Alison Larkin Bio

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Alison Larkin is an internationally acclaimed comedienne, award-winning audiobook narrator 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.

Alison has narrated over 100 bestselling audiobooks, including her own novel The English American which 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. Consider the Fork by Sunday Times columnist Bee Wilson, narrated by Alison won a Best Non-Fiction of the year award. Recent books 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. She recently took over from Penelope Keith as the new narrator for the Agatha Raisin series by M.C. Beaton for Blackstone Audio. Alison has narrated countless New York Times bestsellers that have appeared on various Best of the Year and Pick of the Month lists.

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

Her internationally acclaimed autobiographical one-woman show from which her novel springs 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 Stockbridge in Western Massachusetts.

She is currently working on a new one woman comedy – Alison Larkin LIVE! – which she previewed to a packed audience at The Mahaiwe Theater in May 2015.

Her second novel, A Secret Kept Too Long is also on its way.

Alison is thrilled to be bringing some of her favorite British classics to a new American audience with Alison Larkin Presents…

“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’s Writing Resume (pdf)

Alison’s Performing Resume – Television, theater, voice work and more…

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