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2 May 1985, Hammersmith, London, England. The daughter of noted UK actor and comedian Keith Allen and film producer Alison Owen, she burst onto the UK music scene in summer 2006 with her hit single Smile and sparkling debut album Alright, Still.
Allens parents separated when she was only four, but she remained in London and settled with her mother in the borough of Islington. She began writing lyrics in her early teens, and it was after a family holiday to Ibiza that the 15-year old Allen began to take her first steps towards a performing career (she had already appeared on the big screen with a minor role in the 1998 movie Elizabeth). It was while in Ibiza that she met Manchester-based drum n bass producers Future Cut, who were impressed enough by the teenagers lyrics that they agreed to record some backing tracks. An abortive contract with Warner Music marked a false start, before Allen signed with Regal...