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Allam was born in Bow, London, England. He was educated at Christ's Hospital and Manchester University. His father was rector of St Mary Woolnoth.

He played Mercutio for the Royal Shakespeare Company, in 1983.

From 1985 to 1986, he played Inspector Javert in the original London production of the stage musical Les Misérables.

He has also appeared in many radio dramas for the BBC. In 2001, he starred in BBC Radio 4's adaptation of Les Misérables, as Valjean. In 2000 he played Adolf Hitler at the Royal National Theatre in David Edgar's Albert Speer. He won an Olivier Award as Best Actor 2001, for his role as Captain Terri Denis in a revival of Privates on Parade, opening in December 2001 at the Donmar Warehouse, Covent Garden. In November 2002 at the Comedy Theatre he co-starred with Gillian Anderson in Michael Weller's romantic comedy What the Night Is For.

In 2003, he appeared as former West German federal chancellor Willy Brandt in Michael Frayn's play Democracy which opened at the Cottesloe Theatre, in the Royal National Theatre. He stayed with the show for its transfer to the West End. In December 2004 and January 2005, Allam appeared as the villainous Abanazar in a pantomime of Aladdin at the Old Vic theatre, co-starring Ian McKellen, Maureen Lipman and Sam Kelly. He reprised this role at the Old Vic, once again with Ian McKellen and Frances Barber in 2006–07. In August 2005, Allam appeared in Blackbird by David Harrower alongside Jodhi May at the Edinburgh Festival in a production by German star director Peter Stein. The play transferred to the Albery Theatre in London in February 2006. Blackbird subsequently won a best new play award.

In 2006 he appeared in Stephen Frears's film The Queen, starring Oscar-winner Dame Helen Mirren, as the Queen's private secretary. In February 2007, he performed in the 1960s farce Boeing-Boeing at the Comedy Theatre in the West End, co-starring Mark Rylance, Frances de la Tour and Tamzin Outhwaite. In 2007, he appeared for the first time as Peter Mannion MP in the special episodes of the BBC comedy The Thick of It. He reprised the role in the third series (2009), and returned in the final series (2012) as part of the expanded regular cast.

In 2008, Allam played the role of Max Reinhardt, the Salzburg Festival impresario in Michael Frayn's play Afterlife, the production staged by Michael Blakemore on the National Theatre's Lyttelton stage. In 2009, Allam played Albin/Zaza in La Cage aux Folles at the Playhouse in London. Allam played Falstaff in Henry IV, Part 1 and Henry IV, Part 2 at Shakespeare's Globe, in the 2010 season. He won the Olivier Award for Best Actor. In October 2010, Allam was reunited with his former cast mates from Les Misérables in the 25th anniversary concert for a performance of "One Day More".

In January 2012, he starred in the first series of Endeavour, the prequel to the long-running Inspector Morse, playing the gruff but kind-hearted Detective Inspector Fred Thursday, young Endeavour Morse's mentor in 1960s Oxford. By 2018 Allam had portrayed his central character in five additional well-received series, which are also aired in America as part of the PBS Masterpiece Mystery! series. In March 2019, the show's sixth season had concluded on ITV, was scheduled for broadcast in the summer in the United States, and had been recommissioned for a seventh season to be set in 1970.

In April 2012 he also starred as Serebrayakov in the play Uncle Vanya by Anton Chekhov at the Chichester Festival Theatre. In 2013 he played the role of Prospero in William Shakespeare's play The Tempest at Shakespeare's Globe theatre in London alongside Colin Morgan as Ariel. Allam presented Michael Frayn at the 2013 Olivier Awards with a Special Lifetime Award which was aired by ITV1. Allam has also reteamed with Stephen Frears in Tamara Drewe, the film version of Posy Simmond's popular comic strip. He plays the crime novelist Nicholas Hardiment, who is bewitched by London journalist Tamara Drewe, played by Gemma Arterton. In the closing chapter of his Timebends autobiography (1987) Arthur Miller writes of Allam: "To play the 1986 Royal Shakespeare Company production of The Archbishop's Ceiling, Roger Allam gave up the leading role as Javert in the monster hit Les Misérables because he had done it over sixty times and thought my play more challenging for him at that moment of his career. Nor did he consider his decision a particularly courageous one. This is part of what a theatre culture means and it is something few New York actors would have the sense of security even to dream of doing."

Allam narrated the Channel 4 series The Auction House.

In October and November 2016 Allam appeared as Brigadier Adrian Stone in the BBC series The Missing.

Since January 2020, Allam has co-starred with Joanna Lumley in the BBC Radio 4 comedy drama series Conversations from a Long Marriage. As of February 2023, the show is in its fourth series.

