Allan Corduner

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Allan Corduner
Allan Corduner backstage Regent's Park Open Air Theatre.jpg
Allan Corduner backstage Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, as Horace Vandergelder in the 2009 revival of Hello, Dolly!
Born (1950-04-02) 2 April 1950 (age 65)
Stockholm, Sweden
Years active 1981–present
Spouse(s) Juha Leppäjärvi (m. 2013)

Allan Corduner (born 2 April 1950) is a British actor. He has worked extensively on stage, TV, and film, both in the UK and in the USA. He is perhaps best known for his portrayal of Sir Arthur Sullivan in Mike Leigh's award winning Topsy-Turvy.

Early life[edit]

Corduner was born in Stockholm, Sweden, and grew up in a secular Jewish home in North London with his mother, father and a younger brother.[1] His mother had escaped to England 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, although his father's family later moved to Stockholm, Sweden.[citation needed] Corduner's parents, too, first settled in Stockholm, 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.

Acting career[edit]

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 4 plays including The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui and Insignificance. 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 (in the UK on Fox).

After graduating from 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 a long association with the Royal Court Theatre, where he has appeared 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.[2] He plays Fritz Litten in Mark Hayhurst's Taken At Midnight, which after a successful run at Chichester Festival Theatre transferred to West End playing at Theatre Royal Haymarket.

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,[3] and western Medicine Men. Corduner played Gustav Bloch-Bauer in the film Woman in Gold (2015).

In 2009 Corduner directed a short film An Act of Valour, his first time behind the camera. The film, written by his partner Juha Leppäjärvi, premiered at the 24th BFI London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival in March 2010. In May 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 Leppäjärvi. In February 2014, he played Etches again in a one-off concert version of Titanic at Avery Fisher Hall in New York City, re-uniting him with the original Broadway cast of the musical.

Besides acting, in 2015 Corduner voiced Gehrman in Bloodborne.

Personal life[edit]

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 Leppäjärvi (aka Juha Sorola). They formed their civil partnership in December 2009, and married in New York City in August 2013.[4]


    • (Oscar Nomination for Best Short Film 1983, Winner of BAFTA award for best Short Film 1981)

Provides voices for the first, second, third and fifth Harry Potter video games (namely, among others, Severus Snape, Lucius Malfoy, Fillius Flitwick and Argus Filch), as well as being the narrator for the 'Magyk' audio book (Written by Angie Sage and produced by Harper Audio).



(* London's West End.)

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