Tom Watt (actor)
Thomas Erickson "Tom" Watt (born 14 February 1956) is an English actor, writer and broadcaster, known for portraying the role of Lofty Holloway in the BBC One soap opera EastEnders. He is also known for his appearances on the BBC radio show Fighting Talk and his documentary films for BT Sport.
Thomas Erickson Watt
14 February 1956
|Occupation||Actor, writer, broadcaster|
Born in Wanstead, Watt studied drama at Manchester University where he directed several stage productions. One of his first television roles was in the comedy series Never the Twain in 1981, but his big break came in 1985 when he was cast as one of the original characters in the BBC One soap opera, EastEnders. Watt portrayed the role of Lofty Holloway, the barman of The Queen Vic from the show's inception until 1988.
Other acting credits have included roles in the BBC drama South of the Border, a South London detective show; the role of Norman in the 1990 film for ITV called And the Nightingale Sang, a love story set during the war; Boon 1992, with Michael Elphick; as well as a minor role in the 1992 film Patriot Games, among others.
As well as television and film he has had many theatre and stage roles. Most notably, he starred in the one-man show Fever Pitch, based on the Nick Hornby novel of the same name. Watt appeared in an episode of the BBC TV series New Tricks, had a minor role in Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes and appeared in a production of 'Madness In Valencia'.
In 2019, Watt reprised his role as Lofty Holloway in EastEnders for one episode, for the funeral of Harold Legg.
Television and radio
After leaving EastEnders, Watt began presenting sports segments for Channel 4, Radio 1, Radio 3, Radio 5 Live, talkSPORT, and Cable TV. He has also written, presented and produced several documentaries about football for BT Sport Films, including the Football Outposts series. Watt featured regularly on BBC Radio 5 Live's Fighting Talk, where we he won the "Champion of Champions" trophy on 28 May 2011. He also hosted Arsenal TV's Monday night Fans Forum until the show was discontinued. He also produced, directed and presented the Channel 4 children's sports show, Rookies in the early 1990s.
Watt wrote match reports and features for The Observer for several years. He has authored nine books about football, including The End, A Passion for the Game, A Beautiful Game and the legacy book for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. He was the ghost-writer for the David Beckham autobiography, My Side, which won a special prize at the British Book Awards. In 2017, Watt wrote 13 Years In Heaven with Thomas Salme.
Watt is currently an advisory board member for BounceBack, a charity that trains ex offenders.
|1992||Patriot Games||The Electrician|
|2005||Lost Dogs||Dennis Balch|
|2006||Flirting with Flamenco||Martin|
|2009||Sherlock Holmes||Carriage Driver|
|2016||The Cucaracha Club||Cameron Carrington|
|1981||My Father's House||Eddie||2 episodes|
|1982||A Kind of Loving||Wally Chisholm||2 episodes|
|1984||Love and Marriage||Paul||1 episode|
|1984||The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes||1st Loafer||1 episode|
|1984||Dramarama||Steve Berwick||1 episode|
|1984||Never the Twain||Duane||1 episode|
|1985-1988, 2019||EastEnders||Lofty Holloway||106 episodes|
|1986||Cold War Killers||Technician||Television film|
|1989||And a Nightingale Sang||Norman||Television film|
|1993||Comedy Playhouse||Gordon||1 episode|
|1994-1995||Space Precinct||Officer Beezle||4 episodes|
|2000||Happy Birthday Shakespeare||Mickey||Television film|
|2009||Doctors||Ray MacGyver||1 episode|
|2010||New Tricks||Stuart Russell||1 episode|
- "What have Lofty and Mary been up to for 30 years? Tom Watt and Linda Davidson on their EastEnders return". Radio Times. Retrieved 18 February 2019.
- Fighting Talk 10 January 2009
- "Tom Watt". HarperCollins Publishers: World-Leading Book Publisher. Retrieved 18 February 2019.
- "Cockney rebels: 12 EastEnders stars who tried to fashion a pop career - BBC Music". www.bbc.co.uk. 2 September 2016. Retrieved 19 February 2019.
- 161385360554578 (17 May 2013). "Tom Watt on David Beckham's retirement". talkSPORT. Retrieved 19 February 2019.
- "9788860527608 Thomas Salme - Tom Watt 2016 - Pilota (abusivo) 13 anni tra le nuvole - LibroCo.it". www.libroco.it. Retrieved 18 February 2019.
- Kingsley, Hilary (1990). The EastEnders Handbook. BBC books. ISBN 9780563362920.
- "From Wanstead to Walford". Essex Life. Retrieved 19 February 2019.
- "News | Bounce Back Project". Retrieved 19 February 2019.