Tim Healy has been working as a successful TV, film and theatre actor since the early 1980’s; beginning his career with a role in the made for television film A Captain’s Tale, however, he began to truly breaking into the business several years later when he played Barney Bodger, in the ITV children’s series Tickle On The Tum where his blundering handyman became a huge hit with the young viewers.
Despite an eclectic career as an actor Tim Healy is probably best known for his role in the cult ITV (and later BBC series) Auf Wiedersehen, Pet. Healy’s character, Dennis Patterson, became synonymous with the series and the North East of England and the show raised Healy’s profile significantly. Healy returned as an actor to critical acclaim after the show’s fourteen year hiatus.
Healy has been an actor in a number of other high profile comedy series, including Peter Kay’s Phoenix Nights; his reputation as a dyed in the wool Northerner bringing him a number of unique and unusual roles. Continuing in this vein Healy went on to star in the hit West End musical Billy Elliot, where he played a father, torn by his love for his son and the social and political issues surrounding the closure of the mines in Thatcher’s Britain during the 1980’s.
More recently Healy has appeared in the popular ITV series Benidorm, where he plays a transvestite, named Les. He stars in this show alongside other well-known British actors such as Steve Pemberton and Johnny Vegas. Tim has also appeared in the BBC drama Waterloo Road, where he played the love interest of his then-wife Denise Welch.