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Long haired, eternally youthful comic with an air of insouciant naivety, Alan Davies was born in Essex in 1966.
Success as a stand-up comic was fairly swift: he won the Time Out Award for Best Young Comic aged 25 and three years later was a Perrier nominee and Critics Award winner at The Edinburgh Fringe.
Subsequent television guest appearances (Have I Got News For You, Fantasy Football League, Room 101) established him as a likeable and quick-witted guest.
Cast as the eponymous hero in Jonathan Creek (David Renwick's comedy-drama about a magician-cum-investigator), he managed to break into acting effortlessly, following up that success with the lead in Russell T Davies's Bob & Rose (about a homosexual who falls in love with a woman).
His regular appearances on QI provide a prosaic antidote to Stephen Fry's genius and he played opposite Bill Bailey in a stage version of The Odd Couple.
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