|Occupation Actor and voice actor|
Education McGill University
Role Film actor
|Name Patrick Allen|
Years active 1952-2005
|Full Name John Keith Patrick Allen|
Born 17 March 1927 (1927-03-17) Nyasaland
Died July 28, 2006, London, United Kingdom
Spouse Sarah Lawson (m. 1960–2006)
Children Stuart Allen, Stephen Allen
Movies and TV shows Blackadder, Night of the Big Heat, Captain Clegg, Dial M for Murder, Protect and Survive
Similar People Sarah Lawson, Anthony Dawson, Andrew V McLaglen, Cyril Frankel, Yvonne Romain
Patrick Allen, "Do you mind if I kiss you"?
John Keith Patrick Allen (17 March 1927 – 28 July 2006) was a British film, television and voice actor.
Life and career
Allen was born in Nyasaland (now Malawi), where his father was a tobacco farmer. After his parents returned to Britain, he was evacuated to Canada during the Second World War where he remained to finish his education at McGill University in Montreal. He gained experience as a local radio broadcaster and appeared on television in plays and documentaries, before returning to Britain.
Returning to the UK in 1953, Allen made his film debut in Alfred Hitchcock's Dial M for Murder (1954). He subsequently appeared in character roles in many films, including Captain Clegg, The Wild Geese, The Sea Wolves, and Who Dares Wins. He was also the lead actor in the Associated Rediffusion adventure series Crane (1963–65) and in the BBC-1 series Brett (1971). Allen played Moriaty's deputy Colonel Sebastian Moran in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and The Return of Sherlock Holmes.
He made regular appearances in ITC television series during the 1960s and early 1970s, including The Baron, The Champions, Gideon's Way and UFO, although he never had an ongoing role in any of these series. He made one episode of the Saint alongside Roger Moore in The Man Who Could Not Die broadcast July 1965 in the UK.
Allen also worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company in a number of stage roles, along with many BBC productions.
In 1967 he and his wife Sarah Lawson appeared together playing husband and wife in the Science fiction film Night of the Big Heat. He and Lawson also played husband-and-wife in the BBC radio series Stand By For West based on the John Creasey novels about Scotland Yard Chief Inspector Roger West.
Allen's distinctive, authoritative voice was familiar across the United Kingdom, even amongst those who did not recognise him as an actor. He dubbed Leon Greene, who played Rex, in the 1968 Hammer film The Devil Rides Out.
He narrated the British Government's Protect and Survive series of instructional videos in the 1970s; some of his lines in that production were re-recorded and sampled into the single Two Tribes by the band Frankie Goes to Hollywood. He was also the voiceover artist for Vic and Bob's comedy series Vic Reeves Big Night Out, The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer and Shooting Stars, and appeared in and voiced numerous commercials for house builder Barratt Homes and for the Ford Sierra, among many others. His voice-over work led him to start up his own business, running a very successful recording studio for voice-over work.
He also narrated the first series of Blackadder, and appeared in the last episode 'The Black Seal' as Edmund's nemesis, Phillip of Burgundy – known to his enemies as 'The Hawk'.
He provided the narration (the voice of Captain Star) for the 1989 children's series TUGS. Allen remained uncredited for his work, which was revealed in an interview with the show's producer Robert D. Cardona.
In 2005, he became the voice of the British television channel E4, providing voiceovers for many of its idents and promotions. Some of the slogans are rather irreverent, and match the tone of the channel well, especially during the channel's recent campaigns. These include:
Since his death a number of voice-over actors have attempted to emulate Allen’s inimitable vocal style, such as Peter Dickson.
In 2005, he did an altered re-recording of the Two Tribes version of the Protect and Survive narration for German cover band Welcome to the Pleasuredome, which is featured in their live performances.
Also, not long before his death, he narrated parody versions of these films for Kerrang! TV.
Allen died on the morning of 28 July 2006 at age 79. He is survived by his wife and two sons.