Alistair McGowan (born 24th November 1964) is an impressionist, stand-up comic, actor and writer best known to British audiences for 'The Big Impression' which was, for four years, one of BBC1's top-rating comedy programmes - winning numerous awards, including a BAFTA in 2003. In 2012, he also hosted ITV1's 'You Cannot Be Serious' - a topical, 6-part look back at the week's sport and is a regular presenter of pieces on 'The One Show' about British accents.
In 2013, he embarked on a hugely- successful, 50-date stand-up tour in his show 'Not Just A Pretty Voice'. He also took part in the first ever stand-up show performed by two English comics totally in French when he accepted Eddie Izzard's invivtation to support him, en francais, in Sheffield. Click on the link below to hear Alistair's part of the gig:
In his home town of Evesham, he showed his knowledge of football when he interviewed Sir Geoff Hurst in front of a packed house in The Regal cinema which he campaigned a few years ago to bring back from the dead.
He has also worked extensively in theatre and appeared in the West End in 'Art', as The Emcee in 'Cabaret', the Mikado in 'The Mikado', Henry Higgins in 'Pygmalion', 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). He wrote the play 'Timing' (nominated for 'Best New Comedy' at the whatsonstage.com awards), the radio play 'Three Pieces In The Shape of a Pear' about Erik Satie (Radio 4 - Listen Here: 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 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 a 'live' concert fro Radio 3 and feature as a guest on Radio 3's 'Essential Classsics'.
He recently featured on 'Bake Off For Comic Relief', 'Mock The Week', has been seen on 'Live At The Apollo' 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:
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Alistair is currently preparing to rperise the role of Henry Higggins in a new production of 'Pygmalion' direcfted by David Grindley alongside Rula Lenska, Jamie Foreman and his wife, Charlotte Page. The tour opens at The Arts Theatre in Cambridge on Feb 24th. The full dates are :
10/3 Aberdeen, His Majesty's
17/3 Brighton, Theatre Royal
24/3 Bath, Theatre Royal
31/3 Leeds, Grand
7/4 Guildford, Yvonne Arnaud
14/4 Richmond Theatre
21/4 Newcastle, Theatre Royal
28/4 Malvern, Festival Theatre
5/5 Oxford, Playhouse
12/5 Coventry, Belgrade
26/5 Milton Keynes
2/6 Canterbury, Marlow
9/6 Plymouth, Theatre Royal
16/6 Norwich, Theatre Royal
His radio documentary, The Unsent Letters of Erik Satie, was one of Radio 4's picks of 2013. To listen click the link below: