Simon Greenall

Simon James Greenall[1] (born 3 January 1958) is an English actor, writer, producer and voice artist. He has played Michael in the BBC TV series I'm Alan Partridge, as well as in Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa, the Caretaker in the CBBC game show Trapped!, Richard in Lucy Sullivan Is Getting Married and various roles in TV comedies such as Harry Enfield's Television Programme, The Armstrong and Miller Show, Alas Smith and Jones, The Impressions Show with Culshaw and Stephenson and Benidorm.

Simon Greenhall
Simon James Greenhall

(1958-01-03) 3 January 1958 (age 62)
OccupationActor, voice artist, screenwriter, producer
Years active1987–present

As a voice artist, Greenall voiced Iqbal and Martin in Bromwell High, the Twins in the Shaun the Sheep Movie, Captain Barnacles in The Octonauts, and Aleksandr Orlov in the Compare the Meerkat advertising campaign for[2]


Greenall has appeared in the TV series such as Armstrong and Miller, Soldier Soldier, Fortysomething, Between the Lines, The Bill, Holby City, Kiss Me Kate, Harry Enfield and Chums, Monkey Dust, People Like Us, Doc Martin, W1A, Time Gentlemen Please, One Foot in the Grave, Inspector George Gently, Alas Smith and Jones, as Mr Skinner in the 2006 Doctor Who episode "Love & Monsters", and as the voice of Mervin in the MTV puppet show Fur TV. His film credits include Wimbledon. He wrote for and appeared in Harry Enfield's Brand Spanking New Show. He also contributed his voice to the video games Dragon Quest VIII and Tomb Raider II, among several others. He plays several characters in the British version of The Mr. Men Show, provides the speaking voice of Captain Barnacles in CBeebies' The Octonauts, and played the Caretaker in the CBBC game shows Trapped! and Trapped! Ever After. He also appeared as the voice of Zom Zom the far out in Sumo Digital's game LittleBigPlanet 3.

In the second series of Saxondale that started to air on BBC Two and BBC HD on 23 August 2007, Greenall was reunited with I'm Alan Partridge star Steve Coogan. He played an ex-roadie friend of Tommy (Coogan) who has since become the managing director of a sleek technology company. He plays a variety of different roles in popular BBC Radio 2 sitcom On the Blog. He was one of Grant Bovey's sparring partners when he was training for the BBC charity boxing match against comedian Ricky Gervais.

In 1998, Greenall voiced a number of characters in the Canadian-British animated series Bob and Margaret. In the early 2000s, he provided the voice of the narrator in the short-lived UK dub of the American animated television series The Powerpuff Girls, which aired on Channel 5.

In 2002, he appeared in the Chris Morris production "My Wrongs 8245-8249 and 117" with a brief role as the father of a child being baptised. In 2006, he provided the voice of the main character Robin Hood in the animated film made for the BKN Classic Series trilogy Robin Hood: Quest for the King. In 2007, he provided the voice of Prince Charming in the English-French-Belgian-Japanese adult-animated Snow White: The Sequel, which is based on TV Funhouse alongside the voices of Stephen Fry as the narrator and Rik Mayall as the Seven Dwarves. He currently provides the voice in the Weetabix adverts and is also the voice of Aleksandr Orlov the meerkat in the adverts.[3]

He appears in the Channel 4 sitcom Pete versus Life as one of the two commentators remarking on the title character's life. He also voices the character of Murgo in the Fable videogame franchise. Since October 2010, he has been responsible for voicing the character of Captain Barnacles Bear in The Octonauts. In 2011, he appeared in the BBC drama Holy Flying Circus. He was credited as co-executive producer of the 2011 film adaptation of We Need to Talk About Kevin.[4]

In December 2011, Greenall voiced three VIZ Comedy Blaps for Channel 4.[5] In 2013, he returned to his role of Michael in the feature film Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa. In 2014, he starred as a Cornish person and Mebyon Kernow member in the BBC series W1A. Actual Mebyon Kernow leader Dick Cole suggested Simon "wasn't nearly as handsome as any of the Mebyon Kernow front bench."[6] He currently plays the Sid James character part in BBC Radio's Missing Hancocks series, in which the cast recreate the original Hancock roles in re-recordings of original scripts where the original recordings of the episodes have been wiped.

He plays the role of "Ron Bone" - manager of The Mallard Theatre - in BBC Radio 4's sit-com The Simon Day Show, from 2012 (6 half-hour-long episodes) - also repeated several times through the years on BBC Radio 4 Extra. He was also winner of Celebrity Mastermind in 2015 and voiced the character of Dave Thompson in Peter Kay's Car Share. In 2015, Greenall provided the voice of Terry in an episode of Thunderbirds Are Go, a remake of the 1960s series. In 2017, he had a five episode guest stint in ITV's Benidorm. In 2018 he provided the voice-overs on the Channel 4 series Rob Beckett's Playing for Time.

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Title Result Ref
1995 Writers' Guild of Great Britain Awards TV - Light Entertainment
Shared with Harry Enfield, Geoffrey Perkins, Harry Thompson, Paul Whitehouse, Ian Hislop, Nick Newman and Kay Stonham
Harry Enfield's Television Programme Won [7]


  1. ^ "SIMON JAMES GREENALL - LONDON - ACTOR - Checkcompany". Retrieved 20 November 2017.
  2. ^ "The voice behind Aleksander the Meerkat revealed - Telegraph". Retrieved 20 November 2017.
  3. ^ Digital Arts staff. "How Passion created Aleks the billionaire meerkat". Digital Arts. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  4. ^ "Simon Greenall". IMDb. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  5. ^ "Viz Animation – "Blap" to basics". Skwigly. 12 December 2011. Retrieved 6 January 2012.
  6. ^ "Cllr Dick Cole". Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  7. ^ "Writers' Guild Awards 1994 - Writers' Guild of Great Britain". Retrieved 20 November 2017.

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