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Stephen Tompkinson is an English actor, best known for his work in television drama and comedy productions.

Tompkinson has played Alan Banks in the ITV crime drama DCI Banks since 2010. He is also known for his role as Danny Trevanion in Wild at Heart, which ran on ITV between 2006 and 2012.

Before these roles, Stephen made appearances in Ballykissangel as Father Peter Clifford; in Grafters, playing Trevor Purvis; and in Drop the Dead Donkey as Damien Day between 1990 and 1998.

He also appeared in the movie Brassed Off in 1996.

Early life

Tompkinson was born in Stockton-on-Tees on 15 October 1965. When he was about age 4, his family moved to Scarborough, North Yorkshire, and then to Lytham St Annes, Lancashire, where he grew up and attended St Bede's Roman Catholic High School in Lytham and St Mary's Sixth Form in Blackpool.[1][2] Tompkinson's first lead was as a red admiral butterfly in The Plotters of Cabbage Patch Corner.[3]

He went on to train at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London, alongside James Nesbitt and Rufus Sewell, and graduated in 1988.[4] Tompkinson's acting career began straight out of drama school.[5][2] During his last year at the London School of Speech and Drama he won the 1987 Carleton Hobbs Bursary Award[6] and had roles in radio dramas.[7]

Along with Ewan Bailey, he performed a two-part radio drama titled Say What You Want to Hear (Swywth), written by Tim Wright and broadcast in 2010 on BBC Radio 4. His narrated radio documentaries include Brass Britain, which aired in 2008 and was reprised in 2010 on BBC Radio 2.[8]


1980s and 1990s

In 1988, Tompkinson appeared with Ken Goodwin and Freddie Davies in a Channel 4 short titled Treacle. It received a 1988 BAFTA nomination in the category of Best Short Film.[9]

During the next few years he was cast in several single-episode parts on All at No 20, Shelley, After Henry, Casualty, Made in Heaven, and Boon. He also played in three episodes of The Manageress (1989), three episodes of Tales of Sherwood Forest (1989), nine episodes of Chancer (1990), and nine episodes of Minder (1991).[10]

Also in 1989 he appeared in his first full-length made-for-TV movie. Based on a 1977 play by C.P. Taylor, And a Nightingale Sang was a romantic comedy-drama adapted for television by Jack Rosenthal. It received the 1990 Prix Europa Special award for the film in the category "TV Fiction."[11]

Between 1990-1998, Tompkinson starred in 66 episodes, including the pilot, of the satirical comedy Drop The Dead Donkey. He played the ambitious but unethical reporter Damien Day, and won the 1994 British Comedy Awards "Best TV Comedy Actor" award.[12]

In 1994, he was Private Simon 'Spock' Matlock, a history teacher and intellectual in BBC comedy drama All Quiet on the Preston Front, written by Tim Firth and set in Lancashire. Alistair McGowan replaced him after the first series because Tompkinson had other commitments.[13] That same year he was in Downwardly Mobile — a Yorkshire Television sitcom about a group of Yuppies — aired for one season but failed to make an impression and was not recommissioned.[14]

From 1996 to 1998 he portrayed, in the popular Ballykissangel, the struggles of a young English Roman Catholic priest assigned as curate to a church in Ireland's 'back of beyond'. In 1998 he starred as Jim Harper in the three-part ITV psychological thriller Oktober, about a naive English teacher at a posh school in Switzerland. His character becomes a guinea pig in the trials of a new mind-altering drug. Tompkinson performed his own stunts.[15] He says that "I grabbed this project because I'd never been asked to do anything like this before. And the chance to do stunts was one reason it was so appealing."[15]

Also in 1998, and again in 1999, he co-starred with Robson Green in two series of Grafters, about two Geordie laborers who attempt to go into business together renovating an old house owned by a pair of Yuppies in London.[16] Tompkinson's performance was praised by James Rampton of The Independent:

