Jamie Christopher Shannon (born February 7, 1972), is a Canadian actor, director, writer, producer, voice actor, and puppeteer, best known for his work in the Canadian television series, Nanalan'.[1] and the Canadian-American television series Mr. Meaty.

Jamie Shannon
Jamie Christopher Shannon

(1972-02-07) February 7, 1972 (age 47)
OccupationFilm actor, television actor, television director, television screenwriter, television producer, voice actor, puppeteer
Years active1989–present


Having worked together since teenagers, Shannon and his partner Jason Hopley founded The Grogs puppet company troupe in 1994. Shannon had first developed the idea for The Grogs while traveling in Europe and seeing the prominent place puppets have in street theater.[1] He and Hopley then developed the puppets for children's birthday parties.[2]

Shannon voiced three-year-old Mona in the television series, Nanalan'. He is also known as the voices of 16-year-old Josh in Mr. Meaty and as Swami Jeff in Swami Jeff's Temple of Wisdom.[1]

Shannon is co-creator of Mr. Meaty, along with Jason Hopley.[3] As puppeteers, Shannon and Hopley also created all of the 'Mr. Meaty' puppets, from inception through construction to the final puppet characters.[1]

Shannon's and Hopley's monkey puppets named Ooh and Aah began in early April 2007 as the new hosts of Playhouse Disney.[3]

In the Nicktoons official website, in the Mr. Meaty videos section, there is a "Nick Extra!" where Jamie and Jason show you how to make your very own Mr. Meaty puppet.


As actor
  • Millennium (1989) as Young Bill Smith
  • Stella (1990) as Teenage Heckler
  • Hayseed (1997) as Gordie
  • Canadian Geographic Kids! (2003–2005) (TV series) as Jamie, host
  • Mr. Meaty (21 episodes, 2005–09) (TV series) as Josh Redgrove
  • Nanalan' (1998–2007) as Mona
  • Swami Jeff's Temple of Wisdom (2008) as Swami Jeff (voice)
As puppeteer
As director
  • Nanalan' (2003) (TV series)
  • Swami Jeff's Temple of Wisdom (2008) (TV series)
  • Big & Small (15 episodes, 2009) (TV series)
  • GIVER (9 episodes, 2013) (TV series)
  • Mr. Meaty (21 episodes, 2005–09) (TV series)
  • Big and Small (22 episodes, 2008–2009) (TV series)
As writer & producer
  • Nanalan' (writer) (2003)
  • Mr. Meaty (21 episodes, 2005–09) (TV series)
  • Swami Jeff's Temple of Wisdom (2008) (TV series)

Awards and nominationsEdit

  • 2004, Gemini Award win for 'Best Writing in a Children's or Youth Program or Series'[4][5]
  • 2004, Gemini Award win for 'Best Performance in a Pre-School Program or Series'[6]
  • 2004, Gemini Award nomination for 'Best Pre-School Program or Series'[6]


  1. ^ a b c d Del Zotto, Cristina. "For Puppet's Sake!". Fine Cut. Retrieved May 22, 2010.
  2. ^ Sutton, Don (August 6, 1992). "Creators let irreverent Grogs be more than happy puppets". Toronto Star. Retrieved May 22, 2010.
  3. ^ a b Henry, Michele (April 4, 2007). "Canucks pull strings in Hollywood". Toronto Star. Retrieved May 22, 2010.
  4. ^ "'Shattered City' big winner at Gemini Awards". CTV. December 12, 2004. Retrieved May 22, 2010.
  5. ^ "2004 Geminis – December 11, 12, 13 2004". ACTRA. Archived from the original on July 7, 2011. Retrieved May 22, 2010.
  6. ^ a b "The 2004 Gemini nominees". Playback. November 8, 2004. Retrieved May 22, 2010.[permanent dead link]

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