Alan Fletcher (actor)
Fletcher performing at the Barfly Club, Aberdeen, December 2008
30 March 1957 |
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
|Spouse(s)||Jennifer Hansen (m. 1990)|
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.
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. He briefly acted in Neighbours in 1987 as Greg Cooper, a run-down, dishonest boxer working in Jim Robinson's (Alan Dale) garage. In 1994, Fletcher successfully auditioned for the role of Karl Kennedy in the soap, a role which he continues to play.
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 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.
In May 2013, along with Saskia Hampele, he presented the award of Best Newcomer to Joseph Thompson at the British Soap Awards. 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.
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. 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. On 28 November 2010, during his UK tour, Fletcher appeared on the The Xtra Factor to discuss the potential winners of the show.
- Day 1: Faith (George Michael)
- Day 2: Bridge Over Troubled Water (Simon & Garfunkel)
- Day 3: Tears in Heaven (Eric Clapton)
- Day 4: Can't Take My Eyes Off You (Andy Williams)
- Day 5: Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me (Elton John)
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, Fletcher admitted that he would like to represent Australia. Guy Sebastian was later chosen to represent Australia.
Fletcher was once a sea scout but has since admitted that he hates sailing.
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