"It is Tompkinson who — despite having the less showy part — really catches the eye. In the shadow of a more successful brother and a domineering wife, he precisely captures an air of despondent, hen-pecked resignation. Like Eeyore, he seems to be pursued by his own personal raincloud. Nobody does defeated better. Tompkinson is an actor who's become a winner by playing the loser....Trevor can be added to the actor's growing gallery of characters whom viewers watch and think, 'I know that bloke.'"[17]

Tompkinson and Dervla Kirwan worked together again in 1999 on the TV version of Tim Firth's The Flint Street Nativity. They also co-starred in the 2001 mini-series Hereafter, which never aired in the UK but was released on DVD under the title Shades in the United States and Canada in 2012.[18]


In 2001, he co-starred with Heartbeat star Nick Berry in the mini-series In Deep, as part of BBC1's Crime Doubles season. The promotional material described his performance as "Tompkinson as you have never seen him before" and a career "gamble". He agreed with that assessment: "In Deep is a very gritty drama and not the kind of thing that I'm normally associated with".[19]

Tompkinson and Claire Skinner appeared as a couple in Series 1 of the comedy Bedtime, which aired August and September 2001.[20][21] In 2002, he appeared as the character 'Ted' with co-star Dawn French in the comedy drama mini-series Ted and Alice.[22] The sitcom Mr. Charity (2001), which aired on BBC2, was panned by the critics, drew poor viewer ratings, and was axed after six episodes.[23]

In 2003, after a long delay, ITV1 aired the mini-series Lucky Jim. Tompkinson had bought the rights to the novel, which had not been adapted for some time, with the intention of playing the central character. Jack Rosenthal did the screenplay. The cast included Keeley Hawes as his co-star and love interest Christine, Robert Hardy, Helen McCrory, Denis Lawson, Hermione Norris and Penelope Wilton.[24] The Guardian praised it as "deftly adapted by Jack Rosenthal ... immaculately done, not least because of Stephen Tompkinson's performance as Jim, with stellar support from [the rest of the cast, especially] Helen McCrory."[25] In December 2004, he appeared as Detective Inspector Slack in a new adaptation of Agatha Christie's The Murder at the Vicarage.[26]

In 2004, Tompkinson played his first fact-based role in BBC1's two-part drama In Denial of Murder, playing the character of the journalist Don Hale.[27] There was controversy surrounding how the case was depicted, and in preparing to portray Don Hale he struggled to make sense of it. When asked his opinion, he explained that although he had done research to prepare for the role, he was merely an actor working from a script in which he had total faith and that he believed to be fair.[28]

In 2005, Marian, Again was a psychological drama about the horrors that could lie within any community and just beyond anyone's front door. Owen Teale co-starred, along with Kelly Harrison in the title role and Samantha Beckinsale.[29]

Of his role in Prime Suspect, Tompkinson says "I had a call from my agent who told me they were to film the last-ever Prime Suspect with Helen Mirren. And I said, 'Yes!' before she could finish. She said, 'There is a part you might be interested in...' and I said, 'I meant Yes, I'll do it, not Yes, please continue! I mean, here is a chance to work with one of the greatest actresses there is. Taking a part in the final Prime Suspect was the quickest decision I've ever made!"[30]

ITV drama series Wild at Heart, created by Ashley Pharoah, began airing in the UK in January 2006 and ran for seven series. Tompkinson played Bristol veterinarian Danny Trevanion, who relocated with his family to South Africa where they attempted to build up a successful wildlife preserve and veterinary surgery. Tompkinson was also co-executive producer for 33 episodes and executive producer for one.[31]

In 2010 he was cast as Inspector Alan Banks in DCI Banks: Aftermath, a two-part television pilot adaptation of one of Peter Robinson's crime novels.[32] DCI Banks: Aftermath drew seven million viewers, beating BBC1's Spooks in the ratings battle for the same timeslot.[33] On 14 June 2013, ITV announced that DCI Banks has been commissioned for a third six-part series.[34]

In 2013, he played a part in the BBC show Truckers which only appeared for 5 X 60 minute episodes. There are no further plans for any more series.


