Alistair McGowan has made a very big impression in comedy resulting in a Best Comedy Entertainment Award at the British Comedy Awards, Best Entertainment Programme at the Broadcast Awards and Variety Club Comedy Award, for his series Alistair McGowan’s Big Impression.The master of mimicry boasts a repertoire of over 100 impersonations. The Posh and Becks characters from the series were so popular a one off special was made. Alistair went on to play the lead in BBC1’s comedy detective series Mayo. He was in the BBC’s critically acclaimed production of Bleak House, and starred in The Government Inspector and 5/11 at the Chichester Festival Theatre.
After graduating from Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 1989, Alistair began working as a stand-up comic playing clubs up and down the country including London’s Comedy Store. He soon became known for his excellent impersonations and from 1992 to 1996 provided the voices for many of the characters on Spitting Image, including Tony Blair, Chris Eubank, Prince Charles and Hugh Grant. As well as being a hugely respected impressionist, Alistair is also a critically acclaimed actor, having won rave reviews in 1999 at the Nottingham Playhouse for his role as Clov in Endgame and Franz Kafka in Alan Bennett’s Kafka’s Dick in 1998. In 2001, Alistair completed a very successful run in London’s West End in Art, playing Serge. His television credits include Spock in the award-winning BBC series Preston Front and Redwald inITV’s Dark Ages. Alistair has appeared as a guest on numerous television shows including 29 Minutes of Fame, Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, Parkinson, Richard and Judy, Des O’Connor, The Royal Variety Performance, The Big Read, Question of Sport, Points of View and has been involved in several sketch shows including Fist of Fun. He has a loyal fan base in Scotland who know him principally for his sporting impersonations and his involvement in Only an Excuse. Alistair is also a very familiar name to BBC Radio 4’s Light Entertainment Department and has been involved in numerous comedies including The Nick Revell Show, First Impressions and Doon Your Way. He has worked with Harry Hill on When Harry Met Ally and completed four series of The Game’s Up for radio Five Live. Other BBC radio work includes The World of Pub, and reading Book at Bedtime. Sport has always been near to Alistair’s performing heart. He re-voicing of video footage for The Staggering Stories of Ferdinand De Bargos, The Sports Review of the Year, Match of the Day and Oddballs has turned him into a sideline sporting celebrity and he has released two videos, Football Backchat and The Second Leg, which are best sellers both in the comedy and sports DVD charts. He is now well established as an after dinner speaker and has spoken at events as diverse as the Footballers Association Annual Dinner and The Royal Television Society Awards.