Alison trained as an actress at The Drama Centre London and has played leading roles in classical and contemporary plays including Miss Hoyden in ‘The Relapse’, Vladimir in ‘Waiting for Godot’, Polly Peachum in ‘The Threepenny Opera’, Dolly in ‘You Never Can Tell’, Bess in ‘The Fair Maid of The West’, Kate Hardcastle in ‘She Stoops To Conquer’, Clotilde in La Parisienne, and, more recently, Mrs Bennet in Pride and Prejudice and Lynn in 'Invisible Me'.
For The RSC she was in ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, ‘Richard 111’, ‘Love’s Labour’s Lost’, ‘Downchild’ and ‘Crimes in Hot Countries’ by Howard Barker and ‘Today’ by Robert Holman, travelling with the company to LA and New York to play Tilda Price and The Infant Phenomenon in ‘Nicholas Nickleby’, directed by Trevor Nunn and John Caird. She also performed her one woman play ‘Tussy’, adapted from the letters of Eleanor Marx, as part of the Not the RSC Fringe Festival in Stratford, Newcastle and at the Almeida and King’s Head Theatres in London.
Alison has worked in film and TV, appearing most recently in 'Firebird', 'Small Mercies', 'Coffee Shops and The Occasional Bah mitzvah' and 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker'.
As a writer, Alison has had plays read at The Royal Exchange in Manchester and RADA, and her short plays, ‘Small Mercies’ and ‘Lovebirds’ were included in new writing showcases at The Etcetera Theatre and The Southwark Playhouse. Her first screenplay, ‘Small Inclusions’ was optioned by Kudos Film and TV who commissioned her to write ‘Terezin’. She has been commissioned by The BBC and Midwest Media and wrote 'Cotton Wool' for Channel Four/Kismet Films. She has several films in development including a family animation, 'Elephant!’, 'Twenty Four Little Hours’ and 'How to Build A Den.' She has recently completed a TV pilot, ‘Exec’, and is currently working on a TV series set in 1979 called 'The Stand In'. Her play, 'If You Can't Say Something Nice', is in development following rehearsed readings at RADA and The Swiss Church in Covent Garden.
Alison has been a consultant for the learning disability charity LD Media and has taken Shakespeare into prisons with the London Shakespeare Workshop. She has also been a ‘Write To Life’ mentor.
She is married, has two children and a dog and lives in London.
Elephant! Adventure ⋄ Animation Following the murder of her father by poachers, a determined and impulsive teenage elephant LOLOO, living in a beautiful but dissipating National Park in South Africa, persuades her excitable best friend CHIMALSI and the young human ALBERT, to cross land and sea and travel to India, where elephants are revered, to beg the Indian president to help them stop the cull which threatens their beloved herd.
Twenty Four Little Hours Thriller ⋄ Comedy A comedy/thriller/coming of age story about a desperate but optimistic pregnant Muslim teenager, who, escaping to a new life in France, is hindered by her best friend and her accidentally murderous little sister.
The Stand In (TV Series) Mystery ⋄ Drama An original, non linear, psychological drama/mystery with a supernatural edge, set in late1970s England, against a backdrop of racial discrimination and the Yorkshire Ripper murders, in which an orphaned young woman, MAISIE, haunted by loss and guilt, and yearning for family, swaps lives with a missing girl, GEMMA. But is Maisie jumping from the frying pan into the fire? And where is Gemma?
Faultless Comedy MAC - divorced, selfish, womanising, sexist, acerbic, charming - seems completely satisfied with his hedonistic bachelor life, until LILLY - his unhappy but determined teenage daughter – in training for the Olympic Women’s Modern Pentathlon - has a fight with her mother and moves in, bringing adolescent mood swings, a minutely organised life and a boyfriend, and Mac discovers that his daughter’s pentathlon is his pentathlon too, and if he really wants to become a better person - capable of sacrifice and able to share his home, his life and his heart again - he will have to learn 5 entirely new skills..
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