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Dermot Canavan

Dermot Canavan is a professional actor who is appearing in Hairspray as Wilbur Turnblad. Having worked extensively in theatre, TV, film and commercial, he is a famous personality in the theatre scene.



Canavan graduated from the Drama Studio London in 2001 with a Post Graduate Acting degree.


With years of involvement in theatre, he has amassed a vast number of credits. Some of them are Prospero in The Tempest (Ragz Theatre Company); Boswell in Office Suite at the Theatre Royal; Squire/Vanity in Mother Goose (Pneuma Arts); Abbes/Courtesan/Luce in A Comedy of Errors (Oxford Shakespeare Company); Falstaff in The Merry Wives of Windsor (Oxford Shakespeare Company); Fezziwig/Christmas Present in A Christmas Carol (Hidden Pearl Productions); Poppineau in In the Club at the Hampstead Theatre; Edna, Wilbur/Male Authority Figure in Hairspray Shaftesbury Theatre; Man 1 in The 39 Steps at the Criterion Theatre; Tranio in The Taming of the Shrew; Stephano in The Tempest; John in Get Got (Janski Productions); Smee in Peter Pan at Richmond Theatre; Keith in Dick Whittington and his Cat at The Lyric, Hammersmith; Cord Elam in Oklahoma at the Gordon Craig Theatre.


Janitor in Like Crazy (Ascension Productions); Manager in Civilised (Short Film with Riff Raff Productions); Sancho Jay in Don Quixote (short film with the London Film School).


His television credits include Thomas Bradley in Silent Witness (BBC TV); Catering Manager in Where the Heart is (Meridian Broadcasting); Clerk of the Court in Dalziel and Pascoe (BBC TV); Colin Stephens in CUFFS; Gavin in Doctors (BBC TV).


He played Dad in BT (A.V. Browne Advertising); Walt Disney’s Kevin in ABC 1; Dad in Morrison’s (DKLW); Regular Character in Peugeot Channel Four Indent (Knucklehead); Tesco Staff in Tescos (BBH); Magician in Harveys Furniture. Canavan has also appeared in various commercials including Sky TV’s Premiership Football.