After growing up in Essex, Alan studied drama at the University of Kent, graduating in 1988. The same year, he began his career as a stand-up comedian.
He was soon acting for television, and has played a large number of comic and serious parts.
Most famous for his title role in David Renwick’s BAFTA -winning comedy drama Jonathan Creek, he has also appeared in Bob & Rose, The Brief, Miss Marple, Hotel Babylon and comedy-drama Whites on BBC2, where he starred as a talented but disillusioned chef who is a little past his sell-by-date.
He has written a book (My Favourite People and Me 1978-1988), and has also appeared on stage, film and radio.