Alistair McGowan
Alistair McGowan

Alistair McGowan

  • 59 years old
  • English
  • Actor, writer and impressionist
Alistair McGowan

Alistair McGowan is a comedy actor, writer, singer, and impressionist best known across Britain for The Big Impression (formerly Alistair McGowan's Big Impression), which was one of BBC One's highest-rated television programmes in the Noughties, winning a BAFTA in 2003.

Year Production Role
2023 Whatever Happened To Baby Jane Austen? - Series 2
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  1. E1 - Mummy Dearest
  2. E2 - Libel She Wrote
  3. E3 - Lucy Lassoes The Moon
  4. E4 - They Shoot Film Stars Don't They?
All The Men
2023 Mike Yarwood: Thank You For The Laughs Self
2022 Hennikay - Series 1
  1. E1 - Close Contact Paint-Based Combat Maneuvers
Simon
2022 Ludlow Fringe Festival Self
2022 Whatever Happened To Baby Jane Austen? - Series 1
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  1. E1 - Episode One
  2. E2 - Episode Two
  3. E3 - Episode Three
  4. E4 - Episode Four
  5. E5 - Episode Five
All The Men
2022 Cheltenham Comedy Festival Self
2021 Only An Excuse?
  1. Special - Episode Two
  2. Special - Episode Four
Writer
2021 Only An Excuse?
  1. Special - Episode One
  2. Special - Episode Two
  3. Special - Episode Three
  4. Special - Episode Four
Ensemble Actor
2020 Whatever Happened To Baby Jane Austen? - Pilot All The Men
2020 Alistair McGowan: The Piano Show Self
2020 My Brilliant Life Writer
2020 My Brilliant Life Harry Pye
2019 Wireless Wise - A Celebration Of Radio 4 Self
2019 Gaby's Talking Pictures - Series 2
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  1. E1 - Episode One
Ensemble Actor
2019 Alistair McGowan: Introductions To Classical Piano Self
2018 Have I Got News For You - Series 56
  1. Special - Have I Got 2018 News For You
Host / Presenter
2018 We Are Most Amused & Amazed Self
2018 The Imitation Game
  1. E6 - Episode Six
  2. Special - Highlights Special
Guest
2018 Gaby's Talking Pictures - Series 1 Ensemble Actor
2018 The Week That Wasn't
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  1. E1 - Episode One
  2. E2 - Episode Two
  3. E3 - Episode Three
  4. E4 - Episode Four
  5. E5 - Episode Five
  6. E6 - Episode Six
  7. E7 - Episode Seven
  8. E8 - Episode Eight
  9. E9 - Episode Nine
  10. E10 - Episode Ten
Consultant Producer
2018 The Week That Wasn't
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  1. E1 - Episode One
  2. E2 - Episode Two
  3. E3 - Episode Three
  4. E4 - Episode Four
  5. E5 - Episode Five
  6. E6 - Episode Six
  7. E7 - Episode Seven
  8. E8 - Episode Eight
  9. E9 - Episode Nine
  10. E10 - Episode Ten
Writer
2018 The Week That Wasn't
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  1. E1 - Episode One
  2. E2 - Episode Two
  3. E3 - Episode Three
  4. E4 - Episode Four
  5. E5 - Episode Five
  6. E6 - Episode Six
  7. E7 - Episode Seven
  8. E8 - Episode Eight
  9. E9 - Episode Nine
  10. E10 - Episode Ten
Various (Voice)
2017 Pygmalion Henry Higgins
2017 The 'B' Word Writer
2017 The 'B' Word George Bernard Shaw
2017 Gaby's Talking Pictures - Pilot Ensemble Actor
2016 Munchausen Ensemble Actor
2016 Erik Satie's - Faction Self
2016 Alistair McGowan: 12th Impressions Self
2016 Tonight At The London Palladium - Series 3
  1. E7 - Episode Seven
Guest
2016 Boswell's Lives - Series 2
