MARK KEMPNER 

Mark switched careers 27 years ago, and became a professional actor and entertainer. Between acting roles, he manages his own Corporate Entertainments company, staging and writing Murder Mystery shows, film making days as well as many other team building activities! 
 
Mark is an excellent character actor and completely at home with comedy, as well dramatic and strong character roles. 

More about me 

I am known for playing a variety of character roles, mostly on TV and Film which is my passion. I was born and bred in Surrey and now live in Cheltenham with a base in London. I am very good at accents and an excellent mimic too. This has helped me enormously throughout my career as an actor. I thoroughly enjoy panto and have played all the usual "silly old duffer" roles! Barons and Emperors etc! I like the challenge of dramatic roles too and have played many both on mainstream TV, Film and stage too.  
I am represented by my agent Michael Gattrell at Chris Davis Management. Click on my spotlight link above for full details.  
Whilst I really only have time for mainstream paid work, I am happy (if available) to take certain roles in independent films and the odd student film subject to quality of role and script, by all means send me a message. but mainstream work must go through my agent.  

VITAL STATISTICS 

CASTING AGE 
55 - 70 
HEIGHT 
5' 9" 
WAIST 
34" 
CHEST 
40" 
WEIGHT 
12.5 Stone 
EYES 
Brown 
HAIR 
Grey/balding 

SPECIAL SKILLS 

Full Drivers License incl. experience with Large Tractors, Earth Moving Equipment, Forklift Trucks 
Large Yacht Sailing. Day Skipper license holder 
Experienced 12-bore shotguns to good standard 
Tennis 
Table Tennis to good standard 
Darts and Snooker to High Standard 
Singing: Bass-Baritone Bottom E to Top F (2 octave range) 
Good Guitar (acoustic) 
Basic Piano! 
Excellent mimicry and vocal skills 

TV & FILM WORK 

"FEATURED ROLES" 
 
Programme/Movie 
Role Played 
TV/Film Co 
Director 
Eastenders 
on showreel 
Tony Parsons 
BBC TV 
Ian White 
This Country The Aftermath 
on showreel 
Terry Clarke 
BBC TV 
Tom George 
Doctors 
on showreel 
Paul McBain 
BBC TV 
John Maidens 
Not Going Out Live 
on showreel 
Clive the animal impersonator 
BBC TV 
Nick Wood 
Criminal 
William Boyd (Cabbie) 
Criminal productions 
Ariel Vromen 
Suspicions of Mr Whicher 2  
On showreel 
Toby Boyal 
HatTrick for ITV 
Chris Menual 
Worlds End 
Dave (Publican 2) 
Nig Talk Pictures 
Edgar Write 
Sightseers 
Jeff Padstow 
Big Talk Pictures 
Ben Wheatley 
Business Mouse 
Voice over - see below... 
Dave Business Mouse 
Channel 4 comedy Blaps series 
Mick Bunnage/John Link 
Happiness Unbridled 
Mr Miller 
FFP new media 
Thomas Hetzel 
Kill List 
The Librarian 
Wharp Films 
Ben Wheatley 
Peep Show 
Marks driving Examiner 
Object Films/ Channel 4 
Becky Martin 
Down Terrace 
Dave Bearman 
Crooked Councilor 
Ben Wheatley Productions 
Ben Wheatley 
Love against the rest of the world 
David Summer 
Eccentric burglar 
FFP Media 
Stephan Bartmann 
Little Dorrit 
Miserable Horse cab driver 
BBC 
Diarmuid Lawrence 
Last Chance Harvey 
Taxi Driver 
Argumentative London Cabbie 
LCH ltd 
Joel Hopkins 
Modern Toss 
Dave 
Series of comedy Sketches 
Channel 4 TV 
Ben Wheatley 
The Uninvited 
Ron 
Miserable bar owner 
Pseudo productions 
Sean Harrison 
Ten Minutes Late 
John (lead role) 
"Strange man!" 
Ealing 
Film School 
Raphael Vogel 
Vital Signs 
Strange shop customer 
cheese slice man 
ITV 
Renny Rye 
Worst week of my life 
The Angry "insulted" Dad 
Hospital scene series 2 
BBC 
Mark Bussell & Justin Sbresni 
Crimewatch UK 
Barry 
Victims Business Partner 
BBC 
Michael Armit 
Holby City 
Mr. Wallace 
A lecherous consultant urologist 
BBC 
Shani Grewal 
The 7 Deadly Sinners 
Dave Greed 
Comical & greedy bank robber 
Godman Ltd 
Channel 4 
Ludwig Shamasian 
Eastenders 
Reg Conway 
The Electrical contractor 
BBC 
Graeme Hattrick 
The Light Story 
JJ Thompson 
The Scientist 
BBC 
Nick Davidson 
London Bridge 
On showreel 
Leonard Howard: 
Odd and sad lonely man 
Carlton 
Justin Hardy 
Wycliffe 
Mr. Davies: 
The Auctioneer 
HTV 
Michael Brayshaw 
Pie in the Sky 
Charles: 
The Horse race course official 
Select 
John Mowbray 
Serial Killers 
John Reginald Christie 
The serial Murderer 
Live TV 
Sue Smith 
The Darling Buds of May 
Ernie: 
The Postman 
Yorkshire 
Rob Tronson 
The Bill 
Reg: 
A corrupt barman 
Carlton 
Michael Cocker 
Jackanory 
Mr Floppy: 
The hippy school teacher 
BBC 
Phillip Lewis 

