Alan trained at the Manchester Polytechnic School of Theatre. Before his television break in The Bill Alan appeared in the movie shorts At The Risk Of Blindness and In Tandem (the latter with his Bill co-star Andrea Mason). Alan spent two and a half years playing PC Nick Slater in The Bill. In 1997 he starred in the video for Another Night In by the indie rock band Strangelove. He is also a writer, working with co-writer James Allen. They have several projects in development, including the feature film, 'Lovesick' with Working Title Films. Alan has also directed two short films, 'The Good Cop', adapted from a short story by Magnus Mills, and 'The Run'.