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Timothy Bentinck

An animated GIF of a fly

Tim studied Modern Languages at school, then History of Art at the University of East Anglia, and trained as an actor at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. He has been a professional actor since 1978.


He won the Carleton Hobbs Radio Award in 1978 and joined the BBC Radio Repertory Company, which led to being cast as David Archer in The Archers in 1982.

He has played leading roles in film, television, theatre and radio, is a voiceover and dubbing specialist, with a huge range of vocal styles and accents. 

He is also a musician, travel journalist, inventor, computer programmer, website designer, house renovator and author. His autobiography Being David Archer - And Other Unusual Ways of Earning a Living was published in 2017.

He was awarded an MBE for Services to Drama in 2018.

The fly's name is Arthur, and he appeared on the first website Tim wrote in 1998. Which makes Arthur 25!

Showreel 2019

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