  1. E4 - Boswell's Life of Bennett
Alan Bennett
2015 The Football's On - Series 3
  1. E2 - Episode Two
Guest
2015 Boswell's Lives - Boswell's Life Of Johnson
  1. Boswell's Life Of Johnson
Boris
2015 The Football's On - Series 2
  1. E38 - Episode Thirty Eight
Guest
2014 Memories Of A Cad Richard Briers
2014 What The Future? Various
2014 Arena: Whatever Happened To Spitting Image? Self (Archive Material)
2013 The Two Ronnies Spectacle
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  1. E2 - The Sketches
  2. E3 - Songs & Serials
Self
2013 Mock The Week - Series 12
  1. E8 - Episode Eight
  2. Special - Highlights Special
  3. Special - Christmas Special
Guest
2013 Alistair McGowan: Damn Labels! Self
2013 ElvenQuest - Series 4
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  1. E1 - Queen Eleanor
  2. E2 - The Magnificent Five
  3. E3 - The Fat Hog
  4. E4 - The Underworld
  5. E5 - The Bard
  6. E6 - The Great Escape
Lord Darkness
2012 Funny Old Year - Series 1
  1. 2012: A Funny Old Year
Guest
2012 You Cannot Be Serious!
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  1. E1 - Episode One
  2. E2 - Episode Two
  3. E3 - Episode Three
  4. E4 - Episode Four
  5. E5 - Episode Five
  6. E6 - Episode Six
Writer
2012 You Cannot Be Serious!
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  1. E1 - Episode One
  2. E2 - Episode Two
  3. E3 - Episode Three
  4. E4 - Episode Four
  5. E5 - Episode Five
  6. E6 - Episode Six
Host / Presenter
2012 Kind Hearts And Coronets: Like Father, Like Daughter The Gascoyne Family
2012 Room 101 - Series 1
  1. E5 - Alistair McGowan, Hilary Devey, Josh Groban
Guest
2012 Playing The Moldovans At Tennis Commentator
2011 Ben Elton: Laughing At The 80s Self
2011 The Comedy Annual
  1. E2 - The Comedy Annual 2011
Self
2011 Arthur Christmas Various (Voice)
2011 ElvenQuest - Series 3
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  1. E1 - Episode One
  2. E2 - Episode Two
  3. E6 - Episode Six
Lord Darkness
2011 The Grumpy Guide To... - 2011 Specials
  1. Special - The Grumpy Guide To Driving
Self
2011 Jennifer Saunders: Laughing At The 90s Self
2011 My Favourite Joke
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  1. E3 - Episode Three
  2. E4 - Episode Four
  3. E5 - Episode Five
  4. E6 - Episode Six
Self
2011 Comedy Rocks With Jason Manford - Series 1
  1. E2 - Episode Two
Self
2010 Little Crackers - Little Crackers 2010
  1. E9 - David Baddiel's Little Cracker
Norris McWhirter
2010 ElvenQuest - Series 2
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  1. E1 - Episode One
  2. E2 - Episode Two
  3. E3 - Episode Three
  4. E4 - Episode Four
  5. E5 - Episode Five
  6. E6 - Episode Six
Lord Darkness
2010 Craig Brown's Lost Diaries
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  1. E1 - January & February
  2. E2 - March & April
  3. E3 - May & June
Various
2010 Sports Mash - Taking The Mic Various (Voice)
2010 Continuity
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  1. E1 - Episode One
  2. E2 - Episode Two
  3. E3 - Episode Three
Announcer
2010 Pete And Dud: The Lost Sketches Ensemble Actor
2010 Look Away Now - Series 4
  1. E1 - Episode One
  2. E2 - Episode Two
  3. E3 - Episode Three
Writer
2010 Look Away Now - Series 4
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  1. E1 - Episode One
  2. E2 - Episode Two
