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Chris Tummings - Actor

I have been an actor for the past 27 years and have played an extensive range of roles in theatre, television and film as well as being a stand-up comedian for a number of years.

I trained at the Anna Scher Theatre and made my professional debut in Mustapha Matura’s play Welcome Home Jacko in 1979.

I am a founder member of the Black Theatre Co-operative (BTC) that produced a large number of plays throughout the 1980s, which toured the UK, Europe, the US and South Korea to critical acclaim. BTC collaborated with London Weekend Television to produce the highly popular sit-com No Problem, which ran for 4 years. Later, I was a regular feature in the award winning sitcom Desmond’s.

I have also featured in a number films; Burning An Illusion, a British Film Institute film about a black woman’s political awakening to social injustice and racial discrimination in 1980s London, where I played a victim of police brutality; Runners alongside Edward Fox in which I played the part of a streetwise youth and Water, a comedy starring Michael Caine in which I was one half of a double act with Billy Connolly.

Towards the end of the ‘80’s, I lived periodically in Miami where I set up the theatre company, London Connection, with Jeremy Oster. Together we produced Welcome Home Jacko, at the Scratch Theatre, which I also directed to rave reviews in the local press. In between directing I sang with a local soul-reggae band called ‘Broken Sound.’

On arrival back to the UK, I entered the stand-up circuit in order to re-establish myself in this country. This led to me co-writing and starring in Get Up, Stand Up, a comedy sketch and stand-up show commissioned by Channel 4 television which ran for 4 years.

I spent 2 years in the West End musical The Buddy Holly Story. Most recently I have appeared in Doctors, Holby City, The Bill and the West End production of the Lawrence Olivier nominated musical The Big Life at the Apollo Theatre Piccadilly and the soon to be released short film Blood directed by Kolton Lee.

I also have appeared in 'Fabulation' at the Tricycle Theatre and 'The Harder They Come' at the Theatre Royal Stratford East and the Apollo theatre Piccadilly.

I am currently starring in 'Soul Sister' the national and European tour.