Allan started in the business at the tender age of 10…….That means that he has been in show business for fif…fort….thir……a very long time.
His first big break came on the famous TV show ‘Sunday Night at the London Palladium. That was when a variety show was watched by 26 million viewers.
Overnight Allan became a name in his native Scotland. His own TV series followed and over the next ten years he starred in ‘Hello Good Evening, Welcome.’ ‘The Allan Stewart Tapes’ and ‘The Allan Stewart Show’.
Allan’s Scottish success led to a new ITV series called ‘Copy Cats, which saw him star along side Bobby Davro, Gary Wilmot, and a host of well known impressionists. Allan appeared in every top light entertainment show of the day for many years, including his own network quiz show ‘Chain Letters’
As a young boy in the business Allan had dreamed of performing on the cruise ships, and his ‘cruising’ career began in the 70’s on the famous QE2. This was to be an association with Cunard that still is a big part of his life to the present day.
Allan was asked to take over the lead in the musical Jolson at the Victoria Palace Theatre. He played this wonderful part for over a year in London and then went to Toronto with the show. As much as Allan loved TV, live theatre has always been his passion. Many more theatre shows followed including the award winning ‘Stones in His Pockets’ and Mel Brooks ‘The Producers’.
Last year Allan co-wrote and appeared in a play called ‘Canned Laughter’ which toured Scotland.
In 1997 he was invited to play Dame in Edinburgh at the Kings Theatre. His Aunty May character was the basis for his Dame and thus began a twenty year association with the famous theatre. He has just signed a new 6 year deal to appear in Panto which last year drew an audience of over 90 thousand people and £2 million in box office receipts.
He has also produced written and directed for several years, the hugely successful ‘Big Big Variety show’, which has taken him back to his variety roots.
Allan left school at the age of 18, and is pleased to say he has never used algebra since……….