THEATRE WORK 

Spotlight Page No: 3076 Spotlight Page direct Link download full cv as a pdf 
 
Role 
Production 
Director 
RONNIE FRANZMAN (LEAD) 
Fear of the Cherry Blossom 
Everyman theatre 
Paul Milton 
ALDERMAN FITZWARREN 
Dick Whittington 
Buxton Opera House 
Philip Dart 
ROBERT 
Life Model 
Powerhouse theatre Co 
Electric Theatre 
Geoff Lawson 
BARON HARDUP 
Cinderella 
Buxton Opera House 
Philip Dart 
Toad 
Wind in the Willows 
Channel Theatre UK Tour 
Philip Dart 
Gordon Gosforth 
Confusions "Gosforth's Fete" 
Thorndyke Theatre Co 
Ken Michaels 
Diran 
The Sentence 
Old Red Lion 
Rodger Smith 
Fagin 
OLIVER "musical" 
Open Air, Surrey 
Gill Jarvis 
Down Terrace 
Dave Bearman 
Crooked Councilor 
Ben Wheatley Productions 
Idle Jack 
Dick Whittington 
Prince of Wales Cannock 
Glen Hayes 
Dr Rank 
A Dolls House 
UK Tour 
Sandy Truman 
Justice Squeesum 
Lock up your Daughters 
Harlequin Theatre 
Paul Bernard 
Judge Danforth 
The Crucible 
Harlequin Theatre 
David Gardener 
Nathan Detroit 
Guys & Dolls 
Hawthe Theatre company 
Nic Young 

 SOME REVIEWS... 

"The cast are ably supported by Mark Kempner’s amusingly doddery Alderman Fitzwarren." 
The Stage 
 
"...and I particularly liked Mark Kempner’s Baron Hardup, as a dotty inventor." 
Manchester Evening News 
 
"Mark Kempner played the fete organiser Gordon Gosforth, complete with a loudhailer maintaining amazing equanimity as everything went wrong in a massive thunderstorm! He put tremendous and skilful vitality into the hopeless situations." 
The Stage 
 
"The cast were all fine, but it was Mark Kempner, as the superb bombastic Toad, who stole the show. His escape from Jail dressed as a washerwoman was great" 
The Stage 
 
"Mark Kempner is a versatlie actor who managed his role perfectly, not only moving the audience with the drama, but equally able to make us laugh with the comedy" 
Time Out 
 
"Your range of characters and voices is amazing and was extremely well received" 
Corporate Team-building Client 
 
