Allam, Roger 1953–

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Allam, Roger 1953–


Full name, Roger William Allam; born October 26, 1953, in London, England; son of William Sydney (a minister) and Kathleen (maiden name, Service) Allam; married Rebecca Saire (an actress); children: William, Thomas. Education: University of Manchester, B.A.; Avocational Interests: Music, cooking, wine.

Addresses: Agent—International Creative Management, 8942 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212; Richard Stone, Richard Stone Partnership, 2 Henrietta St., London WC2E 8PS, England.

Career: Actor. Monstrous Regiment Theatre Company, founding member; Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-upon-Avon, England, member of company, beginning 1981, associate artist, 1990; Royal National Theatre, London, member of company; performed in repertory at Contact Theatre, Manchester, England, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Birmingham, England, and Glasgow Citizens Theatre, Glasgow, Scotland.

Awards, Honors: Laurence Olivier Award nomination, Society of London Theatre, c. 1993, for City of Angels; Laurence Olivier Award, best supporting actor, 2000, for Money; Clarence Derwent Award, Actors' Equity Association, 2000, for Troilus and Cressida; Laurence Olivier Award nomination, best actor, 2000, for Summerfolk; Laurence Olivier Award, best actor, 2002, for Privates on Parade; Laurence Olivier Award nomination, best actor, 2004, for Democracy.


Television Appearances; Series:

Charlie Baxter, The Creatives, BBC, 1998.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Alan Hollingsworth, "Faithful Unto Death," Midsomer Murders, Arts and Entertainment, 1999.

Thomas Blunt, Stranded, Hallmark Channel, 2002.

Simon Featherstonehaugh, The Inspector Lynley Mysteries: The Seed of Cunning, PBS, 2005.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Dr. Mainwaring, Ending Up, PBS, 1989.

Stephen Summerchild, A Landing On the Sun, BBC, 1994.

King Richard II, Henry IV, BBC2, 1995.

Walt Disney, RKO 281 (also known as RKO 281: The Battle over Citizen Kane), HBO, 1999.

Christopher, The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (also known as Tennessee Williams's "The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone!'), Showtime, 2003.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Oberon, The Fairy Queen, 1989.

Charles Tremayne, The Investigation: Inside a Terrorist Bombing (also known as Who Bombed Birmingham?), HBO, 1990.

Cromwell, Plague, Fire, War, and Treason—Cromwell: New model Englishman, 2001.

Willy Brandt, The Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2003, ITV, 2003.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Voices of Duke Orsino and officer, "Twelfth Night," Shakespeare: The Animated Tales, HBO, 1992.

Peter Adams, "The End User: Part 1," Between the Lines, BBC, 1994.

Narrator, "The Winter's Tale," Shakespeare: The Animated Tales, HBO, 1996.

Voice of Chief Magus, "Daniel," Testament: The Bible in Animation (animated), HBO, 1997.

Ralph Marchbank, "Hitting the Nerve," The Bill, 1997.

Denis Cornford, "Death Is Now My Neighbour," Inspector Morse, PBS, 1998.

This Morning with Richard and Judy, 1998.

Benjamin Gold, "Thin Air," Waking the Dead, BBC, 2002.

Group Captain Alastair Graeme, "Eagle Day," Foyle's War, ITV, 2002.

Dirty Dixon, Manchild, BBC America, 2003.

Willy Brandt, "Michael Frayn," The South Bank Show, ITV, 2004.

Moogo (some sources cite Mungo), The Robinsons, BBC, 2005.

Sir Hilary Donovan, The Catherine Tate Show, BBC, 2005.

Television Appearances; Other:

Mr Hayes, Heartbeat, 1998.

Quentin Fuller-Carp, Chambers, 2001.

Stage Appearances:

Lecturer and Angie's brother, Mary Barnes, 1978, then Royal Court Theatre, London, 1979.

Demetrius, Titus Andronicus, Royal Shakespeare Company, 1981.

Outlaw, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Royal Shakespeare Company, 1981.

Subtleman and Richmore, Twin Rivals, Royal Shakespeare Company, 1981.

