Alan Erasmus was the co-founder of Factory Records with Tony Wilson, which signed Joy Division and Happy Mondays. He also co-founded The Haçienda with Wilson, Rob Gretton and New Order, a famous Manchester nightclub which closed down in Summer 1997. As an actor, Erasmus appeared in several roles in the 1970s including ITV Playhouse and Play for Today, wherein he played minor roles.
He started off his career as an actor, appearing in the British soap opera Coronation Street and the TV film Hard Labour by Mike Leigh.
He also managed the bands The Durutti Column and Fast Breeder. His public profile both during and since Factory Records has been remarkably low.
Lennie James played him in the 2002 film 24 Hour Party People.