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Alan Davies

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Born in Essex, comedian and actor Alan Davies began performing stand-up in the late 1980s. Successful throughout the early 1990s when he won multiple awards, he is now best known for playing the titular role in BBC One murder mystery comedy series Jonathan Creek from 1997; and as resident "fool" panellist on QI.

Biography

Alan Davies was born in Loughton, Essex, and was brought up in Chingford, on the outskirts of London. After graduating in Drama & Theatre Studies from the University of Kent in 1988 (which would award him an honorary Doctorate in 2003, his first forays into comedy began that same year at the Whitstable Labour Club. He soon made a name for himself, winning the Time Out Best Young Comic in 1991, and the Edinburgh Festival Critics Awards for Comedy in 1994. That year's show was released on cassette the year later as Alan Davies Live At The Lyric, recorded at the Lyric Theatre. Later, a version of his stand-up comedy show 'Urban Trauma', which ran in the West End at the Duchess Theatre and toured the UK and Australia, was shown on BBC One in 1998.

In [y]1994[y] and 1995, Davies hosted Alan's Big One for three consecutive series on BBC Radio 1 and then appeared in Channel 4's spoof travel show One For The Road. This led to perhaps his first major role, as the title character in Jonathan Creek. Here he played a man tasked with the constant job of devising new tricks for a stage magician, with a side interest in solving crimes. This would run from 1997 to 2004, with a special episode broadcast on New Year's Day 2009.

In 1998, Davies co-wrote and starred in his own radio sitcom, The Alan Davies Show, and in 2001 he took on the role of Robert Gossage in Bob and Rose, a comedy drama about a gay man who falls for a woman. During this period he also featured in several advertisements for the bank Abbey National. He has undertaken a number of dramatic roles, including a much-loved cameo in the episode of ITV detective series Lewis, in which he played Marcus Richard, a scamming quizmaster at a tournament at an Oxford University college. Since 2014, he has hosted his own comedy chat show on Dave, entitled Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled, and the programme The Dog Rescuers on Channel 5, which follows the work of the animal charity RSPCA.

Davies is best-known across the United Kingdom for his role as permanent panellist on the long-running BBC Two quiz game QI, outlasting hosts Stephen Fry (2003-2016) and Sandi Toksvig (2016-). He has appeared in almost every episode, apart from the 2011 Comic Relief special, and Episode 10 of Series D, 'Divination', in which a short, pre-recorded video was shown instead, as he was in Paris attending the 2006 Champions League final during the time of recording, watching his beloved favourite football team, Arsenal F.C. Indeed, in 2001 he even began hosting a podcast focused on the club, entitled "The Tuesday Club", which ran from 2011 to 2018.

In 2019 he played the role of university physics professor Henry Brooks in David Baddiel's play "God's Dice", which premiered at the Soho Theatre in London.

Gender
Male
Nationality
England
Born
Sunday 6th March 1966 (54 years-old)