Barely out of drama school, he appeared in 1988 (as Stephen Duffell) with Ken Goodwin and Freddie Davies in Peter Chelsom's 11-minute short film titled Treacle. It was the tale of comedian Alfie Duffell's melodic legacy, set amid the Blackpool variety scene. The work received a 1988 BAFTA nomination in the category of Best Short Film.[35]

In 1996 he starred in a British-made international feature film, Brassed Off, about a brass band in Grimley, a fictional Yorkshire colliery town where the mines are being shut down by the Tory government in the name of progress.[36][37]

In 2000, he played the role of Dezmond Blanche in the bleakly satirical film Hotel Splendide.[38]

In February 2012, he filmed his first lead role in a feature film titled Harrigan, described on its 2013 release in Britain as having "a thin budget and cartoonish script".[39][40][41]


Tompkinson has said repeatedly that he enjoys the challenge of mixing television and film roles with live stage productions He has appeared on stage in London's West End and in theatres across the UK. Of the 1992 production of Michael Wall's Women Laughing at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Alan Hulme of the Manchester Evening News described the cast as "superb....and the acting has the shocking eloquence of picture postcards in acid."[42] And The Independent described The End of the Food Chain (1994) at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough as "excellent" and "vividly acted."[43]

2003 saw him starring as Mortimer Brewster, along with Michael Richards of Seinfeld fame, in Arsenic and Old Lace at The Strand Theatre in London. The part required him to deliver his lines in a New York drawl. One reviewer commented, "The fact that many American audience members...assumed that Stephen was a bone fide American confirms the authenticity of his twang."[44]

In 2007, he toured in Charley's Aunt, playing the role of Donna Lucia D'Alvadorez. In a review in the British Theatre Guide Sheila Connor said:

"This is Stephen Tompkinson as you have never seen him before — hilarious even before he dons the frock. His manner, voice, expression and actions are spot-on....totally uproariously funny....It is at Babb's entrance that the play really takes off, Tompkinson revealing himself to be an inspired comic genius to add to his multitude of diverse credits....A truly entertainingly hilarious performance, and it is to be hoped that Tompkinson will treat us to more of the same."[45]

In 2008, he played the deeply sinister and complex lead character of Vindice in the Jacobean bloodbath The Revenger's Tragedy at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester. He felt sympathy for the character and explained why the play appealed to him:

"He's not a villain, he's an anti-hero, really. You can see he has been wronged. The audience get to be voyeurs and enjoy watching him get his retribution. It's the black-and-white morality of the play, its bloodthirsty nature, that appealed to me. The way that things are dealt with, there was no red tape: it was out with the poison or the sword if you were wronged."[46]

In 2009, he toured in Sign of the Times, playing the character of Frank Tollit, who has spent the past 25 years putting up letters on buildings but dreams of becoming a novelist. His colleague Alan (Tom Shaw), 30 years his junior, wants to be a rock star. Tompkinson said, "The play is a comedy but much more. It is about having dreams and ambition; it's about happiness and failure. Frank's good at his job; he does enjoy it, but he has bigger dreams. I think everyone will be able to relate to it."[47]

When Shaun Prendergast, who is a friend, wrote Faith and Cold Reading he created the part of a villain called Freddie the Suit for Tompkinson. The staging of that play at the Live Theatre in Newcastle in February-March 2011 is his most recent stage run.[5]

Tompkinson made his musical theatre debut in London's West End in the lead role of King Arthur in Monty Python's Spamalot at the Playhouse Theatre 20 November 2012.[48][49]


Tompkinson has hosted or narrated a number of other UK television programs, including a FIFA 100 Years of Football documentary. In 1999, he presented the BBC2 documentary Great Railway Journeys: Singapore to Bangkok, part of Series 4 of the popular Great Railway Journeys travel documentaries that aired over many years in the UK and on PBS in the U.S.[50]

In 2009, he took part in the documentary, Stephen Tompkinson's Great African Balloon Adventure, a three-part series inspired by Jules Verne's first novel Five Weeks in a Balloon]. It followed Tompkinson and his guide, hot air ballooning expert Robin Batchelor, as they travelled 6,108 miles in six weeks from coast to coast, above and on the ground in Tanzania, Rwanda, Zambia, Botswana and Namibia. The series aired on ITV in the UK in June 2009 and was later distributed by American Public Television in the U.S.[51] The African balloon series was well received, and ITV commissioned a three-part follow-up series that aired on ITV1 in 2010, titled Stephen Tompkinson's Australian Balloon Adventure.


