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Keith Allen loves life in Gloucestershire

By This is Gloucestershire  |  Posted: August 22, 2008

  • Keith and Tamsin shared the screen in Bodies

  • Tamsin and Teddie

  • Still mischievous

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ROUGH around the edges is the phrase which could have been coined for the British actor and musician Keith Allen.

The description of the 55-year-old hits the nail on the head. It's the result of years of hellraising during the Britpop era.

These days though, he's relaxing in the Gloucestershire countryside.

This month, sporting his bright blue cagoule, he was guest of honour at Painswick Rugby Club Fun Day.

He was tucking in to a hot dog from the barbecue while entertaining his swarms of fans, looking every bit the family man not the bad boy that everyone thinks of him as.

In the Nineties Keith and best mates Damien Hirst and Alex James were the ultimate party animals of Britpop causing havoc at all the showbiz parties.

Together they created the novelty pop band Fat Les, scoring a number two hit with Vindaloo, the unofficial theme song for the England football team.

Keith told all about the drink, the drugs and the women, in his profanity-littered autobiography Grow Up last year.

But as all three have got older they have all migrated away from the hustle and bustle of London towards the quieter life of Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds.

Hirst now lives at Toddington Manor near Winchcombe and Alex has chosen to put down roots in the Cotswolds as well – a pop star turned cheese maker.

Keith has made Stroud his home over the past few years and he appreciates how different his life has become.

When asked why he liked the area so much, he quipped: "It's because of the drugs."

The father of singer Lily and actor Alfie lives with his partner, actress Tamzin Malleson and their two-year-old daughter Teddie.

They met while working on the black-humoured medical drama series Bodies and moved to Gloucestershire as she grew up in the county.

And he plans on staying in Gloucestershire for the long term.

"I live in Lypiatt at the moment but I am just about to move to Minchinhampton, near the common," he said.

"I've been here for about three years now and I love it."

Keith starred in cult movies like Shallow Grave and Trainspotting and is proud of seeing two of his children follow in his footsteps.

At the age of 23, Lily is now the biggest star in the family with hit songs such as Smile and LDN behind her and her own BBC Three talk show Lily Allen and Friends.

Younger brother, Alfie is an up-and-coming actor wining rave reviews for his performances in films such as Atonement and stage productions including Eqqus.

Keith's not sure if Teddie will fancy show business, he's actually keen on her becoming an athlete.

"I think Teddie might become a gymnast," he said watching her bound around enthusiastically on the bouncy castle.

"She's a bit young for 2012 but maybe 2020, that would be great."

The new fan base he is attracting as the Sheriff of Nottingham in the BBC's version of Robin Hood was shown by the differing ages of fans asking for autographs at the rugby club.

Fans were desperate to know about the recent filming in Budapest but he wasn't giving anything away other than to say viewers were in for an exciting new series.

"If I told you they wouldn't be secrets. But there are lots. You are in for a terrifying shock," he teased.

For his next project Keith is starring in Treasure Island in London's West End.

It's a busy schedule but he still makes time for events in the community, such as the rugby club fundraiser for the Pied Piper Appeal.

Keith, spent the afternoon joking with old and new found friends at the rugby club, looking like any other greying Stroud resident, but with a very mischievous past.

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