Henry Cole

The description "prolific and versatile" hardly does Henry Cole justice. Over the last 25 years, he has worked as an actor, voice artist and presenter and directed and/or produced feature films, documentaries, television programs, commercials, pop videos and concert movies. He started out in the late 1980s with bit parts in the boating soap "Howards' Way" and the futuristic thriller "Rules of Engagement" before making his feature bow as a writer-director with the 1996 drama "Mad Dogs and Englishmen," which starred C. Thomas Howell as a motorcycle courier trying to wean socialite Elizabeth Hurley off heroin. Cole followed this by executive producing the Andrew McCarthy comedy "Dead Funny" and producing the 1998 TV-movie about Princess Diana's romance with James Hewitt, "Princess in Love." However, he has only returned to movies once since, for the unreleased Blackpool saga, "Danny," and has concentrated on small-screen projects. As a presenter, he has tended to opt for assignments like "Great Drives" and "Riding Route 66" that allow him to indulge his twin passions of travel and motorbikes. He also fronted "London's Greatest Hits," which complemented his rockumentary collaborations with Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, Michael Jackson, and many others. In addition to the BBC drama series "Filthy Rich," Cole has also produced numerous programs for terrestrial and satellite channels, including the award-winning study of war cameramen "Frontline Stories," the Vegas Mafia exposé "Mob Law," and the underwater adventure "Return to Kuantan," as well as such infotainment shows as "Grimebusters," "The Original IT Girls" and "William's Women."