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2 April 1950 |
|Spouse(s)||Juha Leppäjärvi aka Juha Sorola (m. 2013)|
Allan Corduner (born 2 April 1950) is a British actor of German, Finnish and Ukrainian descent. He grew up in a secular Jewish home in London, and trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. He has worked extensively on stage, TV, and film, both in the UK and in the United States. His voice is familiar from BBC radio plays, audio books and TV documentaries. He is perhaps best known for his portrayal of Sir Arthur Sullivan in Mike Leigh's Topsy-Turvy.
Corduner grew up in a secular Jewish home in North London with his parents and younger brother. His mother had escaped to Britain from Nazi Germany with her family in 1938. His father was born in Helsinki, Finland of a Finnish mother and a Ukrainian father of Sephardic Jewish ancestry. Corduner's parents had first settled in Stockholm, Sweden, where he was born, but the family moved to London when Corduner was one year old. Interest in arts and music was always encouraged at home, and Corduner's early ambition was to become either an orchestra conductor or a concert pianist. He attended University College School in Hampstead, London NW3. Although Corduner developed into a very skilled jazz and classical pianist, musical aspirations had taken second place by the time he went to study at Bristol University and the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.
Corduner has worked extensively in theatre in London's West End and on Broadway, television as well as in film. He has also appeared in several BBC Radio plays including The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, Insignificance and Fanny And Alexander. His voice is familiar to listeners of audio books such as The Book Thief. TV appearances include Exile, ITV's Midsomer Murders, Stephen Poliakoff's Dancing on the Edge, and as Andrea Verrocchio in seasons 1 & 2 of Starz original series Da Vinci's Demons. He appears on seasons 5 and 6 of Showtime TV-series Homeland.
After drama school, Corduner's first two years as a professional actor were spent playing a wide variety of parts at Newcastle Repertory Theatre. Spells at the Birmingham Rep and the Actors' Company followed, until Corduner returned to London to make his West End debut in Mary O'Malley's Once a Catholic at the Wyndham's Theatre. Corduner has appeared several times at the Royal Court Theatre, in plays such as Three Birds Alighting on a Field, Fucking Games, Ice Cream and most notably Caryl Churchill's satirical Serious Money, which subsequently transferred to London's West End and Broadway in New York. He also received acclaim on Broadway for the role of Etches in the musical Titanic. In February 2014, he played Etches again in a one-off concert version of Titanic at Avery Fisher Hall (now David Geffen Hall) in New York, re-uniting him with the original cast of the musical. He played Fritz Litten in Mark Hayhurst's Taken At Midnight, first at Chichester Festival Theatre, and subsequently at Theatre Royal Haymarket in West End.
One of his first film roles was in Yentl in 1982, with Barbra Streisand. He's probably best known for his portrayal of Sir Arthur Sullivan in Mike Leigh's Topsy-Turvy (1999), his first leading role in a feature film. Corduner's film work spans a variety of genres, such as action-adventure film Defiance, Horror comedy film Burke and Hare, and western Medicine Men. Recent films include Woman in Gold (2015), and Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) with Meryl Streep.
In 2009 Corduner made his directing debut with a short film An Act of Valour. The film, written by his partner Juha Sorola, premiered at the 24th BFI London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival in March 2010. In 2010 Corduner directed one half of an August Strindberg double bill at the Arcola Theatre in London. The two plays were Pariah, directed by Corduner, and The Stronger, directed by Jane Bertish, both in a new translation by Sorola.
Corduner's voice is familiar to listeners of BBC radio plays such as Insignificance, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui and Fanny and Alexander. Corduner has provided voices for various video game characters, notably the first, second, third and fifth Harry Potter video games (namely, among others, Severus Snape, Lucius Malfoy, Fillius Flitwick and Argus Filch). In 2015, Corduner voiced Old Hunter Gehrman in Bloodborne.
Audiobooks and narration
Corduner is also known for solo narration of TV documentaries such as Fish Warrior for the National Geographic Channel, and various audiobooks for Simply Audiobooks, notably The Book Thief and Inkdeath. He also narrated Magyk written by Angie Sage and produced by Harper Audio. He's has received two Earphones Awards by AudioFile.
Corduner's mother was from Berlin, Germany, and his father was of Finnish-Ukrainian ancestry. He was born in Stockholm, Sweden but grew up in London. Both London and New York are home for Corduner and his partner, the Finnish actor and writer Juha Sorola. Corduner and Sorola met in 2006 in London, and the couple formed their civil partnership in December 2009, and married in New York City in August 2013.