"Mark Kempner is a professional actor and also runs his own Corporate Entertainment Company. He was an exceptionally entertaining speaker, who gave us plenty of amusing anecdotes." 
LTG Conference 

VOICEOVER WORK 

Voice-over artiste Mark Kempner 
 
Mark Kempner is the voice of Channel 4 Comedy Blapps "BUSINESS MOUSE"... 
Video courtesy of Channel 4 TV Comedy Blapps Series and Modern Toss Productions. 
Playing Churchill at Blenheim Palace on behalf of the RSC, directed by Ian Wainwright 
Voices full demo montage 
1 min 40 secs 
Boycie car sales advert 
44 secs 
Michael Cain supermarket advert 
29 secs 
Wind in the willows story and voices 
2 mins 
Prince Charles comedy advert 
40 secs 
New York comedy detective add 
35 secs 
James Herriot Yorkshire voices 
33secs 
Kenneth Williams whimsical 
38 secs 
Australian Lager man comedy advert 
35 secs 
Northern Irish dramatic 
40secs 
DAILY MIRROR INTERVIEW 
Get Mr Angry! 
MARK KEMPNER'S ACTING-UP TO TEST FRONTLINE STAFF 
Edited By Tricia Phillips 
 
The next time you see a het-up customer howling at a bank teller don't be fooled - it could be professional actor Mark Kempner putting someone through their paces. 
 
His excuse for being downright rude is that Mark is often called in to help companies and organisations with their staff training. "I get as picky, obnoxious, pernickety and pushy as requested," says Mark. "After all, that's what I'm being paid to do." 
 
Mark owns corporate entertainment and training company TrueView Events. He explains: "Sometimes it doesn't matter what you say to Mr or Mrs Angry - they refuse to cool off. Companies realise their staff have to get them to calm down and the best way to do that is to train them to handle the most angry or awkward of customers. That's where I come in." 
 
One of his funniest experiences was the day he had to have a run-in with a hotel receptionist. "I was complaining about this, that and the other, posing as the moaning git from Room 134. A couple was ear wigging and as I got more and more angry they started to have a go too. I just carried on. The manager stepped in eventually to explain we were training!" 
 
Mark wasn't always a professional actor. He started out as an engineer and worked at Gatwick airport for years, fixing everything and anything - from baggage conveyor belts to aircraft loading bridges. With no formal training, he put himself forward for various acting auditions and gradually the work started to come in, as did a better and better agent. Mark is represented by Chris Davis Management. 
 
"I started off getting fringe theatre roles and some TV commercials including the original Opal Fruits to Starburst campaign. Featured roles in TV shows such as EastEnders, Holby City, The Darling Buds Of May and The Bill soon followed." 
 
"I started at TrueView Events and just fell in love with the work which also gave me some diversity and regular wages." When the owner retired, Mark bought the company and since then has been developing it, broadening the work it does. These days much of Mark's time is devoted to TrueView training. 
 
He says: "As well as staff training, we do a variety of team-building events including murder mysteries and treasure hunts, plus corporate party entertainment and film-making days. We recently went to Qatar and I had to write and create a James Bond spoof to launch a new Toyota in front of 2,500 people." 
 
"I employ about 20 professional actors and actresses and we travel across the country working with businesses and even local councils to help them get to grips with everything from snotty customers to staffing issues and legislation." 
 
His expertise in customer service and corporate role play training has led Mark, who lives in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, to become a bit of a stickler for the highest standards in real life. 
 
"I don't like to see poor service, especially when its directed towards me. Some of these big shops have salespeople with no manners and little regard for their customers. I'm not frightened to step up if I see someone being given a bad time or poor advice." 
 
He still manages to fit in in the more traditional acting work, though. "I've just played the role of an argumentative London cab driver in a feature film alongside Dustin Hoffman, and I'm also appearing in the next series of Modern Toss on Channel 4 TV in January. It beats being an industrial engineer, that's for sure!" 
To enquire about availability or to book Mark for an audition or show, please get in touch... 
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