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Keith Allen

Keith Allen is a Welsh actor, comedian, musician, singer-songwriter, artist, author, and television host. Keith Allen is the father of singer Lily Allen and actor Alfie Allen, as well as Kevin Allen, an actor, and director.

Early life

Keith Howell Charles Allen was born on 2nd September 1953, in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, Wales. As of now, he is 68 years old and he holds Welsh nationality. Moreover, his zodiac sign is Virgo. He is the second child of Edward Charles Owen (father) and Tamzin Malleson (mother).

His father is a Royal Navy petty officer submarine and his mother is an English actress. He has a brother whose name is Kevin Allen and a sister whose name is Lily Allen. While his father served in Portsmouth, he spent his early years near Swansea and in Malta, and most of his childhood in Gosport, Hampshire.

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Caption: Keith Allen posing for a photo (Source: The Sun)

When his father was posted to Singapore at the age of 11, he was put to a private Brentwood boarding school in Essex. At the age of thirteen, the school expelled him from school but the reason is not available. After being caught stealing several times as a child, he was sent to a borstal, where he subsequently stated that he “had a terrific time”.

Keith Allen – Professional career

Keith Allen worked as a stand-up comedian and vocalist in the 1970s, including a job as a stagehand from which he was fired after joining Max Bygraves’ chorus line on stage naked. He also opened for rock bands such as The Clash.

Acting career

After becoming one of the Comedy Store’s breakout performers in 1979, he participated in several films in the Channel 4 series The Comic Strip Presents… in the 1980s. The Bullshitters (a parody of The Professionals) and The Yob (a parody of The Fly), both of which he co-wrote, are notable episodes starring Keith. He has acted in both dramatic and comedic roles. The Supergrass, starring Allen, Adrian Edmondson, Peter Richardson, Jennifer Saunders, and Robbie Coltrane, was released in 1985, directed by Comic Strip actor Peter Richardson and featuring him, Adrian Edmondson, Peter Richardson, Jennifer Saunders, and Robbie Coltrane.

He played Pepi The Poisoner in the Carry On Columbus revival film in 1992. In the Inspector Morse episode The Day of the Devil from 1993, he played occultist John, Peter Barrie. Danny Boyle wrote this episode of Granada Television’s long-running drama series. This would be the first of three productions in which Keith would be involved in the 1990s, all of which were written or directed by Boyle.

He made a cameo in the black comedy, ‘Twin Town’. In 1996, ‘In Trainspotting’, he played a drug dealer in the movie. On July 19, 1996, he presented Top of the Pops while dressed as a fake hip-hop singer named ‘Keithski.’ He played Lambert in Celebration and Mr. Sands in The Room in two Harold Pinter plays at the Almeida Theatre in 2000.

More Acting Career

In July 2001, these were played again at the Lincoln Center Festival. He played the villain in Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London, a sequel to the 2004 film Agent Cody Banks, with Frankie Muniz. ‘Illegal Killing’, his documentary about the killing of Diana, Princess of Wales screened at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. It alleged that the British and French governments withheld information concerning the crash, accusing Queen Elizabeth and Princess Margaret of being ‘tiara-wearing gangsters,’ and saying that Prince Philip had a ‘Nazi history’.

In episode 1.5 of the comedic drama series Great Night Out in 2013, he played Darren the farmer. In April 2013, he performed in The Rose Theatre in Kingston upon Thames in a revival of Richard Bean’s black comedy “Smack Family Robinson.”

Television presenter

During the early days of Channel Four, he hosted the TV show Whatever You Want, and he has also hosted a series of documentaries for Victor Lewis-Associated-Rediffusion Smith’s Television Productions, including Little Lady Fauntleroy (2004), You’re Fayed (2005), and Michael Carroll – King of Chavs (2006).

On Good Friday, 14 April 2006, he performed the Manchester Passion, a contemporary portrayal of Jesus’ final hours. He hunted out TV chef Keith Floyd in ‘Keith Meets Keith,’ which aired on Channel 4 on September 14, 2009. However, Keith Floyd died of a heart attack on the evening of the documentary premiere.

Musical career

In the late 1970s, he was a member of the Atoms, a London punk band. Later, he joined Fat Les, a band that included artist Damien Hirst and Blur bassist Alex James. In the late 1970s, he was a member of the Atoms, a London punk band, and later Fat Les, a band that included Damien Hirst, the artist, and Blur bassist Alex James. He co-wrote “World in Motion,” their lone UK number-one hit, and sometimes performed with them live, including at the Reading Festival in 1998.

He also played the host of a fictional New Order game show on the band’s DVD New Order Story. In the music video for Blur’s 1995 smash “Country House (song),” he played a businessman. He wrote the lyrics for Fat Les’ “Vindaloo” and was engaged in several other football-related tracks, including Black Grape’s “England’s Irie”. He also wrote the song “On Me Head, Son” for the film Mike Bassett England Manager. Moreover, the song was credited to Sporting Les on the soundtrack album.

He is a fan of Fulham, a London-based Championship football team, and has recorded several official songs for the club. Additionally, he has performed with the club’s chairman, Mohamed Al-Fayed, with his band Colin and the Cottagers. “We’re Not Real Madrid” and “Back Home,” are references to the club’s return to its historic home Craven Cottage on the banks of the Thames in 2004.

Awards and Net worth

As an actor, he has worked for more than 3 decades in the entertainment industry. Talking about his awards and recognition, there is no information regarding it. The multi-talent actor has earned a huge sum of money in his professional career. As an actor, he has an estimated net worth of around $10 million.

Keith Allen – Relationship Status

Keith Allen said that he had eight children during an appearance on Top Gear on December 9, 2007. Moreover, he has six children by four different women. With his wife Alison Owen, he had pop singer Lily Allen and actor Alfie Owen-Allen. He previously married Nira Park, and his girlfriends have included Julia Sawalha and Tamzin Malleson. Teddie, their daughter, was born in 2006. Additionally, the couple lives in the Gloucestershire town of Stroud.

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Caption: Keith Allen with his daughter Lily Allen (Source: The Mirror)

The court sentenced him to 21 days at Pentonville Prison in the mid-1980s. The police found him guilty of criminal damage at the Zanzibar club in Covent Garden.

Keith Allen – Body measurement and Social media

Keith Allen is 6 feet 5 inches tall and weighs around 65 kg. Moreover, he has black eyes and light brown hair which impresses his fans. Besides that, there is no more information regarding Keith’s other body measurements.

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Caption: Keith Allen body measurement (Source: Zimbio)

Keith Allen is not active on social media platforms such as Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. Furthermore, he likes to live a private life and stay far from social media.