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Roger William Allam
26 October 1953
Bow, London, England
Roger William Allam (born 26 October 1953) is a British actor, who has performed on stage, in film, on television and radio.
He played Inspector Javert in the original London production of the stage musical Les Misérables, First Officer Douglas Richardson in the award-winning radio series Cabin Pressure, and DI Fred Thursday in the TV series Endeavour. He is also known for his roles as Illyrio Mopatis in the HBO series Game of Thrones, Royalton in Speed Racer, Lewis Prothero in the 2005 adaptation of V for Vendetta and as Peter Mannion MP in The Thick Of It.
He has been nominated four times for the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor, winning twice.
Life and career
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 Uncle Vanya in the play 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 Adrian....in 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.
Allam is married to actress Rebecca Saire, with whom he has two sons, William, an actor, and Thomas. He, Rebecca and William appeared together in the Endeavour episode Raga (series 7, episode 2, broadcast February 2020). In that episode, Rebecca and William played mother and son.
|1976||Vinegar Tom||Doctor/Man/Bellringer/Packer||Humberside Theatre, Hull|
|1979||Mary Barnes||Lecturer/Angie's brother||Royal Court Theatre|
|1981||Two Gentlemen of Verona||Outlaw|
|1981, 1983||All's Well That Ends Well||Morgan||Royal Shakespeare Theatre (1981) Martin Beck Theatre (1983)|
|1982||Our Friends in the North||Conrad|
|1983||The Charge of the Light Brigade (RSC Festival)||Terence Gawain Hackett|
|1983||Typhoid Mary (RSC Festival)||Dr Soper|
|1984||Romeo and Juliet||Mercutio||Royal Shakespeare Theatre|
|1984||A Midsummer Night's Dream||Theseus/Oberon|
|1984||Richard III||Clarence||Royal Shakespeare Theatre|
|1985||The Dream Play||The Officer|
|1985–1986||Les Mis��rables||Javert||Barbican Theatre (1985) Palace Theatre (1986)|
|1986||The Archbishop's Ceiling||Adrian|
|1987||Measure for Measure||The Duke Vincentio|
|1987||Twelfth Night||Sir Toby Belch|
|1989||The Fairy Queen||Oberon||Aix-en-Provence Festival|
|1990||Much Ado About Nothing||Benedick|
|1991||Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde||Jekyll|
|1992||Madras House||Philip Madras||Lyric Hammersmith|
|1992||Una Pooka||Angelo||Tricycle Theatre|
|1993||City of Angels||Stone||Prince of Wales Theatre|
|1994||Arcadia||Bernard Nightingale||Theatre Royal Haymarket|
|1995||The Importance of Being Earnest||Jack Worthing||Old Vic Theatre|
|1995||The Way of the World||Mirabell||National Theatre|
|1997–1998||ART||Serge(1997) Marc(1998)||Wyndham's Theatre|
|1996||The Learned Ladies||Trissotin|
|1999||Money||Henry Graves||National Theatre|
|1999||Troilus and Cressida||Ulysses||National Theatre|
|2000||The Cherry Orchard||Lopakhin||National Theatre|
|2000||Albert Speer||Adolf Hitler||National Theatre|
|2001||Privates on Parade||Terri Dennis||Donmar Warehouse|
|2002||What The Night Is For||Adam Penzius||Comedy Theatre|
|2003||The Woman in White||Performer||Sydmonton Festival|
|2003||Democracy||Willy Brandt||National Theatre|
|2004, 2005||Aladdin||Abbanazar||The Old Vic|
|2006||Pravda||Lambert Le Roux||Chichester Festival Theatre, Birmingham Repertory Theatre|
|2007||Boeing, Boeing||Bernard||Comedy Theatre|
|2007||The Giant||Leonardo da Vinci||Hampstead Theatre|
|2008||Afterlife||Max Reinhardt||National Theatre|
|2009||La Cage Aux Folles||Albin/Zaza||Playhouse Theatre|
|2009||God of Carnage (UK Tour)||Michel Vallon|
|2010||Henry IV Parts 1 & 2||Falstaff||Shakespeare's Globe|
|2013||The Tempest||Prospero||Shakespeare's Globe|
|2015||The Moderate Soprano||John Christie||Hampstead Theatre|
|2017||Limehouse||Roy Jenkins||Donmar Warehouse|
