Alan is a stand-up comedian, writer and actor best known for playing the title role in Jonathan Creek and as a permanent panellist on the TV panel show QI. His interaction with the host of QI, Stephen Fry, forms the comedic backbone of the show and is largely the reason for its popularity. He also appeared in the teen comedy film Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging. In 1982 he left Bancroft’s School in Woodford Green with 8 O-levels. He then attended Loughton College of Further Education and got 4 GCSEs and two A levels, in Theatre Studies and Media Studies. He was taught theatre skills by Piers Gladhill.
He began performing stand-up comedy in 1988 at the Whitstable Labour Club, and in 1991, he was named Time Out’s Best Young Comic. He continued touring and performing in the UK and Australia, winning the Edinburgh Festival Critics Award for Comedy in 1994.
Television & Radio Career
In 1994 and 1995, Davies hosted Alan’s Big One for three series on Radio 1 before appearing in Channel 4’s spoof travel show One for the Road (made by Channel X in 1994/5). He later played the title role in Jonathan Creek, as a trick-deviser for a stage magician with a side interest in solving crimes, between 1997 and 2004. Jonathan Creek won a BAFTA for Best Drama and was the show which brought Davies to mainstream attention.
Davies co-wrote and starred in his own radio sitcom, The Alan Davies Show, in 1998. Cassettes of the show were produced and released by the BBC, with episodes broadcast on the digital radio station BBC7. He played Russell Boyd in the BBC comedy A Many Splintered Thing, also in 1998 and 2000.
Davies took on a less comedic role in 2004, starring as Henry Farmer, a maverick barrister, in the ITV Sunday night drama The Brief.
On 16 May 2010 Davies appeared in the ITV detective series Lewis, as Marcus Richard, the quizmaster at a competition held in an Oxford college, at which some of the contestants are murdered. In September 2010 he began a three part documentary series Alan Davies’ Teenage Revolution (Channel 4), partly based on his autobiographical book My Favourite People and Me, 1978-88.
A DVD of Davies’s stand up has been released entitled Urban Trauma. A version of that show, which ran in the West End at the Duchess Theatre and toured the UK and United States, was shown on BBC1 in 1998.
He is also known for his role in the Abbey National adverts.
In 2012, following a break from stand-up that lasted a decade his acute brand of surreal observational story-telling made a comeback with a live tour called “Life is Pain”.
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