Britt Allcroft (born 14 December 1943 Worthing, West Sussex, England, United Kingdom) is a British producer, writer, director, and actress who is the multi-award-winning creator and adapter of Thomas the Tank Engine & 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.
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 American animated 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, USA. She is also on the advisory council of Southern California Public Radio and the Audrey Hepburn Children's Fund.
Why She Rocks
- She was the one who brought the Thomas the Tank Engine franchise to television calling it, Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends.
- Made some of her other creations such as Whisker Haven and The Adventures of Mumfie.
- When George Carlin passed away in 2008, she and Siggelkow wrote tributes to him.
- She revealed the director's cut script of Thomas and the Magic Railroad in 2007, which led to some people starting the Restore the Magic petition.
- Created the tourist event, Day Out with Thomas, starting back in the 1980s. It is still going today, and is still a successful event in the United States for many reasons.
- She has been known to care about other people, especially her fans. Most notably, he cared about George Carlin for how enthusiastic he is, along with many people who worked with her.
- He and David Mitton always had a passion on the show, either it be adapting stories from The Railway Series or from Andrew Brenner's magazine stories (most notably Seasons 3 and 5), or best yet, writing original stories ("All at Sea" is an example of this).
- She and Rick Siggelkow have brought Thomas to the US through Shining Time Station.
- Was critical over "Thomas and the Royal Engine" after it came out, but then later changed her mind and clarified that her "concern was, in no way, about the actual writing of this story".
- Her movie, AMW didn't perform well with movie critics.
- Her attempt to sue the Bluebell Railway because she thought the character of Stepney came first was one of her poorest, but most controversial decisions yet.
- After Season 7, it was revealed she moved to the United States in 2004 to live in Los Angeles, California.
- Allcroft mortgaged her house to fund the pilot episode's production.
- According to Allcroft, Thomas and the Magic Railroad was partially inspired by the fourth series episode, "Thomas and the Special Letter".
- Allcroft has revealed that "P.T." in P.T. Boomer's name stands for "Passing Through".
- Similar to how Wilbert Awdry was critical of "Henry's Forest", Allcroft was critical of Thomas and the Royal Engine, and criticised its marketing, particularly where Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex was involved. The next day, however, she quickly clarified that her "concern was, in no way, about the actual writing of this story", and passed on good wishes to the writer, Michael White.
- Although she resigned from her company after the failure of Magic Railroad, she worked for Season 6 as executive producer, and worked on Season 7 as script consultant until her immigration to the United States in 2004.
- She met Wilbert Awdry in 1979 before the TV series came out, five years later.