Who is Keith Allen who plays John Cooper?


The Pembrokeshire Murders play Keith Allen in his most disturbing role to date – as serial killer John Cooper. But who is Keith Allen and is he close to the singer Lily Allen?

The actor is as famous for his roles as his famous family.

Here is everything you need to know about the actor and TV presenter.

Keith Allen at The Chase
Who is Keith Allen? The actor appeared on The Chase Celebrity Edition (Credit: ITV)

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Who is Keith Allen?

Keith is an actor, comedian and television presenter.

He was expelled from boarding school at the age of 13.

Two years later, at the age of 15, he was sent to Borstal after repeated theft.

After going straight on, he had several jobs in the 1970s, including a stage worker, which he was fired after joining Max Bygraves’ choral line on stage naked.

Keith also worked as a stand-up comedian and singer, opening up for rock bands like The Clash.

He eventually rose to fame as a comedian, television presenter, and actor.

He played Hugo in the 1994 film Shallow Grave and a drug dealer in the 1996 film Trainspotting.

He has appeared on dozens of TV shows including Hotel Babylon, Bodies, Robin Hood, New Tricks, and Marcella.

In 2021 he will appear as serial killer John Cooper in The Pembrokeshire Murders.

Is he Lily Allen’s father?

Keith is the father of singer Lily Allen and Game of Thrones actor Alfie Allen.

The actor is also the brother of Kevin Allen, who wrote and directed the Welsh cult classic Twin Town.

A very talented family!

Keith Allen with daughter Lily Allen
Lily Allen out for a walk in Cannes with her dad Keith (Image credit: Splash)

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How old is he?

Keith Allen was born on September 2, 1953 in Llanelli, Wales.

He is currently 67 years old.

Is he welsh?

Keith was born in Carmarthenshire.

He spent his early years near Swansea and Malta and most of his childhood in Gosport, Hampshire.

He was sent to Brentwood Boarding School in Essex at the age of 11 when his father was transferred to Singapore.

Keith Allen
Keith Allen plays John Cooper in The Pembrokeshire Murders (Image credit: ITV)

Who does he play in The Pembrokeshire Murders?

Keith plays John Cooper in The Pembrokeshire Murders on ITV.

John Cooper led two lives – unlike his life as a family man, he was also a serial killer.

First he murdered Helen and Richard Thomas in 1985.

Finally, in 1989, he killed Gwenda and Peter Dixon.

John avoided prosecution for his crimes for 20 years until a combination of a new team of detectives and advances in forensics finally brought him to justice in 2011.

In 2018, ITV aired a documentary film about its crimes called The Game Show Serial Killer: Police Tapes (see trailer below).

John’s crimes were exposed after being jailed for a number of break-ins in the county in the 1980s.

The Pembrokeshire murders begin Monday, January 11, 2021 at 9 p.m. on ITV.

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