Alain English was born in 22nd February 1982 in Alexandria, on the coast of Loch Lomond. He was raised in Aberdeen in the North East of Scotland. Alain displayed a gift for writing and dramatic play from an early age. His first memory of the theatre was seeing his cousin in a pantomime in the King’s Theatre in Glasgow. Alain got involved in the theatre for the first time through the Scout Movement. He was ten years old and saw a notice on the Scout Hall board reading “ABERDEEN GANG SHOW AUDITIONS: THEME THIS YEAR – MOVIES”. He went along, auditioned and got in, straight away catching the performing bug that was to stay with him throughout his life.
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Alain did five productions with the Aberdeen Gang Show, in the third year winning the Scout Achievement Award. When he was 14, Alain developed his newfound talent with a Speech and Drama Class in Aberdeen. One of the teachers was a woman named Annie Inglis, who invited him to take part in Texaco Theatre School. From then on, Alain was almost never out of shows, performing with groups all over Aberdeen including Giz-Giz, Studio Theatre Group, Attic Theatre and Aberdeen Student Show.
Alain studied publishing at Robert Gordon’s University in Aberdeen, graduating July 2004 with a 2:2 Honours Degree. In 2006, he gained a Postgraduate Diploma in Screen Acting from the International School of Screen Acting in London. This marked the beginning of his professional career as an actor. Alain has appeared in many different theatre productions in London, where he has lived for the past twelve years. His full acting CV can be seen here.
As well as acting, Alain is also a performance poet and writer. He founded and hosted his own poetry night Paper Tiger Poetry at the Tea House Theatre in Vauxhall. The night continues at the Tea House Theatre, now run by Jason Why. Click here for more information about it.
He was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome aged sixteen and has spoken on this subject at events with ALAG (Asperger London Area Group), Look Ahead Care and Support and Stealth Aspies. In his presentations, Alain advocates for the acceptance of Autism/Asperger’s Syndrome as part of a neuro-diverse spectrum that needs to be understood and accepted. See the Presentations page for more details of his work in this area.