Allan Warren

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Michael Allan Warren (born 26 October 1948) is an English portrait photographer, primarily known for his images of members of high society.

Allan Warren
Allan Warren, London, England, GB, IMG 4923 edit
Warren in 2012
Born Michael Allan Warren
26 October 1948 (age 69)
Wimbledon, London, UK[1]
Nationality British
Other names Warren, Michael Allan
Occupation Photographer

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]


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.[4] 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.[5][6] In the early 1980s Warren embarked on a quest to photograph all 26 non-royal and four royal dukes.[7] Together with the 12th Duke of Manchester he set up the Duke's Trust, a charity for children in need.[8][9][10] Warren has uploaded many pictures from his archive to Wikimedia Commons.


In the early 1990s, Warren embarked on writing plays. One of his works, The Lady of Phillimore Walk,[11] 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;[12] and saw productions in the United States.[13]

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.[14][15][16]


Britt Ekland 2 Allan Warren

Britt Ekland, 1972.

Noel Coward 24 Allan Warren

Noël Coward, 1972.

Sir Roger Moore Allan Warren

Roger Moore, 1973.

Natalie Wood 3 Allan Warren

Natalie Wood, 1973.

Alan Bennett Allan Warren

Alan Bennett, 1973.

Eartha Kitt 22 Allan Warren

Eartha Kitt, 1973

Tom Courtenay 2 Allan Warren

Tom Courtenay, 1973.

Terence Stamp Allan Warren

Terence Stamp, 1973.

Lee Remick 2 Allan Warren

Lee Remick, 1974.

Bing Crosby Allan Warren

Bing Crosby, 1977.

Lord Harold Wilson Allan Warren

Harold Wilson, 1986.


  • 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
  • Stand By To Repel All Boarders, December 2014


  1. ^ a b Pride Life, No.03 Autumn 2008
  2. ^ Paytress, Mark (2006). Bolan: The Rise and Fall of a 20th Century Superstar. Omnibus Press. ISBN 1-84609-147-0.Google books
  3. ^ The Hollywood Reporter, Vol. CCLI, No. 43 Friday, 2 June 1978
  4. ^ Washington Times, November 2012
  5. ^ The Confessions of a Society Photographer – Allan Warren (Jupiter, London, 1976) ISBN 0-904041-68-9 ISBN 978-0-904041-68-2
  6. ^ Nobs & Nosh : Eating with the Beautiful People – Allan Warren (Leslie Frewin, London, 1974) ISBN 0-85632-100-1 ISBN 978-0-85632-100-9
  7. ^ The Spectator, 3 April 1999
  8. ^ Daily Express, 25 March 1988
  9. ^ 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
  10. ^ Washington Times November 2012
  11. ^ "University of Glasgow". Retrieved 11 August 2011.
  12. ^ Allen Wright The Scotsman, 20 January.1992
  13. ^ "Francis Wilson Playhouse, Florida".
  14. ^ "Inventor Tries to Clear the Air, One Car at a Time", Los Angeles Times, 16 August 1999
  15. ^ "The fume-fighting handkerchief that makes good scents", Evening Standard, 15 June 1998
  16. ^ Natasha Narayan "Handy 'Hanky' may ease smog effects", Time Out, 17–24 June 1999

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