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 (repeated this summer in a much better time-slot!) 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.
In 2014, he played Professor Henry Higgins in a 16-week theatre tour - alongside Jamie Foreman as Doolittle and Rula Lenska as Mrs Higgins. He was part of the voice team on the film 'The Unbeatables'. He was part of Dave's 3-part 'England Greatest...' series of pre-World Cup programmes and gave a voice to Roy of The Rovers (for the first time in Roy's life) for Radio4's 'Characters' week.
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' 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). 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 has also 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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After spending the first half of this year on tour with 'Pygmalion', Alistair is now firmly staying in London for the next few months while undertaking a variety of different jobs
Firstly, he can be seen at The Crazy Coqs (20 Sherwood Street, right opposite 'Jersey Boys') in Piccadilly from Sept 9th-13th (8pm) performing a selection of Noel Coward's songs and poems in the show 'Sincerely Noel' which he and his wife, Charlotte Page - who co-stars in the show - devised a couple of years ago. They will be accompanied at the piano by the show's musical arranger, Warren Wills.
He is set to film several more films for 'The One Show' and has a week on 'Countdown' coming up before the end of the year.
Two other exciting TV projects are in the pipeline but, as yet, unconfirmed.
On October 2nd, he is narrating a concert at the Royal Festival Hall celebrating the work of Erik Satie
On November 8th, he is narrating Peter and The Wolf in St Paul's Cathedral
... and on December 7th, he is one of many 'celebrities'who will each be playing one of Tchaikovsky's piano pieces from 'Album For the Young' at King's Palace for the pianist, Lucy Parham.
Continuing the classsical music theme, he is also devising a show for next year's Edinburgh Fringe and researching a Radio 4 play about two different composers. Watch this space !