Tom Allen’s unique style of sharp, acerbic wit and camp, comedic storytelling has seen him become a household name in the UK – and in a lucky break for cardies, he is to host The Henries greeting card industry awards on October 3 at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London.
“This year’s Henries is a big one – as well as celebrating the incredible greeting card ranges that collectively earn the UK industry its world leading pre-eminence, we will also be celebrating the GCA’s 100th anniversary,” stated Warren Lomax, co-owner of Progressive Greetings, which owns and organises The Henries. “While we will be paying homage the industry’s heritage, The Henries is about celebrating the ‘now’ – and Tom tops the bill on that front. He was our first choice as host and could not believe it when there was a rare gap in his hectic diary on October 3, the night of The Henries.”
The last couple of years have certainly been very busy for Tom with his profile and popularity soaring as a result of him co-hosting Bake Off The Professionals, appearing regularly on Bake Off: An Extra Slice as well as his appearances on Mock The Week, Live At The Apollo, The Apprentice You’re Fired, Hypothetical, Insert Name Here, The Royal Variety Performance, 8 Out Of 10 Cats, Cats Does Countdown, Would I Lie to You and Roast Battle. He has also demonstrated his sharp comedic on BBC Radio 4’s Just a Minute and is a regular co-host on Loose Ends.
Last year his sell-out tour was extended multiple times, including a 20-night run at London’s Soho Theatre as well as talked about triumph at his spiritual home The London Palladium. There has been no let up this year which has seen him return as co-host of Bake Off: The Professionals, starring in the new Comedy Central series The Comedy Bus as well just returning from a sell-out run in Sydney and Melbourne which saw him nominated for most outstanding show at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Awards.
As an actor he has starred in BBC Radio 4’s Sony Award winning Bleak Expectations, Comedy Central’s Threesome, BBC’s Sensitive Skin with Joanna Lumley and Fear of Fanny with Mark Gatiss and Julia Davis. On the film front, he has appeared on Colour Me Kubrick with John Malkovich, Starter for Ten with James McAvoy and the Stephen Frears film, Tamara Drewe.
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