Allan Corduner is celebrity actor hailing from Britain. He was born on 2 April 1950 in Stockholm, Sweden to a Jewish family but was brought up in London. Since childhood, music became Allan’s first love, and he wanted to make a living as a concert pianist or an orchestra conductor.
His family too supported him as he was completing his schooling from University College School, Hampstead, London. However, after becoming an accomplished jazz and classical pianist, his musical career took a back seat just as he joined the Bristol University.
The acting was the new goal for which Allan even went to the Bristol Old Vic Theater School for training. Allan has worked extensively in stage plays, television and the film industry. First up were the plays staged at Newcastle Repertory Theater, Birmingham Rep, and the Actors' Company.
After that, he moved back to London and performed at the West End, the Chichester Festival Theater and the Royal Court Theater. He has performed more than twenty-five plays including Broadway and off-Broadway shows.
A performance to be remembered was his portrayal of Etches in ‘Titanic,’ a musical performed at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, Broadway, New York. In the television industry, Allan has been a part of about fifty shows including the fifth season of the popular thriller series titled ‘Homeland’.
In 1982, he began acting in films, and one of his firsts was ‘Yentl’, a romantic-drama based on Isaac Bashevis Singer's short story titled "Yentl the Yeshiva Boy". In 1999, Allan played his first major role in Mike Leigh's ‘Topsy-Turvy’ as Sir Arthur Sullivan, a performance that is known to be his best.
He also took up directing in 2009 with ‘An Act of Valour,’ a short film about a gay couple and a missing youngster. Apart from this, Allan has lent his voice for BBC radio plays, a few video games’ characters, audiobooks; as well as TV documentaries.
Allan’s mother was from the Nazi Germany and shifted to Britain to escape the unfortunate events. She has left behind memories and anecdotes with him that makes him feel connected to the incidents. In his interviews, Allan has often mentioned his Jewish identity being a hindrance to his career as a British actor.
However, with time and the blessing of being offered diverse roles, he has overcome the odds. Allan tied the knot with Juha Sorola in 1993 after having been in a civil union since 2009. He is a Finnish actor and writer who wrote ‘An Act of Valour.’