Ali Cook (also credited as Alistair Cook) is an English actor and comedian from Yorkshire. Cook played Sgt. Paul McMellon in the feature film Kajaki, which won the Producer of The Year Award at the 2015 British Independent Film Awards and was nominated for a British Academy of Film and Television Arts Award in 2015.
Early life and career
Cook's career started on the Channel 5 sketch series, The Jerry@Trick show with the alternative comedians Phil Nichol and Boothby Graffoe. Andrew Newman, then the head of comedy at Five, spotted Cook during tapings which lead to him writing and starring in seven of his own comedy and Magic series for Channel 4, Channel 5, and Sky1. His Channel 4 Series Dirty Tricks was nominated for a British Comedy Award and The Golden Rose of Montreux.
Cook's acted in the Channel five sketch series Jerry@Trick Show before moving on to co-write and star in TV series, including the The Golden Rose of Montreux nominated Monkey Magic (UK TV series), Psychic Secrets Revealed with Derren Brown for Channel 5 and the Secret World of Magic for Sky One. Cook was the star of Channel 4's British Comedy Award nominated, late night show Dirty Tricks. Cook starred in the first Penn & Teller: Fool Us (ITV) hosted by Jonathan Ross. In 2011 he performed his Houdini-style water torture cell escape on The Slammer (CBBC).
He has also starred in the France 2 series Le Plus Grand Cabaret du monde produced by Magic. Recent television credits include: Ragdoll for AMC, Mr Selfridge, the role of the villainous Patrick in multiple episodes of Emmerdale in 2016 and the German officer in the BBC's 2018 adaptation of Agatha Cristie's The ABC Murders.
|2002||The Jerry@trick Show||Ronin Entertainments||Channel 5|
|2002||Monkey Magic||Objective Productions||Channel 5|
|2003||Psychic||Objective Productions||Channel 5|
|2003||Monkey Magic Two||Objective Productions||Channel 5|
|2004||Secret World of Magic||Objective Productions||Sky One|
|2005||Dirty Tricks||Objective Productions||Channel 4|
|2010||Talk of the Terrace||-||ESPN|
|2011||Penn & Teller: Fool Us||September Films||ITV1|
|2011||Le Plus Grand Cabaret du monde||-||Magic, France 2|
|2016||Emmerdale||-||ITV1 (multiple episodes)|
|2018||The ABC Murders (TV series)||-||BBC 1|
Cook portrayed Sgt. Paul "Spud" McMellon in 2014's Kajaki. The production won the Producer of The Year Award at the 2015 British Independent Film Awards and was nominated for a British Academy of Film and Television Arts Award in 2015.
Other recent credits include: Twist for Sky Cinema, The Obscure Life of the Grand Duke of Corsica starring Timothy Spall, Muscle directed by Gerard Johnson, In the Cloud directed by Robert Scott Wildes for Sony Pictures, Once Upon a Time in London directed by Simon Rumley, and British Independent Film Awards nominated thriller Isolani.
In 2011 he appeared in Outside Bet, directed by Sacha Bennett, alongside Bob Hoskins, Phil Davis and Jenny Agutter. He has played the lead role in ten British short film dramas, most notably the psychotic character Greg in Andrew Saunder's and Stephen Frears' Striklem
|2005||Sahara||Paramount Pictures||Breck Eisner|
|2012||Outside Bet||Gateway Films||Sacha Bennett|
|2013||Get Lucky||Gateway Films||Sacha Bennett|
|2014||Peterman||Control Films||Mark Abraham|
|2014||Lost In Karastan||Film and Music Entertainment||Ben Hopkins|
|2014||Kajaki||Pukka Films||Paul Katis|
|2015||The Messenger||Gateway Films||David Blair|
|2016||The Call Up||Stigma Films||Charles Barker|
|2016||Isolani||Lola Pictures||Paul Wilson|
|2017||Once Upon a Time in London||Zebra Films||Simon Rumley|
|2017||In the Cloud||Sony Pictures||Robert Scott Wildes|
|2018||How To Fake A War||Film and Music Entertainment||Rudolph Herzog|
|2018||Muscle||Stigma Films||Gerard Johnson|
|2021||The Obscure Life Of The Grand Duke Of Corsica||Camelot Films||-|
|2022||Prezidentka, Marlene||Film Productions||-|
- 2019 The Cunning Man, Harvest Films
|Year||Type||Show/Event Name||Production Company||Venue|
|2015||Stage||Impossible: London's Magic Spectacular||Jamie Hendry Productions||Noël Coward Theatre, London|
|2011||Stage||One man show, Principles and Deceptions||-||Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh|
|2010||Stage||One man show, Pieces of Strange||-||Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh|
|2008||Stage||One man show, A Touch of Vegas||-||Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh|
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