Shaun WILLIAMSON (1965-)

Shaun Williamson This Is Your Life

programme details...

  • Edition No: 1081
  • Subject No: 1056
  • Broadcast date: Wed 24 Oct 2001
  • Broadcast time: 7.30-8.05pm
  • Recorded: Mon 15 Oct 2001 9.30pm
  • Repeated: Mon 2 Sep 2002 7.30pm
  • Venue: Fountain Studios
  • Series: 42
  • Edition: 2
  • Code name: Baz

on the guest list...

  • Melanie - wife
  • cast members of EastEnders
  • Martin Kemp
  • Rudolph Walker
  • Pam St Clement
  • Tony Caunter
  • Lucy Speed
  • Pat - father
  • Irene - mother
  • Theresa - sister
  • Trevor Fagg
  • Damian Archer
  • Henry O'Shea
  • Sister Mary Murphy
  • Daisy - nan
  • Neil Edwards
  • Gary Abbott
  • Alex Willson
  • Ian Seath
  • John Neeves
  • Angie Fling
  • Mario Constantine
  • Emma Cunniffe
  • Francine Lewis
  • Steve Furst
  • Tony Blackburn
  • Dave Lee
  • Sophie - daughter
  • Trisha - mother-in-law
  • Filmed tributes:
  • Dale Winton
  • Michelle O'Shea
  • children from Shaun's village nursery
  • Barry McGuigan

production team...

  • Researcher: Emma Dooley
  • Writer: Ian Brown
  • Director: John Gorman
  • Associate Producer: Helen Gordon-Smith
  • Executive Producer: John Longley
  • Series Producer: Jack Crawshaw
  • Producer: Sue Green
  • names above in bold indicate subjects of This Is Your Life
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Shaun Williamson recalls his experience of This Is Your Life in an exclusive interview recorded in June 2017

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Shaun Williamson recalls his experience of This Is Your Life in his autobiography, A Matter of Facts...

And so, finally, there I was. Only five years after my appearance as Paramedic Two, I clutched my first two-year contract (the longest contract issued to any cast member and proof that you've 'arrived') and settled down to become one of the cherished 'inner circle', cemented by my appearance on a particular TV show in 2001. We were just finishing a long, eleven-hour days filming in The Queen Vic and the last scene was between me and Lucy Speed. All I wanted was to get in my car, speed the two hours home to Kent and relax in my local village pub with a few beers. We completed the scene and I was convinced it was a 'wrap', but the director called for another take, claiming that there hadn't been enough video left in the camera. During the next take, I heard a commotion going on behind me and turned sharply to see who was ruining the scene and delaying my cherished pint. It was Michael Aspel, complete with a Big Red Book bearing the legend This Is Your Life. I immediately congratulated Lucy Speed, who had numerous credits as a child actor under her belt as well. But no. It was for ME! As all my fellow actors stood and applauded, I felt a sudden mixture of confusion and embarrassment. Why me? I was only 35 and had been in the show a mere six years. I mentioned this to the researcher and also that I always enjoyed the shows that featured lifeboat men who'd saved hundreds of lives or female French resistance fighters, but she pointed out that when these people were revealed as the subjects, four million people switched off. That's why they needed to keep up their quota of soap stars and footballers. Anyway, there was no time to dwell on that as I was whisked away in a people carrier to the studios at Teddington Lock, where I was deposited in a dressing room with a suit provided by Melanie (by now my wife) and, mercifully, an ice bucket full of chilled beer. The crazy thing about This Is Your Life is that although it's one of the highlights of one's life/career, you have absolutely no input into the evening. Melanie had done a great job, though, and, as I stepped onto the stage, there were no nasty surprises or indeed anyone that I wouldn't have wanted there. Looking back at it now (Adele transferred it from VHS to DVD as a thoughtful birthday present), I feel a conflict of emotions. We all look so bloody young for a start. They start off with a compilation of my highlights from the show and then introduce the cast of EastEnders, who walk on to a tumultuous reception from the studio audience. They are followed by Dad, Mum and my sister Theresa and so many friends who have gone out of their way to contribute. Trevor Fagg, whom I haven't seen for ten years, Damian Archer flying in from South Africa, Neil Edwards, Gary Abbott and Ian Seath from Post Office days. Alex Willson from HMS Raleigh. Angie and Mario from Club 18-30 days. It is a very unstarry tribute, which is accurate as I was never one to hang out in The Groucho Club. Also featured are Sister Mary from St Simon Stock Secondary School and Mr Henry O'Shea from Holy Family Junior School, my former head teachers. My daughter Sophie steals the show, however, as when she is introduced, she runs straight past me into the arms of my Mother, much to the hilarity of the audience. Personal messages from Dale Winton, Tony Blackburn and Barry McGuigan also feature and I close the proceedings with a rousing rendition of 'Danny Boy'.

Series 42 subjects

Michael Winner | Shaun Williamson | Paddy Ashdown | Tim Smit | Babs Powell | Saeed Jaffrey | Paul Young | Julian Clary
Jonah Lomu | Rosemary Conley | Ian Woosnam | Bill Oddie | Fern Britton | Nick Ross | Ray and Trevor Powles
Stephanie Cook | Ian Lavender | Jenny Seagrove | Anita Dobson | Henry Sandon | Linda Barker | Brigit Forsyth
Christina Noble | Claire Sweeney | Lloyd Scott | Julian Fellowes