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Allan Warren

Allan Warren
Warren in 2012
Born 26 October 1948 (1948-10-26) (age 66)
Wimbledon, London, England
Nationality English
Other names Warren, Michael Allan
Citizenship British
Occupation Photographer

Michael Allan Warren (born 26 October 1948 in Wimbledon, London)[1] is an English-American society-photographer, writer and former actor. His work encompasses works of many celebrities during the late 1960s, 70s and into the 80s, such as members of the British Royal Family, influential politicians and artists in both music and literature as well as some of the most important people in Hollywood of the era.

Early life

After growing up in post-war London with his mother, Warren attended Terry's Juveniles, a stage school based in the Drury Lane Theatre. It was during this period that he attended auditions through which he received several assignments. One such piece of work was as a child presenter in "The Five O'clock Club", which afforded him the opportunity to associate with a variety of people, including a young Marc Bolan (then performing as "Toby Tyler") who would later employ Warren as his first manager.[2][3][4][5]


Warren's portrait of Roger Moore from 1973
A 1973 portrait of Leonard Bernstein

Warren started his photographic career at the age of 17 when he was acting in Alan Bennett's play Forty Years On with John Gielgud in the West End at the Apollo Theatre.[1] Around this time Warren bought his first second-hand camera and began to take photographs of his fellow actors. His first major assignment was when his friend Mickey Deans asked him to cover his wedding to Judy Garland, which marked the beginning of Warren's work as a professional photographer.[6] When in New York for personal reasons, he attended an audition for the Broadway production of Minnie's Boys. However, he later declined the role offered to him in favour of returning to London and pursuing photography as his vocation.

After this decisive event Warren embarked on his photography career, throughout which he took portraits of personalities including many actors, writers, musicians, politicians and members of the British Royal Family.[2][7] In the early 1980s Warren embarked on a quest to photograph all 26 non-royal and four royal dukes.[8] Together with the 12th Duke of Manchester he set up the Duke's Trust, a charity for children in need.[9][10][11]

Swedish Navy Clothing

In 1999, Warren was inspired to create a clothing line called Swedish Navy Clothing, as a result of his numerous encounters with strangers, including members of the Swedish Navy who had posed for Warren, so he decided that this image of the clean cut and healthy young Vikings would be ideal for a range of clothing.[12]


In the early 90s Warren embarked on writing plays. One of his works, The Lady of Phillimore Walk,[13] was directed by Frank Dunlop and critics went as far as comparing it to Sleuth, a thriller written by Anthony Shaffer. The cast of "The Lady of Phillimore Walk" consisted of Zena Walker and Philip Lowrie;[14] and saw productions in the United States.[15]

Warren invented the Hankybreathe, a handkerchief which allows the user to inhale air through a carbon filter at the mouth, to filter out the noxious effects of exhaust emissions. The invention, which is meant to be dabbed in eucalyptus oil, harks back to the nosegay and stems from Warren's experience with asthma in heavily polluted London.[16][17][18]


  • Nobs & Nosh – Eating with the Beautiful People, 1975
  • Confessions of a Society Photographer, 1976
  • The Dukes of Britain, 1986
  • The Lady of Phillimore Walk (play), 1991
  • Dukes, Queens and Other Stories, 1999
  • Strangers in the Buff, August 2007
  • Carpet Dwellers, October 2007
  • Nein Camp, December 2012


  1. ^ a b Pride Life, No.03 Autumn 2008
  2. ^ a b The Confessions of a Society Photographer – Allan Warren (Jupiter, London, 1976) ISBN 0-904041-68-9 ISBN 978-0-904041-68-2
  3. ^ "Marc Bolan – The Early Years". Retrieved 10 June 2010. 
  4. ^ Paytress, Mark (2006). Bolan: The Rise and Fall of a 20th Century Superstar. Omnibus Press.  Google books
  5. ^ The Hollywood Reporter, Vol. CCLI, No. 43 Friday, 2 June 1978
  6. ^ Washington Times, November 2012
  7. ^ Nobs & Nosh : Eating with the Beautiful People – Allan Warren (Leslie Frewin, London, 1974) ISBN 0-85632-100-1 ISBN 978-0-85632-100-9
  8. ^ The Spectator, 3 April 1999
  9. ^ Daily Express, 25 March 1988
  10. ^ Marcus Scriven – Splendour and Squalor: The Disgrace and Disintegration of Three Aristocratic Dynasties, Atlantic Books, Limited, 2010 ISBN 978-1-84354-125-7 Google Books
  11. ^ Washington Times November 2012
  12. ^ Strangers in the Buff – Allan Warren
  13. ^ "University of Glasgow". Retrieved 11 August 2011. 
  14. ^ Allen Wright The Scotsman, 20 January.1992
  15. ^ "Francis Wilson Playhouse, Florida". 
  16. ^ "Inventor Tries to Clear the Air, One Car at a Time", Los Angeles Times, 16 August 1999
  17. ^ "The fume-fighting handkerchief that makes good scents", Evening Standard, 15 June 1998
  18. ^ Natasha Narayan "Handy 'Hanky' may ease smog effects", Time Out, 17–24 June 1999,

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