Roger Allam (BA Hons Drama 1975) – Actor
Born in London and educated at The University of Manchester, Roger is an Associate Artist of the RSC where his many classical roles include Mercutio, Oberon/Theseus, Toby Belch, Brutus, the Duke in Measure for Measure, Benedick, Macbeth, and Trigorin in The Seagull, as well as leading roles in plays by Peter Flannery, Trevor Griffiths, Robert Holman, Arthur Miller, Deborah Levy and David Edgar.
He also created the role of Javert in Les Miserables, playing it at the Barbican and in the West End. At the National Theatre he was Mirabelle in The Way of The World, Ulysses in Troilus and Cressida (Clarence Derwent award), Graves in Money (Olivier award), Bassov in Summerfolk (Olivier nomination), Lophakin in The Cherry Orchard, Hitler in Speer, and Willy Brandt in Democracy (Olivier nomination). In the West End: Stone in City Of Angels (Olivier nomination), Bernard in Arcadia, Jack in The Importance of Being Earnest, Marc and Serge in Art, Terri Dennis in Privates on Parade (Olivier award), Abanazar in Aladdin, and Albin in Cages Aux Folles. At Shakespeare’s Globe he played Falstaff in the two Henry IV plays (Olivier award) and Prospero in The Tempest. At the Chichester Festival Theatre he played Uncle Vanya.
His recent film work has been with Ken Loach (The Wind That Shakes the Barley), Michael Winterbottom (A Cock and Bull Story), Stephen Frears (The Queen, Tamara Drewe) and the Wachowskis (V for Vendetta, Speed Racer). On TV his work includes two series of The Creatives, Inspector Morse, Lynley, Manchild, Foyle’s War, Between the Lines, A Landing on the Sun, The Thick of It, Endeavour, and Parades End. He has worked extensively on the radio, most recently as Gosse in Father and Son, Svengali in Trilby, and Max in Laughter in the Dark.