Known for

Credits

 
Year Production Role
2020 QI - Series R Coming Soon Regular Panellist
2020 QI - Sport Relief Special Regular Panellist
2019 The Graham Norton Show - Series 26
  1. Special - Graham Norton's Good Show Business Guide
Self
2019 QI - Series Q Regular Panellist
2019 Livewire Festival (Blackpool) Self
2019 Brighton Comedy Garden Self
2019 Imagine... Jo Brand: No Holds Barred Self
2018 The Midnight Gang Porter
2018 QI - Series P Regular Panellist
2018 The Bromley Boys Donald Roberts
2018 All Round To Mrs. Brown's - Series 2
  1. E5 - Episode Five
Guest
2018 The Unbelievable Truth - Series 20
  1. E5 - Episode Five
  2. E2 - Episode Two
Guest
2018 Funny Women: Jo Brand Self
2018 Damned - Series 2 Al Kavanagh
2017 QI - Series O Regular Panellist
2017 The Last Leg - Series 10
  1. E5 - Episode Five
Guest
2017 Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled - Series 5 Host / Presenter
2016 Jonathan Creek - Daemons' Roost Jonathan Creek
2016 The Graham Norton Story Self
2016 QI - Series N Regular Panellist
2016 The Jonathan Ross Show - Series 11
  1. E6 - Russell Brand, Alan Davies, Sharon Horgan, Matt Goss, Luke Goss, Rebecca Ferguson
Guest
2016 Damned - Series 1 Al Kavanagh
2016 Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled - Series 4 Host / Presenter
2016 Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled - Series 1 Highlights Host / Presenter
2015 A Life On Screen - Stephen Fry Self
2015 Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled - Series 3 Host / Presenter
2015 QI - Series M Regular Panellist
2015 Would I Lie To You? - Series 9
  1. Special - The Unseen Bits
  2. E4 - Episode Four
Guest
2015 Gilded Balloon 30th Anniversary Gala Self
2015 Alan Davies: Work in Progress 2 Self
2015 The Jonathan Ross Show - Series 8
  1. E4 - Ant & Dec, Alan Davies, Goldie Hawn, Diana Krall
Guest
2015 The Last Leg - Series 5
  1. E2 - Episode Two
Guest
2015 Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled - Series 2 Host / Presenter
2014 QI - Series L Regular Panellist
2014 Tonight At The London Palladium - Series 1
  1. E1 - Episode One
Guest
2014 The Football's On - Series 2
  1. E5 - Episode Five
Guest
2014 MacAulay And Co - Edinburgh 2014
  1. E1 - Episode One
Guest
2014 Alan Davies: Little Victories Self
2014 The Football's On - Series 1
  1. E19 - Episode Nineteen
Guest
2014 Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled - Series 1 Host / Presenter
2014 Damned - Pilot Al Kavanagh
2014 Alan Davies - Life Is Pain Host / Presenter
2014 Alan Davies - Life Is Pain Writer
2014 Jonathan Creek - Series 5 Jonathan Creek
2014 Alan Davies Apr├Ęs-Ski Host / Presenter
2014 The Graham Norton Show - Series 14
  1. E14 - Matthew McConaughey, Julianne Moore, Alan Davies, Sheryl Crow
Guest
2013 8 Out Of 10 Cats - Series 16
  1. Special - Christmas Special
Guest
2013 The Matt Lucas Awards - Series 2
  1. Special - Christmas Special
Guest
2013 Respect: A Felix Dexter Special Self
2013 QI - Series K Regular Panellist
2013 Jonathan Creek - The Clue Of The Savant's Thumb Jonathan Creek
2013 The Graham Norton Show - Series 12
  1. Special - Highlights Special
  2. E12 - Quentin Tarantino, James McAvoy, Alan Davies, Emile Sande
Guest
2012 QI - Series J Regular Panellist
2012 What's So Funny? - 2012 Specials
  1. Special - Edinburgh Festival
Guest
2012 Alan Davies - Life is Pain Self
2012 The Graham Norton Show - Series 11
  1. Special - Highlights Special
Guest
2012 QI - Shakespeare Season Special
  1. The Immortal Bard
Regular Panellist
2012 The Unbelievable Truth - Series 9
  1. E6 - Episode Six
  2. E3 - Episode Three
Guest
2012 The Graham Norton Show - Series 10
  1. E12 - Sir Patrick Stewart, Liam Neeson, Alan Davies
Guest
2012 The Unbelievable Truth - Series 8
  1. E6 - Episode Six
  2. E3 - Episode Three
Guest
2011 Ben Elton: Laughing At The 80s Self
2011 Little Crackers - Little Crackers 2011 Comedian
2011 Little Crackers - Little Crackers 2011
