Alan Ford was born on the 23rd February 1938 in Camberwell, South East London, the eldest son of a seamstress and a London taxi driver.
He grew up in the Elephant & Castle area where he experienced the dangers of the second world war and the austerity of the years that followed. At the age of fifteen, schooldays over, he set out to earn a living. After myriad different jobs and two years National Service in the Royal Army Ordnance Corps, he found his way into the film business. When Francois Truffaut cast him as one of the firemen in his film Fahrenheit 451, he obtained his equity card and could now call himself an actor. However, possession of a union card was not enough for him, he wanted to learn his craft properly.
He auditioned for and was granted a place at The East 15 Acting School. For three years he studied drama in all its forms: Shakespeare, Chekhov, restoration, comedia del arté, pantomime, music, dance, fencing, Stanislavski and improvisation. One of his tutors there at that time was the then unknown Mike Leigh.
Since 1970 he has worked extensively in Theatre, film, television and is a well known radio voice. He has appeared on stage at the National Theatre, Royal Court Theatre, The Theatre Royal, Stratford and many repertory theatres. He toured with the 7.84 Company and has worked at many of the London Fringe venues, most notably The Old Half Moon Theatre in the east end during the 1970’s and 80’s. His one man show Thin Ice became his first novel. Eventually it will become a feature film.
He is a vegetarian, no flesh or fish since 1973 and he now lives in Primrose Hill where he enjoys a good social life.
He is busier now than he has ever been and he enjoys all the work that comes his way.