Alan Ford (actor)

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Alan Ford
BornAlan Ford
(1938-02-23) 23 February 1938 (age 75)
Walworth, London, England, UK
NationalityBritish
EthnicityEnglish
OccupationActor
Years active1973–present
 
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Alan Ford
BornAlan Ford
(1938-02-23) 23 February 1938 (age 75)
Walworth, London, England, UK
NationalityBritish
EthnicityEnglish
OccupationActor
Years active1973–present

Alan Ford (born 23 February 1938)[1] is an English actor. Ford was trained at East 15 Acting School. He is perhaps best known today for his roles in the Guy Ritchie crime capers Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch, and guest starring in The Bill. He also appeared in Exorcist: The Beginning and, much earlier, as 'Roosta' in the original radio version of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, along with a small speaking role in the British gangster film The Long Good Friday. Ford has also recently appeared in the 2010 music video "For He's a Jolly Good Felon" by Welsh rockers Lostprophets.

Ford played Clifford Harding in G.F. Newman's Law & Order in 1978, then had a brief role in the film An American Werewolf in London, where he plays the taxi driver who says the line, "It puts you in mind of the days of the old demon barber of Fleet Street, doesn't it?" in response to the recent wave of murders around London. He has also proved himself a comic actor. He was involved in the Armando Iannucci production Knowing Me, Knowing You with Alan Partridge, playing a boxing promoter called Terry Norton; and he worked again with Iannucci playing the 'East End Thug' in The Armando Iannucci Shows. He later appeared as a priest in every episode of Snuff Box.

The majority of Ford's roles portray a hard, no-nonsense gangster type character. He is a vegan.[2] His voice is featured in the dubstep song Cockney Thug by Rusko (clips from the Iannucci Show), Crunch by Flux Pavilion and Datsik, the death metal song "A Child Is Missing" from the Illdisposed album The Prestige and the hip-hop song "Sinister" by Aesop Rock, Vast Aire and Yeshua from the 2001 Centrifugal Phorce compilation Euphony. 2011 saw him starring as crime boss Carter in the British film noir Jack Falls alongside his Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels co-stars Jason Flemying and Dexter Fletcher while in April 2012, industry trade daily Screen International announced he had been cast in the British crime thriller Two Days in the Smoke alongside fellow Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels actor Stephen Marcus.[3]

Ford wrote a novel, Thin Ice (2006) and provided voice acting to the video game Fable 2 as Arfur, a wanted criminal living in Bowerstone.

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Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

YearFilmRoleNotes
2014Skin TraffikPaul HamiltonAnnounced
2013The Centenarian Who Climbed Out the Window and VanishedPimFilming
Two Days in the SmokeJackpost-production
2012The SweeneyHarry
Cockneys vs ZombiesRay Macguire
AirborneMax
Strippers vs WerewolvesHarry
2011LethalSimonpost-production
Jack FallsCarter
2010Mission LondonSibling
The Ballad of Mulla and MullinsJohnsonShort Film
2009Dead Man RunningSol
2008NightDragonHansen
2004Exorcist: The BeginningJefferies
2002The Great Dome RobberyNarrator
2000SnatchBrick Top
Furry StoryFredglob (voice)
1998Lock, Stock and Two Smoking BarrelsAlan/Narrator
1992ChaplinWarder
1991Buddy's SongPhil
1981VenomPeters
An American Werewolf in LondonTaxi Driver
1980The Long Good FridayJack
1977The SqueezeTaff

TV[edit]