  3. E3 - Episode Three
Ensemble Actor
2010 The Sharp End Anthony Sharp
2010 The Alex Lowe Double Act Writer
2010 The Alex Lowe Double Act Various
2010 The Grumpy Guide To... - 2010 Specials
  1. Special - The Grumpy Guide To The Eighties
  2. Special - The Grumpy Guide To School Days
Self
2010 Live At The Apollo - Series 5
  1. E6 - Alistair McGowan, Reginald D Hunter and Kevin Bridges
Host / Presenter
2009 The Grumpy Guide To... - Grumpy Guide To Christmas
  1. The Grumpy Guide To Christmas
Self
2009 Chain Reaction - Series 5
  1. E6 - Alistair McGowan interviews Simon Callow
Host / Presenter
2009 Chain Reaction - Series 5
  1. E5 - Alastair Campbell interviews Alistair McGowan
Guest
2009 4 At The Fringe - Series 4
  1. E2 - Episode Two
Guest
2009 MacAulay And Co - Edinburgh 2009
  1. E1 - Monday 10th
Guest
2009 What The Dickens? - Series 3
  1. E4 - Episode Four
Guest
2009 The Graham Norton Show - Series 5
  1. E11 - Episode Eleven
Guest
2009 ElvenQuest - Series 1
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  1. E1 - Episode One
  2. E2 - Episode Two
  3. E3 - Episode Three
  4. E4 - Episode Four
  5. E5 - Episode Five
  6. E6 - Episode Six
Lord Darkness
2008 We Are Most Amused Newsreader
2007 Ronni Ancona & Co. (as Gowan McAllister)
  1. E2 - Episode Two
Writer (Additional Material)
2007 Ronni Ancona & Co.
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  1. E1 - Episode One
  2. E2 - Episode Two
  3. E3 - Episode Three
Ensemble Actor
2006 Have I Got News For You - Series 32
  1. E2 - Episode Two
Host / Presenter
2006 Rob Brydon's Annually Retentive - Series 1
  1. E2 - Episode Two
Self
2006 Mayo Gil Mayo
2005 29 Minutes Of Fame
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  1. E1 - Episode One
  2. E2 - Episode Two
  3. E3 - Episode Three
  4. E4 - Episode Four
  5. E5 - Episode Five
  6. E6 - Episode Six
Team Captain
2005 Monkey Trousers
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  1. E6 - Episode Six
  2. E1 - Episode One
  3. E2 - Episode Two
  4. E3 - Episode Three
  5. E4 - Episode Four
  6. E5 - Episode Five
Stanley
2004 Churchill: The Hollywood Years Football Commentators (Voice)
2004 The Problem With Adam Bloom - Series 2
  1. E2 - Edinburgh
  2. E4 - Comedy
Ensemble Actor
2004 Alistair McGowan's Big Impression - Euro 2004 Special Writer
2004 Alistair McGowan's Big Impression - Euro 2004 Special Various
2003 Alistair McGowan's Big Impression - Series 4 Writer
2003 Alistair McGowan's Big Impression - Series 4 Various
2003 Friday Night With Jonathan Ross - Series 4
  1. E7 - James Nesbitt, Alistair McGowan, Lisa Marie Presley, Dandy Warhols
Guest
2003 Comedians' Comedians - Series 2
  1. E6 - Peter Sellers
Self
2002 Alistair McGowan's Big Impression - Series 3 Writer
2002 Alistair McGowan's Big Impression - Series 3 Various
2002 Friday Night With Jonathan Ross - Series 2
  1. E6 - Richard & Judy, Gary Lineker, Alistair McGowan
Guest
2001 Alistair McGowan's Big Impression - Series 2 Writer
2001 Alistair McGowan's Big Impression - Series 2 Various
2000 The Fitz
  1. E1 - The Wake
  2. E3 - Stardust
  3. E6 - Away to Chelsea
John Motson voice over (Voice)
2000 Alistair McGowan's Big Impression - Series 1 Writer
2000 Alistair McGowan's Big Impression - Series 1 Various
2000 Dead Ringers - Series 1
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  1. E1 - Episode One
