Who is Alan Bennett? Talking Heads creator, actor and screenwright

ALAN Bennett’s famous Talking Heads monologues are returning to TV.

To pay tribute to this, we take a look at the incredible life and career of the famous playwright who wrote them.

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Who is Alan Bennett?

Alan Bennett, 86, is an English actor, author, playwright, and screenwriter.

He was born in Leeds on May 9, 1934 and attended Oxford University, where he studied history and performed with the Oxford Revue.

He gave up academia, and turned to writing full-time, his first stage play Forty Years On being produced in 1968.

In 1988, Alan declined the award of Commander of the Order of the British Empire and then in 1996 he turned down a knighthood


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Who is Alan Bennett’s partner?

Alan is in a relationship with a man called Rupert Thomas.

He is the editor of The World of Interiors magazine.

The pair live in Primrose HIll in London.

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What are Alan Bennett’s best-known plays?

Of course Talking Heads is Alan’s best-known work – it is even taught in schools for English GCSE and A-Level.

But his other notable work includes:

  • Forty Years On (1968)
  • Kafka’s Dick (1986)
  • Single Spies (1988)
  • The Madness of George III (1991)
  • The Lady in the Van (1999)
  • The History Boys (2004)
  • The Habit of Art (2009)

When did Alan Bennett write the Talking Heads monologues?

Alan wrote Talking Heads back in 1987.

The monologues were then turned into a TV show back in the 80s and 90s.

They are back on the small screen, with the new series of Talking Heads kicks off TONIGHT (June 22, 2020) at 9pm on BBC One.


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