Phil was a former Middlesex and England Cricketer. A real character in his own right and probably better known today as a the captain on BBC’s Question of Sport and for his adventure in the jungle in I’m a Celebrity.
Phil Tufnell’s cricketing skills were recognised at Highgate School where he was appointed captain of the Junior School’s First XI. In 1984, Tufnell won the title of MCC Young Cricketer of the Year, and two years later made his County Debut for Middlesex CCC. Between 1990 and 2001, Phil played 42 Tests and 20 One-day Internationals for England, and 290 first-class matches for Middlesex. He was nicknamed “The Cat” due to his propensity to be found sleeping in the dressing room. During his illustrious career spanning over a decade with Middlesex, Phil Tufnell took more than 1,000 first class wickets in the English game, a feat only achieved in the modern era by Phillip DeFreitas and Martin Bicknell.
He retired from professional cricket before the 2003 season in order to participate in the Reality TV show I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! Over 13 million people watched Phil become the winner of the show, as he was voted King of the Jungle! by the British public. Phil is now a team captain on BBC 1’s Question of Sport.
Phil has entertained many television and sporting crowds over the years. During recent times, Phil has been able to combine his cricketing expertise with his ‘mischievous’ and ‘laddish’ reputation and regularly enjoys the banter referring to his alleged misdemeanours. Phil Tufnell has gained a great deal of experience in Question & Answer sessions. He is always happy to give his honest, passionate, amusing and sometimes controversial opinion on a number of topics, sport related or not. Through his openness, Phil tends to endear himself to the audience, allowing them to relate to his past experiences, which always ensures a relaxing and very enjoyable evening.
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Matthew Willetts MA is the Director of Comicus who has over 35 years experience in television, film, theatre, and comedy club/cabaret entertainment, working as a performer, screenwriter, producer and agent. He lectured at Southampton Solent University in Comedy, Screenwriting, Television, Theatre & Radio. Matthew can sometimes be seen and heard on TV & Radio and often quoted in the national press and media publications. As well as speaking regularly at festivals and industry conferences, he has been a judge at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Montreux Television Festival.
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