Frank Whitten

Frank Whitten is a veteran of stage and screen in New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom.

In 2007, Frank was awarded the Air New Zealand Screen Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Grandpa Ted West on OUTRAGEOUS FORTUNE.

Frank has appeared in numerous feature films in both New Zealand and Australia as well as several films for the National Film School in the UK. His credits include: Vigil, Arriving Tuesday, The Man Who Sued God, Me Myself I, The Shrimp on the Barbie, Peter Pan and Waiting. During the production of the first series of OUTRAGEOUS FORTUNE, Frank also had a role in Peter Jackson’s King Kong.

In addition to appearing in productions for Thames and the BBC in the UK, Frank’s New Zealand television credits include: Heroes (which OUTRAGEOUS FORTUNE series one producer Mike Smith and co-creator James Griffin were also involved in), Open House, Funny Business, Mortimer’s Patch, Betty’s Bunch, Ray Bradbury Theatre, Erebus: the Aftermath, The Chosen, City Life, Gloss and Black Beauty.

In Australia, Frank has appeared in several more television productions, including: Hell Has Harbour Views, Changi, The Clean Machine, All Saints, Murder Call, Police Rescue, Good Buys Bad Guys and Love My Way.

Frank’s theatre credits are extensive and he’s worked with many of the major theatre companies in New Zealand and Australia. He was a founding member of the Common Stock Theatre Company in Britain and worked at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art for five years as a Director and Acting Tutor.

In between filming OUTRAGEOUS FORTUNE series, Frank has performed in a number of stage plays in both Sydney and Auckland.

Frank Whitten plays Ted West.

Q&A with Frank Whitten

  • Kaidio asks Frank: hey grandpa ur a fvcken ledgend can i have a go of that famous yard glass of urs i have the luck of the west can we meet ae rusty nail 4 a few beers and play some huge money at the TAB
  • Kels says: Hey Granpa! Your the reason why i love Outrageous Fortune!!! Your hilarious :) and awesome. Wish my Grandad was like you (aint that saying much). Keep up the good work & Hoping yous get to do Season 4

    Thanks and yes, season 4 is confirmed.

  • Al & Lori ask Frank: Will Grandpa Be the best man if Loretta Gets Married and Will he ever get a younger woman in his life since Rita passed away? Awesome acting love the show Cheers Lori & Al

    No to one and yes to the other.

    Regards,
    Frank Whitten

  • Kels says: Hey Granpa! Your the reason why i love Outrageous Fortune!!! Your hilarious :) and awesome. Wish my Grandad was like you (aint that saying much). Keep up the good work & Hoping yous get to do Season 4
  • Dakota asks Frank Whitten: You are a credit to the acting community of New Zealand…Wish i had a grandfather like your character. Ted’s next money makes should be pimping hoes…classic

    Dear Dakota,

    Thanks. We should go into business!

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