|2019||Rutherford and Son||John Rutherford, Sr||Royal National Theatre|
|2020||A Number||Salter||Bridge Theatre|
|2005||A Cock and Bull Story||Adrian|
|2006||V for Vendetta||Lewis Prothero|
|The Wind That Shakes the Barley||Sir John Hamilton|
|The Queen||Robin Janvrin|
|2008||Speed Racer||E.P. Arnold Royalton|
|2010||Tamara Drewe||Nicholas Hardiment|
|2011||Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides||Henry Pelham|
|The Iron Lady||Gordon Reece|
|2012||The Woman in Black||Mr. Bentley|
|The Angels' Share||Thaddeus|
|2013||The Book Thief||Narrator/Death||Voice|
|2015||Mr. Holmes||Dr. Barrie|
|A Royal Night Out||Stan|
|The Lady in the Van||Rufus|
|2016||The Truth Commissioner||Henry Stanfield|
|2017||The Hippopotamus||Ted Wallace|
|2020||Laal Singh Chaddha||Raja|
|1989||Ending Up||Dr. Mainwaring||TV film|
|The Fairy Queen||Oberon|
|1990||The Investigation: Inside a Terrorist Bombing||Charles Tremayne|
|1992||Shakespeare: The Animated Tales||Duke Orsino/Narrator||Voice|
Episodes: "The Winter's Tale" & "Twelfth Night"
|1994||Screen Two||Stephen Summerchild||TV series|
Episode: "A Landing on the Sun"
|1997||Inspector Morse||Denis Cornford||TV series|
Episode: "Death Is Now My Neighbour"
|1998||Heartbeat||Graham Hayes||TV series|
Episode: "Echoes of the Past"
|Midsomer Murders||Alan Hollingsworth||TV series|
Episode: "Faithful unto Death"
|1998–2000||The Creatives||Charlie Baxter||TV series|
|1999||RKO 281||Walt Disney||TV film|
|2002||Foyle's War||Alastair Graeme||TV series|
Episode: "Eagle Day"
|Waking the Dead||Benjamin Gold||TV series|
Episode: "Thin Air"
|2003||The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone||Christopher||TV film|
|2005||The Inspector Lynley Mysteries||Simon Featherstonehaugh||TV series|
Episode: "The Seed of Cunning"
|2005–present||Muffin The Mule||Narrator||Audiobooks only|
|2006||Spooks||Paul Millington||TV series|
|2007–2012||The Thick of It||Peter Mannion||TV series|
|2008||The Curse of Steptoe||Tom Sloane||TV film|
|2009||The Old Guys||Ned||TV series|
Episode: "The Therapist"
|Margaret||John Wakeham||TV film|
|Kröd Mändoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire||General Arcadius||TV series|
|Ashes to Ashes||DSI Mackintosh|
|2011||Game of Thrones||Magister Illyrio Mopatis||TV series; Episodes: "Winter is Coming" & "The Wolf and the Lion"|
|2012||Parade's End||General Campion||TV series|
|2012–present||Endeavour||DI Fred Thursday|
|2013||The Politician's Husband||Marcus Brock|
|2013-2016||Sarah & Duck||Narrator|
|2014||Bad Education||Maurice Hewston|
|2016||The Missing||Adrian Stone|
|Ethel & Ernest||Middle Aged Doctor||Voice|
|2020||The Station: Trouble on the Tracks||Narrator||Documentary|
|1992||Les Liaisons Dangereuses||Valmont||BBC Radio 4 adaptation|
|1992||The King's General||Sir Richard Grenvile.||BBC Radio 4 adaptation|
|1997||The Man in the Elephant Mask||Joseph Merrick.||BBC Radio 4 two-parter|
|2008||The Ring and the Book||Guido Franceschini||BBC Radio 4 adaptation|
|2008||Will Smith's Midlife Crisis Management||Will's godfather, Peter||BBC Radio 4 series|
|2008–2014||Cabin Pressure||First Officer Douglas Richardson.||Four series on BBC Radio 4, and two specials|
|2010||Mark Lawson - What do you know?||DCI Parsons||BBC Radio 4 drama|
|2010–present||How Does That Make You Feel?||Richard Fallon MP||Ten series, BBC Radio 4 comedy|
|2011||The Magnificent Andrea||Barry||BBC Radio 4 comedy drama|
|2012||Blithe Spirit||Charles||BBC Radio 4 comedy|
|2014||Edmund Gosse - Father and Son||Philip Henry Gosse ||BBC Radio 4 drama|
|2014–2015||War and Peace||General Mikhail Kutuzov||BBC Radio 4 adaptation, episode aired on New Years Day 2015|
|2018–present||Conversations from a Long Marriage||Roger ||BBC Radio 4 comedy|
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