Keith Allen life and biography

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Keith Allen biography

Date of birth : 1953-06-02
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Swansea, Wales, UK
Nationality : Welsh
Category : Arts and Entertainment
Last modified : 2011-02-03
Credited as : Actor and comedian, television presenter, Sheriff of Nottingham on Robin Hood

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Keith Allen, born Keith Philip George Allen is a Welsh actor, comedian, musician, singer-songwriter, artist, author, and television presenter. He is the father of British singer Lily Allen.

He appeared in the black comedy, Twin Town, the Channel 4 adaptation of A Very British Coup and played the lodger who dies at the beginning of Danny Boyle's thriller Shallow Grave (1994). In the same year, he turned in a critically acclaimed performance in a BBC adaptation of Martin Chuzzlewit. He was used again by Boyle to play a drug dealer in Trainspotting (1996). He also appeared disguised as a fictional hip-hop star 'Keithski' to present Top of the Pops on 19th July 1996.

He also appeared in the hard-hitting hospital drama, Bodies, as Dr. Tony Whitman. In 2005 he appeared in the Endemol-produced BBC2 television programme Art School alongside Ulrika Jonsson, John Humphrys and Clarissa Dickson Wright where he discovered a passion for painting. In 2006-2007, Allen co-starred in the BBC's Robin Hood drama series, as the Sheriff of Nottingham.

He presented TV documentaries for Victor Lewis-Smith's Associated-Rediffusion Television Productions: Little Lady Fauntleroy (2004), You're Fayed (2005) and on Michael Carroll - King of Chavs (2006). In 2007 his documentary Tourette De France appeared on Channel Four, in which he travelled with a group of Scottish people with Tourette syndrome on a Routemaster bus from London to the Parisian hospital where this condition was described by Georges Gilles de la Tourette in 1884.

His most recent documentary, Keith Allen Will Burn In Hell, appeared on Channel Four in June 2007, and showed Allen profiling the controversial Westboro Baptist Church, led by Fred Phelps, and speaking to various members of the church and Phelps' family. Allen made no secret of his opposition to the Church's anti-homosexuality views, and repeatedly called a member of the Phelps family a fool, and labelled certain punishing passages of the Bible, "utterly, utterly fucking vile." He additionally referred to a member of the Church as a "redneck". The same church and family were filmed as part of a Louis Theroux documentary just a matter of months earlier.

Allen presented the Manchester Passion, a contemporary retelling of the last few hours in the life of Jesus on Good Friday, April 14, 2006.

He was a member of Fat Les, a band which also contained Britpop artists Damien Hirst and Blur bassist Alex James. Allen was also closely associated with the band New Order. He co-wrote their only UK number one single, World In Motion, and occasionally performed with them live. He also appeared in the band's DVD New Order Story, where he played the host to a fictional New Order game show. He has also been involved in several other football-related records, including England's Irie by Black Grape and Vindaloo by his own group, Fat Les. He also contributed the song On Me Head, Son to the film Mike Bassett: England Manager, credited on the soundtrack album to Sporting Les. He also once danced onstage with the Happy Mondays in New York City.

Although born in Swansea, Allen is a fan of Fulham F.C., the oldest professional football club in London. He has produced a number of official songs for the club with his band Colin and the Cottagers singing with the club's chairman, and owner of Harrods, Mohamed Al Fayed. These include We're Not Real Madrid and Back Home, a reference to the club's return in 2004 to its historic home Craven Cottage on the banks of the River Thames.

Allen was born in Gorseinon, near Swansea, Wales, the son of Edward Charles Owen, a petty officer in the Royal Navy. On the BBC's Top Gear on 9 Dec 07, he said claims he had 8 children were not true, and that he actually has six children by four different women. These include pop singer Lily Allen, actor Alfie Owen-Allen and their sister Sarah Allen with his ex-wife Alison Owen. He was also married to Nira Park and had an affair with Julia Sawalha. He now lives with actress Tamzin Malleson. Their daughter, Teddie, was born in 2006.

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