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British author, producer, talent agent and television personality

Michael Whitehall
Michael John Whitehall

(1940-04-12) 12 April 1940 (age 82)

Exeter, England
Occupation Author, producer, talent agent, television personality
Years active 1988–present
Jane McIntosh

(m 1969; div 1973)

Hilary Amanda Jane Isbister
(m 1986)

Children 3, including Jack Whitehall

Michael John Whitehall (born 12 April 1940) is an English author, producer, talent agent and television personality He is a former theatrical agent who went on to form two production companies, Havahall Pictures (with Nigel Havers) in 1988, and Whitehall Films in 1998 He has represented Colin Firth and Dame Judi Dench He is the father of comedian and actor Jack Whitehall

Early life and education

Whitehall was born on 12 April 1940 in the United Kingdom He was educated at Ampleforth College, a Catholic boarding school in Yorkshire, run by Benedictine monks After his education, Whitehall worked as a film reporter for The Universe, a weekly Catholic newspaper Both his father and grandfather were commercial travellers His education was paid for by his grandfather, who had inherited significant wealth from his cousin, a wool merchant


Whitehall has produced TV programmes such as Bertie and Elizabeth, Noah’s Ark, Element of Doubt, The Good Guys and A Perfect Hero He represented Judi Dench, Colin Firth, Richard E Grant, and Leslie Grantham

He has made guest appearances on various television shows including Countdown, John Bishop’s Britain, The Million Pound Drop Live, Alexander Armstrong’s Big Ask and Alan Carr: Chatty Man In 2013, it was announced that he would present a TV chat show for the BBC with his son Jack The first series of Backchat began airing on BBC Three, starting on 20 November 2013 but has since moved to BBC Two In 2017, he co-presented Jack Whitehall: Travels with My Father, a travel documentary/road trip through Southeast Asia with his son on Netflix In 2018, Travels had a second series where they visited several countries in Eastern Europe In 2019, Travels had a third, two-episode series where they visited, California, Arizona, and Nevada in the USA In 2020, Travels had a fourth, two-episode series where they visited Australia In 2021, Travels has a fifth, three-episode series where they traveled around the UK This series would go on to be the final series of the show In 2019, Michael appeared in the programme Who Do You Think You Are (UK TV series) along with his son Jack to discover his heritage

Whitehall’s first book was Shark Infested Waters: Tales of an Actors’ Agent, and his son Jack illustrated it The Times Literary Supplement (TLS) called the book “a most entertaining memoir” that was “wittily illustrated” In October 2013, he released his second book Him & Me, which was co-written with his son Written in two distinctive styles, it reflects the different personalities of its authors

Personal life

Whitehall married Jane McIntosh in 1969 After their divorce in 1973, McIntosh married lyricist Tim Rice Whitehall married television actress Hilary Amanda Jane Isbister (stage surname Gish) on 12 April 1986, Whitehall’s 46th birthday

As of 2013, Whitehall and Isbister were living in Putney in the London Borough of Wandsworth They have three children together: Jack Whitehall (born 1988), Molly (born 1989) and Barnaby (born 1992)

Whitehall is a supporter of the Conservative Party


  • Shark Infested Waters: Tales of an Actors’ Agent (Timewell Press, 2007) ISBN 978-1857252156
  • Him & Me by Michael and Jack Whitehall (Michael Joseph, 2013) ISBN 978-1405910903
  • Backing into the Spotlight: A Memoir (Constable, 2017) ISBN 978-1472127099



Year Title Role Notes
2013–2015 Backchat Presenter
2017–2021 Jack Whitehall: Travels with My Father Presenter Also Executive Producer, 4 series
2019 Jack Whitehall: Christmas with My Father Himself
2020 Jack Whitehall: Father’s Day Himself

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