He has done a variety of voice-over work, including adverts,[52] audio books, and narration. His many adverts include BT Childline, British Midland, Motorola, Alton Towers, Comet, Eurostar, Laphroaig Whisky, Mercury & Kwiksave, Bulmers Cider, Tetley Tea and the People's Dispensary for Sick Animals.[53][54]

His narrated TV programmes and shows include Little Red Tractor,[2] Trail of Guilt: Harold Shipman: Addicted to Murder (2000), When Snooker Ruled the World (2002), A Band for Britain (2010) and Choccywoccydoodah] (2014).[55] In addition, he has narrated numerous audiobooks.


In 2006, Tompkinson made his directing debut in the Midlands, at the helm of the BBC1 afternoon drama The Lightning Kid. He was shadowed by a film crew making the documentary Director's Debut: Stephen Tompkinson's Story that aired immediately prior to the drama, with the intent of revealing the challenges faced by a new director.[56]


Year Result Award Category For
2013 Won Royal Television Society (RTS) Yorkshire, UK Best Drama[57] DCI Banks]
2012 Nominated The Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards 2012, UK Detective Duo of the Year[58] DCI Banks
2012 Nominated National Television Awards, UK Drama Performance: Male[59] Wild at Heart and DCI Banks
2011 Nominated National Television Awards, UK Best Drama Performance[60] Wild at Heart
2011 Nominated TV Times Awards 2011, UK Favourite Actor[61] Wild at Heart and DCI Banks
2010 Won TV Times Awards 2010, UK Favourite Drama Wild at Heart
2010 Nominated Monte-Carlo TV Festival Golden Nymph Awards Outstanding Actor — Drama Series Wild at Heart
2008 Nominated TV Quick Awards, UK Best Actor Wild at Heart
2006 Nominated Monte-Carlo TV Festival Golden Nymph Awards Outstanding Actor — Drama Series Wild at Heart
1998 Nominated National Television Awards, UK Most Popular Actor Ballykissangel
1996 Nominated National Television Awards, UK Most Popular Actor Ballykissangel
1994 Won British Comedy Awards, UK Best TV Comedy Actor Drop the Dead Donkey
1987 Won BBC Carleton Hobbs Award Bursary Award[6] Student Competition

(Source: Internet Movie Database (IMDB), unless otherwise cited)

Other involvements

Tompkinson has supported various causes by providing promotional videos or voiceovers. These include a fundraising effort toward research to find a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)[62] and a financial appeal by Chester Zoo[63] He has also supported causes such as the Westminster Carers Time Bank[64] and, in 2008, he became an Ambassador for Project African Wilderness (PAW), a not-for-profit organisation that seeks to protect and restore the Mwabvi Wildlife Reserve in Malawi.[65]

In February 2012, Tompkinson supported the launch of a foundation established by Robbie Elliot, the former Newcastle United footballer who had helped Tompkinson improve his fitness for filming Harrigan. Elliott was proposing to complete a charity bicycle ride to raise funds for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and Breakthrough Breast Cancer.[66] Stories captured along the ride — from Lisbon to Newcastle — will be made into a documentary narrated by Tompkinson and premiered in London in late 2012.[67]

In late 2011, he recorded an advert for Text Santa, a charity initiative set up by ITV to support nine UK charities at Christmas. Stars of other ITV shows made similar adverts. In January 2012, it was announced that £4,120,000 was raised for the various charities.[68]

Over the years he has participated in Comic Relief's Red Nose Day. In 2001, he was one of the team describing the work the charity does in Britain, helping victims of early Alzheimer's]] or teenagers who are HIV positive.[69] In 1997, Tompkinson and Kirwan did a Comic Relief sketch titled Ballykissdibley — with Dawn French and the cast of The Vicar of Dibley — in which they played their Ballykissangel characters, Fr. Peter Clifford and Assumpta Fitzgerald.[70]

