Famous for appearing on the likes of Live at the Apollo, The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice and Bake Off: The Professionals, Tom Allen has become an ever present on our screens in recent years.
most recently, BAFTA announced AJ Odudu and Tom Allen have joined this year’s EE British Academy Film Awards presenting team as the co-hosts of the red carpet show on Sunday 13 March 2022 at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
On the honor, Allen said: “I am so excited to be on the red carpet – in fact I’m excited to be on any carpet as we have laminate flooring in our house – and I am over the moon to be working with the brilliant AJ Odudu at this year’s EE BAFTA Film Awards.”
“I know we’re going to have so much fun bringing the glamor and excitement of the arriving nominees to everyone watching around the world at home. Open some crisps, settle on the sofa and enjoy it all!”
Allen has had an intriguing rise to prominence since winning So You Think You’re Funny and the BBC New Comedy Award in 2005 at the age of just 22 – working successfully across multiple media disciples.
Who is Tom Allen?
Though you wouldn’t guess it from the contrasting accents, Allen went to school with comedian Rob Beckett at Coopers School in Chislehurst.
He then went on the train at the National Youth Theatre, performing with the company nationally.
After taking home two breakout comedy awards in 2005, Allen appeared in multiple TV shows while still doing stand up.
They were the BBC productions Sensitive Skin and The Cut, as well as biopics of Fanny Cradock (Fear of Fanny) and Frankie Howerd (Rather You Than Me).
After over 15 years of performing and having supported the likes of Josh Widdicombe, Romesh Ranganathan and Michael McIntyre, Allen finally embarked on his own solo show which received critical acclaim in 2017.
Allen is also a star of the big screen, appearing in the films Color Me Kubrick with John Malkovich, Starter for Ten with James McAvoy and British film Tamara Drewe.
Despite this success, Allen only moved out of his family home at the age of 37.
The comic co-wrote and recorded two series of The Correspondent for BBC Radio 4, took the lead role of young Pip Bin in five series of the comedy Bleak Expectations and has been in a radio adaptation of The Wooden Overcoat with David Tennant.
Allen also portrayed Oliver Harper in Doctor Who’s audio series and co-hosts a podcast called Like Minded Friends with comedian Suzi Ruffell.