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In 2005 Tom Allen won the competition So You Think You’re Funny in Edinburgh and went on to win the BBC New Comedy Award later that same year.
He has just returned from supporting the award winning and internationally acclaimed Sarah Millican on her sold out UK tour. He has also recently supported the award winning Josie Long on tour.
He has performed at Montreal’s Just For Laughs and in the last three years has made his debut at Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne Comedy Festivals. He returns to The Stand this August for his 8th Edinburgh show 'Both Worlds' and his live chat show 'Everyone's Talking at Tom Allen'.
In 2010 Attitude Magazine called him a gay role model.
He recently performed a gig for a fetish club in Birmingham. 'Man is born free but everywhere he is in chains' Rousseau (not talking about Birmingham).
In the past, his live chat show Tom Allen’s Society has seen him bring his own inimitable comedic stylings to spur whimsical conversation with such greats as Margaret Cho, Sarah Millican, Ed Byrne, Mark Gatiss, Jack Whitehall, Amy Lamé and Matt Smith.
Tom plays the protagonist Pip in the Sony Award winning Radio 4 series Bleak Expectations.
As a presenter, he covered the Edinburgh Festival for BBC2’s The Review Show. He has also hosted The World’s Greatest Bodyshockers on E4, reported on Big Brother’s Big Mouth and covered the British Fashion Awards for Net-A-Porter where he interviewed Christopher Kane, Olivia Palermo and Victoria Beckham.
He wrote and performed Dictionary Corner for Channel 4’s late night satirical TNT Show and has made his own documentary ‘Who Is Tom Allen?’ where he was regressed to his previous life (a secretary in 1970s California) and was featured in the BBC documentary about legendary stand up show, Late and Live.
As an actor he guest starred in the most recent series of Comedy Central’s Threesome and has also appeared in BBC’s Sensitive Skin and Fear of Fanny. Film includes Colour Me Kubrick with John Malkovich, Starter for Ten with James McEvoy and the Stephen Frears film, Tamara Drewe.
He has recorded two series of The Correspondent which he co-writes and performs for Radio 4 and several audio episodes of the Dr Who Companion Chronicles playing Oliver Harper. He recently made his first appearance on the News Quiz.
He trained with the National Youth Theatre performing with the company in London and Manchester in addition to working on outreach projects and films.
He grew up in Bromley. As a teenager he was the youngest member of the Noel Coward Society.
He responds well to strong women and deadlines.