Morgan and understudy for Captain Parolles, All's Well That Ends Well, Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, England, 1981, then Barbican Theatre, London, 1982, later Martin Beck Theatre, New York City, 1982.

Conrad, Our Friends in the North, Royal Shakespeare Company, 1982.

Lin, Poppy, Royal Shakespeare Company, 1982.

Terence Gawain Hackett, The Charge of the Light Brigade, Royal Shakespeare Company, Festival Theatre, 1983.

Dr. Soper, Typhoid Mary, Royal Shakespeare Company, Festival Theatre, 1983.

Mercutio, Romeo and Juliet, Royal Shakespeare Company, 1984.

Theseus and Oberon, A Midsusmmer Night's Dream, Royal Shakespeare Company, 1984.

Ford, The Party, Royal Shakespeare Company, 1984.

Clarence, Richard III, Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, 1984, then Barbican Theatre, 1985.

Victor Ellison, Today, Royal Shakespeare Company, Other Place Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 1984, then Barbican Theatre, 1985.

The officer, The Dream Play, Royal Shakespeare Company, 1985.

Javert, Les Miserables (musical), Royal Shakespeare Company, Barbican Theatre, 1985, then Palace Theatre, London, 1986.

Pimm, Heresies, Royal Shakespeare Company, Pit Theatre, London, 1986.

Adrian, The Archbishop's Ceiling, Royal Shakespeare Company, Pit Theatre, 1986.

Brutus, Julius Caesar, Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, then Barbican Theatre, both 1987.

Duke Vincentio, Measure for Measure, Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, 1987, then Barbican Theatre, 1988.

Sir Toby Belch, Twelfth Night, Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, 1987, then Barbican Theatre, 1988.

Oberon, The Fairy Queen, Aix-en-Provence Festival Theatre, Aix-en-Provence, France, 1989.

Trigorin, The Seagull, Royal Shakespeare Company, Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 1990.

Benedick, Much Ado About Nothing, Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, 1990, then Barbican Theatre, 1991.

Jekyll, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Royal Shakespeare Company, Barbican Theatre, 1991.

Angelo, Una Pooka, Tricycle Theatre, London, 1992.

Philip Madras, Madras House, Lyric Hammersmith Theatre, London, and Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, Scotland, both 1992.

Stone, City of Angels, Prince of Wales Theatre, London, 1993.

Bernard Nightingale, Arcadia, Royal National Theatre, Lyttelton Theatre, London, 1993, then Theatre Royal Haymarket, London, 1994.

Jack Worthing, The Importance of Being Earnest, Old Vic Theatre, London, 1995.

Mirabell, The Way of the World, Royal National Theatre, Lyttelton Theatre, 1995.

Trissotin, The Learned Ladies, Royal Shakespeare Company, Other Place Theatre, then Pit Theatre and Barbican Theatre, all 1996.

Title role, Macbeth, Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, then Barbican Theatre, both 1996.

Serge, ART, Wyndham's Theatre, London, 1997.

Marc, ART, Wyndham's Theatre, 1998.

Henry Graves, Money, Royal National Theatre, Olivier Theatre, London, 1999.

Ulysses, Troilus and Cressida, Royal National Theatre, Olivier Theatre, 1999.

Adolf Hitler, Albert Speer, Royal National Theatre, Lyt-telton Theatre, 2000.

Bassov, Summerfolk, Royal National Theatre, Olivier Theatre, 2000.

Lopakhin, The Cherry Orchard, Royal National Theatre, Cottesloe Theatre, London, 2000–2001, then Olivier Theatre, 2001.

Terri Dennis, Privates on Parade, Donmar Warehouse Theatre, London, 2001.

Adam Penzius, What the Night Is For, Comedy Theatre, London, 2002.

Willy Brandt, Democracy, Royal National Theatre, Cottesloe Theatre, 2003.

Abbanazar, Aladdin (pantomime), Old Vic Theatre, 2005–2006.

Ray, Blackbird, Edinburgh Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland, 2005, then Albery Theatre, London, 2006.