In March 2022, Allam debuted in the lead role of Antoine Verlaque in Murder in Provence, a BritBox cosy crime drama based on the Verlaque & Bonnet detective novels by ML Longworth, alongside Nancy Carroll (The Crown) as his romantic partner Marine Bonnet.

Allam voices the demon Azazel in the 2022 Netflix adaptation of Neil Gaiman's The Sandman.

Roger Allam Photos


[West End]

[West End]
London Production at Duke of York's Theatre, 2018
Captain John Christie

[Regional (UK)]
Reading, 2003

[West End]
London Production, 1993

[West End]
Original London Production, 1985

Original Broadway Production, 1983

Captain Parolles (Understudy)

[London Fringe]
Original London Production, 1982

Roger Allam Movies

[1989]The Misadventures of Mr. Wilt Dave

[2005]Tristram Shandy Adrian

[2005]V for Vendetta Lewis Prothero

[2006]The Wind that Shakes the Barley Sir John Hamilton

[2006]The Queen Robin Janvrin

[2008]Blithe Spirit Charles Condomine

[2008]Speed Racer Royalton

[2008]Inkheart Narrator

[2010]Tamara Drewe Nichol Hardiment

[2010]Les Misérables in Concert: The 25th Anniversary Javert - 1985 Cast

[2011]Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Prime Minister Henry Pelham

[2011]The Iron Lady Gordon Reece

[2012]The Woman in Black Mr. Bentley

[2012]The Angels' Share Thaddeus

[2013]The Book Thief Narrator, Death

[2014]The Tempest Prospero

[2015]The Lady in the Van Rufus

[2015]Mr. Holmes Dr. Barrie

[2015]A Royal Night Out Stan

[2016]Ethel & Ernest 1930s Doctor

[2016]The Truth Commissioner Henry Stanfield

[2017]The Hippopotamus Ted Wallace

[2020]Say Your Prayers Professor Huxley

[2020]Uncle Vanya Serebrayakov

Roger Allam TV Shows

Endeavour DI Fred Thursday

The Creatives Charlie Baxter

The Thick of It Peter Mannion

Roger Allam Awards and Nominations

Olivier Awards - 2002 - Best Actor

Roger AllamPrivates On Parade

Roger Allam Videos

Roger Allam News

Ian McKellen Speaks Out Against Use of Trigger Warnings in FRANK AND PERCY

Ian McKellen has once again spoken out about his dislike for trigger warnings being posted outside of theatres. Find out what he had to say here!

Review Roundup: Ian McKellen and Roger Allam in FRANK AND PERCY

Ben Weatherill’s new comedy, Frank and Percy,  just opened at The Other Palace in London.  Check out what the critics had to say!

FRANK AND PERCY, Starring Ian McKellen and Roger Allam, Extends at The Other Palace

With phenomenal demand for tickets and most performances already sold out, producer Bill Kenwright has added two final weeks to the limited season of Ben Weatherill’s new comedy, Frank and Percy, at The Other Palace in London.  Learn more about the show and get tickets to the new performances here!

Tickets From £31 for FRANK & PERCY in the West End

Bill Kenwright presents Ian McKellen and Roger Allam in the comedy hit of the Summer, Ben Weatherill’s Frank and Percy, under the Directorship of Sean Mathias.

Ian McKellen and Roger Allam Will Bring FRANK AND PERCY to The Other Palace Next Month

Ben Weatherill’s new comedy, Frank and Percy, starring Ian McKellen (Percy) and Roger Allam (Frank) and directed by Sean Mathias, will have a limited London season at The Other Palace from Friday 8 September until Sunday 3 December.

Martin Shaw Will Lead World Premiere of ALONE TOGETHER at Theatre Royal Windsor

Judge John Deed stars Martin Shaw and Jenny Seagrove will reunite for the first time in a world premiere of the comedy ALONE TOGETHER - a new, witty, tender and thought-provoking play by Windsor-born actor/writer Simon Williams, for a two week run from Monday 7 August – Saturday 19 August 2023 at Theatre Royal Windsor.

SARAH & DUCK Returns To Theatres This Summer For 10th Birthday Tour

The enchanting world of the Karrot Animation and CBeebies' hit animated series Sarah & Duck returns to the stage this Summer! Featuring a host of wonderful characters from the BAFTA Award-winning children's TV show, Sarah & Duck's Big Top Birthday opens on Saturday 22 July at Lancaster Grand Theatre and then tours throughout July and August.

Review: FRANK AND PERCY, Theatre Royal Windsor

Two men bond over a shared love of dogs and discover they have rather more in common than first appears.

