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Clive MantleClive Mantle
The Narrator
Plymouth, Woking, Reading

Clive spent five extremely happy years with the National Youth Theatre (1974 -1978), before an equally enjoyable time training at RADA (1978 1980).

His theatre work includes: Mitch in Tim Albery's production of A Streetcar Named Desire (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield), Stephen Daldry's The Ragged Trousered Philanthropist (Liverpool Playhouse and Stratford East), Little John in Robin Hood (Young Vic), Jurgen in David Hayman's award winning production of Coming Clean (Bush, London), Deborah Warner's Wayceck (Edinburgh Festival), Dave in the Nottingham Playhouse production of The Pocket Dream, which transferred to the Albery Theatre, Victor in Jan Sargent's production of The Price (Bristol Old Vic). Also, national tours of The Ideal Gnome Expedition for David Wood's Whirligig Theatre, Frank in Educating Rita, and Percy in Patrick Sandford's production of Rattle of a Simple Man, Achilles in Troilus and Cressida (Howard Davies - RSC Barbican), the Not the RSC festival at the Atmeida.

He has appeared as the guest star at the Wyndhams Theatre and Theatre Royal Bath, in the award winning production of The Play What I Wrote.

In 1984 Clive was nominated for an Olivier award, and won the Plays and Players award for Best Newcomer, for his performance as Lennie in Of Mice and Men, which transferred from the Nuffield Theatre in Southampton to the Mermaid Theatre. Clive has also extensively toured the play, and taken part in a total of six productions of John Steinbeck's immortal American masterpiece.

On television, Clive is best known as Little John in three series of Robin of Sherwood, as Simon Horton in The Vicar of Dibley, and as consultant Mike Barratt in 85 episodes of Casualty, and 32 episodes of Holby City. Other TV includes: Bloomin' Marvellous, Hello Mum, After Thomas, The Robinsons, The Poseidon Adventure, Fortysomething, Minder, Jane, Dempsey & Makepeace, The Lenny Henry Show, Hard Travelling, Scoop, Airbase, Smith & Jones, Wyatts Whatchdogs, Club X Flip, Chelmsford 123, Shelley, One Foot in the Grave, Bottom Boon, Drop the Dead Donkey, Framed, Dogboy, Wysiwyg, A Bit of Fry & Laurie, Jo Brand Through the Cakehole, The Good Book Guide, Alison, Doctors, Heartbeat, The Jill Dando Trial for Granada Factual, and the never-to-be-seen account of the murder of Billie-Jo Jenkins with the same team.

In 1995, Clive was the stunned subject of This Is Your Life, during which he was thrilled to meet his heroes from Worcester County Cricket Club, and the Chelsea FA Cup winners from 1970.

On radio, Clive has appeared in dozens of plays and comedies, the highlight being three series of the Sony award winning, Live Saturday night comedy, In One Ear. Many people will recognise Clive with their eyes shut, as he does countless voice-overs, narrates TV documentaries, and has an extensive career in talking books, mainly for BBC Audiobooks in Bath.

Clive has appeared in the films: Party Party, Alien 3, Orchard End Murder, Foreign Body, Without a Clue, Mack the Knife, The Secret Life of lan Fleming, Second Nature, Darkest Light, and in White Hunter Black Heart is the only man in cinema history to beat up Clint Eastwood and live to the end of the film!

However, the things that Clive is most proud of are his charity trek to Everest base camp in 2001, climbing to 18,420ft in aid of hope and homes for children, and he has also just completed his First novel, The Adventures of Freddie Malone.

Clive is delighted to be married, a father, a resident of Wiltshire, and a season ticket holder 3t Stamford Bridge!


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