Appeared as Wilby, SUS, Soho Poly Theatre, England; as Uncle Dell, All Our Loving; as television philosopher, Benefits; in title role, Sweeney Todd; as Armitage Shanks, The Charge of the Light Brigade; as sheriff of Nottingham, Babes in the Wood, Dr. Rock, Doctor and the Devil, in title role, Macbeth, Ralph Makepeace, The Man Himself, Angelo, Measure for Measure, Macheath, The Threepenny Opera, and as Solomon Urque, The Merchant, all repertory productions; as comic and musician, Floorshow, Carl, Kiss and Kill, Marcel, Scum, and as Mr. Packer, Vinegar Tom, all Monstrous Regiment Theatre Company.

Film Appearances:

Dave, Wilt (also known as The Misadventures of Mr. Wilt), Samuel Goldwyn Company, 1989.

Eric, Strangers (short film), 2003.

Adrian, A Cock and Bull Story (also known as Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story), Newmarket Films/Picturehouse, 2005.

Lewis Prothero, V for Vendetta (also known as V for Vendetta: At the IMAX, V de venganza, V de vinganca, V de vendetta, V foer vendetta, V nagu veritasu, V pour vendetta, and V wie Vendetta), Warner Bros., 2005.

Radio Appearances; Episodic:

Svengali, Trilby, BBC, 2005.

Radio Appearances; Other:

Rodolphe, Madame Bovary, BBC, 1993.

Charles II, The Diary of Samuel Pepys, BBC, 1995.

Bosola, The Duchess of Malfi, BBC, 1995.

Michael Wentworth, The Years Between, BBC, 1995.

Dyson, Selling the Archbishop, BBC, 1995.

John Merrick, The Man in the Elephant Mask, BBC, 1997.

Mr. Manningham, Gaslight, BBC, 1997.

Dr. Samuel Johnson, The Miles Kington Interview, BBC, 1997.

Dr. Harty Kopelman, The Epping Jaundice, BBC, 1998.

Boccaccio, Decameron, BBC, 1998.

Thackeray, The Rose and the Ring, BBC, 1999.

Peter, The Inheritance, BBC, 1999.

Jasper, Family Album, BBC, 2000.

Duke, My Last Duchess, BBC, 2001.

Jean Valjean, Woman's Hour Drama: Les Miserables, BBC, 2001.

Guest, Radio 2 Arts Programme, BBC, 2002.

Interviewee, Loose Ends, BBC, 2002.

Milan, Milosevic in Black and White, BBC, 2002.

Oliver, The Detox, BBC, 2002.

Antony and Cleopatra, BBC, 2002.

Rogozhin, The Idiot, BBC, 2002.

Lykurgos, Dionysus, BBC, 2003.

Max, Hopes and Desires, BBC, 2003.

Kierkegaard, Love Is an Existential Thing, BBC, 2003.

Dave, Under the Net, BBC, 2003.

Chelsea Hotel, Chelsea Dreaming, BBC, 2003.

Gilbert Harding, Afternoon Play: Dr. Brighton and Mr. Harding, BBC, 2005.

Also performed as Admetos, Alcestis, Thackeray, The Cave of Harmony, as Isambard, Cities of Dreams and Desires, as Thomas Betterton, Don Quixote, as Sir Richard Grenville, The King's General, in title role, Peter Grimes, and as Isambard, A View of the City from Westminster Bridge, all BBC.


Audio Books; Reader:

The Taming of the Shrew, by William Shakespeare, Penguin Audiobooks, 1998, Audio Partners, 2004.

Typhoon, by Joseph Conrad, Audio Partners, 2000.

Measure for Measure, by William Shakespeare, Audio Partners, 2004.


Contributor to the original British cast recording of Les Miserables.



Independent, September 3, 2003.

Sunday Telegraph, August 24, 2003.

Telegraph, February 17, 2000.

TheatreGoer, April, 2004.

Times (London), February 13, 2006.


Roger Allam Official Site,, May 22, 2006.

Times Online,, November 25, 2002.

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