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Jimmy Fairhurst is an actor, freelance theatre director and Artistic Director of the award-winning Not Too Tame.

NTT are specialists in creating unique immersive and site-specific work that is steeped in working-class culture.  NTT are firmly founded on the belief of ‘Theatre for All’; focusing specifically on creating work that breaks the boundaries of tame, polite theatre and engages those who feel that theatre isn’t for them. Their unique productions are hopeful and energetic, championing regional identity, community and the resilience of the human spirit.

Jimmy grew up in Warrington in the North West of England. He played academy level Rugby Super League for Leigh and Bradford before, (in his words) "doing a Billy Elliot" and changing routes to become an actor. 

Jimmy trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, where he was awarded the John Gielgud Award in his final year. Directly from college, Jimmy won his first role with the internationally acclaimed Cheek By Jowl and toured the globe extensively for three years under the Direction of Declan Donnellan OBE and Nick Ormerod OBE. 

Jimmy has had the immense good fortune to work with some of the industry’s most incredible creatives, including Mike Leigh and Cate Blanchett, and hopes that through NTT and other avenues he can open up opportunities for more working-class people with artistic aspirations.


For Not Too Tame: ‘Oi for England’ by Trevor Griffiths; ‘Conditions of The Working Class’ by The Ragged Trousered Collective; ‘Early Doors’ by Not Too Tame; ‘Tuck-Shop’ by NTT (Various Writers); ‘Under The Influence: 90s Britpop’ by NTT (Various Writers); ‘Electric Eden’ by NTT (Jimmy Fairhurst & Louise Haggerty); ‘Cinderella: A Wicked Mother of a Night Out’ (by Luke Barnes & NTT).

As Freelance: ‘Zero For The Young Guys!’ (ALRA North); ‘The Grandfather’ (ALRA North).