Britt Allcroft (born Hillary Mary Allcroft, December 14, 1943 in Worthing, England, United Kingdom) is the multi-award-winning creator of Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends. She founded "The Britt Allcroft Company" with then-husband Angus Wright, 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 and its American counterpart Shining Time Station. She was also the screenwriter and director of Thomas and the Magic Railroad, and even supplied the voice of Lady. She also created the television show "The Magic Adventures of Mumfie" and in the late 1990s remade the classic series "Captain Pugwash".
Allcroft served as executive producer for the first two seasons. She took Robert D. Cardona's place as producer from season 3 to 5 after Clearwater Features closed down in 1990. In May 2000, Allcroft was a director and advisor of Gullane and returned for the sixth season as executive producer alongside Peter Urie. She then returned as creative consultant for the seventh season, but by 2003 (a year after Gullane Entertainment was sold and acquired by HiT), Allcroft had resigned from her remaining positions with the company and did not return for the eighth season. This was attributed to the poor reception of Thomas and the Magic Railroad. She also worked on a live-action kids show called "The Scoobs".
Allcroft and Rick Siggelkow are currently trying to get Shining Time Station onto DVD or back on television.
- Lady (Thomas and the Magic Railroad)
Awards and nominations
- 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.