  2. E2 - Episode Two
  3. E3 - Episode Three
  4. E4 - Episode Four
Various
1999 Harry Hill - Christmas Special
  1. Harry Hill's Christmas Memory Lane Of Laughter
Michael Perkisson
1999 Dark Ages
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  1. E1 - Chronicle I - Vile Vole Pie
  2. E2 - Chronicle II - Vikings
  3. E3 - Chronicle III - War
  4. E4 - Chronicle IV - Witch
  5. E5 - Chronicle V - The End Of The World
Thane Redwald
1999 The Very World Of Milton Jones - Series 2
  1. E4 - Episode Four
Ensemble Actor
1999 Life, Death And Sex With Mike And Sue - Series 4
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  1. E2 - Episode Two
  2. E3 - Episode Three
  3. E4 - Episode Four
  4. E5 - Episode Five
  5. E6 - Episode Six
Ensemble Actor
1999 Alistair McGowan's Big Impression - Pilot Writer
1999 Alistair McGowan's Big Impression - Pilot Various
1999 World Of Pub - Series 2
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  1. E1 - Episode One
  2. E2 - Episode Two
  3. E3 - Episode Three
  4. E4 - Episode Four
Garry
1998 Life, Death And Sex With Mike And Sue - Series 3
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  1. E1 - Episode One
  2. E2 - Episode Two
  3. E3 - Episode Three
  4. E4 - Episode Four
  5. E5 - Episode Five
  6. E6 - Episode Six
Ensemble Actor
1998 The Alan Davies Show
  1. E4 - All You Can Eat
Ensemble Actor
1997 Spark
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  1. E1 - Fourth Cousin Kimberley
  2. E2 - Beth
  3. E3 - Beth Again
  4. E4 - Ursula
Mike Parkerwell
1997 All Quiet On The Preston Front - Series 3 Spock
1997 Life, Death And Sex With Mike And Sue - Series 2
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  1. E1 - Relationships
  2. E2 - Work And Travel
  3. E3 - Children
  4. E4 - Fear
  5. E5 - Home
  6. E6 - Education And Money
Ensemble Actor
1997 The Peter Principle - Series 1
  1. E1 - Sex, Lies and Videotape
Radio DJ (Voice)
1997 The Peter Principle - Series 1
  1. E4 - The Midas Touch
Commentator
1997 Jonathan Creek - Series 1
  1. E1 - The Wrestler's Tomb
Trevor
1997 Week Ending - Series 81
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  1. E2 - Episode Two
Ensemble Actor
1997 Klinik! Actor
1996 Week Ending - Series 80
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  1. E4 - Episode Four
Ensemble Actor
1996 The Elephant Man
  1. E5 - All Features Great and Small
David Attenborough
1996 The Elephant Man
  1. E5 - All Features Great and Small
Barry Norman
1996 Doon Your Way
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  1. E1 - Episode One
  2. E2 - Episode Two
  3. E3 - Episode Three
  4. E4 - Episode Four
Writer
1996 Doon Your Way
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  1. E1 - Episode One
  2. E2 - Episode Two
  3. E3 - Episode Three
  4. E4 - Episode Four
Ensemble Actor
1996 Murder Most Horrid - Series 3
  1. E3 - Dying Live
Marcos
1996 Fist Of Fun - Series 2
  1. E2 - Episode Two
  2. E3 - Episode Three
Ensemble Actor
1996 Spitting Image - Series 20
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  1. E2 - Episode Two
  2. E3 - Episode Three
  3. E4 - Episode Four
  4. E5 - Episode Five
Various (Voice)
1996 Jo Brand Through The Cakehole - Series 2
  1. E1 - War And Violence
  2. E3 - Rude Health
  3. E5 - Unhappy Families
Ensemble Actor
1995 Eleven Men Against Eleven Voice-Over Artiste (Voice)
