Paul Hendy

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Paul Hendy (born 22 July 1966) is a script-writer, novelist, director, producer and filmmaker.[1][2][3][4][5][6]. In his early career (1990-2006), he was a TV presenter hosting the BAFTA nominated Dear Mr Barker (BBC)[7], Don’t Try This at Home (ITV)[8], The Disney Club (ITV)[9], and Wheel of Fortune (ITV)[10]. He was a regular reporter on ITV’s This Morning and hosted ‘Stash the Cash’[11].

In 2017 Hendy wrote, produced and directed a short film The Last Laugh which sees three legendary British comedians in a dressing room discussing the secret of comedy and what it means to be funny. In 2018 Hendy produced and directed Mr Sunshine (written by Tim Whitnall), a short film on the life of Eric Morecambe[12].

In 2004, Hendy wrote the novel Diary of a C-List Celeb[13], a fictionalised account of his experiences in television and the entertainment industry. The novel was published by Bantam (Penguin Random House). In 2005, the screen rights for Diary of a C-List Celeb were optioned by Hartswood Films. In 2006, Hendy wrote the sequel, Who Killed Simon Peters?[14] also published by Bantam (Penguin Random House).

Early career[edit]

Hendy's career started as a member of The National Youth Theatre of Great Britain, playing the part of Billy Casper in Kes in 1980. His first break into television came in 1990 when he hosted eighty episodes of BSB's Raise the Roof. Hendy was then chosen to present ITV's Sunday morning flagship show The Disney Club[15]. After leaving The Disney Club, Hendy went to the BBC and hosted the Saturday morning show Parallel 9 which was broadcast live from Pinewood Studios. He has also presented Disney Summer Holidays (ITV), For Amusement Only (BBC), Highly Sprung (BBC), Travel Bug (an Action Time Production for BBC) and three series of the BAFTA nominated Dear Mr Barker (BBC)[12].

He was host of ITV1's game show Wheel of Fortune (2001) with Terri Seymour[16] and ITV1's prime time Saturday night show Don't Try This at Home with Davina McCall[17], which ran for four series (1998-2001)

Hendy was a regular reporter for ITV's This Morning and a guest presenter on GMTV. He hosted Talking TV (BBC1), Walk Over History (Meridian) and The Dog Listener (Ch5). He has also hosted Kicked Into Touch (Meridian) and Stash (ITV). He also hosted a cinema review show called The Box Office Boys (BFBS)[18], and featured on an episode of Surprising Stars[19] with Kate Thornton.

From 1994-2000, Hendy hosted the international music event The Global Rock Challenge, and in 1999 he was asked to host the Grand Final in Melbourne, Australia.


In 2016, Hendy wrote, directed and produced the short film, The Last Laugh. The film won Best UK Film and Best UK Short at the Manchester Film Festival as well as many other International film awards including Best Comedy Drama at Los Angeles Independent Film Festival and Best Supporting Actor at Sydney Independent Film Festival.[20]

In 2018, Hendy and his production company Evolution, optioned the film rights to Tim Whitnall’s Olivier play,[21] Morecambe. The adaptation, currently entitled Mr Sunshine after the short teaser film, is set to begin principal photography in 2019.[22][23][24][25][26]


In 2004, Hendy wrote the novel Diary of a C-List Celeb[13], a fictionalised account of his experiences in television and the entertainment industry. The novel was published by Bantam (Penguin Random House).

Davina McCall called the book ‘Bloody genius, very funny and leg-crossingly embarrassing!’ and Declan Donnelly (Ant and Dec) called it ‘Very funny… and spookily close to the truth’.[27]

In 2006, Hendy wrote the sequel, Who Killed Simon Peters? also published by Bantam (Penguin Random House).[14]


On radio, Hendy has hosted his own late night phone-in show, three times a week on LBC (1996). He has also presented a series of one-off specials for BFBS in which he interviewed celebrities about their all time favourite top ten records (2001).[citation needed]

Evolution Productions[edit]

Evolution Productions

In 2005, Hendy set up Evolution Productions with his wife, Emily Wood. They produce films, large-scale theatrical productions and national theatre tours in the UK and abroad[28]

In 2017/18, their production of Peter Pan at The Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury was seen by over a record breaking 100,000 people[29]. The British Theatre Guide called the show ‘one of the best productions in the country’[30]

Evolution Productions currently produce 8 pantomimes each year around the country, and have performed with some notable performers including: Stephen Mulhern, Phil Gallagher, Rita Simons, Scott Maslen, Gareth Gates and even George Takei[31][32][33][34][35]. Producing new and original pantomimes each year, complete with new sets and costumes.


