Allan Corduner (born 2 April 1950) is an English actor.

Early life

Corduner grew up in a secular Jewish home in North London with his mother, father and a younger brother.[1] His mother had escaped to England from Nazi Germany with her family in 1938. His father was born in Helsinki, Finland of a Finnish mother and a Russian father of Sephardic Jewish ancestry, although his father's family later moved to Stockholm, Sweden.[citation needed] Corduner's parents, too, first settled in Stockholm, but the family moved to London when Corduner was one year old. Interest in arts and music was always encouraged at home, and Corduner's early ambition was to become either an orchestra conductor or a concert pianist. He attended University College School in Hampstead, London NW3. Although Corduner developed into a very skilled jazz and classical pianist, musical aspirations had taken second place by the time he went to study at Bristol University and the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

Acting career

Corduner has worked extensively in theatre in London's West End and on Broadway, television as well as in film. He has also appeared in several BBC Radio 4 plays including The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui and Insignificance. His voice is familiar to listeners of audio books such as The Book Thief. TV appearances include Exile, ITV's Midsomer Murders, and Stephen Poliakoff's Dancing on the Edge. He plays Andrea Verrocchio in Starz original series Da Vinci's Demons (in the UK on Fox).

After graduating from drama school Corduner's first two years as a professional actor were spent playing a wide variety of parts at Newcastle Repertory Theatre. Spells at the Birmingham Rep and the Actors' Company followed, until Corduner returned to London to make his West End debut in Mary O'Malley's Once a Catholic at the Wyndham's Theatre. Corduner has a long association with the Royal Court Theatre, where he has appeared in plays such as Three Birds Alighting on a Field, Fucking Games, Ice Cream and most notably Caryl Churchill's satirical Serious Money, which subsequently transferred to London's West End and Broadway in New York. He also received acclaim on Broadway for the role of Etches in the musical Titanic.[2]

One of his first film roles was in Yentl in 1982, with Barbra Streisand. He's probably best known for his portrayal of Sir Arthur Sullivan in Mike Leigh's Topsy-Turvy (1999), his first leading role in a feature film. Most recently Corduner starred in the Horror comedy film Burke and Hare.[3]

In 2009 Corduner directed a short film An Act of Valour, his first time behind the camera. The film, written by his partner Juha Leppäjärvi, premiered at the 24th BFI London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival in March 2010. In May 2010 Corduner directed one half of an August Strindberg double bill at the Arcola Theatre in London. The two plays were Pariah, directed by Corduner, and The Stronger, directed by Jane Bertish, both in a new translation by Leppäjärvi.

Personal life

Corduner's mother was from Berlin, Germany, and his father was of Finnish-Russian ancestry. He was born in Stockholm, Sweden but grew up in London. Both London and New York are home for Corduner and his partner, the Finnish actor and writer Juha Leppäjärvi (aka Juha Sorola). They formed their civil partnership in December 2009, and married in New York City in August 2013. [4]


    • (Oscar Nomination for Best Short Film 1983, Winner of BAFTA award for best Short Film 1981)

Provides voices for the first, second, third and fifth Harry Potter video games (namely, among others, Severus Snape, Lucius Malfoy, Fillius Flitwick and Argus Filch), as well as being the narrator for the 'Magyk' audio book (Written by Angie Sage and produced by Harper Audio).