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Alan Davies began a career in stand-up comedy as soon as he graduated from the University of Kent in 1988. Within months he was runner-up in the City Limits New Act of the Year contest 1989, and he was named Time Out’s Best Young Comic in 1991.

Alan toured fringe festivals in Canada every summer from 1989-93 and in 1992 appeared at the Adelaide Fringe Festival. Successful Edinburgh Fringe shows followed and led to an Edinburgh Festival Critics Award for Comedy and a Perrier Award nomination in 1994. The show was released on VHS as Live At The Lyric.

By this time he had his own show on BBC Radio 1 and was appearing regularly on Have I Got News For You and The Clive James Show. In 1995 he appeared at the Montreal and Melbourne Comedy Festivals and was the first overseas comedian to perform at the Auckland Comedy Festival.

Alan's BBC Radio 4 sitcom The Alan Davies Show was nominated for a British Comedy Award


 

In 1996, he took the eponymous role of Jonathan Creek, written by David Renwick, which won a BAFTA Award for Best Drama. The show has become one of the BBC’s most successful exports, achieving popularity around the world.

Alan returned to Edinburgh with another sell-out show, Urban Trauma, in 1998. The show toured in New Zealand, ran at the Duchess Theatre for a sell-out West End season, and then toured the UK to great acclaim. It was recorded for a DVD which was shown on BBC One and is 
still available today. The UK tour was covered in a BBC documentary Stand-Up with Alan Davies.

At this time his BBC Radio 4 sitcom The Alan Davies Show was nominated for a British Comedy Award.

Acting roles followed and in 2000 he starred in A Many Splintered Thing for the BBC which was nominated for the prestigious Golden Rose of Montreux award.

In 2001, he played another sell-out season at the Edinburgh Festival and took the role of Bob in Russell T. Davies’ Bob
 & Rose. The show was nominated for a BAFTA and won Best Drama at the Monte Carlo Television Awards where Alan was awarded Best Actor in a Drama.

In 2002, he starred in Auntie and Me by Morris Panych, which ran in a sell-out season at Edinburgh before transferring to the Wyndham’s Theatre for a four-month run on London’s West End in 2003. 2002 was also the year in which Alan took part in a comedy pilot produced by John Lloyd and hosted by Stephen Fry. QI has subsequently run every year since 2003 and proved a hugely popular staple of the BBC schedules, winning a British Comedy Award, a National Television Award and a host of other awards and nominations.

In 2001, he played another sell-out season at the Edinburgh Festival and took the role of Bob in Russell T. Davies’ Bob
 & Rose.


 

Alan took the lead role in an ITV legal drama The Brief in 2004, and then  returned to Edinburgh for another sell-out season alongside Bill Bailey in The Odd Couple.
A role in the hit movie Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging came in 2008 and he took the lead role of chef Roland White in
 the sitcom Whites.

In 2011 Alan and Stephen Fry were joined by Australian comedians in a stage version of QI which toured as QI Live!  to packed audiences in Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane, followed by Alan’s own return to stand-up, touring Australia. After a decade away from stand-up comedy, Alan has recently returned to the stage in the UK and is currently on tour with his new show, Life is Pain. He also toured New Zealand in 2013.

Alan is married to the children’s author Katie Davies, with whom he has two young children, and lives in North London.

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STEPHEN FRY

I love the way your mind works, Alan Davies…and I use the word 'works' quite wrongly.