Corduner is a trustee of the children's arts charity Anno's Africa.
- Florence Foster Jenkins
- Woman in Gold
- Medicine Men
- Amendment (short)
- Closer to the Moon
- The Sweeney
- An Enemy To Die For
- Burke and Hare (2010)
- Mr. Nobody
- Fred Claus
- The Waiting Room (2008)
- Against Nature (short)
- The White Countess
- Bigger Than the Sky
- The Merchant of Venice (2004)
- A Higher Agency
- Vera Drake
- De-Lovely as "Monty Woolley"
- Food of Love (1997)
- Moonlight Mile
- Me Without You
- The Grey Zone as "Miklos Nyiszli"
- The Search for John Gissing
- Joe Gould's Secret
- Topsy-Turvy as "Sir Arthur Sullivan"
- The Impostors
- Norma Jean & Marilyn as "Billy Wilder"
- Alive and Kicking (1996)
- Voices from a Locked Room (unreleased)
- Heart of Darkness
- A Business Affair
- Carry On Columbus
- Edward II
- Fat Man and Little Boy aka Shadow Makers
- Talk Radio
- Bad Medicine
- Sredni Vashtar (Oscar Nomination: Best Short Film 1983, BAFTA Winner: Best Short Film 1981)
- The Collection
- Homeland seasons 5 and 6
- The Musketeers
- Da Vinci's Demons
- Dancing on the Edge
- The Spies of Warsaw
- We'll Take Manhattan (2012 TV drama)
- Midsomer Murders
- Zen (episode "Cabal")
- Grandma's House 
- Lennon Naked
- A Passionate Woman
- No Heroics
- The Whistleblowers (2007)
- The Last Days of the Raj (2007)
- Rome (series 2)
- Power of art as "Mark Rothko"
- The Strange Case of Sherlock Holmes and Arthur Conan Doyle (2005)
- Friends and Crocodiles
- The Last Detective (series 2)
- La Femme Musketeer
- Daniel Deronda
- Foyle's War
- The Way We Live Now
- Fat Friends (series 1, 2 and 3)
- Liverpool One
- Drop The Dead Donkey
- Mad About You
- Love in the Ancient World (1997)
- No Bananas
- An Independent Man (1995)
- Stick With Me Kid
- The Bill
- The Last Machine (1995)
- Nobody's Children
- Inspector Morse (Twilight of The Gods)
- Teenage Health Freak
- Girls on Top
- Antonia and Jane
- Roots (British comedy series)
- Show Boat, Sheffield Crucible
- Taken At Midnight; Chichester Festival Theatre, Theatre Royal Haymarket*
- Performances; Great Hall Magee, Derry, N-Ireland
- Passion; Donmar Warehouse*
- Winner of the Evening Standard Award for Best Musical 2010
- Hello, Dolly!; Regent's Park Open Air Theatre*
- A View from the Bridge; Duke of York's Theatre*
- Born in the Gardens; Theatre Royal, Bath
- The Grouch; West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds
- The Birthday Party; McCarter Theatre, Princeton, United States
- Two Thousand Years; Royal National Theatre*
- The Comedians; Acorn Theater, NYC
- Fucking Games; Royal Court Theatre*
- The Heart of Art; Off-Broadway, NYC
- Titanic; Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, Broadway, NYC
- Rosmersholm; Young Vic*
- Three Birds Alighting on a Field; Royal Court Theatre*
- The Boys Next Door; Comedy Theatre*
- Marya; Old Vic*
- The Beaux Stratagem; Royal National Theatre*
- Ice Cream; Royal Court Theatre*
- Serious Money; Royal Court Theatre & Wyndham's Theatre*; Broadway, NYC
- A Midsummer Night's Dream; Regent's Park Open Air Theatre*
- No End of Blame; Oxford Playhouse, Oxford & Royal Court Theatre
- Once a Catholic; Wyndham's Theatre*
- Misalliance; Birmingham Rep
- The Amazons; Actor's Company
- The Entertainer; Actor's Company
(* London's West End.)
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (video game) (2002)
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (video game) (2007)
- Bloodborne (2015)
- My hols: Allan Corduner[permanent dead link]
- Burke and Hare – John Landis Talks Horror; New Image
- "His Topsy-Turvy life – actor Allan Corduner – Brief Article – Interview – Advocate, The – Find Articles at BNET.com".[dead link]
- "Episode 1.5 - The Day Simon Felt The Family Was Ready To Be Healed". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 7 September 2010.