Alan Brough

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Alan Brough
Born1967 (age 52–53)
Hawera, New Zealand[1][2]
OccupationComedian, television presenter, author, radio host
Known forThe Craic, The Nugget and Spicks and Specks

Alan Brough (/br/;[3] born 1967)[4] is a New Zealand actor, television and radio host and comedian based in Australia.[5]


Early life[edit]

Brough worked as an actor in Wellington and Auckland, mainly in live theatre. He also appeared in a series of butter commercials as a drag queen called Marge.[2] In 1993, Brough appeared in the New Zealand sitcom Melody Rules[1] (widely regarded as a poor programme, being described as "cringeworthy").[6]

He grew up on 9 Albion Street, Hawera in North Island of New Zealand.[7]

Move to Australia[edit]

In 1995, Brough moved to Australia,[1] where he worked on Kath & Kim as well as in films including The Craic, The Nugget and Bad Eggs. He also appeared on a national radio show on Triple M called Tough Love with Mick Molloy and Robyn Butler. He is best known for his role as a team captain on Spicks and Specks.[1][2]

In 2006, he co-hosted Sammy, Subby and Alan for breakfast on Mix 106.5 Sydney alongside Sammy Power and Subby Valentine. He resigned at the end of 2006.

In 2008, he was appointed as host of the Sunday morning program on 774 ABC Melbourne and across Victoria, replacing Helen Razer. He remained in the position for three years until 2011.

In July 2010, he hosted special events at the Melbourne Cabaret Festival.

Brough had a supporting role in the 2012 Australian comedy Any Questions for Ben?, created by Working Dog Productions.[8]

In 2012, Brough began performing the role of Baron Bomburst in the Australian production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Personal life[edit]

Brough has been with his partner, theatrical agent Helen Townshend, since 1991. They have a daughter, Daisy, born in 2011.[9][10]


  1. ^ a b c d Lallo, Michael (15 February 2007). "Captain Alan takes his time". Age. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 9 March 2010.
  2. ^ a b c "Spicks and Specks About the program – Alan Brough". Australia: ABC Television. 1 December 2005. Archived from the original on 18 January 2010. Retrieved 9 March 2010.
  3. ^ "Alan Brough is back!". Booktopia. 26 June 2017. Retrieved 17 October 2018.
  4. ^ Lallo, Michael (26 February 2007). "Hey, Brough". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax. Retrieved 22 November 2013.
  5. ^ "That Specksial feeling". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax. 28 May 2007.
  6. ^ Lang, Sarah (23 November 2009). "3's company". New Zealand Herald. APN. Retrieved 9 March 2010.
  7. ^ "Hey, Brough". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax. 26 February 2007.
  8. ^ Schembri, Jim (9 February 2012). "Any Questions for Ben?". Age. Fairfax. Retrieved 17 February 2012.
  9. ^ "Down and dirty with The Sound of Music". Sydney Morning Herald. 5 April 2011.
  10. ^ "Lunch with ... Alan Brough". The Age. 14 January 2012.

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