Alan Ford (actor)

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Alan Ford
Born Alan Ford
(1938-02-23) 23 February 1938 (age 76)
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. 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 Flemyng 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]

Year Film Role Notes
2014 Skin Traffik Paul Hamilton Announced
2013 The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared Pim
Two Days in the Smoke Jack post-production
2012 The Sweeney Harry
Cockneys vs Zombies Ray Macguire
Airborne Max
Strippers vs Werewolves Harry
2011 Lethal Simon post-production
Jack Falls Carter
2010 Mission London Sibling
The Ballad of Mulla and Mullins Johnson Short Film
2009 Dead Man Running Sol
2008 NightDragon Hansen
2004 Exorcist: The Beginning Jefferies
2002 The Great Dome Robbery Narrator
2000 Snatch Brick Top
Furry Story Fredglob (voice)
1998 Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels Alan/Narrator
1992 Chaplin Warder
1991 Buddy's Song Phil
1981 Venom Peters
An American Werewolf in London Taxi Driver
1980 The Long Good Friday Jack
1977 The Squeeze Taff

TV[edit]

Year TV Show Role Notes
2014 Pod Prikritie Himself episode 9
2013 Lilyhammer Terence
Toast of London Mick Carriage 1 episode: Vanity Project
2011 Casualty Norman Danvers 1 episode: Partners
2010 Hotel Trubble Delgado 1 episode: Hello Dolly
2009 My Almost Famous Family Terry 2 episodes: Beat Surrender / The Girl Is Mine
Doctors George Swade 1 episode: Mr Jelly
The Legend of Dick & Dom King of Kong 1 episode: Rock Hard
2008 Hotel Babylon Terry McCaffrey 1 episode: Episode No.3.5
Casualty Tony Tillings 1 episode: Thicker Than Water
2007 The Real Outlaws Himself - Presenter
2006 The Bill Davey Rolfe 1 episode: 470
Jane Hall Dougie Stringer 1 episode: Episode No.1.1
Snuff Box Rick - Priest 1 episode: Rich's Mother
2004 Passer By Publican TV
Keen Eddie Longfellow 1 episode: Sticky Fingers
The Bill George Dooley 1 episode: 188
2003 Waking the Dead Jack Ely 2 episodes: Walking on Water: Part 1 / Walking on Water: Part 2
William and Mary Taxi Driver 1 episode: Episode No.1.1
2001 The Armando Iannucci Shows East End Thug 4 episodes
2000 Hero to Zero Ron Warley TV series
1998 Mosley Prison Officer 1 episode: Beyond the Pale
An Unsuitable Job for a Woman City Receptionist 1 episode
1997 The Bill Jimmy Robson 1 episode: Joker
The Knock Robbie Reynolds 1 episode: Episode No.3.7
1996 London Bridge Ron Episode No.1.15
No Bananas Bernie Silver 2 episodes: Sitzkreig / The Wedding
Madson Adrian 1 episode: Episode No.1.2
1994 The Bill Eric 1 episodes: Ducking and Diving
Knowing Me, Knowing You with Alan Partridge Terry Norton 1 episode: Episode No.1.5
Little Napoleons Gerald Nowell 1 episode: The Big Interview
Class Act Geoff the Builder 2 episodes: Episode No.1.2 / Episode No.1.3
Murder Most Horrid First villain 1 episode: Smashing Bird
Minder Bennett 1 episode: Bring Me the Head of Arthur Daley
Love Hurts Punter 1 episode: The Parent Trap
1993 The Upper Hand Barman Minder
1992 The Bill Maydell 1 episode: On the Record, Off the Record
The Darling Buds of May Danvers 1 episode: Oh! To Be in England: Part 1
1991 The New Statesman Police Inspector 1 episode: Keeping Mum
1990 The Bill Frank Litton 1 episode: Old Wounds
Grange Hill Mr. Ratcliffe 3 episodes: Episode No.12.2 / Episode No.13.19 / Episode No.13.20
1989 The Bill Harry 1 episode: Just for the Crack
Birds of a Feather Prison Officer 2 episodes: Substitute / Sailing
1988 Bergerac Sammy Kline 1 episode: Private Fight
1987 Rockliffe's Babies Tommy 1 episode: It's All Happening
1986 C.A.T.S. Eyes Taxi Driver 1 episode: Tranmere Dan and Tokyo Joe
Running Scared Ron Martin unknown episodes
The Best Years of Your Life Father TV
1985 The Bill Tony Kemp 1 episode: Home Beat
Summer Season Harold 1 episode: Rachel and the Roarettes
1983 Keep It in the Family Van driver 1 episode: A Touch of the Orient
1982 BBC2 Playhouse Actor 1 episode: Jake's End
1981–1982 The Chinese Detective Jack Arthur Bross 2 episodes: Release / Oblomov
1981 Maybury Mr. Clegg 1 episode: Maisie and Mac
Smuggler Giles Sawney 2 episodes: The Respectable Traitor: Part 1 / The Respectable Traitor: Part 2
1980 Strangers Johnny James 1 episode: Clowns Don't Cry
Play for Today Mr. Chancer 2 episodes: The Adventures of Frank: Everybody's Fiddling Something / The Adventures of Frank: Seeds of Ice
1979 Play for Today Police sergeant 1 episode: Waterloo Sunset
1978 Armchair Thriller Bill 1 episode: The Limbo Connection: Part 1
Law & Order Clifford Harding 3 episodes: A Detective's Tale / A Villain's Tale / A Brief's Tale
1976 Softly, Softly: Task Force Micky Dixon 1 episode: Say It with Flowers
1974–1975 Romany Jones Ken 5 episodes
1973 Softly, Softly: Task Force Tommy Buckley 1 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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