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9 June 1963 |
West Brompton, London, England, United Kingdom
|Occupation||Actor, writer, musician|
After leaving school at sixteen he played guitar and sang in various punk bands including Three Minute Warning/Four Minds Crack and then the Wall, (who were produced by both Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols and Jimmy Pursey from Sham 69), and appeared in music magazines like Melody Maker, and recorded on the Wall's Day Tripper 12" and EP. After the bands split in 1983, he trained as an actor at the Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama (1985–88). His many television credits include, EastEnders, Casualty, Conquest, The Bill, Soldier Soldier, Inspector Alleyn and Lovejoy. He has recently appeared in the films The Real American: Joe McCarthy; Operation Chastity; The Final; Dead Ideas; A Modest Proposal. Most recently Harrigan; Dr Easy; Squat; "Write the Future, starring Wayne Rooney and directed by Alejandro G Inarritu, has appeared in Fuelling the Future for the London Olympics/Paralympics 2012. Most recently, he has played the lead role of Clint Hill (the Secret Service agent who tried to save JFK) in forthcoming film "'A Life for Kennedy";
Alongside his acting, Gregg was the lead guitarist for rock singer Caroline Alexander (Organic/Universal) produced by Ace (Skunk Anansie) and also for Rip It Up (Ankh Music). Alongside extensive recording work, he frequently appeared live, including headlining the Forum and supporting Girlschool at the London Astoria in 2006.
Al Gregg's debut novel The Wrong Outfit, about football and punk rock, published by AuthorHouse UK, was released in the autumn of 2010 to much critical acclaim: 'The Wrong Outfit' is excellent. It just has to be read. It's epic, exhilarating, spellbinding and a remarkable read'. Vital Football
He also co-wrote and composed the original music in the play about Punk 'Reality Chokes', and appeared as one of the main characters Dan, both in London and at the Edinburgh Festival in 2009, garnering some five star reviews and a nomination for the MTMUK awards. His other writing includes Next (BBC), and two historical plays 'Soldiers of Babylon' and 'Murder, My Lord'. He has also co-adapted with his brother Rob Gregg, Aristophanes' comedy 'Frogs Reimagined' as a play about music, for productions in Greece, Cyprus and at the Stockton Theatre, New Jersey in the US in 2014. Further musical co-adaptations of Shakespeare, 'Midsummer Night's Scream' (performed at the Dante Hall Theatre, Atlantic City US (2013) and 'Much ado 'bout Nothin' is also to follow in 2014. A further play with music about Syd Barrett of Pink Floyd and his alter ego Arnold Layne titled 'Piper' is due for production in 2015.
In July 2011, Gregg released his very own Chelsea football rock song "Chelsea Buzz", with proceeds going to the Chelsea Pensioners' Appeal. He became the voice for the new Mighty Boosh - inspired podcast animation series CodEye, written by Martin Kaluza and Martin Cooper with drawings by Luke Harkus-Jeffries.
- Glasper, Ian (2004) Burning Britain: The History of UK Punk 1980-1984, Cherry Red Books, ISBN 1-901447-24-3
- Gregg, Al (2010) The Wrong Outfit, AuthorHouse UK, ISBN 978-1-4520-0152-4