Personal life

He was married to Celia Anastasia and subsequent to the couple's divorce he became engaged to Ballykissangel co-star Dervla Kirwan. He then married Nicci Taylor, with whom he had a daughter, Daisy Ellen. It was announced in December 2006 that they had separated and would divorce.[71]

Since 2007 he has been in a relationship with Elaine Young.[72]

He is an avid cricket fan. He once said that if he wasn't an actor he "wouldn't mind travelling the world as a cricket commentator, enjoying endless summers."[73] In 2008 he wrote an article for The Wisden Cricketer about Darren Gough.[74]


(chronologically descending)

Title Character Type Dates
Trollied Brian Sitcom 2014–present
Truckers Malachi Davies Drama Series 2013
DCI Banks Alan Banks Drama Series 2010–present
Wild at Heart Danny Trevanion Drama Series 2006–2012
Prime Suspect: The Final Act Sean Phillips Drama (Two-Part) 2006
Dalziel and Pascoe: "Guardian Angel" Brian Fairmile Drama (Two-part Episode 10.7) 2005
New Tricks: "Old and Cold" Chris McConnel Drama (Episode 2.4) 2005
The Last Detective: "Friends Reunited" Simon Dabney Drama (Episode 3.1) 2005
ShakespeaRe-told: "The Taming of the Shrew" Harry Kavanagh Comedy Drama Romance 2005
Marian, Again Chris Bishop Thriller 2005
Little Red Tractor Stan (Voice) Animation Series 2004–2005
Agatha Christie's Marple: The Murder at the Vicarage DI Slack Drama 2004
My Dad's the Prime Minister: "Desert Island" Venning Comedy (Episode 2.3) 2004
Waiting for the Whistle: "Staying Up" Billy Gowland Drama 2004
Lucky Jim Jim Dixon TV Movie 2003
Spike Milligan: I Told You I Was Ill Spike Milligan (Dramatic Reading) Comedy Live Tribute 2002
Ted and Alice Ted Comedy Mini-series 2002
In Deep Garth O'Hanlon Drama Series 2001–2002
Bedtime Paul Newcombe Drama Series 2001
Mr. Charity Graham Templeton Comedy Series 2001
Bob the Builder: A Christmas to Remember Tom Animation Special 2001
Black Cab: "Busy Body" Christopher Short Films (Episode 1.1) 2000
The Flint Street Nativity Narrator / Tim Moyle TV Movie 1999
Dad: "Nemesis" Barry Martin Comedy (Special) 1999
Square One   Series 1999
Grafters Trevor Purvis Comedy Drama Series 1998–1999
Oktober Jim Harper Thriller Mini-Series 1998
Ballykissangel Father Peter Clifford Drama Series 1996–1998
Ballykissdibley Father Peter Clifford Comedy (Special) 1997
Father Ted: A Christmassy Ted Father Peter Clifford Comedy (Special) 1996
A Very Open Prison Jeremy Craig Topical Comedy/Satire 1995
Performance: The Deep Blue Sea Philip Welch Drama (Episode 4.3) 1994
Downwardly Mobile Mark Comedy Series 1994
All Quiet on the Preston Front Private Simon 'Spock' Matlock Comedy Series 1994
Shakespeare: The Animated Tales: "The Winter's Tale" Autolycus (Voice) Animation (Episode 2.5) 1994
Shakespeare: The Animated Tales: "The Twelfth Night" Sir Andrew (Voice) Animation (Episode 1.6) 1992
Boon: "A Shot in the Dark" Stephen Alwyn Comedy Drama (Episode 7.13) 1992
Minder DC Park Drama Series 1991
Made in Heaven: "A Fair Mix Up" Woody Drama (Episode 1.4) 1990
Chancer Markus Warton Drama Series 1990
Drop the Dead Donkey Damien Day Comedy Series 1990–1998
Hit the Pitch Andy TV Movie 1989
Casualty: "Chain Reaction" Tony Mitton Drama (Episode 4.1) 1989
The Manageress Jim Wilson Drama Series 1989
Tales of Sherwood Forest Kevin Mini-series 1989
And a Nightingale Sang Eric TV Movie 1989
After Henry: "Intellectual Aspirations" Julian Comedy (Episode 2.1) 1989
The Return of Shelley: "Why Me?" PC Knight Drama (Episode 1.5) 1988
All at No. 20: "The Prowler" Police Constable Drama (Episode 2.6) 1987

