Alan Davies was born in Essex on the 6th March 1966, the middle child between an older brother and a younger sister. His dad raised the family after his mother sadly passed away when Alan was six years old.
Alan went to Bancroft's school in Woodford Green and by all accounts was frequently in trouble there. However, when he left aged 16 he gained eight O'levels. He then moved on to Loughton College of Further Education where he got four more O'Level's and two A'Levels (studied Media Studies & Theatre Studies). He left Essex to move to Stoke Newington to pursue his dream of being in comedy.
He secured his first stand-up job five months after leaving college and subsequently made many stand-up appearances on television, but mainstream success took several years to achieve.
The man that also taught him theatre skills - Piers Gladhill, secured his first gig in 1988 at the Black Cat Cabaret in Stoke Newington. From then on Alan's career as a stand up comedian took off.
Alan won the Time Out Award for Best Comic in 1991 and the work offers began to increase. In 1995, he appeared on the spoof travel show, One for the Road. He got his own radio show, The Alan Davies Show, in 1998.
Alan used his new-found success to launch his acting career, appearing in Jonathan Creek in 1997 and A Many Splintered Thing in 1998. His performance was well received and signified a change in the pace of Alan’s career trajectory.
Maintaining his links with comedy, Alan presented a documentary series on stand-up comedians in 2000. He also took a cameo role in Dog Eat Dog - a British film released in 2001.
His best-loved acting role is of course Jonathan Creek. This unassuming detective captured the imagination of the audience and Alan managed to convince the BBC that he was the man for the job by turning up at a party in his now famous duffel coat.
Alan now lives in Highbury, Islington.