Tim Plewman is a South African actor, dancer, humourist, director, writer and producer best known for writing and starring in his own one-man comedy theatre show Defending the Caveman.
Born in Johannesburg on 26 September 1955, Tim’s career began in 1978 when he took over the leading role in the comedy Happy Birthday for Pieter Toerien, with only 48 hours to prepare for the role.
Tim has taken leading roles in six television seriess including House of Mankowich, Golden City Dreams (Best Actor nomination), The Tim Plewman Show and Pure Plewman for M-Net as well as The Carruthers Brothers, which he co-wrote and co-starred in with the late Bill Flynn.
Tim also directed Tom Foolery for TV and was Master of Ceremonies for the talent show Follow That Star. He has also played numerous cameo roles on television series such as 7de Laan and more recently appeared in the ITV drama series Wild at Heart and the made-for-TV movie Krakatoa (2006), for BBC Knowledge.
In 1998 Tim won the Vita Award for Best Comedy Actor Defending the Caveman, made it to No 7 in the Arts Category of the Top 100 People for 1999 in South Africa and re-wrote SA theatre history by breaking all show records.
In 2007 he published the book Defending the Caveman.
His comedy thriller The Insatiables, co-written with Jonathan Rands, won Best Comedy Play for 2008 at the South African Comedy Awards. In 2009 he debuted a new one man show, Designer Genes.
Tim was the first actor in South Africa to win a Best Actor Award for the farce genre of theatre.
He has starred in numerous other theatre productions including The Unexpected Gift, The Real Thing, Pajama Tops, Who Goes Bare?, Hello I'm 8, Two Into One (Fleur du Cap Best Actor of the Year Award), Doubles (Vita Comedy Award for Best Actor), Sextet, Not Now Darling, Uproar in the House, Pale Natives, and wrote and starred in Breakfast with Dad, a play that honoured his old friend Rex Garner.
He has also starred in such stage musicals such Joseph, Archy and Mehitabel, Snoopy!!!, Tom Foolery and Singin' in the Rain.
Tim has written and produced the comedies and musicals Grin and Bare It, Eddie Eckstein Extravaganza, Historically Funny and Fangs, and directed many plays, including Heel Against the Head (Best Comedy Production 1995), My Brilliant Divorce, Doubles and Certified Male.