1995 Agony Again
  1. E3 - Dazed And Confused
Valentino
1995 The Imaginatively-Titled Punt & Dennis Show - Series 2
  1. E5 - Episode Five
Voice (Voice)
1995 All Quiet On The Preston Front - Series 2 Spock
1995 Week Ending - Series 76
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  1. E23 - Episode Twenty-Three
Ensemble Actor
1995 Fist Of Fun - Series 1
  1. E1 - Episode One
Ensemble Actor
1995 Fist Of Fun - Series 1 (as Alastair McGowan)
  1. E4 - Episode Four
Adam
1995 Fist Of Fun - Series 1
  1. E2 - Episode Two
Jesus
1995 Fist Of Fun - Series 1
  1. E2 - Episode Two
Vicar 4
1994 Jo Brand Through The Cakehole - Series 1
  1. Special - Jo Brand Through The Christmas Cakehole
Ensemble Actor
1994 The Vicar Of Dibley - Series 1
  1. E5 - Election
DJ (Voice)
1994 Spitting Image - Series 19
  1. E3 - Episode Three
Writer
1994 Spitting Image - Series 19
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  1. E1 - Episode One
  2. E2 - Episode Two
  3. E3 - Episode Three
  4. E4 - Episode Four
  5. E6 - Episode Six
  6. Special - Ye Olde Spittinge Image New Year Special
Various (Voice)
1994 Harry Enfield & Chums - Series 1
  1. E1 - Episode One
Ensemble Actor
1994 The Older Woman - Series 2
  1. E6 - Episode Six
Ian McGaskell
1994 The Older Woman - Series 2
  1. E6 - Episode Six
Jeeves
1994 The Older Woman - Series 2
  1. E4 - Episode Four
Alien
1994 The Older Woman - Series 2
  1. E3 - Episode Three
God
1994 The Older Woman - Series 2
  1. E3 - Episode Three
  2. E4 - Episode Four
Michael Buerk
1994 The Imaginatively-Titled Punt & Dennis Show - Series 1
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  1. E3 - Episode Three
  2. E4 - Episode Four
  3. E5 - Episode Five
  4. E6 - Episode Six
Ensemble Actor
1994 Spitting Image - Series 18
  1. E1 - Episode One
Writer
1994 Spitting Image - Series 18
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  1. E1 - Episode One
  2. E2 - Episode Two
  3. E3 - Episode Three
  4. E4 - Episode Four
  5. E6 - Episode Six
Various (Voice)
1993 Spitting Image - Series 17
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  1. E1 - Episode One
  2. E2 - Episode Two
  3. E3 - Episode Three
  4. E4 - Episode Four
Various (Voice)
1993 The Full Monty
  1. E3 - Episode Three
  2. E4 - Episode Four
Ensemble Actor
1993 The Full Monty
  1. E2 - Episode Two
Guest
1993 Hair In The Gate - Series 1 Actor
1993 The Nick Revell Show - Series 2
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  1. E1 - Homeless
  2. E2 - Visitors
  3. E3 - The Wedding
  4. E4 - Health and Fitness
  5. E5 - The Promised Land
  6. E6 - All's Well That Ends Well... Well, Well, Well
Craig
1993 It's A Mad World, World, World, World Various
1993 Spitting Image - Series 16
  1. E1 - Episode One
Writer
1993 Spitting Image - Series 16
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  1. E1 - Episode One
  2. E2 - Episode Two
  3. E3 - Episode Three
  4. E4 - Episode Four
  5. E5 - Episode Five
Various (Voice)
1993 Week Ending - Series 72
  1. E4 - Episode Four
  2. E7 - Episode Seven
Writer
1993 Week Ending - Series 72
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  1. E2 - Episode Two
  2. E4 - Episode Four
  3. E5 - Episode Five
  4. E7 - Episode Seven
  5. E9 - Episode Nine
  6. E10 - Episode Ten
  7. E11 - Episode Eleven
  8. E13 - Episode Thirteen
  9. E15 - Episode Fifteen
