Keith Drinkel was born in York and studied Drama at Birmingham University. He then spent two years at the Old Birmingham Rep where his roles included The Dauphin in "St. Joan" and Mosca in "Volpone". From there, he started his television work for Granada as Philip Ashton in "A Family At War".
Other television work has included the title role in "The Higgler"; Carter Brandon in two series of "I Didn't Know You Cared" and more recently in "Casualty"; "EastEnders"; "Doctors"; "Coronation Street" and "Judge John Deed". His stage work has included seasons at Chichester and with The Actors' Company. In London he starred opposite Rula Lenska in "Double Double" at the Fortune Theatre; and opposite Joanne Whalley in "Kate" at the Bush.
Keith has worked extensively on radio and has been a member of the Radio Drama Company twice. His own adaptation of Wilde's "The Picture of Dorian Gray" as a one man stage performance has played successfully throughout England. He played Laurence Olivier in a new play at the Old Red Lion, which he repeated on Radio 4 with Roy Hudd as Max Miller. Keith is presently touring in the production The Signalman with Rumpus Theatre.