"Alan Mehdizadeh played Fender's hard-nosed and eminently dislikeable boss Ranting with force but with a sufficiently soft touch as to make him human and believable," 'The Bespoke Overcoat', in Theatre Wales

 

actor, writer, director, producer.

 

Originally from Hastings, East Sussex, Alan was born on 4 September 1982, and grew up in and around Ealing in West London, he attended Drayton Manor High School (which boasts Jay Kay (of Jamiroquai), Rick Wakeman, Peter Crouch and many other well known names amongst it's ex-pupils), Alan also went to Richmond Upon Thames College. After graduating from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, with a degree in Drama, he immediately played Don John (and Friar Francis), in a National Tour of "Much Ado About Nothing".

 

Alan was recently appeared as Big Davey in the hit musical 'Billy Elliot', at the Victoria Palace Theatre on London's West End. Alan also recently appeared as Big Davey in the hit live cinema broadcast 'Billy Elliot the Musical Live' which was beamed live to almost 600 cinemas in the UK & Ireland, and to cinemas around the world. In May 2015, Alan was part of the company that performed the 10 year anniversary gala performance of 'Billy Elliot the Musical'.

 

Acting since the age of 9 (when he first appeared in a commercial for Vauxhall), Alan continues to enjoy new experiences. His early professional roles included two adverts before he was 10 years old, 2 years as a regular supporting artist in BBC Children's Drama 'Grange Hill', and a summer performing at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre.

 

Winter 2012 saw Alan work with Cahoots NI, and The MAC Belfast on a musical adaptation of Oliver Jeffers' children's book 'The Incredible Book Eating Boy' which was adapted by well known composer and writer, Conor Mitchell. Playing the dual roles of Henry's dad, and the MC, Alan had a chance to originate and develop two completely contrasting characters for this production.

 

Further recent career highlights for Al include appearing as Friar Tuck in "Robin Hood"; Alan was absolutely delighted to be working with Evolution Productions at The Marlowe Arena Theatre in Canterbury on Paul Hendy's pantomime "Robin Hood". Working alongside John Thompson "Cold Feet", "Coronation Street" and "The Fast Show", Sid Sloane from "CBeebies", and the late, lovable comic Dave Lee MBE was a great experience. Alan said "the production was an absolute pleasure to work on, running for 6 weeks and playing to houses of 1,200 people was a sheer delight"!

Al's career to date has also included acting credits such as Cowslip "Watership Down" Regents Park Open Air Theatre, Chaim "Fiddler on the Roof" Richmond Theatre, Professor Doodle/Wizard of Oz "Wizard of Oz" Motherwell Theatre/Spillers Panto's, Ranting "Bespoke Overcoat" with Louche Theatre. Heir Schultz "Cabaret" Songtime Theatre Arts, Lamaar "Godspell" Questors Theatre. And at Aberystwyth Arts Centre; Sultan of Morocco "Dick Whittington". Alfred Doolittle "Pygmalion". Big Rhys "Rape of the Fair Country". Banquo "Macbeth". Ventocelli "Amadeus".

TV credits include commercials for US Network Television, ITV, Channel 4 and working on both Grange Hill and Eastenders for the BBC.

Alan was the founding President of Curtain Call Musical Theatre Society whilst at University, his producing credits include "Godspell", "Little Shop of Horrors", "Gala 2006" the "WHOA" Trilogy, and directing credits include "Godspell", and for What Was That? Productions "Jesus Christ Superstar".

 

As producer he has also worked with Ex Nihilo Productions on the Premiere of Adebayo Bolaji's (Original Cast 'Ghost the Musical', 'Skyfall') play "In Bed" which was first shown at the Questors Theatre in Ealing in 2009, and later revived at the London Theatre Workshop in 2014 starring Bolaji, and Allyson Ava Brown. Alan's most recent producing credits include a tour of 'Life of Riley' by Sir Alan Ayckbourn, and a production of the Jonathon Larsson musical 'Tick, tick...BOOM!' which was presented at the Aberystwyth Arts Centre to a standing ovation.

Alan wrote, directed and acted in the premiere of "The Kebabman Cometh" a play adapted from an original short movie from 2005.

You can follow Alan on Twitter @alanmehdizadeh or his production company on @wwtproductions

 

 

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