Alan Fletcher (actor)

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Alan Fletcher
Fletcher performing at the Barfly Club, Aberdeen, December 2008
Born (1957-03-30) 30 March 1957 (age 58)
Perth, Australia
Occupation actor
Spouse(s) Jennifer Hansen (1990–present)
Children 2

Alan Fletcher (born 30 March 1957) is an Australian actor and musician, best known for his role as Karl Kennedy in long-running soap opera Neighbours. Along with co-star Jackie Woodburne who plays his wife, they are two of the series most popular and longest serving cast.[1]


Fletcher was born in Perth, Western Australia,and attended Wesley College in Perth, his first widely seen role was in police drama Cop Shop from 1982 until production ceased the following year. Prior to this, he appeared in a few episodes of the US series The Love Boat (1981) and various Australian feature films, TV movies, and miniseries including Fran and Mercy Mission.[2] He briefly acted in Neighbours in 1987 as Greg Cooper, a run-down, dishonest boxer working in Jim Robinson's (Alan Dale) garage.[3] In 1994, Fletcher successfully auditioned for the role of Karl Kennedy in the soap, a role which he continues to play.[3]

Fletcher at a Neighbours Night event in 2001.

In 2005, Fletcher starred as Henry Higgins in a production of My Fair Lady at the Melbourne Comedy Theatre. He is also a prominent member of the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance, a role which saw him become a vocal critic of the 2004 US-Australia Free Trade Agreement, including an appearance on the political talk-show Meet the Press.

In 2008, Fletcher starred as Frank McGee in the workshop performance season of Call Girl the Musical and as Captain Hook in the Pantomime Peter Pan at His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen.[4]

In 2011 Fletcher spent time in Old Melbourne Gaol to raise money for the charity Whitelion. In order to break out, Fletcher and fellow Neighbours cast members Stefan Dennis, Jordy Lucas and Valentina Novakovic had to each raise $1,000.[5]

In May 2013, along with Saskia Hampele, he presented the award of Best Newcomer to Joseph Thompson at the The British Soap Awards.[6] Fletcher appeared in a documentary special celebrating Neighbours‍ '​ 30th anniversary titled Neighbours 30th: The Stars Reunite, which aired in Australia and the UK in March 2015.[7][8]

Musical career[edit]

Fletcher is also the lead singer in a band called Waiting Room, with other members including Tommy Rando, Chris Hawker and drummer Jeff Consi. They have toured the United Kingdom several times. With a handful of their own songs they incorporate a selection of cover versions into their set. Fletcher also covers Smokie's "Living Next Door to Alice", substituting Alice, for "Susan", his on-screen wife (Jackie Woodburne). Their single, So Wrong, was released on iTunes on the 26 November 2007, followed by their new album, Live at the Elephant, on the 17 December 2007. On the 30 November 2007 Fletcher performed a cover of Oasis' "Wonderwall" for BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge.[9] In December 2008 Fletcher played a solo gig in Aberdeen, playing a mixture of covers and Waiting Room, material. He followed this with a second gig in the city on the 3 January 2009 at The Lemon Tree.

On the 15 May 2009 Fletcher announced via his official website that he was to tour the UK with a new band, The X-Rays due to the economic situation of bringing Waiting Room with him. The tour took place in September and October 2009 and featured some original Waiting Room material. The X-Rays are UK based musicians Johnny Lucas, Chris Hanby and Martin Stewart. Fletcher continues to perform each week in Melbourne with Waiting Room.

In September 2010, Fletcher announced on his official website that he will be touring the UK with Tommy Rando in November and December of that year.[10] On 28 November 2010, during his UK tour, Fletcher appeared on the The Xtra Factor to discuss the potential winners of the show.[10]

In September 2012, Fletcher played a charity gig at the Shepherd's Bush branch of the pub chain Walkabout in aid of Blue September, a charity raising funds for cancer research.[11]

Fletcher was a contestant on the UK TV show Soapstar Superstar, in January 2007 finishing in sixth place.[12] He performed the following songs:

In 2013, Fletcher released a Christmas single, If You Want A Happy Christmas, on which he collaborated with The Pacific Belles.

