Fast Facts

  • Was born in a rectory where his father was a vicar.
  • Inspired to act after seeing plays at The Old Vic theatre in London, England as a boy.
  • One of his earliest roles was the part of a pair of talking testicles in a surreal radio play.
  • Joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1981.
  • Played Inspector Javert in the original West End production of Les Misérables in 1985.
  • Shaved off all of his body hair for his role in Privates On Parade in 2001.


  • 2000, Olivier Awards — Best Supporting Actor: Winner
  • 2004, Olivier Awards — Best Actor: Nominee
  • 2002, Olivier Awards — Best Actor: Winner
  • 1994, Olivier Awards — Best Actor in a Musical: Nominee
  • 2000, Olivier Awards — Best Actor: Nominee
  • 2011, Olivier Awards — Best Actor: Winner


  • Sylvia — Sister
  • Rebecca Saire — Wife
  • William Allam — Son
  • Christine — Sister
  • Thomas Allam — Son


  • University of Manchester, Manchester, England (BA in Drama)


  • Birth Place: Bow, London, England
  • Profession: Actor

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