Britt Allcroft (born Hillary Mary Allcroft, on 14th December 1943 in Worthing, Sussex, England, United Kingdom) is an English-American producer, writer, director, and actress who is the multi-award-winning creator and adapter of Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends (based on the Railway Series by Wilbert Awdry) and Shining Time Station.
She founded "The Britt Allcroft Company" with then-husband Angus Wright (they were married from 1973 to 1997), known as Britt Allcroft Limited (later renamed Gullane Entertainment) which was sold and acquired by HiT Entertainment in 2002. Allcroft is well known for her creation of Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends, its American counterpart Shining Time Station and its spinoffs.
She was also the screenwriter, a producer, and director of Thomas and the Magic Railroad, and supplied the voice of Lady. She also created the television show "The Magic Adventures of Mumfie" and in the late 1990's remade the classic series "Captain Pugwash".
She currently lives in Santa Monica, California.
Allcroft served as executive producer for the first two series. She took Robert D. Cardona's place as producer from the third to fifth series after Clearwater Features closed down in 1990. In May 2000, Allcroft was a director and advisor of Gullane and returned for the sixth series as executive producer alongside Peter Urie and had script consulting duties on the seventh series. But by 2003 (a year after Gullane Entertainment was sold and acquired by HiT Entertainment), Allcroft had resigned from her remaining positions with the company and did not return for the eighth series. This was attributed to the poor reception of Thomas and the Magic Railroad. She also served as "Storyteller Director" for the show.
She also worked on a live-action kids show called "The Scoobs" and created an animated show for Disney Junior called "Whisker Haven Tales with the Palace Pets".
Allcroft and Rick Siggelkow are currently trying to get Shining Time Station onto DVD or back on television. She is also working on reviving "The Magic Adventures of Mumfie".
Both episodes were co-written with David Mitton.
- Rusty to the Rescue (co-written with David Mitton)
All 26 episodes were co-written with David Mitton; these nine episodes were co-written with Mitton and David Maidment.
- A Better View for Gordon
- Lady Hatt's Birthday Party
- James and the Trouble with Trees
- Gordon and the Gremlin
- Haunted Henry
- Double Teething Troubles
- Busy Going Backwards
- Duncan Gets Spooked
- Thomas and the Magic Railroad
- Lady (Thomas and the Magic Railroad)
- "Thomas and the Magic Railroad" (2000)
- "Mumfie's Quest" (2000)
- "Magic Adventures of Mumfie" (1995-1999)
- "Storytime with Thomas" (1999)
Awards and nominations
- Honouree - The WIFTS Television Pioneer Award, 2015, for "Thomas & Friends".
- Won - Gemini Awards - Best Children's or Youth Fiction Program or Series, 1993, for "Shining Time Station", shared with Rick Siggelkow and Nancy Chapelle. Two times.
- Nominated - British Academy of Film and Television Arts - Best Animated Film, 1985, for "Thomas The Tank Engine & Friends", shared with David Mitton and Robert D. Cardona