Alfred Fagon was born in Jamaica and was one of 10 children. His father worked on a sugar cane plantation in Cuba.
He came to England in 1955 and started working on the railroads in Nottingham. In 1958, he joined the military where he served for four years and also became a middleweight boxing champion.
After leaving the military, Alfred traveled across England singing the calypso and then settled in St. Paul’s. Here he trained and worked as a welder, then started to play and write.
Alfred made his first appearance on stage as an actor at the Bristol Arts Center (off Jamaica Street, St. Paul’s) in the role of Nigerian officer Orara in Henry Living’s play The Little Mrs Foster Show.
After that, he worked as an extra on television before researching, writing and playing John Bull, a play for HTV in 1969. As he had lived in Bristol in the 1960s and 1970s, and has worked for young people at Kingswood, much of his early writing was based on his experiences and what he knew about the people of St. Paul’s.
In 1970 Alfred made his first professional appearance in a London play called Black Pieces.
After that, he appeared in numerous roles on television, film, radio and theater, including the BBC’s five-part drama series Fighting Back.