Alistair McGowan (born in Evesham on 24th November 1964) has worked in almost every area of showbusiness/the arts over his 27 year career. He is an impressionist, a stand-up comic, an actor, singer (most recently a pianist!) and writer of sketches, articles, stage and radio plays but is still probably best known to British audiences for 'The Big Impression' (alongside Ronni Ancona) which was, for four years, one of BBC1's top-rating comedy programmes - winning numerous awards, including a BAFTA.
In 2015, he played the title role in Jonathan Maitland's play, 'An Audience With Jimmy Savile' at The Park Theatre in London and at the Edinburgh Fringe. His performance received universally rave reviews. He returned to The Park Theatre in 2016 in Peter Quilter's play '4 000 Days.'
He continues to tour the country spasmodically as a stand-up comic (delighting audiences with his ever-changing range of impressions) alongside Jasper Carrott in 'An Evening Shared With Jasper Carrott and Alistair McGowan' - with several shows before the end of 2016 (in Winchester, Doncaster, Brighton, Corby and Bridgwater). More dates are being set for 2017.
In 2016, he wrote a one-man show called "Erik Satie's Faction" which he took to the Edinburgh Festival. An assembly of Satie's words and music, it saw McGowan making his piano-playing debut and followed on from an appearance at The Proms (as Satie) in 'A Satie Cabaret' alongside pianist Alexandre Tharaud.
He also took part in a 21-hour marathon piano performance of Satie's 'Vexations' at The Cheltenham Music Festival.
He has worked extensively in theatre throughout his career and appeared in the West End in 'Art', as The Emcee in 'Cabaret', the Mikado in 'The Mikado', Henry Higgins in 'Pygmalion' (twice) and The Dentist in 'Little Shop of Horrors' (for which he received an Olivier nomination).
As an actor on television he played Piero de Medici in 'Leonardo' for CBBC and took the lead lead role in BBC1's 'Mayo' (co-writing several episodes) and is fondly remembered as Spock in Tim Firth's ground-breaking 'Preston Front'..
He has also appeared on the big screen as Nico in 'Driving Aphrodite' with Nia Vardalos and Richard Dreyfuss.
He has been a regular on Radio 4 comedies and dramas throughout his career and has played Boris Johnson, Alan Bennett and Richard Briers in 3 different 2-hander plays in the last few years.
'He wrote the play 'Timing' (nominated for 'Best New Comedy' at the whatsonstage.com awards), the radio plays 'Three Pieces In The Shape of a Pear' about Erik Satie (Radio 4 - Listen Here:) and 'The Peregrinations of a Most Musical Irishman (about composer and pianist John Field) and the book 'How To Wean Your Man Off Football' with former comedy partner, Ronni Ancona. His love of sport has seen him appear four times as a guest on 'A Question of Sport' and he has also been part of Radio Five Live's Wimbledon commentary team. He has also fronted documenatries on Radio 4 about two of his favourite composers - Satie and Field.
He is also fondly remembered by football fans, players and managers of a certain age for his groundbreaking 'Backchat' Videos which made his name in the mid-1990s.
He has directed Noel Coward's 'Semi-Monde' at The Guidhall School of Music and Drama and 'The Mikado' and 'Pirates of Penzance' for Raymond Gubbay. His love of classical music has also seen him introduce 'live' concerts for Radio 3 and twice feature as a guest on Radio 3's 'Essential Classsics'.
He presented ITV1's doomed sports comedy show 'You Cannot Be Serious' and has also featured on 'Bake Off For Comic Relief', 'Mock The Week', has been seen on 'Live At The Apollo', is a 'Pointless Celebrities' winner, occassonally presents pieces on 'The One Show' and began his career by providing voices for the iconic 'Spitting Image'.
The wife's not bad either!
Alistair married the singer, Charlotte Page, in June 2013 - You can watch her singing 'Losing My Mind' from Stephen Sondheim's Follies by clicking on the link below:
Latest News Sunday 24th August 2014 19:33
After becoming the talk of the town for his performance in the lead role of Jonathan Maitland's play 'An Audience With Jimmy Savile' at The Park Theatre and then at the Edinburgh Fringe, Alistair is now largely returning to stand-up comedy for the autumn with several dates lined-up alongside Jasper Carrott before the end of the year. The pair performed successully together in the spring and hit Newcastle, Halifax,Cardiff, Exeter, Plymouth, Truro, Leicester and Salford before Christmas.
in January and February of 2016, Alistair returns to The Park Theatre in a new play by Peter Quilter, '4 000 Days'.
He is also writing a play about composer John Field for broadcast (alongside a documentary) on Radio 4 in 2016.
He is thrilled to be taking part in a Sondheim concert at Theatre Royal Drury Lane on October 25th in which he sings a duet, 'Come Play Wiz Me' with Tiffany Graves.
Earlier this year, he took part in a one-off concert version of Sondheim's 'Follies' at The Albert Hall.
After the success of his recent radio play about Erik Satie, Alistair is also planning to take a stage show about the eccentric French composer to Edinburgh next summer. He has to write it first.
He also appears with the Revolutionary Draawing Room Quartet in a concert at St John's Smith Square on Oct 27th and will be further indulging his passion for classical music when he plays a piece of Schumann for Lucy Parham's annual 'celebrity' concert at King's Place on December 6th.