Steve began as a performer in 1976 on the Northern Working Men's Club Circuit in his home county of Yorkshire. After gaining a degree in Drama and English at the University of Birmingham in 1983, Steve joined the repertory theatre company at Theatr Clwyd. Later that year, Steve auditioned for a new television programme with caricatured puppets and so went on to become a foundering member of the ITV series SPITTING IMAGE, where he provided the voices of many of the programme's iconic characters for over a decade. Steve's work as a voice actor now covers animation, film dubbing, audio books, video games, children's television, commercials and dramatic readings.
Steve's acting credits on stage have included Jacque CARNIVAL (Barbican Theatre, London), Ted the Cloggie in THE CLOGGIES (Theatr Clwyd), John Bland in CHINESE WHISPERS (Greenwich Theatre), Kenneth Williams in SCREAMING QUEENS (Waterloo East), Field Marshall Lord Montgomery and Sir John Gielgud in the documentary comedy IN THE LIFE (St James Theatre, now The Other Palace), the Narrator in THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW (Leicester Haymarket) and Roy Barraclough/Cissie in CISSIE AND ADA (The Lowry and national tour). Film and television acting credits include THE REFUGE, 51 DEGREES NORTH, THE GIRL WITH BRAINS IN HER FEET, JONATHAN CREEK (BBC) and FRANKIE AND JOHNNY (BBC).
Steve is an established writer and published author with a considerable body of credits that range from plays and comedy series to articles and columns, plus numerous contributions to books and periodicals. His young adult fiction novel THE TIME THAT NEVER WAS (Luath Press), the first in THE SWIDGERS book series, was published in 2022. With Turan Ali, Steve co-wrote THE GHOST OF NUMBER TEN and THE NALLON TAPES, two comedy series for BBC radio. He also wrote the highly acclaimed BBC Saturday Playhouse drama PROPS with Mark Eden, and the radio play PRIZEGIVING with the novelist Tom Holt. Steve has written and performed four one-man theatre shows, THE BIG ODYSSEY (Edinburgh Fringe Festival and national tour), A CHRISTMAS CAROL (Birmingham Repertory Theatre), ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND, (Winner Best Comedy at the Buxton Fringe Festival) and I'M NO ANGEL (The Jermyn Street Theatre). Steve had written for magazines such as THE NEW STATESMAN, MUSICAL STAGES and SCRIPTWRITER. His book I, MARGARET (written with Tom Holt) was published by Macmillan. DESTINATION TIME TRAVEL (Luath Press), an exploration of time travel tales in film and television written with Dick Fiddy of the British Film Institute, was published in 2023.
In 2020 and 2021, Steve appeared on two editions of POINTLESS CELEBRITIES, The Impressionists Special and The Voice Artist Special. Steve played David Cameron, Jeremy Hunt, Dominic Cummings, David Davis, Kenneth Clarke, David Dimbleby, Sammy Wilson, Donald Tusk, Sir Graham Brady and Lord Buckethead in the 2019 audio book version of Boris Starling's satire WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE'S BREXIT. Steve continues to work as an impressionist on television, often guesting on such programmes as THE ONE SHOW and his one-man entertainment, ‘A Guided Tour Round the World of the Impressionist, is in constant demand.
In the 1990s, Steve notably created numerous character voices on children's puppet shows such as CATS' EYES, CRAZY COTTAGE, HOUSE OF GRISTLE and THE WILD BUNCH and he has also provided voices for video games such as OVERLORD and EVIL GENIUS, plus the mobile app HEADCASTER. Steve now runs his own Recording Sound Studio from his home in north London, working in all fields of voice over from audio books, animation, film dubbing and video games to commercials and dramatic readings.
Steve is often called upon to voice the former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher when it's not possible to access original archive, especially as use of Parliamentary recordings is strictly limited. When the producers of the films 6 DAYS and EAT LOCALS needed some Thatcher speeches they turned to Steve. Steve recreated the former PM for the BBC's UK CONFIDENTIAL series, an annual radio documentary featuring dramatic reconstructions of the British Cabinet papers, and he also played Thatcher opposite Toby Jones in the BBC political drama series THE CORRUPTED.
Steve has worked as a presenter and feature maker both on radio and television and these include FAME (Radio Four) and OH YES, I'M THE GREAT PRETENDER (Radio Two), plus the BBC One series INSIDE OUT. In 2023 Steve presented a film for NEWSNIGHT (BBC TWO) called APPOINTMENT WITH DICK, which explored the story tropes and paradoxes of time travel. Steve is also a regular broadcast contributor on such shows as BRITAIN'S BEST LOVED DOUBLE ACTS (C5), where he discussed the comedy of Laurel and Hardy, Hinge and Bracket, Cissie and Ada, and Little and Large, and SIXTY YEARS OF SWING for BBC television, where Steve talked about the vocal eccentricities of presenters and pundits on election night specials.
Steve is a popular and insightful giver of talks and lectures. With his many years experience as an academic at the University of Birmingham, Steve is able to provide numerous talks, especially on film, performance and theatre subjects. In 2023 Steve gave a lecture entitled TELLING THE TALES OF TIME at the British Film Institute which launched their DESTINATION TIME TRAVEL season. Steve’s STORY CRAFT talks on the key elements and techniques of storytelling are currently proving popular in schools and colleges.
For several years, Steve Nallon was a member of the theatre directing team for David Edgar's Masters Degree Playwriting course at the University of Birmingham. Steve has also coached actors preparing for roles in such shows as LITTLE VOICE and HANDBAGGED. Steve also works regularly in colleges, universities and with Actors' Equity, where he offers various practical workshops on performance and writing, notably in the areas of comedy, voice and creative thinking.
Steve Nallon is a member of Actors' Equity, The Royal Television Society, The British Academy of Film and Television, The Society of Authors and The Writers' Guild.