  1. E5 - Alan Davies' Little Cracker
Self
2011 Little Crackers - Little Crackers 2011 Writer
2011 I've Never Seen Star Wars - Series 4
  1. E3 - Alan Davies
Guest
2011 QI - Making Of Special
  1. QI Genesis
Regular Panellist
2011 QI - Series I Regular Panellist
2011 Jennifer Saunders: Laughing At The 90s Self
2011 Show Me The Funny Self
2011 Frank Skinner's Opinionated - Series 2
  1. E6 - Maidstone
Guest
2011 The Unbelievable Truth - Series 7
  1. E4 - Episode Four
  2. E1 - Episode One
Guest
2011 It's Your Round - Series 1
  1. E6 - Episode Six
Guest
2011 Comic's Choice Guest
2010 The Graham Norton Show - Series 8
  1. Special - The Graham Norton New Year's Eve Show
Guest
2010 Whites Roland White
2010 QI - Series H Regular Panellist
2010 The Graham Norton Show - Series 7
  1. E4 - Jennifer Lopez, Karen Gillan, Alan Davies
Guest
2010 Jonathan Creek - The Judas Tree Jonathan Creek
2010 Fighting Talk - Series 7 Host / Presenter
2009 The Unbelievable Truth - Series 4
  1. Special - New Year's Special
Guest
2009 QI - Series G Regular Panellist
2009 Friday Night With Jonathan Ross - Series 17
  1. E2 - Alan Davies, Barry Manilow, Eva Mendes, Jamie T
Guest
2009 Jonathan Creek - The Grinning Man Jonathan Creek
2008 QI - Series F Regular Panellist
2008 Angus, Thongs And Perfect Snogging Dad
2008 The Unbelievable Truth - Series 2
  1. E4 - Episode Four
  2. E1 - Episode One
Guest
2008 The Museum Of Curiosity - Gallery 1
  1. E6 - Meeting Six
Guest
2007 QI - Series E Regular Panellist
2007 About A Dog - Series 2 Jack
2007 The Unbelievable Truth - Series 1
  1. E3 - Episode Three
  2. E2 - Episode Two
Guest
2007 Clive Anderson's Chat Room - Series 3 Guest
2006 QI - Series D Regular Panellist
2006 Clive Anderson's Chat Room - Series 2 Guest
2005 Friday Night With Jonathan Ross - Series 9
  1. E7 - Des Lynam, Alan Davies, Kristin Scott Thomas, Robbie Williams
Guest
2005 QI - Series C Regular Panellist
2005 What A Carve Up! Mark Winshaw
2005 What A Carve Up!
  1. E2 - Episode Two
Simon Pride Wetherby
2004 The Big Fat Quiz Of The Year
  1. E11 - The Big Fat Quiz Of The 90s
Guest
2004 Heresy - Series 1
  1. E2 - Episode Two
Guest
2004 QI - Series B Regular Panellist
2004 About A Dog - Series 1 Jack
2004 Friday Night With Jonathan Ross - Series 6
  1. E6 - Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, Kate Bosworth, Alan Davies, Busted
Guest
2004 Bob Monkhouse: A BAFTA Tribute Self
2003 Friday Night With Jonathan Ross - Series 5
  1. E6 - Alan Davies, Felicity Kendal, 50 Cent
Guest
2003 QI - Series A Regular Panellist
2003 Jonathan Creek - Series 4 Jonathan Creek
2003 QI - Pilot
  1. Pilot
Regular Panellist
2002 Friday Night With Jonathan Ross - Series 3
  1. E5 - Alan Davies, David Blaine, Enrique Iglesias, Ms. Dynamite
Guest
2001 Bob & Rose Bob
2001 Jonathan Creek - Satan's Chimney Jonathan Creek
2000 Stand Up With Alan Davies Self
1999 Jonathan Creek - Series 3 Jonathan Creek
1999 Laughter In The House: The Story Of British Sitcom
  1. E3 - Modern Times
  2. E2 - The Sensational Seventies
Self
1998 Alan Davies - Urban Trauma Self
1998 Alan Davies - Urban Trauma Writer
1998 Get Real Writer
1998 Get Real Creator
1998 The Alan Davies Show Alan
1998 The Alan Davies Show Writer
1998 Jonathan Creek - Series 2 Jonathan Creek
1998 A Many Splintered Thing Actor
1997 Have I Got News For You - Series 14
  1. E8 - Episode Eight
Guest
1997 Room 101 - Series 3
  1. E4 - Alan Davies
Guest
1997 Jonathan Creek - Series 1 Jonathan Creek
1996 Have I Got News For You - Series 12
  1. E9 - Episode Nine
Guest
1996 Have I Got News For You - Series 11
  1. E7 - Episode Seven
  2. E3 - Episode Three
Guest
1996 Jo Brand Through The Cakehole - Series 2
  1. E5 - Unhappy Families
  2. E4 - A Bit Racey
Guest
1995 Have I Got News For You - Series 10
  1. E6 - Episode Six
Guest
Bristol Comedy Garden Self

Non-comedy TV and film credits might be found here:
Alan Davies on IMDb

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