Alan Ford (actor)

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Alan Ford
Born Alan Ford
(1938-02-23) 23 February 1938 (age 77)
Walworth, London, England, UK
Nationality British
Ethnicity English
Occupation Actor
Years active 1973–present

Alan Ford (born 23 February 1938)[1] is an English actor. He is best known for his roles in the Guy Ritchie crime capers Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch, and from guest starring in The Bill.

Early life[edit]

Ford grew up in the Elephant & Castle area of central London. He dropped out of school at the age of fifteen and took on various jobs, ending with two years of National Service in the Royal Army Ordnance Corps.[1]

Studies and training[edit]

Francois Truffaut cast Ford as one of the firemen in his Fahrenheit 451. Ford next 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 arte, pantomime, music, dance, fencing, Stanislavski and improvisation.[1] One of his tutors there at that time was the then unknown Mike Leigh.

Acting career[edit]

Ford 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 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.

In 1998, Ford narrated and appeared in the Guy Ritchie-directed crime comedy Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, and, in 2000, he appeared in his most memorable role as crime boss 'Bricktop' in Ritchie's film Snatch.

Ford was featured in the 2010 music video "For He's a Jolly Good Felon" by Welsh rockers Lostprophets.

2011 saw him starring as crime boss 'Carter' in the British film noir Jack Falls alongside his Lock, Stock co-stars Jason Flemyng and Dexter Fletcher, while in 2014, he was cast in the British crime thriller Two Days in the Smoke alongside fellow Lock, Stock actor Stephen Marcus.[2]


In 2006, Ford published his novel Thin Ice.[3] He said the book "evolved from a collection of anecdotes and actors’ tales."[4]

In music[edit]

Ford's voice is featured in the dubstep song "Cockney Thug" by Rusko, "Crunch" by Flux Pavilion and Datsik, "Damien" by Modestep & Funtcase, 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.

Personal life[edit]

Ford is a vegan.[5]





  1. ^ a b c "Alan Ford profile". Retrieved 2015-03-01. 
  2. ^ Wilcock, Jessica (23 April 2012). "Matt Di Angelo to star in Two Days In The Smoke | News | Screen". Retrieved 2012-08-21. 
  3. ^ Ford, Alan. Thin Ice; Orion Publishing Group, Limited; ISBN 978-0-7538-2103-9; 2006, ISBN 978-0-297-84785-4
  4. ^ "Thin Ice". Retrieved 2015-03-01. 
  5. ^ "Famous Vegetarians - Vegan Celebrities". 2013-05-10. Retrieved 2013-08-14. 

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