In 2005 Tom Allen won the competition So You Think You’re Funny in Edinburgh and went on to win the BBC New Comedy Award later that same year.
Since then he has performed at Montreal festival Just For Laughs, on tour in the US with Eugene Mirman and Reggie Watts and in the last two years has made his debut at Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne Comedy Festivals.
He has also performed his own show at the Edinburgh Festival for the past six years.
Last year he began a new live chat show incorporating stand up and parlour games with interviews from Margaret Cho, Sarah Millican, Ed Byrne, Mark Gatiss, Jack Whitehall, Amy Lamé and Dr Who himself, Matt Smith.
Performed at the Udderbelly and London’s Comedy Café, Tom Allen’s Society is now a podcast available on iTunes.
In 2010 Attitude Magazine called him a gay role model.
As a presenter, this year has seen him host World’s Greatest Bodyshockers on E4. He has also reported for BBC2’s The Review Show, Big Brother’s Big Mouth and covered the British Fashion Awards for Net-A-Porter where he interviewed Christopher Kane, Olivia Palermo and Victoria Beckham.
He wrote and performed Dictionary Corner for Channel 4’s late night satirical TNT Show and has made his own documentary ‘Who Is Tom Allen?’ where he was regressed to his previous life (a secretary in 1970s California) and was featured in the BBC documentary about legendary stand up show, Late and Live.
As an actor he guest starred in the most recent series of Comedy Central’s Threesome and has also appeared in BBC’s Sensitive Skin and Fear of Fanny. Film includes Colour Me Kubrick with John Malkovich, Starter for Ten with James McEvoy and the Stephen Frears film, Tamara Drewe.
Tom plays Pip in the Sony Award winning Bleak Expectations, he has recorded two series of The Correspondent which he co-writes and performs for Radio 4 and several audio episodes of the Dr Who Companion Chronicles playing Oliver Harper.
He recently made his first appearance on the News Quiz.
He trained with the National Youth Theatre performing with the company in London and Manchester in addition to working on outreach projects and films.
He grew up in Bromley. As a teenager he was the youngest member of the Noel Coward Society.