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Clive Mantle

Clive spent 5 extremely happy seasons with the National Youth Theatre (’74-’78), before an equally enjoyable time training at RADA (’78-’80).

His Theatre work includes: Mitch in Tim Albery’s production of A Street Car Named Desire [Crucible Theatre, Sheffield]; Stephen Daldry’s The Ragged Trousered Philanthropist [Liverpool Playhouse and Stratford East]; Little John in Robin Hood [Young Vic]; Jurgen in David Hayman’s award winning production of Coming Clean [Bush – London]; Deborah Warner’s Woyceck [Edinburgh Festival]; Dave in The Pocket Dream [Nottingham Playhouse Production]; Victor in Jan Sargent’s production of The Price [Bristol Old Vic]; National tours of The Ideal Gnome Expedition for David Wood’s Whirligig Theatre; As Frank in Educating Rita, and Percy in Patrick Sanford’s Production of Rattle of a Simple Man; and Achilles in Troilus and Cressida [Howard Davies – RSC Barbican].

He has appeared as the guest star at the Wyndhams Theatre and Theatre Royal Bath, in the award winning production of The Play What I Wrote, and in 2006 toured with The Rocky Horror Show and Killine Castro.

In 1984 Clive was nominated for an Olivier Award, and won the plays and players award for best newcomer, for his performance as Lennie in of Mice and Men, which transferred from the Nuffield Theatre in Southampton to the Mermaid Theatre. Clive has also extensively toured the play, and taken part in a total of 6 productions of John Steinbeck’s immortal American masterpiece.

On Television, Clive is best known as Little John in the Three Series of Robin of Sherwood, as Simon Horton in the Vicar of Dibley, and as consultant Mike Barratt in 85 episodes of Casualty, and 32 Episodes of Holby City.

Other TV includes: Bloomin Marvellous, Hello Mum, After Thomas, The Robinson’s, The Poseidon Adventure, Fortysomething, Minder, Jane, Dempsey & Makepeace, The Lenny Henry Show, Hard Travelling, Scoop, Airbase, Smith & Jones, Wyatts Watchdogs, Club X, Flip, Chlmsford 123, Shelley, One Foot in the Grave, Bottom, Boon, Drop the Dead Donkey, Framed, Dogboy, Wysiwyg, A Bit of Fry & Laurie, Jo Brand Through the Cakehole, The Good Book Guide, Alison, Doctor, Heartbeat, The Jill Dando Trial for Granada Factual, and the never to be seen account of the murder of Billie- Jo Jenkins with the same team.

In 1995 Clive was the stunned subject of This is Your Life, during which he was thrilled to meet his heroes from Worcester County Cricket Club, and the Chelsea F Cup winners from 1970.

On Radio, Clive has appeared in dozens of plays and comedies, the highlight being 3 series of the Sony Award Winning Live Saturday night comedy In One Ear. Many people will recognise Clive with their eyes shut, as he does countless voice-overs, narrates TV documentaries and has an extensive career in talking books, mainly for BBC audio books in Bath.

Clive has appeared in the films: Party Party, Alien 3, Orchard End Murder, Foreign Body, Without a Clue, Mack the Knife, The Secret Life of Ian Flemming, Second Nature, Darkest Light, and in White Hunter Black Heart is the only man in cinema history to beat up Clint Eastwood and live to the end of the film!!!

He has just completed filming two British films; Into the Storm, Churchill at War, in which he plays bodyguard inspector Thompson, and the comedy Morris: A Life with Bells on, playing the Morris dancing genius Muff Barcock.

Clive has trekked the Annapurna circuit in the Himalayas, and took part in a charity trek to everest base camp in 2001, climbing to 18,420 ft in aid of Hope and Homes for Children, and he has also just completed his first novel, The Adventures of Freddie Malone.

His next television incarnation will be as Will Mellor’s dad in a new comedy called White Van Man, to be screened late in 2010.

Tommy Cooper has long been Clive’s ultimate comedy hero, and he is thrilled to have been given the opportunity to play him.

Clive is Married to Zoe, and has a son Harry.