Michael Fenton Stevens as Jim Hacker, Prime Minister
On finishing his Law degree in 1980 Michael joined Radio Active, a comedy revue. Over the next thirteen years they recorded eight radio series, two radio specials, three television series as KYTV, two albums as the HeeBeeGeeBees and toured Britain and Australia four times. They won the Montreux Silver Rose and Montreux Best TV Comedy Awards, along with awards from the Press Guild, Sony and the Premius Ondas Award for Best Radio Show in Europe.
In the meantime Michael pursued his own acting career and for television he wrote, script edited and performed in Comedy Wavelength (Ch. 4), Stop That Laughing at the Back, The Kate Robbins Show and Bradley (Granada). His television acting work includes Starlings, Parents, Mrs Biggs, Benidorm, Hotel Trubble, Not Going Out, My Family, Outnumbered, Pete vs. Life, Ladies of Letters, Nighty Night, Mike Bassett – Football Manager, The Wrong Door, Katy Brand's Big Ass Show, Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps, Lead Balloon, The Revenge Files of Alastair Fury, Persuasion, Life Begins, Absolute Power, Swiss Toni, Coronation Street, My Dad’s The Prime Minister, Look Around You, Murder City, Footballers Wives, Trevor’s World of Sport, The Upper Hand, Josie, Saturday Night Live, Drop The Dead Donkey, Mr Bean, Alas Smith and Jones, The Rita Rudner Show, The Man from Auntie, Only Fools & Horses, One Foot in the Grave, Paul Merton In…, Lee Evans – So What Now?, As Time Goes By, Class Act, The Brittas Empire, My Hero, Wycliffe, People Like Us, A Very Open Prison, The Legacy of Reggie Perrin, Attachments, Mr White Goes to Westminster, Holby City, Doctors, Numbertime, Eastenders, Shelley, Spitting Image, John Judge Deed and Happiness.
Michael was the voice of the BBC cartoon characters “Dynamo” and “Mr Beakman” in 3rd & Bird. On radio he has been heard often in Radio Active, The Rita Rudner Show, Births Deaths and Marriages, Inspector Steine, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Cabin Pressure, Trevor’s World of Sport, Paperback Hell, Dear Diary, The Oldest Member, McKay the New, The Joys of Yiddish, Old Harry’s Game, I Can Do That, Bleak House, Jones, Jones, Jones and Jenkins and many one off dramas and plays. He is currently playing the part of Paul in The Archers.
Michael’s theatre work includes It's a Wonderful Life, Colombe, After the Ball is Over, Amadeus, Tom Jones, The Importance of Being Ernest, Twelfth Night, The Country Wife, The Tempest and Saint Joan with Sir Anthony Quayle’s company, Compass. He appeared in the first ever Comic Relief Show at the Comedy Theatre, has worked with The Comedy Store Players and at the Fortune Theatre in the musical revue Forbidden Broadway. Later this year he will be appearing as John Humphrys in Radio 4 – The Musical.
Other credits are The English Tragedy at The Watford Palace, The Bed Before Yesterday at the Almeida, Yes Prime Minister at the Apollo and Gielgud, Fields of Ambrosia at the Aldwych and the improvisation play Scissor Happy at the Duchess. His pantomime work includes Dame Trott in Jack and the Beanstalk, Widow Twanky In Aladdin, Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz and Captain Hook in Peter Pan.
He appeared in the films Back In The Saddle, and The Riddle.
Michael sang on much of the music for Spitting Image including the lead vocal on their number one hit, The Chicken Song.
He is married with two lovely children and one grandchild, who, coincidentally, happens to be the most beautiful child in the world.