YearTV ShowRoleNotes
2013Lilyhammer
Toast of LondonMick Carriage1 episode: Vanity Project
2011CasualtyNorman Danvers1 episode: Partners
2010Hotel TrubbleDelgado1 episode: Hello Dolly
2009My Almost Famous FamilyTerry2 episodes: Beat Surrender / The Girl Is Mine
DoctorsGeorge Swade1 episode: Mr Jelly
The Legend of Dick & DomKing of Kong1 episode: Rock Hard
2008Hotel BabylonTerry McCaffrey1 episode: Episode No.3.5
CasualtyTony Tillings1 episode: Thicker Than Water
2007The Real OutlawsHimself - Presenter
2006The BillDavey Rolfe1 episode: 470
Jane HallDougie Stringer1 episode: Episode No.1.1
Snuff BoxRick - Priest1 episode: Rich's Mother
2004Passer ByPublicanTV
Keen EddieLongfellow1 episode: Sticky Fingers
The BillGeorge Dooley1 episode: 188
2003Waking the DeadJack Ely2 episodes: Walking on Water: Part 1 / Walking on Water: Part 2
William and MaryTaxi Driver1 episode: Episode No.1.1
2001The Armando Iannucci ShowsEast End Thug4 episodes
2000Hero to ZeroRon WarleyTV series
1998MosleyPrison Officer1 episode: Beyond the Pale
An Unsuitable Job for a WomanCity Receptionist1 episode
1997The BillJimmy Robson1 episode: Joker
The KnockRobbie Reynolds1 episode: Episode No.3.7
1996London BridgeRonEpisode No.1.15
No BananasBernie Silver2 episodes: Sitzkreig / The Wedding
MadsonAdrian1 episode: Episode No.1.2
1994The BillEric1 episodes: Ducking and Diving
Knowing Me, Knowing You with Alan PartridgeTerry Norton1 episode: Episode No.1.5
Little NapoleonsGerald Nowell1 episode: The Big Interview
Class ActGeoff the Builder2 episodes: Episode No.1.2 / Episode No.1.3
Murder Most HorridFirst villain1 episode: Smashing Bird
MinderBennett1 episode: Bring Me the Head of Arthur Daley
Love HurtsPunter1 episode: The Parent Trap
1993The Upper HandBarmanMinder
1992The BillMaydell1 episode: On the Record, Off the Record
The Darling Buds of MayDanvers1 episode: Oh! To Be in England: Part 1
1991The New StatesmanPolice Inspector1 episode: Keeping Mum
1990The BillFrank Litton1 episode: Old Wounds
Grange HillMr. Ratcliffe3 episodes: Episode No.12.2 / Episode No.13.19 / Episode No.13.20
1989The BillHarry1 episode: Just for the Crack
Birds of a FeatherPrison Officer2 episodes: Substitute / Sailing
1988BergeracSammy Kline1 episode: Private Fight
1987Rockliffe's BabiesTommy1 episode: It's All Happening
1986C.A.T.S. EyesTaxi Driver1 episode: Tranmere Dan and Tokyo Joe
Running ScaredRon Martinunknown episodes
The Best Years of Your LifeFatherTV
1985The BillTony Kemp1 episode: Home Beat
Summer SeasonHarold1 episode: Rachel and the Roarettes
1983Keep It in the FamilyVan driver1 episode: A Touch of the Orient
1982BBC2 PlayhouseActor1 episode: Jake's End
1981–1982The Chinese DetectiveJack Arthur Bross2 episodes: Release / Oblomov
1981MayburyMr. Clegg1 episode: Maisie and Mac
SmugglerGiles Sawney2 episodes: The Respectable Traitor: Part 1 / The Respectable Traitor: Part 2
1980StrangersJohnny James1 episode: Clowns Don't Cry
Play for TodayMr. Chancer2 episodes: The Adventures of Frank: Everybody's Fiddling Something / The Adventures of Frank: Seeds of Ice
1979Play for TodayPolice sergeant1 episode: Waterloo Sunset
1978Armchair ThrillerBill1 episode: The Limbo Connection: Part 1
Law & OrderClifford Harding3 episodes: A Detective's Tale / A Villain's Tale / A Brief's Tale
1976Softly, Softly: Task ForceMicky Dixon1 episode: Say It with Flowers
1974–1975Romany JonesKen5 episodes
1973Softly, Softly: Task ForceTommy Buckley1 episode: Slip of the Tongue

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Alan Ford profile". Alanford.info. Retrieved 2013-08-14. 
  2. ^ "Famous Vegetarians - Vegan Celebrities". Happycow.net. 2013-05-10. Retrieved 2013-08-14. 
  3. ^ Wilcock, Jessica (23 April 2012). "Matt Di Angelo to star in Two Days In The Smoke | News | Screen". Screendaily.com. Retrieved 2012-08-21. 

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