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  • Real name : Keith Philip George Allen
  • Place of birth : Swansea
  • Date of birth : 02/06/1953

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Keith Allen (1953)

Keith Philip George Allen

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Keith Philip George Allen is a Welsh actor, comedian, musician, singer-songwriter, artist, author and television presenter. He is the father of singer-songwriter Lily Allen and actor Alfie Owen-Allen.

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 early life and education
Allen was born on 2 June 1953 in Gorseinon, near Swansea, in south Wales, the second of three children, the son of Edward Charles Owen, a Royal Navy submariner. His younger brother is the actor Kevin Allen. He spent his early years near Swansea and in Malta, and most of his childhood in Gosport while his father served in Portsmouth. At the age of eleven he was sent to Brentwood boarding school in Essex when his father was posted to Singapore. He was expelled from the school at the age of thirteen. At the age of fifteen he was sent to a borstal after repeatedly being caught thieving, later saying that he "had a great time" there.

 early career
After having several jobs during the 1970s, including a job as a stagehand from which he was sacked after joining Max Bygraves' chorus line on stage naked, Allen first found success as a stand-up comedian, opening for rock bands such as the Clash.

 personal life
As a guest on Top Gear on 9 December 2007, Allen said claims he had eight children were not true and that he actually has six children by four different women. His children include pop singer Lily Allen and actor Alfie Owen-Allen with his first wife Alison Owen. He was also married to Nira Park and his lovers have included Julia Sawalha and currently the actress Tamzin Malleson . Their daughter, Teddie, was born in 2006. Although a life-long socialist, whose political philosophy was influenced by the Workers' Revolutionary Party, Allen has expressed grudging admiration for Conservative Party leader David Cameron and former leader William Hague.

Allen has on his shoulder a tattoo of Rinka the dog, owned by Norman Scott, which was shot dead during the Jeremy Thorpe scandal. He has explained that: “I had the tattoo placed on my arm lest I forget, so I have a history of having suspicions about the establishment and the Government and court cases.”

In the mid-1980s Allen served a 21-day jail sentence in Pentonville Prison after being found guilty of criminal damage at the Zanzibar club in Covent Garden.

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  • Grow Up
    384 p.
    2007

    ISBN : 9780091910709

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