In 2014, he starred as a Cornish person and Mebyon Kernow member in the BBC series W1A. and Trapped! In 2018 he provided the voice-overs on the Channel 4 series Rob Beckett's Playing for Time. You can unsubscribe at any time. A son of mongoose could tell difference!”. In 2017, he had a five episode guest stint in ITV's Benidorm. Steve Coogan was two years below him. But no one has trouble understanding his most popular character Aleksandr, the fictional founder of comparethemeerkat.com. The voice behind Aleksander the Meerkat revealed. He wrote for and appeared in Harry Enfield's Brand Spanking New Show. “However, recently, this great ambition has been made to look foolish by people looking for a cheap deal on their car insurance. Since October 2010, he has been responsible for voicing the character of Captain Barnacles Bear in The Octonauts. He attended the Manchester School of Theatre, part of Manchester Polytechnic. . "[6] He currently plays the Sid James character part in BBC Radio's Missing Hancocks series, in which the cast recreate the original Hancock roles in re-recordings of original scripts where the original recordings of the episodes have been wiped. Since it first screened in January the hits on comparethemarket.com have increased by 80 per cent and Aleksandr has nearly as many followers on Twitter as Kylie Minogue, as well as having 500,000 Facebook fans. He also contributed his voice to the video games Dragon Quest VIII and Tomb Raider II, among several others. In 2007, he provided the voice of Prince Charming in the English-French-Belgian-Japanese adult-animated Snow White: The Sequel, which is based on TV Funhouse alongside the voices of Stephen Fry as the narrator and Rik Mayall as the Seven Dwarves. The actor – who played Geordie Michael in I’m Alan Partridge – provides the voice for the Moscovian meerkat, who has become a sensation as the star of the Compare the Market TV adverts. Learn how and when to remove these template messages, Learn how and when to remove this template message, The Impressions Show with Culshaw and Stephenson, "SIMON JAMES GREENALL - LONDON - ACTOR - Checkcompany", "The voice behind Aleksander the Meerkat revealed - Telegraph", "How Passion created Aleks the billionaire meerkat", "Writers' Guild Awards 1994 - Writers' Guild of Great Britain", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Simon_Greenall&oldid=984259423, Alumni of Manchester Metropolitan University, BLP articles lacking sources from December 2013, Wikipedia articles with style issues from October 2014, Articles with multiple maintenance issues, Wikipedia articles with BIBSYS identifiers, Wikipedia articles with SUDOC identifiers, Wikipedia articles with WORLDCATID identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 19 October 2020, at 03:40. His film credits include Wimbledon. He has played Michael in the BBC TV series I'm Alan Partridge, as well as in Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa, the Caretaker in the CBBC game show Trapped!, Richard in Lucy Sullivan Is Getting Married and various roles in TV comedies such as Harry Enfield's Television Programme, The Armstrong and Miller Show, Alas Smith and Jones, The Impressions Show with Culshaw and Stephenson and Benidorm. Recent adverts have introduced a sidekick for Aleksandr, in the form of Sergei from IT, who is seen in his latest advert passing a towel to his boss as he relaxes in a jacuzzi. He was one of Grant Bovey's sparring partners when he was training for the BBC charity boxing match against comedian Ricky Gervais. In 2006, he provided the voice of the main character Robin Hood in the animated film made for the BKN Classic Series trilogy Robin Hood: Quest for the King. In 2015, Greenall provided the voice of Terry in an episode of Thunderbirds Are Go, a remake of the 1960s series. Thanks to Simon’s fantastic voiceovers, Aleksandr’s fans are just as interested in his antics as they are in the comparison site he was designed to sell. Go to http://www.comparethemeerkat.com/  for more interactive fun, When you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters. As a voice artist, Greenall voiced Iqbal and Martin in Bromwell High, the Twins in the Shaun the Sheep Movie, Captain Barnacles in The Octonauts, and Aleksandr Orlov in the Compare the Meerkat advertising campaign for comparethemarket.com.[2]. Greenall has appeared in the TV series such as Armstrong and Miller, Soldier Soldier, Fortysomething, Between the Lines, The Bill, Holby City, Kiss Me Kate, Harry Enfield and Chums, Monkey Dust, People Like Us, Doc Martin, W1A, Time Gentlemen Please, One Foot in the Grave, Inspector George Gently, Alas Smith and Jones, as Mr Skinner in the 2006 Doctor Who episode "Love & Monsters", and as the voice of Mervin in the MTV puppet show Fur TV. HE’S the cheeky critter who’s become a superstar . "It's very funny and we're sure it's going to make Aleksandr even more popular than he already is.". The 51-year-old, who now lives in London, became a household favourite in I’m Alan Partridge as Geordie Michael, a Falklands veteran working at the Travel Tavern where the cheesy DJ, played by Steve Coogan, was living. Simon, who is also currently starring in several Radio 4 plays, is said to be helping to create lyrics for the song, which is also expected to feature his pal Sergei. . “My grandparents survived the Furry Terror of 1921. He plays several characters in the British version of The Mr. Men Show, provides the speaking voice of Captain Barnacles in CBeebies' The Octonauts, and played the Caretaker in the CBBC game shows Trapped! He also voices the character of Murgo in the Fable videogame franchise. But we could soon be hearing much more of Simon’s turn as the rich meerkat . And it’s not the first time he’s sprinkled his magic in the media through his vocal talents, having given voices for the Mr Men TV series, several characters on the Monkey Dust show and Jones the Welsh Compere on the Charlotte Church Show.

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