(chronologically descending)

Title Character Type Date
Harrigan DS Barry Harrigan Feature Film 2013
Hotel Splendide Dezmond Blanche Feature Film 2000
Brassed Off Phil Feature Film 1996
Treacle Stephen Duffell Short Film 1988

(chronologically descending)
(see above for additional detail)

Title Role Written By Theatre Date
White Rabbit, Red Rabbit Nassim Soleimanpour Live Theatre, Newcastle 2013
Spamalot King Arthur Eric Idle (Book & Lyrics) Playhouse Theatre, London 2012-2013
Faith and Cold Reading Freddie the Suit Shaun Prendergast Live Theatre, Newcastle 2011
Sign of the Times Frank Tollit Tim Firth On Tour 2009
The Revenger's Tragedy Vindice Cyril Tourneur (Attributed) Royal Exchange, Manchester 2008
Charley's Aunt Donna Lucia D’Alvadorez Brandon Thomas On Tour 2007
Rattle of a Simple Man Percy Charles Dyer Malvern/Comedy Theatre, London 2004
Cloaca Pieter Maria Goos Old Vic, London 2004
Arsenic and Old Lace Mortimer Brewster Joseph Kesselring Strand Theatre, London 2003
Art Serge Yasmina Reza Wyndham's Theatre, Scarborough 2000
Tartuffe Tartuffe Molière On Tour 1998
Women Laughing Tony Michael Wall Royal Exchange, Manchester 1992
Love's Labour's Lost Navarre Shakespeare Royal Exchange, Manchester 1992
Across the Ferry Alec Ted Moore Bush Theatre, London 1991
Absent Friends Colin Alan Ayckbourn    
No One Sees the Video Paul Martin Crimp Royal Court Theatre, London 1990
The Boys from Syracuse   Richard Rodgers (Music) and Lorenz Hart (Lyrics) London School of Speech and Drama 1987

Radio Dramas, Documentaries, and Readings
(chronologically descending)

