Alan Mehdizadeh is currently strutting his stuff at the Adelphi Theatre as part of the new cast of the award winnng musical Kinky Boots. Alan plays Don, a narrow minded and yet loyal factory worker, who eventually embraces the challenge to ‘accept someone the way they are’. Alan has previously played Big Davey in the West End production of Billy Elliot and recently toured the UK in Swap, by Ian Oglivy.
Alan took up the challenge of our Sugar Rush Quiz.
1. What are you currently working on?
I am currently having the most amazing time playing Don in the West End production of ‘Kinky Boots’ at the Adelphi Theatre
2. What is the one thing that has helped you to become successful?
I’ll let you know when I consider myself “successful”, but if I were to pick something that’s helped me get to this point, it would probably be having had a difficult upbringing, it’s made me more determined and ambitious than I probably would have been had I had a “conventional” childhood. I try to succeed in spite of my experience.
3. What is your favourite Book?
A book called ‘Taming the Tiger’ by Tony Anthony, it was bought for me by my best mate, Adebayo Bolaji. It’s a true story, and is full of action! It’s a Christian book, and though I’m not very religious, the journey Tony takes from childhood to finding his Faith is just unbelievable.
4. What are you currently watching on TV?
‘Only Fools and Horses’, the most wonderful, timeless and loveable comedy to ever come out of the BBC.
5. Would you choose the cinema, theatre or a restaurant for a night out?
Cinema (ssshh), there’s just something magical about a film with a great score, a riveting story, a great set and silence in the dark. Then a restaurant. Ha.
6. What’s your favourite sweet?
7. What did you want to be when you were a child?
From around 8 years old (and the first time I made other kids laugh), an actor. Before that, an astronaut (haven’t given up on that though…)
8. What was the naughtiest thing you did when you were a child?
Wow. There are literally too many things… I’d have to say, when I was around 6, (and my younger brother must have been 5), we decided to play “shake the bed” with our baby sister, we thought we could do a skilful 1,2,3 and throw her into her cot from our mums bed. We missed. She hit the side of the cot, landed on the floor. She was still under a year old. Poor Leila (though it would explain a lot…)
9. What is your proudest achievement to date?
Setting up a musical theatre company for students whilst at Aberystwyth University in 2005, it’s still going (over a decade later)! I was very proud to speak and sing at their 10th birthday gala earlier this year. Such a wonderful moment for me.
10. What’s next?
I only started performing in ‘Kinky Boots’ in August, so at the moment I’ve got no idea. Bringing up my 7 month old daughter Daphne-May is my only other focus at the moment. I do wonder what she’ll think when she sees photos of me in 6″ heels when she’s older…