Date of Birth : Jun 2nd 1953
During the brief period of BSB as an alternative satellite broadcaster to Sky, he had a regular comedy show of his own I Love Keith Allen on the Galaxy channel, a mix of stand-up and sketches.
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.