Broadcast Date Title Author Station
13 April 2013 Great Escape — The Justice Robin Brooks
Robert Radcliffe
BBC Radio 4
17 July 2012 The Gift Jane Thornton BBC Radio 4
26 April 2010 Lifecoach Nick Walker BBC Radio 4
30 March 2010 The Porter and the Three Ladies Rachel Joyce BBC Radio 4
9 February 2010
9 March 2010
Say What You Want to Hear Tim Wright BBC Radio 4
19 May 2008 Brass Britain Rosemary Foxcroft
Ashley Byrne
Phil Collinge
BBC Radio 2
26 March 2008 Pier Shorts: Four Battenburgs Michael Odell BBC Radio 4
16–18 April 2007 Stormbreaker Anthony Horowitz BBC Radio 4
4 February 2007 Two Men from Delft Stephen Wakelam BBC Radio 3
2 October 2006 Small Island Andrea Levy BBC Radio 7
30 June - 4 August 2006 This Sporting Life David Storey BBC Radio 2
14–18 November 2005 Confessions of a Bad Mother Stephanie Calman BBC Radio 4
5 September 2004 The Diary of a Nobody George Grossmith
Weedon Grossmith
BBC Radio 4
30 August - 27 September 2004 One, Two, Buckle My Shoe Agatha Christie BBC Radio 4
19 March 2004 Billy Liar Keith Waterhouse BBC Radio 4
3 October 2003 Kes Barry Hines BBC Radio 7
22 February 2003 The Long Weekend Jeremy Front BBC Radio 4
13 September 2000 Breakfast in Brighton Nigel Richardson BBC Radio 4
11 July 2000 Shaggy Dog Stories: A Partner for Life Kate Atkinson BBC Radio 4
31 March 2000 Latin Shorts: Taxi Driver Minus Robert De Niro Fernando Ampuero BBC Radio 4
19 March 1998 The Big Town All Stars: If You Scratch My Back Bill Dare BBC Radio 4
19 July 1997 The Ingenious Mind of Rigby Lacksome Ernest Bramah BBC Radio 4
5 March 1995 Life of Galileo Berthold Brecht BBC Radio 4
2 August 1994 Virtual Radio Andrew Dallmeyer BBC Radio 4
22 May 1994 Shelley
(Radio adaptation of TV sitcom)
Peter Tilbury BBC Radio 2
14 November 1991 The Cabaret of Dr Caligari: Comedian's Moon Alan Gilbey BBC Radio 4
3 July 1991 Hat Trick: The Ashes Sue Townsend BBC Radio 3
23 June 1991 A Midsummer Night's Dream William Shakespeare BBC Radio 3
28 September 1990 Pravda David Hare
Howard Brenton
BBC Radio 3
15 September 1990 The Murder on the Links * Agatha Christie
(adapted by Michael Bakewell)
BBC Radio 4
9 July 1990 Cloud Cuckoo Land Catherine Czerkawska BBC Radio 4
31 March 1990 Pocketful of Dreams Stuart Kerr BBC Radio 4
16 January 1990 The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes with Clive Merrison: The Engineer's Thumb Victor Hatherley BBC Radio 4
22 March 1989 Haunted by More Cake Steve Walker BBC Radio 4
1 March 1988 Tickertape and V-Signs Peter Cox BBC Radio 3
9 February 1988 Madame Aubray's Principles Alexandre Dumas, fils BBC Radio 3
7 September 1987 The Man That Got Away Philip Norman BBC Radio 4

