Justin Fletcher, MBE is a television personality, actor, and comedian from England. He is mostly known for his work on the BBC pre-school television channel ‘CBeebies.’ A native of Berkshire, he pursued a degree in drama at the Guildford School of Acting. During his final year there, he took the decision to work in children’s television. He subsequently developed a showreel called ‘Justin Time’ and distributed its copies among various broadcasters and production companies. Having made his television debut in 1994 in an episode of the ITV comedy series ‘Class Act’, Fletcher served as the presenter of GMTV’s preschool children's show ‘Fun Song Factory’ in 1998. In 2002, he began hosting the BBC/CBeebies show ‘Tikkabilla’ and voicing the characters Jake and Doodles in the same networks’ live-action children’s entertainment series ‘Tweenies’. He has also lent his voice to both Shaun and Timmy in the ‘Shaun the Sheep’ entertainment franchise. His other credits include ‘Something Special’, ‘A Midsummer Night's Dream’, ‘Justin’s House’, and ‘Gigglebiz’. Over the course of his long career, Fletcher has received numerous accolades, including being appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire in 2008.
Childhood & Early Life
Justin Fletcher was born on June 15, 1970, in Reading, Berkshire, England to a songwriter father and homemaker mother. His father, Guy Fletcher, once wrote songs for Elvis Presley, Cliff Richard, Joe Cocker, and The Hollies. Fletcher has three sisters, Amity, Juliette, and Liberty. He also has a brother.
Fletcher earned his degree in drama from the Guildford School of Acting. During his final year there, he became a regular viewer of CBBC’s interstitial program ‘The Broom Cupboard’. He especially loved watching the shows that were presented by Phillip Schofield and Gordon the Gopher and soon decided to pursue a career in children’s television.
He subsequently became acquainted with Schofield, who advised him to put together a showreel for TV executives.
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While Justin Fletcher was a student at Guildford School of Acting, he developed a number of comedic characters. He then created the showreel ‘Justin Time’ and sent its copies to TV executives.
The showreel ‘Justin Time’ was comprised of his performances as two characters: Anna Conda, a myopic warden of a reptile house, and Arthur Sleep, a regional newsreader who has the ability to fall asleep anywhere anytime and finds it hard to stay awake at his work.
Following his graduation, he was hired as the presenter of Will Brenton and Iain Lauchlan’s GMTV show ‘Fun Song Factory’ in 1998. He had made his TV debut in an episode of the comedy-drama series ‘Class Act’ in 1994. ‘Fun Song Factory’ was his first venture into the world of children’s entertainment, as well as his first collaboration with Brenton and Lauchlan.
One of Fletcher’s earliest works on CBeebies was as the presenter of ‘Tikkabilla’, which seeks to educate pre-school children while simultaneously entertaining them. Fletcher was affiliated with the program from 2002 to 2004. He then served as a co-presenter, along with Sarah-Jane Honeywell, of the spin-off series ‘Higgledy House’.
In 2008, CBeebies greenlit three different pilots which were to be developed by Fletcher. In November, they aired all three. One of them, ‘Gigglebiz’, was chosen to be made into a full series. Fletcher subsequently incorporated the characters from the other two shows into ‘Gigglebiz’ (2009-present).
In 2011, he began hosting ‘Justin’s House’, a show that he co-created. Four series of the show have been aired to date. That year, he also appeared in the family musical special ‘The CBeebies Christmas Show: Thumbelina’.
Over the years, Fletcher has done extensive voice work. Besides lending his voice to both Shaun and Timmy in the ‘Shaun the Sheep’ entertainment franchise, he provided the voice for Jake and Doodles in ‘Tweenies’ (2002), a BBC and CBeebies show created by Brenton and Lauchlan. He has also voiced Harold in ‘Thomas the Tank Engine’.
Fletcher released his debut album, ‘Hands Up the Album’, in 2012. It was followed by ‘Best Friends’ in 2013. His third album, ‘Just Party’, was put out in 2015. In 2016, he essayed the role of Nick Bottom in the telefilm ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’.
Justin Fletcher was the presenter of the popular program ‘Something Special’. Originally aired between 2003 and 2014 on CBeebies, the show’s aim was to introduce children to Makaton signing. Furthermore, it was specially designed for children with delayed learning and communication difficulties.
Besides serving as the presenter, Fletcher portrayed various characters in the show, ‘Something Special,’ including Mr Tumble, a good-natured clown who himself demonstrates delayed learning and communication difficulties. Fletcher has won the BAFTA Children’s Award for Best Presenter twice (2008 and 2010) for the show.
Fletcher has voiced Shaun the Sheep and Timmy in ‘Shaun the Sheep’ (2007-16) and ‘Shaun the Sheep Movie’ (2015). He has also provided the voice for the latter character in the spin-off show ‘Timmy Time’ (2009-12). He is set to reprise the roles in the upcoming film ‘A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon’.
Family & Personal Life
Fletcher presently resides in Winnersh, Wokingham, Berkshire. Little else is known about his private life.