Alex Carter (British actor)

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Alex Carter
Born (1982-05-07) 7 May 1982 (age 33)
Bolton, England
Occupation Actor and writer
Height 5'8"

Alex Carter (born 7 May 1982 in Bolton, Greater Manchester) is an English actor, writer and radio presenter. Mostly known for his roles as Jamie Hope and Lee Hunter in the UK's third and fourth most popular serial dramas Emmerdale and Hollyoaks.

Life and career[edit]

After starring in CITV show Adam's Family Tree, Alex got his big TV break in 1999 when he was cast as Craig Harrison in Sunday evening drama Where the Heart Is. He then joined the cast of Hollyoaks as Lee Hunter, staying for four years before leaving when his character Lee left to embark on a round the world tour. Continuing the transpennine nature of his career, Alex returned to Yorkshire on 16 February 2006 as Jamie Hope in the ITV soap Emmerdale.[1] On 8 February 2010, whilst appearing on Shaun Keaveny's breakfast show on BBC 6 Music, a show he regularly contributes to,[2] he announced that he was leaving the soap after four years.[3] On 15 March 2010 it was confirmed that after a five-year hiatus, Carter was returning to Hollyoaks.[4] A lifelong fan of Oldham Athletic football club, Alex presented the Saturday afternoon sports programme Latics Live on The Revolution.

In 2011, Alex appeared in BBC Three comedy How Not to Live Your Life as Blake; Don's Boss.[5] And beginning in August 2012 he became a series regular in In with the Flynns on BBC1 as Kevin Flynn, younger brother to Will Mellor's Liam Flynn. In 2013, Alex starred in the Sky special Love Matters, written by Isy Suttie.[6] and also appeared on the period ITV costume drama Downton Abbey as Walter in Series Four of the show.

Carter attended the Blue Coat School, Oldham, his least favourite teachers being Deputy Head Mr Platt and PE "teacher" Mr Gadsby, the animosity was mainly due to the teachers favouritism shown towards sportier pupils and also their inability to understand humour .[7] His parents own the Post Office in Delph,[citation needed] Saddleworth, his brother Bruce is in a band called The Whip.


  1. ^ Jamie Hope ITV website
  2. ^ Shaun Keaveny BBC 6music website
  3. ^ "Alex Carter quits 'Emmerdale'". Digital Spy. 8 February 2010. Archived from the original on 10 February 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-09. 
  4. ^ "Alex Carter returns to 'Hollyoaks'". Digital Spy. 15 March 2010. Archived from the original on 17 March 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-15. 
  5. ^ [1]. BBC. Retrieved on 22 December 2011.
  6. ^!imageId=8ad589813d174a10013d1b85b9336d63
  7. ^ "Celebrity guest confirmed for 'Our Oldham' launch party". Press Release Reference: LJ/PR/CYPF/101/08. Oldham Council. 17 April 2008. Retrieved 2009-09-29. 

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