Film awards[edit]

Year Award Awarding Body Result
2017 Best UK Film Manchester Film Festival[20] Won
Best UK Short Won
Best Actor St Albans Film Festival[36] Won
Best Film Won
Best Short (Comedy) International Film Festival of Word Cinema Won
2016 Award of Excellence The Accolade Global Film Festival[37] Won
Best Comedy Drama Los Angeles Independent Film Festival[38] Won
Award of Excellence The Best Shorts Competition[39] Won
Best Actor Southampton International Film Festival[40] Won
Best Supporting Actor Won
Best Actor Discover Film Festival[41] Won
Best Supporting Actor Sydney Independent Film Festival[42] Won
Best Screenplay Won

Great British Pantomime Awards[edit]

Year Award Show and Venue Result
2018/19[43] Pantomime Of The Year Cinderella, Canterbury Nominated
Best Script Cinderella, Canterbury Nominated
Best Dame (Gordon Cooper) Aladdin, Yeovil Nominated
Best Ugly Sisters (Ben Roddy & Lloyd Hollett) Cinderella, Canterbury Nominated
Best Costume Design (Michael J Batchelor) Various Dames Costumes Nominated
Best Principal Girl (Jemma Carlisle) Cinderella, St Albans Nominated
Best Supporting Male (Bob Golding) Cinderella, St Albans Won
Best Ensemble Peter Pan, Sheffield Nominated
Best Supporting Female (Wendi Peters) Peter Pan, Sheffield Nominated
Best Principal Girl (Samantha Dorrance) Peter Pan, Sheffield Nominated
Best Principal Boy (David Ribi) Peter Pan, Sheffield Nominated
Best Mythical Being (Jess Robinson) Aladdin, Crawley Won
2017/18[44] Best Pantomime Mother Goose, Sheffield Won
Best Leading Lady (Cara Dudgeon) Nominated
Best Fairy (Lisa Davina Phillip) Nominated
Best Costume Design (Michael J Batchelor) Nominated
Best Ensemble Nominated
Best Dame (Ben Roddy) Peter Pan, Canterbury Won
Best Ugly Sisters (Ian Smith and Matt Daines) Cinderella, Yeovil Nominated
Best Supporting Male (Ian Kirkby) Aladdin, St Albans Nominated
2016/17[45] Pantomime of the Year Dick Whittington, Canterbury Won
Best Comic (Stephen Mulhern) Nominated
Best Male Baddie (John Barr) Nominated
Best Fairy (Lisa Davina Philip) Nominated
Best Director (Paul Hendy) Nominated
Pantomime of the Year Snow White, Sheffield Nominated
Best Dame (Damian Williams) Won
Best Female Baddie (Wendi Peters) Nominated
Best Dame (Michael Batchelor) Peter Pan, Crawley Nominated
Best Musical Direction (Kevin Oliver Jones) Nominated
Pantomime of the Year Sleeping Beauty, Lichfield Nominated
Best Ugly Sisters (Ian Smith & Matt Daines) Cinderella, Shrewsbury Nominated
2015/16 Best Female Baddie (Rita Simons) Snow White, Canterbury Won
Best Dame (Ben Roddy) Nominated
Best Dame Costume (Ben Roddy) Won
Best Entrance (Ben Roddy) Nominated
Best Act (Valentina Bor and Matt Edmonds) Nominated
Best Dame (Brad Fitt) Dick Whittington, Shrewsbury Nominated
Best Scene (Rocking Galley) Won
Best Script Nominated
Best Pantomime Newcomer (Lisa Davina Phillip) Cinderella, Croydon Nominated
2014/15 Pantomime of the Year Sleeping Beauty, Crawley Nominated
Best Script Nominated
Best Female Baddie (Hilary O'Neil) Won
Best Entrance (Stephen Mulhern) Nominated
Pantomime of the Year Dick Whittington, Sheffield Nominated
Best Script Won
Best Male Baddie (John Barr) Won



Year Title Role Notes
2018 Mr Sunshine Producer & Director Short
2017 The Last Laugh Writer, Director & Producer Short
2016 Help! My Teachers are Aliens! Writer, Director & Producer Short
2014 Ski Fall Writer, Director & Producer Short
2014 Home Alone (in Eastry) Writer, Director & Producer Short


Year Title Role Notes
2018 When Award Shows Go Horribly Wrong Himself
2015 Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway Himself
1998 - 2001 Don't Try This at Home! Presenter 5 Series
1999 Night Fever Himself 3 Episodes
1999 This Morning Himself
1996 - 1998 Dear Mr Barker Presenter 3 Series
1995 Travel Bug Host
1994 Celebrity Squares Himself
1989 The Disney Club Presenter


Year Title Role Notes
2000 Talking TV
1995 For Amusement Only On Screen Participant 13 Episodes
1992 Parallel 9
1987 Out of Order Roberts


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