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Norman Pace (born 17 February 1953 in Dudley, Worcestershire) is an English actor and comedian, best known as one half of the comedy duo Hale and Pace with his friend and comic partner Gareth Hale. Both former teachers, they fronted several television programmes jointly, most notably Hale and Pace, Pushing Up Daisies, h&p@bbc and Jobs for the Boys.

Norman Pace
Born (1953-02-17) 17 February 1953 (age 66)
Dudley, Worcestershire, England


Early lifeEdit

He grew up in Newark-on-Trent in Nottinghamshire. He attended the Magnus Grammar School. He then went to Avery Hill College, now the Avery Hill Campus[1] of the University of Greenwich, in Eltham where he gained a BEd in 1975.

Work with Gareth HaleEdit

As straight actors they also fronted the original TV dramatisation of Dalziel and Pascoe, and in 1989 they guest-starred together in the Doctor Who serial Survival. Also in 1989, Hale and Pace won the Golden Rose of Montreux. In 2007 they appeared in the Christmas special of Extras, called The Extra Special Series Finale, playing themselves. In 2018 he was acting in the comedy TV series Benidorm with Gareth Hale

Later workEdit

Norman Pace later took a direction towards theatre and starred in Chicago (Adelphi), Breakfast with Jonny Wilkinson and Our Man in Havana at the Nottingham Playhouse. In summer 2010 he appeared as the detective in a touring production of Peter Gordon comedy Murdered to Death. In autumn 2013 he appeared as "The Showman" in Michael Eaton's Charlie Peace: His Amazing Life & Astounding Legend at the Nottingham Playhouse. In 2014 Pace was touring in a production of One Man, Two Guvnors.[2] He was also a regular presenter for The Open on the Sky Poker channel.

In 2016 he toured with the Rocky Horror Show[3] and in 2017 the new production of Hairspray, playing the role of Wilbur Turnblad.[4]


  1. ^ "About the Avery Hill Campus". University of Greenwich. Archived from the original on 26 February 2010.
  2. ^ "About The Show". One Man, Two Guvnors. Archived from the original on 29 December 2014.
  3. ^ Pamela Tulloch (28 March 2016). "Five-minute interview: Norman Pace on the Two Rons and Rocky Horror Show". STV News.
  4. ^ "Hairspray the Musical Star Cast Announcement". Winter Gardens Blackpool. 5 June 2017. Archived from the original on 9 August 2017.

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