Ensemble Actor
1993 Week Ending - Series 71
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  1. E3 - Episode Three
  2. E6 - Episode Six
  3. E7 - Episode Seven
  4. E8 - Episode Eight
  5. E10 - Episode Ten
  6. E11 - Episode Eleven
  7. E13 - Episode Thirteen
  8. E14 - Episode Fourteen
  9. E16 - Episode Sixteen
Ensemble Actor
1992 Spitting Image - Series 15
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  1. E1 - Episode One
  2. E2 - Episode Two
  3. E3 - Episode Three
  4. E4 - Episode Four
  5. E5 - Episode Five
Various (Voice)
1992 Stand Up - Series 3
  1. E2 - Episode Two
Self
1992 Week Ending - Series 70
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  1. E1 - Episode One
  2. E6 - Episode Six
  3. E10 - Episode Ten
  4. E11 - Episode Eleven
  5. E14 - Episode Fourteen
  6. E17 - Episode Seventeen
  7. E18 - Episode Eighteen
  8. Special - Year Pending
Ensemble Actor
1992 When Harry Met Ally - Series 1 Host / Presenter
1992 Me, You And Him
  1. E3 - The Road To Wembley
Jehovah's Witness
1992 Spitting Image - Series 14
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  1. E1 - Episode One
  2. E2 - Episode Two
  3. E3 - Episode Three
  4. E4 - Episode Four
  5. E5 - Episode Five
Various (Voice)
1992 Spitting Image - 1992 Election Special Various (Voice)
1992 Week Ending - Series 69
  1. E3 - Episode Three
  2. E25 - Episode Twenty-Five
Writer
1992 The Pall Bearer's Revue
  1. E2 - Episode Two
  2. E4 - Episode Four
  3. E5 - Episode Five
Ensemble Actor
1992 Week Ending - Series 69
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  1. E1 - Episode One
  2. E3 - Episode Three
  3. E8 - Episode Eight
  4. E11 - Episode Eleven
  5. E13 - Episode Thirteen
  6. E17 - Episode Seventeen
  7. E18 - Episode Eighteen
  8. E23 - Episode Twenty-Three
  9. E25 - Episode Twenty-Five
  10. E28 - Episode Twenty-Eight
  11. E31 - Episode Thirty-One
Ensemble Actor
1992 The Nick Revell Show - Series 1
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  1. E1 - Holy Water
  2. E2 - Decoration
  3. E3 - Headache
  4. E4 - Holiday
  5. E5 - Cash
  6. E6 - Moving
Craig
1991 Spitting Image - Series 13
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  1. E1 - Episode One
  2. E2 - Episode Two
  3. E3 - Episode Three
  4. E4 - Episode Four
  5. E5 - Episode Five
Various (Voice)
1991 Week Ending - Series 68
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  1. E3 - Episode Three
  2. E5 - Episode Five
  3. E9 - Episode Nine
  4. E17 - Episode Seventeen
Ensemble Actor
1991 Week Ending - Series 67
  1. E16 - Episode Sixteen
  2. E17 - Episode Seventeen
Writer
1991 Week Ending - Series 67
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  1. E3 - Episode Three
  2. E5 - Episode Five
  3. E9 - Episode Nine
  4. E10 - Episode Ten
  5. E11 - Episode Eleven
  6. E12 - Episode Twelve
  7. E14 - Episode Fourteen
  8. E15 - Episode Fifteen
  9. E17 - Episode Seventeen
  10. E18 - Episode Eighteen
  11. E19 - Episode Nineteen
  12. E20 - Episode Twenty
  13. E24 - Episode Twenty-Four
Ensemble Actor
1990 Week Ending - Series 66
  1. E1 - Episode One
  2. E2 - Episode Two
  3. E15 - Episode Fifteen
  4. E16 - Episode Sixteen
Ensemble Actor
1989 Week Ending - Series 63
  1. E6 - Episode Six
  2. E7 - Episode Seven
  3. E8 - Episode Eight
  4. E9 - Episode Nine
  5. E11 - Episode Eleven
Ensemble Actor

