One of Britain’s foremost impressionists and voice over artists famed for his extensive catalogue of sporting impersonations. Co-writer of the BAFTA-winning The Big Impression.
Alistair McGowan began to make an impact on the British comedy scene as a regular at London’s Comedy Store, going on to appear in many television shows, most notably in Tarbuck Late, The Clive James Show, Auntie’s Sporting Bloomers, Saturday Live, and They Think It’s All Over.
He also made a memorable appearance on Frank Skinner’s sitcom/stand-up hybrid show Packing Them In, starred as a number of supporting characters in Harry Enfield and Chums, performed on the 1996 Royal Variety Show, and showcased his sporting impressions on the football magazine programme Sick as a Parrot.
He found his first regular slot on the BBC2 football impressions show Standing Room Only, recording his first scene with long-time comedy partner Ronni Ancona. Alistair and Ronnie then began writing together and created the BAFTA-winning impressions show The Big Impression.
Alistair has worked extensively in theatre and appeared in the West End and, in 2013, embarked on a fifty-date stand-up tour of his show Not Just A Pretty Voice.
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Alistair has been a regular feature on Radio 4 comedy shows such as The Young Postmen (by and with Ben Miller) and Life, Death and Sex With Mike and Sue (with Sally Phillips, Jan Ravens, Ronni Ancona, Robert Duncan and Roger Blake). He has read several books for Radio 4’s ‘Book At Bedtime’ slot including Anton Chekhov’s short stories, J.L. Carr’s The Harpole Report and Stalin’s Nose by Rory McLean.
He also co-wrote and starred in four series of the satirical sports show The Game’s Up on Radio Five (again alongside Ronni Ancona).
From 1992 to 1996 Alistair provided the voices for many of the characters on the satirical puppet show Spitting Image (Prince Charles, Tony Blair, Paddy Ashdown, John Smith, John Major, Terry Venables, Chris Eubank, Gary Lineker, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Griff Rhys-Jones, David Coleman, Trevor McDonald, Michael Buerke, Ian McCaskill and Hugh Grant). He starred in the show alongside other leading comedians and voice artists such as Jon Thompson, Hugh Dennis, Steve Nallon, Kate Robbins, Roger Blake and Steve Coogan and, with Jon Glover, voiced footage for Sports Review of the Year for three years in the mid-90s.
Alistair McGowan made his début broadcast as a tennis commentator for BBC Sport at the 2011 Wimbledon Championships.
Alistair’s diverse portfolio of voices and accents have been used in the corporate sector by many advertising companies. He has featured in adverts for a number of leading brands, including McEwans lager, Heineken, HJ Heinz Soup, Fruit and Fibre, and Gino Ginelli.
Alistair McGowan also starred in a series of successful adverts for Capital One, using his talents of impersonation to highlight the dangers of identity theft.