Alison Larkin Bio

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“Alison Larkin offers hugely entertaining reflections on how we become the kind of people we think we are . . . nature versus nature, the eternal search for roots and the ups and downs of the great Anglo American love affair… marvelously light-footed…a lesson in the human condition.” Clive Davies, The Times

Alison Larkin is an internationally acclaimed comedienne, award-winning audiobook narrator, voice artist, actress, producer, screenwriter and the bestselling author of The English American, a novel.

Alison was born in Washington DC, adopted by British parents and raised in England and Africa.

After graduating from London University and The Webber-Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art, she became a playwright and classical actress on the British stage. Then, at 28, she found her birth mother, who was living in Bald Mountain, Tennessee. The experience turned her into a stand-up comic.

She was soon headlining at the Comic Strip in New York and the Comedy Store in LA, while maintaining her theatrical career. She appeared Off-Broadway with the Royal Shakespeare Company and on Broadway in Stanley with the Royal National Theatre. She also spent three years under studio development contract to star in her own sitcom with ABC, CBS and Jim Henson Productions.

Her internationally acclaimed one-woman show has been seen in concert performances on both sides of the Atlantic and has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for charitable organizations.

Alison is also a popular keynote speaker. Topics range from adoption and reunion, to Anglo/American relations to parenthood. In her latest speech entitled “Motherhood? Me? You’ve got to be kidding!” she offers hilarious reflections on parenting.

Her unusually wide range of voices can also be heard in cartoons and movies all over the world, from work by James Cameron and Robert Altman to the movie Pocahontas and The Wonderpets. For Firesign Theater, Alison co-starred with Phyllis Diller and Annette Bening in the NPR production of The Wonderful World of Oz. She voices Pauline in the PBS cartoon Pauline’s Perilous Pyramid, Hermione in Mike Lu and Og on the Cartoon network and Dog Bug in the popular children’s cd rom. TV includes Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Comic Relief and Providence.

Alison has narrated over 150 audiobooks many of them New York Times bestsellers, appearing on countless Best of the Year and Pick of the Month lists. Her own novel The English American won an Audiofile Earphones award and joined President Obama and E.B. White on Audible’s top ten list of Best Author Narrated Audiobooks of all time.

Alison won Audiofile’s Best Non-Fiction of the year award for her narration of Bee Wilson’s Consider the Fork. Recent audiobooks narrated by Alison include Pride and Prejudice and Emma by Jane Austen, The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie and Alice in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll.

Her internationally acclaimed one-woman show has been seen in concert performances on both sides of the Atlantic and has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for charitable organizations.

Alison records and writes from her home in the Berkshires in Western Massachusetts.

Alison’s Writing Resume (pdf)

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