Jon Culshaw is widely regarded by many as Britain’s best impressionist with an unmatched versatility and a catalogue of over 350 voices and impersonations, including Boris Johnson, Donald Trump, Professor Brian Cox, Nigel Farage, Alan Carr, John Bishop, Ozzy Osborne, Chris Eubank, Michael McIntyre and Prince Charles amongst many others.
Jon first made international headlines in 1998 by calling the switchboard of No. 10 Downing Street and fooling the operators with his uncanny impression of William Hague, and as a result was put directly through to Prime Minister Tony Blair. The incident was mentioned at Prime Minister’s Question Time and reported across the national press and in Hansard.
Notable credits include;
Spitting Image (ITV)
Dead Ringers (BBC)
The Impressionable Jon Culshaw (ITV)
Spamalot (London’s West End)
The Sky at Night (BBC)
The Royal Variety Performance
The Impressions Show (BBC1)
Jon Culshaw’s Commercial Breakdown (BBC1)
The Now Show (BBC Radio 4)
The Secret World (BBC Radio 4)
Doctor Who Audiobooks (Big Finish Productions)
The Final Take: Bowie in the Studio (BBC World Service)
Jon’s talents as a performer aren’t just limited to the art of impersonation; he’s built an impressive resume that showcases his strengths as an actor, voiceover artist and presenter too. His love of the outdoors, history, and national heritage has seen him present C5’s The Secrets of The National Trust and More 4’s Walks With My Dog. Jon has also narrated comedy specials including tributes to both Kenneth Williams and Bob Monkhouse for Channel 5.
A lifelong astronomy enthusiast, Jon was also a part of the presenting team on the world’s iconic and longest running programme, The Sky at Night, first appearing with Sir Patrick Moore on the show’s 50th anniversary.
A popular guest and entertainer, Jon has appeared on countless programmes over the years including Parkinson, The Nightly Show, Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, Pointless Celebrities, The Chase Celebrity Special, This Morning, Good Morning Britain and Countdown's Dictionary Corner. Other appearances include Frank Skinner on Demand… and Channel 5's The Cars That Made Britain, where Jon spoke about his passion for old cars, such as the Ford Cortina, Capri and Granada, further showcased through his stint on Top Gear's Extra Lap. Jon is also a regular guest on current affairs programmes including This Week and Newscast.
Following a sold out debut tour, 2019 & 2020 saw Jon embark on his second and third UK tour of The Great British Take Off alongside Dead Ringers producer Bill Dare. The conversational show sees the pair perform unscripted, unrehearsed spontaneous comedy as politicians, sports personalities and celebrities old and new.
Jon applied his inimitable skills in playing the iconic David Bowie for a BBC World Service radio drama and later a Terry Pratchett audio-drama for Audible, The Unseen Academicals. Jon has also portrayed the great Alan Whicker in the audio play ‘The Other Side of the World’, and featured in ‘Billy and Me’, part of the acclaimed ‘Barnes' People’ series for The Original Theatre Company and Perfectly Normal Productions.
2022 saw Jon take on the role of 'Mr Starmaker' Hughie Green in 'LENA', a powerful play written by the BAFTA and Olivier Award-winning Tim Whitnall, recounting the true story of Scottish singing sensation, Lena Zavaroni and her rise to fame. In 2022 Jon also performed at the iconic Edinburgh Festival in 'Les Dawson: Flying High' a funny, affectionate and poignant celebration of his comedy hero, written by Tim Whitnall and directed by Bob Golding. His one man portrayal of the comedy great received rave reviews and Jon subsequently toured the production playing to audiences up and down the country.
Jon has been cast in a variety of Dr Who audio novels and dramas for Big Finish Productions including Scourge of the Cybermen and Terror of the Master as well as Genesis of the Daleks, Death to the Daleks and The Five Doctors amongst many other titles for BBC Audio. As part of the 60th anniversary, you can listen to Jon's most treasured Doctor Who memories in a special interview for BBC Sounds. Jon can also be heard playing the iconic Jeff Tracey and Parker in the audio adventures of Thunderbirds for Anderson Entertainment. Earlier this year, Jon narrated eight volumes of Terry Pratchett's 'City Watch' series for Penguin Random House and appeared as a guest speaker at the British Library's 'A Stroke of the Pen' event.
Jon filmed for Midsomer Murders earlier this year and at this year's Edinburgh Festival, he reprised his role as Hughie Green in 'LENA' and starred in his new one-man show 'Jon Culshaw: Imposter Syndrome'. Jon recently played Boris Johnson in Channel 4 docudrama 'Partygate', now available to stream online.
When not performing on screen or on the airwaves Jon can often be found delighting audiences with his hugely popular after dinner entertainment and is a staple of the corporate and events landscape, having performed to rave reviews for many years in his role as awards host, after-dinner comedian and impressionist.
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