Alex Etel

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Alex Etel
Born Alexander Nathan Etel
(1994-09-19) 19 September 1994 (age 20)
Manchester, England, United Kingdom
Other names Alex
Occupation Actor
Years active 2004-present

Alexander Nathan "Alex" Etel (born 19 September 1994) is an English actor, who began his career as a child actor.

Early life[edit]

Etel was born in a hospital on the outskirts of Manchester, the son of Nicholette Etel and Jason Hartley.[1] Etel is the middle child of his family, he has a younger brother, Daniel Etel and an older sister, Rebecca Etel. He went to Lum Head Primary School in Gatley.[2]


Etel was born in Manchester. His film début was the starring role of Damian Cunningham in 2004's Millions, a family film directed by Danny Boyle. He played the lead in his second film, Jay Russell's The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep. The film, based on a Dick King Smith story about a boy who adopts a monster sea creature, opened in North America on Christmas Day, 2007 and in other countries in early 2008. The film is set in Scotland during World War II, although all the scenes involving the creature itself were shot in New Zealand.[3]

Etel also played the bright-eyed ragamuffin Harry Gregson in the six-part TV adaptation of Elizabeth Gaskell's "Cranford" for the BBC and WGBH, which was transmitted on BBC 1 in the autumn of 2007 and co-starred Philip Glenister, Judi Dench, Eileen Atkins, Francesca Annis and Imelda Staunton.[4] He reprised his role in the two-part second series entitled Return to Cranford.

In April Fool's Day 2013 someone spread the rumour that he had been selected to play the role of Stuart "Fats" Wall in the BBC adaptation of the first novel for adults from J.K Rowling "The Casual Vacancy". He is currently scheduled to appear in one project: Easter Rising (renamed from Easter Sixteen) set in Dublin during the Easter Rising of 1916.


Year Film Role Notes
2004 Millions Damian Cunningham Nominated—British Independent Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer
Nominated—Critics Choice Award for Best Young Actor
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor
2007 The Waterhorse Angus MacMorrow Nominated—Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film-Leading Young Actor
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor
Cranford Harry Gregson TV mini-series (7 episodes: 2007-09)
2009 From Time to Time Tolly
2010 Ways to Live Forever Felix


Year Title Notes
2007 Entertainment Tonight TV series (1 episode: "27 December 2007")
2008 Richard and Judy TV series (1 episode: "7 February 2008")


  1. ^ Manchester Evening News
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  3. ^ Bamigboye, Baz (23 November 2007). "Schoolboy starts small but set for monster hit". Daily Mail. Associated Newspapers Ltd. Retrieved 2007-12-12. 
  4. ^ BBC Press Office (20 April 2007). "All-star cast announced to star alongside Judi Dench in Cranford". BBC. Archived from the original on 21 November 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-21. 

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