Jim Whelan

Location: Eastbourne East Sussex
About the speaker...

I have been an actor for 50 years, and have worked with many of the top stars of Television and Film. Over the years, I have appeared in some of the biggest storylines in Coronation Street, Emmerdale, The Royle Family and recently Home Fires.
Having also worked as a Comic/Singer in Theatres and Clubs,I can put over my story in an entertaining and amusing manner.

About his talks...

I am a stand-alone presenter – I just stand up and talk so I have no need of any props other than a mic if it is a large venue.


My fee is £75 with 30p per mile travelling expenses when the venue is more than 10 miles from my home in Eastbourne. As far as travelling is concerned, I will go anywhere where I can reasonably get home the same day, so, about 100 miles. If the venue is any further afield, I would need accommodation to be provided.

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From Corrie to Home Fires, 50 years of TV

Public Speaker and actor Jim Whelan looks back at his career career in his talk called From Corrie to Home Fires, 50 years of TV.

Born into poverty during the second world war in the back streets of Salford, Jim’s talk takes us from 1942 to the present day. Charting the highs and lows of a life and career that has seen him work with such luminaries as Rod Steiger, Anthony Perkins, David Tennant, David Morrissey, Ray Winstone and more recently Samantha Bond, Francesca Annis and Ed Stoppard. He has appeared in Coronation Street in every Decade that it has existed and after more than fifty episodes, playing seven characters, is friendly with many of the ‘regulars’. The talk is given in a humorous and entertaining manner; having been a ‘Stand up’ comic for many years, Jim can bring out the anecdotes and will happily do a question and answer segment if required.

Christmas With the Soap Stars

Public Speaker and actor Jim Whelan talks about Christmas With the Soap Stars

Straight after this picture was taken, Jim went off to do Panto. Over the years he has performed in more than thirty such shows. His first was in 1970 when he played Billy Crusoe at Oldham Repertory Theatre, the Dame that year was Roy Barrowclough and they remained friends until Ray’s death.

What happens to Soap Stars when they leave their regular shows? Their first call is often Pantomime and Jim has a fund of stories and anecdotes from these encounters. This amusing and informative talk is particularly suited to the Christmas period.

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