Photos: First Look at Ian McKellen and Roger Allam in FRANK AND PERCY World Premiere

Get a first look at photos of Ian McKellen and Roger Allam in the world premiere of Frank and Percy!

Photos: See Ian McKellen and Roger Allam in Rehearsal for FRANK AND PERCY at Theatre Royal Windsor

Check out photos of Ian McKellen and Roger Allam in rehearsal for Frank and Percy at Windsor Theatre Royal!

Theatre Royal Windsor's Summer Season will Feature Sir Ian McKellen and Roger Allam

The season will comprise of two world premieres Frank and Percy by Ben Weatherill starring Ian McKellen and Roger Allam (Theatre Royal Windsor Friday 9 June – Saturday 22 July 2023 and Theatre Royal Bath Tuesday 25 July – Saturday 5 August 2023) and Alone Together by Simon Williams, with casting to be announced, (Friday 4 August 2023 – Saturday 19 August 2023).

Review: THE TEMPEST, Shakespeare's Globe

Love Island meets Below Deck in Benidorm in this OTT aestival pastiche. Prospero dons a speedo. Questionable tattoos cover a few of the cast. The most unpredictable of twists stretches the limits of copyright infringement. It’s absolutely bonkers, but it works! Holmes delivers a modern, refreshing, and unconventional take.

Royal & Derngate Announces Made in Northampton Season 2022-2023

James Dacre, the Artistic Director at Royal & Derngate Northampton, has announced the theatre’s new Made in Northampton season, featuring eighteen productions. The programme encompasses plays, musicals, a feature film, On Demand theatre, podcasts and a new interactive digital work.

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VIDEO: Keala Settle Talks MURDER IN PROVENCE on Backstage with Richard Ridge

Watch as Richard Ridge catches up with stage and screen favorite Keala Settle, who currently stars in Murder in Provence on BritBox.

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Cynthia Erivo & More Among Audie Awards Finalists

The Audio Publishers Association (APA) have announced finalists for the 2022 Audie Awards. Finalists include Cynthia Erivo for Best Female Narrator and Lin-Manuel Miranda for Best Male Narrator. Leslie Odom Jr., Annie Golden, Telly Leung, and Jason Tam are also featured on audiobooks that made the list. Check out the full list of nominations now!

MOULIN ROUGE! Leads January's Top 10 New London Shows

Though hardly an ideal start to the new theatrical year, we want to applaud all of the incredible casts, creatives, backstage and front-of-house staff who are working so hard to keep shows on. If you can support productions, please do – whether revisiting an amazing long-running show or checking out something new. And speaking of which: here are some of the most intriguing London additions for this month. Keep checking back for our reviews, interviews and features!

Filmed Version of UNCLE VANYA Wins The Theatre Award at The South Bank Sky Arts Awards 2021

Uncle Vanya was filmed on stage under strict covid protocols at the Harold Pinter Theatre in the middle of 2020. The new film version of the production had a cinematic release ahead of being broadcast on BBC Four, making it the first UK stage production closed by the Coronavirus pandemic to have been filmed and produced for the screen.

Judi Dench, Amanda Seyfried, James Norton and More Join Charity Album INCIDENTAL: Music For The Stage

To launch the project today, two singles from  the album are being released: Rachel Portman’s prologue to A Tale of Two Cities featuring Judi Dench and White Lies’ prologue to Cat on a Hot Tin Roof featuring Amanda Seyfried, both of which are available now!

UNCLE VANYA to Premiere as Part of PBS Great Performances in May

The U.S. premiere of Conor McPherson’s adaptation of Uncle Vanya will premiere as part of PBS Great Performances on Friday, May 7.


Roger Allam has appeared on Broadway in 1 shows.

Roger Allam has appeared on London's West End in 4 shows.

Roger Allam's first West End show was Les Miserables which opened in 1985

Roger Allam has been nominated for several awards throughout his career. He has been nominated for Best Actor at the Olivier Awards for his performances in "Democracy," "Privates On Parade," and "Summerfolk." He has also been nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the Olivier Awards for his role in "Money." Additionally, Allam received a nomination for Best Actor in a Musical at the Olivier Awards for his performance in "City Of Angels."

Roger Allam has won several awards throughout his career. He received the Best Actor award at the Olivier Awards for his performance in "Privates On Parade". Additionally, he won the Best Supporting Actor award at the Olivier Awards for his role in "Money". These accolades highlight his talent and contribution to the theater industry.

Roger Allam's next show will be Frank & Percy which opens on 9/8/2023 on West End.

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