24 August 1983 |
Lewisham, London, England
|Occupation||Actor and television presenter|
Christopher Parker (born 24 August 1983) is an English actor and television presenter.
Christopher Parker’s career began at an early age as a model appearing in print campaigns and TV commercials. He progressed onto small roles in TV dramas such as The Bill, London's Burning (appearing in the last ever episode) and Judge John Deed. Parker worked as a stunt double in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. He then came to wider attention in the role of Spencer Moon in the BBC soap opera EastEnders, where he played the younger brother of Alfie Moon, portrayed by British actor Shane Richie.
Parker hosted an hour long special called "Bond is Back" for American television about the latest James Bond film, Casino Royale.
He has appeared on CBBC on Hider in the House presented by Jason King and Joel and taken part in ITV2's reality television programme Deadline with chief editor Janet Street Porter. He was the first celebrity to be sacked by Street-Porter, for refusing to take pictures of famous people without first asking their permission.
Parker appeared in the second series of the BBC's Hotel Babylon opposite Danny Dyer. In 2006 he worked alongside Christian Slater, Nick Moran and Eddie Izzard in a live performance of the Hollywood film The Rogues.
Parker splits his time between Los Angeles and London. In Los Angeles he worked for Fox owned channel TV Guide Channel and also Reelz Channel (a film themed channel).
In 2008, he took part in the Strictly Come Dancing Live Arena Tour and he has acted in Tim Smith's short film Schoolboy and also the feature film Education of Keiron which stars James Wilby. He is also presenting holiday segments for ITV1's This Morning and has a column in Teen Now magazine.
Christopher took part in a celebrity version of TV show Total Wipeout which aired on 2 January 2010.
More recently, Parker has been studying for a law degree at Birkbeck, University of London. According to his (protected) Twitter feed, as of April 2013, he was a final year law student. He has expressed a desire to take his law aspirations further after completing his degree, but has encountered problems with many law firms requiring A-level results which, due to his acting experiences when younger, he lacks.
Parker has completed two London Marathons, one for the charity Barnardo's and the second for the Make Poverty History Campaign and visited Africa with Comic Relief alongside Fearne Cotton. He is also a celebrity supporter for the British Red Cross.
In 2004, he attempted suicide by slashing his wrists and taking an overdose of paracetamol tablets after a woman claimed he lied about their relationship to hide his sexuality. After two friends found him, he was left with no lasting damage, and said the attempt was stupid but that he had reached the stage of desperation. After three weeks of extended leave from EastEnders, he and production staff reached a mutual decision that he would not return to the series.
- Best new TV talent at the TRIC Awards in 2005
- "Chris Parker to leave EastEnders" (Press release). BBC. 30 November 2004. Retrieved 25 December 2008.
- "The lawyers who became celebrities – and the celebrities who became lawyers". 7 November 2012. Retrieved 30 April 2013.
- "Christopher Parker (tweetparkerpark) on Twitter". Retrieved 30 April 2013.
- "Ex-Eastenders and Strictly Star Chris Parker on his Frustration with Law Firms' A-level Obsession". Legal Cheek. 18 December 2012. Retrieved 30 April 2013.
- "Chris Parker". Red Cross. Retrieved 25 December 2008.
- "Soap star talks about suicide bid". BBC News. 19 January 2005. Retrieved 4 April 2010.
- Wilkes, Neil (30 November 2004). "Chris Parker to leave 'EastEnders'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 4 April 2010.
- "Chris Parker". actuallyactors.com. official website
- Christopher Parker at the Internet Movie Database
|Strictly Come Dancing runner up
(with partner Hanna Karttunen)
Series 1 (2004)
Denise Lewis and Ian Waite