*90-minute radio play presented on the centenary of Agatha Christie's birth


  1. Actor Stephen Tompkinson has Fylde at Heart, Lancashire Life, undated
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 A donkey, a tractor & the Boro, Evening Gazette, 2 February 2004 [1]
  3. Class Act — The Teacher Who Inspired Stephen Tompkinson, The Telegraph, 5 April 2003
  4. In the Frame: Stephen Tompkinson, Daily Post, Liverpool, 17 November 2001
  5. 5.0 5.1 Keeping the faith: Alison Cowie speaks to actor Stephen Tompkinson, NorthEast Times, undated
  6. 6.0 6.1 BBC Soundstart: tuning in to new talent — Who's won Radio Drama's acting prizes since 1953?
  7. Pravda, BBC Radio 3 Broadcast Listing
  8. Brass Britain, BBC Radio 2, 3 May 2008
  9. Peter Chelsom, undated
  10. Stephen Tompkinson: Filmography by TV Series, Internet Movie Database (IMDB)
  11. Internet Movie Database: Prix Europa
  12. The British Comedy Awards, Past Winners 1994, Best TV Comedy Actor
  13. British Comedy Guide: About All Quiet on the Preston Front, undated
  14. British TV Comedy: Downwardly Mobile, undated
  15. 15.0 15.1 All-Action Hero: OKTOBER, The Mirror (London), 28 March 1998
  16. Broadcasting Audience Research Board (BARB) Weekly Top 30 Programmes
  17. On Air: No more Mr Nice Guy, The Independent, 26 October 1998
  18. Shades, starring Dervla Kirwan (Ballykissangel) and Stephen Tompkinson, released 14 February 2012
  19. Tompkinson goes In Deep, BBC News: Entertainment, 18 February 2001
  20. BBC One Autumn schedule, Digital Spy, 14 August 2001
  21. The Age: Entertainment/TV & Radio (Australia), 4 March 2004
  22. A deep and meaningful police role, Liverpool Echo, 21 January 2002
  23. No mercy for BBC2's Mr Charity, The Guardian, 14 December 2001
  24. lucky HIM; Stephen Tompkinson's got a spring in his step and a real purpose in life, Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales), 3 April 2003
  25. No one loves a fairy when he's 40, The Guardian | The Observer: Television, 12 April 2003
  26. Mystery! — Marple: The Murder at the Vicarage, The Actors and their Roles, PBS website
  27. In Denial of Murder — Stephen Tompkinson plays Don Hale, BBC Press Pack, 12 February 2004
  28. Tompkinson's in Deep, Scotsman.com, 28 February 2004
  29. Marian, Again, Company Pictures, September 2005
  30. Production Notes: Prime Suspect By The Numbers — The Actors on Their Roles: Stephen Tompkinson
  31. Stephen Tompkinson (DCI Banks: Aftermath), Digital Spy, 17 September 2010
  32. Viewers face a very different crime wave as a new set of police heroes hits the small screen, The Independent, 30 April 2010
  33. Wild at Heart star Stephen Tompkinson returns as DCI Banks in dark and gritty new series, The People, 25 September 2011
  34. ITV recommissions DCI Banks with Stephen Tompkinson, 14 June 2013
  35. BFI Film Forever: Treacle, undated
  36. Brassed Off, National Catholic Reporter, 5 September 1997
  37. Tompkinson, Stephen: Brassed Off!
  38. Delighted to find a Splendide new role, Herald Scotland, 19 September 2000
  39. Steve Rose The Guardian 19 September 2013
  40. Harrigan hits the screen at last, GazetteLive, 24 January 2012
  41. Arthur McKenzie: Biography
  42. Women Laughing by Michael Wall, 30 April – 16 May 1992
  43. THEATRE / All shirk and low pay, The Independent, 8 January 1994
  44. Official London Theatre: Stephen Tompkinson, undated
  45. Charley's Aunt, British Theatre Guide, undated
  46. The Revenger's Tragedy, Royal Exchange, Manchester, The Independent, 27 May 2008
  47. Living the Dream, Epsom Guardian, 24 April 2009
  48. Stephen Tompkinson to play King Arthur in Spamalot, London Theatre Guide - Online, 22 October 2012
  49. British TV Favorite Stephen Tompkinson on Donning King Arthur's Crown in a Rebooted West End Spamalot, Broadway.com, 14 November 2012
  50. My life In Travel: Stephen Tompkinson, actor, The Independent, 8 January 2011
  51. The Great African Balloon Adventure, American Public Television (APT), June 2010
  52. Steve Tompkinson, voice-over credits, undated
  53. Direct Choice: PDSA, 16 May 2007
  54. PDSA creates animal magic!, undated
  55. Choccywoccydoodah Radio Times
  56. Actor Tompkinson directs TV drama, BBC News: Entertainment, 13 December 2005
  57. [Announced via Twitter, no link available]
  58. The Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards 2012, ITV, undated
  59. National Television Awards 2012: The nominees, Digital Spy, 27 September 2011
  60. 16th National Television Awards, 'Wikipedia'
  61. TV Times Awards 2011, UK: Favourite Actor Nominees
  62. VIDEO: Stephen Tompkinson, JoiningJack Appeal
  63. Actor Stephen Tompkinson gives his backing to Chester Zoo's £225m Heart of Africa biodome project, Chester Chronicle, 2 July 2009
  64. Carers Time Bank lunch a resounding success, 2 March 2012
  65. Join the Mwabvi ordeal and save a part of Africa's wilderness, Freesun News, Brussels, 28 September 2008
  66. Stephen Tompkinson lends support to Bike For Bobby event, GazetteLive, 16 February 2010
  67. Robbie Elliott prepares for epic cycling challenge, Sunday Sun, 23 September 2012
  68. Text Santa Advert, 2011
  69. £22 Million To Get Your Knickers Off? Comic Relief (Red Nose Day) in general, 17 March 2001
  70. Comic Relief Special — Ballykissdibley, 14 March 1997
  71. Ballysplitangel for Stephen Tompkinson's five-year marriage, London Evening Standard, 16 December 2006
  72. My wild days are over, Mail Online, 6 January 2012
  73. Wild at Heart Star Stephen Tompkinson Talks About His Middlesbrough Roots, North East Life, undated
  74. Darren Gough: My dazzling mate, ESPNcricinfo, 11 September 2008

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