Alex Etel

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Alex Etel
Alexander Nathan Etel

(1994-09-19) 19 September 1994 (age 24)[1]
Manchester, England
Other namesAlex
Years active2003-2010

Alexander Nathan Etel (born 19 September 1994) is an English actor most widely known for his lead role in the 2007 film The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep.

Early life[edit]

Etel was born in a hospital on the outskirts of Manchester, the son of Nicholette Etel and Jason Hartley.[2] Etel is the middle child of his family: he has a younger brother, Daniel Etel, and an older sister, Rebecca Etel. He attended Lum Head Primary School in Gatley.[3]


Etel's film debut was the starring role of Damian Cunningham in Millions, a 2004 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.[4]

Etel played Harry Gregson in the five-part TV adaptation of Elizabeth Gaskell's Cranford, which was transmitted in the autumn of 2007 and co-starred Philip Glenister, Judi Dench, Eileen Atkins, Francesca Annis and Imelda Staunton.[5] He reprised his role in the two-part second series entitled Return to Cranford.

According to his official website, as of February 2016, Etel's acting career is on hold while he attends university.


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 Water Horse: Legend of the Deep 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 Stranger


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


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  2. ^ Manchester Evening News
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-10-02. Retrieved 2011-09-23.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ Bamigboye, Baz (23 November 2007). "Schoolboy starts small but set for monster hit". Daily Mail. Associated Newspapers Ltd. Retrieved 2007-12-12.
  5. ^ 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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