Alan Bennet was born in Leeds on the 9th of May 1934, and graduated Oxford University where he gained a first class degree in history. During the 1960s he stretched his comedy legs with Dudley Moore and others at the Edinburgh Festival. His sharp humour led him to work with BBC sitcoms, and many stage plays throughout his lifetime.
His latest work is his memoir and collection of essays Keeping on Keeping on, published in 2016. Here he can be seen reading an excerpt for the audience at the National Theatre, with his recognisable Leeds accent.