. 1986)
Children3, including Jack Whitehall

Early life and educationEdit

Whitehall was educated at Ampleforth College, a Catholic boarding school in Yorkshire, run by Benedictine monks. After his education, Whitehall worked as a film reporter for The Universe, a weekly Catholic newspaper.[3] Both his father and grandfather were commercial travellers. His education was paid for by his grandfather, who had inherited significant wealth from his cousin, a woollen merchant.[4][5]


Whitehall has produced TV programmes such as Bertie and Elizabeth, Noah's Ark, Element of Doubt, The Good Guys and A Perfect Hero. He represented Judi Dench,[6] Colin Firth,[citation needed] Richard E Grant[7], and Leslie Grantham.[8]

He has made guest appearances on various television shows including Countdown, John Bishop's Britain, The Million Pound Drop Live, Alexander Armstrong's Big Ask and Alan Carr: Chatty Man. In 2013, it was announced that he would present a TV chat show for the BBC with his son Jack Whitehall. The first series of Backchat began airing on BBC Three, starting on 20 November 2013 but has since moved to BBC Two.[9] In 2017, he co-presented Jack Whitehall: Travels with My Father, a travel documentary/road trip through Southeast Asia with his son Jack on Netflix.[10] In 2018, Travels had a second season where they visited several countries in Eastern Europe. In 2019, Travels had a third, two-episode season where they visited, California, Arizona, and Nevada in the USA.

Whitehall's first book was Shark Infested Waters: Tales of an Actors' Agent, and his son Jack illustrated it.[11] The Times Literary Supplement (TLS) called the book "a most entertaining memoir" that was "wittily illustrated".[11] In October 2013, he released his second book Him & Me, which was co-written with his son. Written in two distinctive styles, it reflects the different personalities of its authors.[12]

Personal lifeEdit

Whitehall married Jane McIntosh in 1969. After their 1973 divorce, McIntosh married Tim Rice, while Whitehall married Hilary Gish.[13]

As of 2013, Whitehall and Hilary were living in Putney in the London Borough of Wandsworth. They have three children together: Jack Whitehall (born 1988), Molly Louisa (born 1989), Barnaby William (born 1992).[14]

Whitehall is a supporter of the Conservative Party.[15]


  • Shark Infested Waters: Tales of an Actors' Agent (Timewell Press, 2007) ISBN 978-1857252156[16]
  • Him & Me by Michael and Jack Whitehall (Michael Joseph, 2013) ISBN 978-1405910903[17]
  • Backing into the Spotlight: A Memoir (Constable, 2017) ISBN 978-1472127099[18]



Year Title Role Notes
2013–2015 Backchat Presenter
2017–2019 Jack Whitehall: Travels with My Father Presenter Also Executive Producer, 3 series
2019 Jack Whitehall: Christmas with my father Himself


  1. ^ "Michael Whitehall, an actors' agent - memoirs published by Apostrophe Books | Apostrophe Books". Retrieved 2019-03-01.
  2. ^ Cavendish, Dominic (12 October 2013). "Jack and Michael Whitehall interview". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 1 November 2013.
  3. ^ "Michael Whitehall". BBC3.
  4. ^ "Who Do You Think You Are? - Series 16: 3. Jack and Michael Whitehall" – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  5. ^ "Jack and Michael Whitehall - Who Do You Think You Are?". The Genealogist. 31 July 2019. Retrieved 6 August 2019.
  6. ^ Smith, Julia Llewellyn (2013-11-16). "So what was it like bringing up Jack Whitehall?". Daily Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 2019-10-24.
  7. ^ Grant, Richard E., 1957- (1999, ©1998). With nails : the film diaries of Richard E. Grant. Woodstock, N.Y.: Overlook Press. ISBN 0879519355. OCLC 41554963. Check date values in: |date= (help)CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  8. ^ "Grantham memoir to Timewell". Bookseller (5231): 15. 26 May 2006.
  9. ^ "Jack Whitehall bags new BBC3 chat show, with his dad". Daily Mirror. 22 August 2013.
  10. ^ "Jack Whitehall travels with his dad". Chortle. 28 February 2017. Archived from the original on 1 March 2017. Retrieved 2 March 2017.
  11. ^ a b Cecil, Jonathan (9 November 2007). "SHARK-INFESTED WATERS". TLS (5458): 33. Retrieved 25 September 2017.
  12. ^ "About - Jack Whitehall". www.jackwhitehall.com.
  13. ^ Nikkhah, Roya (2011-11-27). "Why Jane Rice wants to save the red squirrel". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2019-11-11.
  14. ^ Hattenstone, Simon (2013-12-14). "Comedians and their parents: Jack Whitehall and father Michael". The Guardian.
  15. ^ Gordon, Bryony (2012-12-19). "Jack Whitehall: The funny thing about being posh".
  16. ^ results, search (14 June 2007). Shark Infested Waters. Timewell Press. ASIN 1857252152.
  17. ^ Whitehall, Jack; results, search (5 June 2014). Him & Me. Penguin. ASIN 1405911379.
  18. ^ Whitehall, Michael (2017-10-26). Backing into the Spotlight: A Memoir (1st ed.). Constable. ISBN 9781472127099. ASIN 1472127099.

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