Alan Bleasdale

Biography of Alan Bleasdale

Alan Bleasdale (born 23 March 1946) is an English television dramatist, best known for social realist drama serials based on the lives of ordinary people.

Born in Liverpool, Bleasdale is an only child; his father worked in a food factory and his mother in a grocery shop. From 1951-57, he went to the St. Aloysius Roman Catholic Infant and Junior Schools in Huyton-with-Roby (then in Lancashire). From 1957-64, he attended the Wade Deacon Grammar School in Widnes (now the Wade Deacon High School). In 1967, he obtained a teaching certificate from the Padgate College of Education in Warrington (which became Warrington Collegiate Institute, now part of the University of Chester).

In 1967, he married Julie Moses; they have two sons and one daughter. For four years he worked as a teacher at St Columba's Secondary Modern School in Huyton from 1967-71, then King George V School (now The King George V & Elaine Bernacchi School in Bikenibeu in South Tarawa) on the Gilbert and Ellice Islands (now called Kiribati) from 1971-4, and lastly at Halewood Grange Comprehensive School (now known as Halewood College) in Halewood from 1974-5. From 1975 to 1986 he worked as a playwright at the Liverpool Playhouse (becoming associate director) and the Contact Theatre in Manchester (a University of Manchester venue).

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