Allan Corduner

Allan Corduner

Allan Corduner backstage Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, as Horace Vandergelder in the 2009 revival of Hello, Dolly!
Born (1950-04-02) 2 April 1950
Stockholm, Sweden
Years active 1981–present
Spouse(s) Juha Leppäjärvi aka Juha Sorola (m. 2013)

Allan Corduner (born 2 April 1950) is a British actor. He grew up in a secular Jewish home in London, and trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. He has worked extensively on stage, TV, and film, both in the UK and in the United States. His voice is familiar from BBC radio plays, audio books and TV documentaries. He is perhaps best known for his portrayal of Sir Arthur Sullivan in Mike Leigh's award winning Topsy-Turvy.

Early life

Corduner was born in Stockholm, Sweden, and grew up in a secular Jewish home in North London with his parents and younger brother.[1] His mother had escaped to Britain from Nazi Germany with her family in 1938. His father was born in Helsinki, Finland of a Finnish mother and a Ukrainian father of Sephardic Jewish ancestry, although his father's family later moved to Stockholm, Sweden. Corduner's parents, too, first settled in Stockholm, but the family moved to London when Corduner was one year old. Interest in arts and music was always encouraged at home, and Corduner's early ambition was to become either an orchestra conductor or a concert pianist. He attended University College School in Hampstead, London NW3. Although Corduner developed into a very skilled jazz and classical pianist, musical aspirations had taken second place by the time he went to study at Bristol University and the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

Acting career

Corduner has worked extensively in theatre in London's West End and on Broadway, television as well as in film. He has also appeared in several BBC Radio plays including The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui and Insignificance. His voice is familiar to listeners of audio books such as The Book Thief. TV appearances include Exile, ITV's Midsomer Murders, Stephen Poliakoff's Dancing on the Edge, and as Andrea Verrocchio in seasons 1 & 2 of Starz original series Da Vinci's Demons. He appears on the 5th season of Showtime TV-series Homeland.

After drama school, Corduner's first two years as a professional actor were spent playing a wide variety of parts at Newcastle Repertory Theatre. Spells at the Birmingham Rep and the Actors' Company followed, until Corduner returned to London to make his West End debut in Mary O'Malley's Once a Catholic at the Wyndham's Theatre. Corduner has appeared several times at the Royal Court Theatre, in plays such as Three Birds Alighting on a Field, Fucking Games, Ice Cream and most notably Caryl Churchill's satirical Serious Money, which subsequently transferred to London's West End and Broadway in New York. He also received acclaim on Broadway for the role of Etches in the musical Titanic.[2] In February 2014, he played Etches again in a one-off concert version of Titanic at Avery Fisher Hall in New York, re-uniting him with the original cast of the musical. He played Fritz Litten in Mark Hayhurst's Taken At Midnight, which after a successful run at Chichester Festival Theatre transferred to Theatre Royal Haymarket in West End.

One of his first film roles was in Yentl in 1982, with Barbra Streisand. He's probably best known for his portrayal of Sir Arthur Sullivan in Mike Leigh's Topsy-Turvy (1999), his first leading role in a feature film. Corduner's film work spans a variety of genres, such as action-adventure film Defiance, Horror comedy film Burke and Hare,[3] and western Medicine Men. Corduner played Gustav Bloch-Bauer in the film Woman in Gold (2015).

In 2009 Corduner made his directing debut with a short film An Act of Valour. The film, written by his partner Juha Sorola, premiered at the 24th BFI London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival in March 2010. In 2010 Corduner directed one half of an August Strindberg double bill at the Arcola Theatre in London. The two plays were Pariah, directed by Corduner, and The Stronger, directed by Jane Bertish, both in a new translation by Sorola.

Voice acting

Corduner's voice is familiar to listeners of BBC radio plays such as Insignificance, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui and Fanny and Alexander. Corduner has provided voices for various video game characters, notably the first, second, third and fifth Harry Potter video games (namely, among others, Severus Snape, Lucius Malfoy, Fillius Flitwick and Argus Filch). In 2015, Corduner voiced Old Hunter Gehrman in Bloodborne.

Audiobooks and narration

Corduner is also known for solo narration of TV documentaries such as Fish Warrior for the National Geographic Channel, and various audiobooks for Simply Audiobooks, notably The Book Thief and Inkdeath.[4] He also narrated Magyk written by Angie Sage and produced by Harper Audio.

Personal life

Corduner's mother was from Berlin, Germany, and his father was of Finnish-Ukrainian ancestry. He was born in Stockholm, Sweden but grew up in London. Both London and New York are home for Corduner and his partner, the Finnish actor and writer Juha Sorola. They formed their civil partnership in December 2009, and married in New York City in August 2013.[5]




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