Roger Allam

Last updated on the 28 March 2024 by Maeve

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Mini Biography

Born: 26 October 1953, Bow, London, England. 

Roger Allam developed an early interest in acting. He attended the University of Cambridge where he studied English Literature and Drama, and it was during this time that he formed a strong bond with his fellow student, Richard Curtis.

After graduating from university, Allam embarked on a successful stage career. He made his West End debut in the 1984 production of “The Tempest,” and he has since appeared in numerous critically acclaimed productions, including “Hamlet,” “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?,” and “The Crucible.”

In 2000, Allam originated the role of Javert in the West End production of “Les Misérables.” His performance was widely praised, and he received several accolades, including the Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical.

Allam has also achieved recognition for his television work. He is perhaps best known for his portrayal of Chief Inspector Fred Thursday in the BBC series “Endeavour,” which is a prequel to the popular detective show “Inspector Morse.” He has also had notable roles in the series “The Thick of It,” “Game of Thrones,” and “Murder in Provence.”

Allam is married to actress Rebecca Saire and they have two children together.


Suggested viewing


Murder in Provence (2022)

Murder in Provence Poster

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 7.2

Beneath the sun-kissed beauty of Provence, a shadow lurks as Antoine Verlaque, a seasoned Investigating Judge, and his spirited partner Marine Bonnet unravel the tangled web of murder and intrigue that plagues their beloved town. Their pursuit of justice is guided by the sharp mind of Hélène, a detective and Antoine’s trusted ally, as they delve into the secrets and scandals that haunt the picturesque streets.

Top cast: Roger Allam, Nancy Carroll, Keala Settle, Patricia Hodge, Geff Francis.

Endeavour (2012)

Endeavour poster

Bftv 9.0 / IMDb 8.6

In the picturesque setting of 1960s Oxford, young Detective Constable Endeavour Morse tackles the labyrinthine world of crime alongside his mentor, Detective Inspector Fred Thursday. With his keen intellect, unconventional methods, and passion for classical music, Morse confronts a series of intriguing cases that unveil the hidden darkness beneath the city’s genteel facade.

Top cast: Shaun Evans, Roger Allam, Anton Lesser, James Bradshaw, Sean Rigby, Jack Laskey, Caroline O’Neill, Sara Vickers, Dakota Blue Richards, Abigail Thaw.

The Thick of It (2009)

The Thick of It poster

Bftv 9.5 / IMDb 8.7

Amidst the chaos of modern British politics, the self-serving spin doctor Malcolm Tucker reigns supreme, maneuvering government ministers and their advisors through a minefield of media scrutiny, political maneuvering, and public gaffes. With his biting wit and foul-mouthed tirades, Tucker ensures that the government’s image remains polished, even if the truth has to be twisted and the reputations of others sacrificed.

Top cast: Peter Capaldi, Chris Addison, Joanna Scanlan, James Smith, Roger Allam, Vincent Franklin, Roger Allam (S2-4).

The Tempest (2014)

The Tempest (2014)

Bftv 9.0 / IMDb 8.2

On a desolate isle, exiled sorcerer Prospero seeks justice for his usurpation. With Ariel’s aid, he shipwrecks his enemies, igniting love between Ferdinand and Miranda. Prospero’s brother and the king roam the island, while Caliban plots rebellion. Prospero’s desire for justice, Ariel’s for freedom, and Miranda’s for love intertwine.

Top cast: Roger Allam, Jason Baughan, Jessie Buckley, Sam Cox, Pip Donaghy, Peter Hamilton Dyer, Trevor Fox, James Garnon, Colin Morgan.

Full filmography (@Wikipedia)


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