Elegantly poised, tastefully dressed and with an impeccable sense of humor, Michael John Whitehall is an English television producer, talent agent, television personality, and author; best known as the father of comedian Jack Whitehall.
At the age of 80 years old, Whitehall has accomplished a lot of things and is still out there giving his son a run for his money. Formerly a theatrical agent, he represented the likes of Colin Firth, Dame Judi Dench, and Leslie Grantham.
The Early Life of Michael Whitehall
Born on April 12, 1940, Whitehall was educated at Ampleforth College, a Catholic boarding school in Yorkshire, run by Benedictine monks. Both his father and grandfather were commercial travelers. His education was actually paid for by his grandfather, who had inherited significant wealth from his cousin, a woolen merchant.
Career & Achievements
After his education, Whitehall’s career started with him working as a film reporter for The Universe, a weekly Catholic newspaper. But Whitehall never imagined himself being in front of the camera. So instead, he began to pursue production. Whitehall has produced several TV programs such as Bertie and Elizabeth, Noah’s Ark, Element of Doubt, The Good Guys, and A Perfect Hero. Meanwhile, finding the opportunity to become a talent agent, he represented some of UK’S finest stars, including Judi Dench, Colin Firth, Richard E Grant, and Leslie Grantham. At the same time, Whitehall has also made guest appearances on various television shows including Countdown, John Bishop’s Britain, The Million Pound Drop Live, Alexander Armstrong’s Big Ask, and Alan Carr: Chatty Man.
Michael Whitehall’s Career with Son Jack Whitehall
While his career had already become well-established and solid, his son Jack Whitehall jumped right into the spotlight in the world of entertainment as a comedian and also an actor. In 2013, it was announced that Michael Whitehall would present a TV chat show for the BBC with his son Jack Whitehall. And thus began the fun-loving on-screen relationship between the father and son duo that left the audience reminiscing the times spent with their own fathers and children.
In 2017, he once again co-presented Jack Whitehall: Travels with My Father, which was a travel documentary of a road trip through Southeast Asia with his son Jack on Netflix. In 2018, the show renewed for a second season where the two visited several countries in Eastern Europe. And in 2019, a third, two-episode season aired were the father and son visited California, Arizona, and Nevada in the USA.
Whitehall also authored books of his own; his first book was Shark Infested Waters: Tales of an Actors’ Agent, and his son Jack illustrated it. The book was described as a most entertaining memoir by the Times Literary Supplement, as well as being wittily illustrated. In October 2013, he released his second book Him & Me, and this time Jack was the co-writer alongside his father. The book consisted of two distinct writing styles which portrayed each of the author’s own personalities into their respective parts, making it extremely amusing to read.
Michael Whitehall’s Net Worth
Michael Whitehall’s net worth as of 2020 is said to be worth three times as much as his son Jack, having made millions in his career till date. The agent-turned-TV-presenter is estimated to have a net worth of $12.3 million, thanks to having represented some of the biggest stars of the UK.
Michael Whitehall’s lifestyle
If it wasn’t already obvious the media wasn’t successful in trying to infiltrate his life well enough for us to know all the nitty-gritty details of his life. So naturally, not much is known about Michael Whitehall’s relationships or his early love life apart from his two most significant relationships: His marriages.
Whitehall was first married in 1969 to his then-wife Jane McIntosh. But the marriage was rather short-lived, with the couple splitting up after just four years of being married in 1973.
After their 1973 divorce, McIntosh married lyricist Tim Rice and Whitehall went on to marry the television actress Hilary Gish. As of 2013, Whitehall and Hilary were living in Putney in the London Borough of Wandsworth. They also have three children together: Jack Peter Benedict, Molly Louisa, and Barnaby William.