Non-comedy TV and film credits may be found here:
Alistair McGowan on IMDb

Born
Tuesday 24th November 1964 (59 years-old)
Nationality
English

Alongside a distinguished career in the West End (in plays such as Art, Cabaret, The Mikado, and Little Shop of Horrors, for which he was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award),

In 2012, McGowan wrote and hosted the comedy sports show You Cannot Be Serious, broadcast on ITV[c]. Here McGowan mixed the funniest and most bizarre clips from that week's sporting news, providing impressions of famous figures such as Louie Spence and Roy Hodgson. Later he appeared on the Scottish comedy sketch show Only An Excuse? from 1996 to 1998, as well as his own sporting impressions show on [c]BBC Radio 5 Live, entitled The Game's Up.

McGowan is a keen football fan and supports Leeds United (and once even claiming that he studied at Leeds University partly because of its promixity to Elland Road) and Coventry City, whose stadium was close to the house in which he lived during his late teens. This interest led to a book that he wrote with former comedy and one-time romantic partner Ronni Ancona, entitled A Matter Of Life And Death Or How To Wean Your Man Off Football.

Born in Evesham, Worcestershire, McGowan was educated at Simon de Montfort Middle School, Evesham (where he took lead roles in school plays), Evesham High School, the University of Leeds (BA English), and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

McGowan's earliest experiences in comedy came with providing voices for some characters in the ITV political comedy show Spitting Image. Some of the sporting impressions here were showcased on the BBC Two football magazine programme Sick As A Parrot. Soon after, he replaced Stephen Tompkinson as Spock in the Tim Firth comedy drama All Quiet On The Preston Front, and starred in the first series of the long-running comedy impressions show Dead Ringers.

McGowan is best known for collaborating with Jan Ravens and Ronni Ancona on the BBC One impressions show The Big Impression (2000-2004), formerly known as Alistair McGowan's Big Impression for its first three series. McGowan and Ancona would impersonate personalities from the worlds of entertainment, sport, and politics, the most popular and recurring figures being David Beckham, Gary Lineker, Tony Blair, Terry Wogan, and Ross Geller (the character from NBC sitcom Friends).

McGowan's own play, Timing (2012), was nominated for Best New Comedy at the whatsonstage.com awards. In 2013 he toured the UK with live show Not Just A Pretty Voice, and also performed with Eddie Izzard in the first ever stand-up show by two English comics performed totally in French.

From 2009 to 2013 he starred in BBC Radio 4 sitcom ElvenQuest, a show bout a fantasy novelist who is whisked away to a parallel universe.

Although by this point the pair were no longer in a relationship, in 2018 McGowan and Ancona began working with each other once more on the Sky One sketch show The Week That Wasn't, a show that involved rejoicing topical video clips from the political and cultural worlds.

Alongside these interests in comedy and the theatre, McGowan has also maintained a keen passion for music. In 2014 he narrated, in the guise of Erik Satie, one of his idols a concert of surrealist ballet music from 1920s Paris, broadcast on BBC Radio 3. In 2016 he took a live comedy show to Edinburgh entitled Erik Satie's - Faction. In 2017 he also released a debut album on Sony Classical.

McGowan is a keen environmentalist, a patron of the urban tree-planting charity Trees for Cities and an ambassador to WWF-UK.

BAFTA Television Awards 2003
Best Comedy (Winner)
National Television Awards, The 2003
Comedy Performer (Nominee)
National Television Awards, The 2002
Comedy Performer (Nominee)
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