After Australia were invited to take part in the sixtieth anniversary of the Eurovision Song Contest in 2015,[13] Fletcher admitted that he would like to represent Australia.[14] Guy Sebastian was later chosen to represent Australia.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Fletcher's wife is former Network Ten Melbourne newsreader Jennifer Hansen[16] and they have two children.[17] Fletcher supports Liverpool Football Club.[18]

Fletcher is an ambassador for Blue September, a charity that raises awareness of all cancers that can affect men. In 2011, Fletcher helped launch the charity in Britain.[19]

Fletcher was once a sea Scout but has since admitted that he hates sailing.


  1. ^ Neil Griffiths (21 October 2014). "20 years on! Neighbours stars Alan Fletcher and Jackie Woodburne celebrate two decades together as the Kennedys". The Daily Mail. Retrieved 8 March 2014. 
  2. ^ " Mercy Mission: The Rescue of Flight 771 [VHS]: Scott Bakula, Robert Loggia, Rebecca Rigg, Alan Fletcher, Michael Bishop, Kit Taylor, Roger Young: Movies & TV". Retrieved 8 December 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Doctor beat – Lifestyle – Doncaster Free Press". Doncaster Free Press. Johnston Press. 6 December 2007. Retrieved 9 March 2011. 
  4. ^ Brown, Mark (21 December 2008). "Theatre: Having a ball". The Herald. Retrieved 20 June 2015. 
  5. ^ "Jordy Lucas is doing time for Break Out". Herald Sun. 19 May 2011. Retrieved 3 March 2013. 
  6. ^ Brown, David (19 May 2013). "British Soap Awards 2013: the winners in full". Radio Times. Retrieved 19 May 2013. 
  7. ^ Knox, David (28 February 2015). "Airdate: Neighbours 30th: The Stars Reunite". TV Tonight. Retrieved 3 March 2015. 
  8. ^ Kilkelly, Daniel (4 March 2015). "Neighbours 30th anniversary schedule confirmed by Channel 5". Digital Spy. Retrieved 5 March 2015. 
  9. ^ "BBC – Radio 1 – Jo Whiley – Photos". BBC Online. Retrieved 9 March 2011. 
  10. ^ a b "Dr Karl goes Walkabout - News and Gossip - Neighbours - Holy Soap". Channel Five. Holy Soap. 26 November 2010. Retrieved 28 November 2010. 
  11. ^ "Judi Spiers Show". BBC Radio Devon. Retrieved 20 June 2015. 
  12. ^ "Alan is shown the Soapstar door - News - Soapstar Superstar - Reality TV - What's on TV". What's on TV. IPC Media. 11 January 2007. Retrieved 9 March 2011. 
  13. ^ "Eurovision Song Contest: Australia to compete in 2015". BBC. 11 February 2015. Retrieved 11 February 2015. 
  14. ^ Williams, Phil (11 February 2015). "Australia in Eurovision: Dr Karl ‘would love to be there’". Radio 5 Live. Retrieved 11 February 2015. 
  15. ^ Tan, Monica (4 March 2015). "Guy Sebastian selected to represent Australia at Eurovision". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 March 2015. 
  16. ^ Wood, Beci (20 October 2005). "Dr Karl is best medicine - The Sun - Features - Life". The Sun. UK: News International. Retrieved 9 March 2011. 
  17. ^ Nowakowski, Jake. "The Cup Premiere". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 20 June 2015. 
  18. ^ Willmer, Kaz (June 2005). "BBC – Berkshire – Entertainment – Review: Dr Karl's Band!". BBC Online. Retrieved 9 March 2011. 
  19. ^ "Alan goes blue for September - Neighbours - Channel 5". Channel Five. Retrieved 29 August 2011. [dead link]

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