Patrick Allen

Patrick Allen

Highest Rated: 89% Dial M for Murder (1954)

Lowest Rated: 17% When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth (1970)

Birthday: Mar 17, 1927

Birthplace: Nyasaland

Patrick Allen's voice should be familiar to those raised with British TV, from his ace narration of the wildly popular "Black Adder" series; his face should be recognized by the older set, from his run on the sitcoms "Brett" and "Crane" earlier in his career. Born in Nyasaland (now known as Malawi), he was shipped to Canada during the war and began a career in broadcasting. Once he returned to England, he landed the part of Detective Pearson in Alfred Hitchcock's classic thriller "Dial "M" for Murder." His strong character work throughout the remainder of the decade led to a starring role as Moroccan café-owner/adventurer Richard Crane on ITV's mid-'60s series "Crane." After the show's successful two-season run, Allen played one-off roles and small recurring parts across a wide array of British series. His next starring role came in 1971 with the BBC series "Brett," which starred Allen as a high-flying photojournalist prone to international hijinks. While making sporadic contributions to the Royal Shakespeare Company's stage productions, Allen carried on with TV work for the remainder of his career, memorably narrating the first season of the Rowan Atkinson period sitcom "The Black Adder." As his career progressed he turned up in many films, memorably as Scotland Yard's Colonel Sebastian Moran in "The Return of Sherlock Holmes" in 1986. Allen's voiceover career became his bread and butter in his later years, when he narrated several more series and became the voice of British television channel E4.

Highest rated movies

Dial M for Murder
The Wild Geese
The Wilby Conspiracy
Puppet on a Chain
When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
74% 78% Songcatcher Associate Producer $3.1M 2001
No Score Yet 36% Len Deighton's Bullet to Beijing Col. Wilson (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Roman Holiday General (Character) - 1987
No Score Yet 71% The Final Option Police Commissioner (Character) - 1982
No Score Yet 53% Murder Is Easy Maj. Horton (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hamlet, Prince of Denmark Father (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet 40% The Sea Wolves Colin Mackenzie (Character) - 1980
67% 75% The Wild Geese Rushton (Character) - 1978
67% 45% The Wilby Conspiracy District Commissioner (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet 20% Persecution Robert Masters (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sign It Death Richard Main (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Diamonds on Wheels Insp. Cook (Character) - 1973
60% 32% Puppet on a Chain Inspector Van Gelder (Character) - 1972
17% 28% When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth Kingsor (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet 79% Asterix and Cleopatra Caesar (Voice) - 1968
No Score Yet 86% All My Loving Unknown (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet 17% The Body Stealers Bob Megan (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet 35% Island of the Burning Doomed Jeff Callum (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet Flight From Singapore John Scott (Character) - 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Traitors John Lane (Character) - 1963
No Score Yet 60% Night Creatures Capt. Collier (Character) - 1962
No Score Yet 70% Never Take Candy From a Stranger Peter Carter (Character) - 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Molester Peter Carter (Character) - 1960
No Score Yet 55% I Was Monty's Double Colonel Mathers (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Jet Storm Mulliner (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tread Softly Stranger Paddy Ryan (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet 73% The Mark of the Hawk Gregory (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Man Who Wouldn't Talk Jim Kennedy (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet High Hell Luke Fulgham (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Long Haul Joe Easy (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet 72% 1984 Inner Party Official (Character) - 1956
89% 92% Dial M for Murder Det. Pearson (Character) - 1954

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Occult History of the Third Reich Narrator 1992
No Score Yet 100% The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Unknown (Guest Star) 1986
85% 89% Blackadder the Third Narrator 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet Man in a Suitcase Unknown (Guest Star) 1968
No Score Yet 100% The Avengers Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet El Santo Miles Hallin (Guest Star) 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rheingold Theatre Roger (Character) 1957