Alistair McGowan

Alistair McGowan

Date of birth: 24-11-1964
Alistair McGowan caught the bug while a pupil at Evesham High School, impersonating teachers, and after graduating from the University of Leeds with a BA in English, he went on to study at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

After graduating in 1989, McGowan started work on the stand-up circuit, and was quickly signed up by Spitting Image to provide many of the voices. He also appeared in minor roles several Nineties comedy shows, including Harry Enfield and Chums, The Imaginatively Titled Punt & Dennis Show, Fist of Fun and Murder Most Horrid.

His big break came in 1999 when BBC One commissioned Alistair McGowan's Big Impression, later to become simply The Big Impression, to represent the input of the rest of the cast, especially Ronni Ancona – with whom he had a romantic relationship, which ended just as filming began. However, they enjoyed a long professional relationship, with Big Impression running until Christmas 2003.

McGowan has also been a straight actor, taking over from Stephen Tompkinson in the comedy drama, All Quiet On The Preston Front; playing Mr Kenge in the 2005 adaptation of Bleak House, and the title role in the short-lived detective programme Mayo in 2006.

On stage, he joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2006 for a musical version of The Merry Wives of Windsor opposite Judi Dench and Simon Callow; and in 2008 starred in a revival of Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado for Carl Rosa Operas

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New impressions show for Alistair McGowan

Redubbing news clips for Sky One

Alistair McGowan is to return to TV with a new impressions show.

The programme, provisionally titled Re-Dub!, will feature a team of new and established impressionists who will re-voice topical clips to give them a comic twist.

Ten half-hour episodes have been commissioned from Avalon Television, for broadcast on Sky One  later this year

Executive producer Richard Allen-Turner said: ‘We are delighted to be working with Sky on Re-Dub!, a new comedy show that along with Russian Twitterbots, helps further conflate fake news and real reports for viewers’ entertainment.’

Phil Edgar-Jones, Sky’s head of entertainment, added: ‘When the Avalon team showed us their initial piloted pitch for Re-Dub! I couldn’t finish my crisps as we were laughing till we cried. 

‘Re-Dub! is a gloriously silly and funny take on the world of news and celebrity from the mouth of Alistair McGowan and a host of brilliant mimics accompanying real world footage. We can promise a fun-packed half hour of pure joy.’

McGowan, who cut his teeth on Spitting in the 1990s, fronted his own Big Impression show on BBC One from 2000 to 2004; and in 2012, McGowan wrote and hosted the ITV comedy sports show You Cannot Be Serious,.

Avalon’s other credits include The Russell Howard Hour, Catastrophe, Taskmaster, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

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Published: 1 Feb 2018

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