Paul Whitehouse

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Paul Whitehouse (born 17 May 1958) is a British actor, writer and comedian. He became known for his work with Harry Enfield and as one of the stars of the popular BBC sketch show, The Fast Show. In a 2005 poll to find The Comedian's Comedian, he was in the top 50 comedy acts voted for by comedians and comedy insiders. Johnny Depp once commented that Paul Whitehouse was 'the best actor he'd ever seen'.

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Early life

Whitehouse was born in Stanleytown in the Rhondda Valley, Glamorgan, Wales.[1] His father worked for the National Coal Board and his mother was a singer with the Welsh National Opera.[2] The family moved to Enfield[3] when he was four years old, which led to him discovering his talent for mimicry:[1]

"At school I didn’t say a word for the first four weeks - I called it my Silent Month. I think it was because everyone was speaking so differently from how it had been in Wales. Then, after four weeks, I came home one day and said, ‘Muumm, I wanna go to Sarfend!’ For her that was the end because I had lost my lovely Welsh lilt. So I became very conscious of speech and the effects it can have. But when I went back to Wales I would start talking all Welsh, ‘lyke that you see’ before going all Alf Garnett while coming back the other way.”

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