Leading impressionist to star at Annual Dinner

Magen David Adom UK is pleased to announce that the UK’s leading impressionist Alistair McGowan will be the new special guest at this year’s Annual Dinner on October 5th. He will replace his one-time comedy partner Ronni Ancona who has had to withdraw due to unforeseen circumstances.

McGowan is probably best known to British audiences for The Big Impression which was, for four years, one of BBC1’s top-rating comedy programmes – winning numerous awards, including a BAFTA in 2003. His interest in sport saw him release two football comedy videos which became cult-viewing in the nineties : Football Backchat and The Second Leg. And this year, he revived his interest in voicing-over sports footage in ITV4’s cult hit Sports Mash. His theatre work includes : Kafka in Kafka’s Dick and Clov in Endgame (Nottingham Playhouse), Art (Wyndham’s) Khlestakov in The Government Inspector (Chichester), Ford in Merry Wives : The Musical (RSC) – with Simon Callow and Judi Dench – and The Dentist in Little Shop of Horrors (Duke of York’s – for which he received an Olivier nomination), the title role in The Mikado (Carl Rosa), Vernon Gersh in They’re Playing Our Song (Menier Chocolate Factory) – alongside Connie Fisher – The Duke in Thelma Holt’s touring ‘Measure For Measure’ (2009) – opposite Jason Merrells and the Emcee in Rufus Norris’ Cabaret (Lyric).

As an actor, on television, he played Spock in Tim Firth’s Preston Front, Mr Kenge in Bleak House and the title role in the quirky detective show Mayo (co-writing several later episodes). He is soon to be seen in E4’s teenage drama Skins as a South African rugby teacher and as the villain in a new CBBC drama Young Leonardo. He has hosted Have I Got News For You? appeared as one of the grumpy old men in Grumpy Guides , has presented features on The One Show, sat in Dictionary Corner on Countdown and has been featured on the hugely popular Who Do You Think You Are? 

This year’s event, taking place on 5th October at the Millennium Hotel, Grosvenor Square, will focus on the thousands of volunteers who make a difference to the life-saving work undertaken by Magen David Adom in Israel.

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