Alexis Conran

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Alexis Conran
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BornParis, France[1][2][3]
ResidenceLondon, England
OccupationActor, writer and TV Presenter
Spouse(s)Cosima Shaw (?-present)[4]

Alexis Conran (or Alex Conran) is a British Actor, writer and TV presenter, best known for co-hosting the BBC Three show The Real Hustle from 2006 until 2012. He was born in South Paris, France, and moved to Greece when he was a child. Alexis won Celebrity Masterchef 2016 on 29 July beating Louise Minchin and Jimmy Osmond in the final.[2][5] Alex is of Greek heritage.[6]

Early life[edit]

Conran was born in Paris to a father who was a gambling addict and started to get into debt. He turned to crime and became a thief and conman, eventually getting arrested. When Conran was 7 years old, his parents got divorced. He was then raised by his mother with the help of her parents.[7][1][2][3]

Aged 16, he moved to London to study at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.[1][2][3][3]


In 2000, Conran starred in the music video for Blockhead's "Insomniac Olympics", directed by Sam Arthur.[citation needed]. Later that year he had a minor role in the TV miniseries Arabian Nights, playing Prince Ali.[8]

His stage work includes Excuses! in 2003.[citation needed] In 2003, he was a member of a team of experts advising the writers and actors of the hit BBC series Hustle,[3] which he later co-wrote and presented (confidence trickster) on the follow-up 2006-2012 hit series The Real Hustle on BBC Three.[9] In 2015 he starred in the show Man v Expert on the Discovery Channel, in which he used various tricks to try to beat experts in their own field of expertise.[2] In 2013 Alexis wrote and presented Hustling America for Channel 5 and National Geographic, which was similar to The Real Hustle.[9][10]

He has helped the Office of Fair Trading show consumers how to avoid becoming the victim of a fraud.[11][2]

His other television roles include 2 episodes he starred in season 5 of the show Waking the Dead, as Michael Sherman.[12][13] He appeared in the TV show Wire in the Blood. He also starred in a TV advert for Zovirax cold sore cream.[citation needed] In 2013 he appeared in the Channel 4 show Eye Spy and in August 2015 he presented the Channel 5 morning show The Wright Stuff whilst the host was on holiday.

Alexis plays Dr Petridis in ITV's The Durrells.

In 2016, he co-presented The Joy of Techs for his best friend, Marcus Brigstocke.[14]

He is Celebrity MasterChef Champion 2016.

Alexis presented Radio Hustles on Talkradio, a consumer affairs based talk show which aired from 1pm to 3pm on Saturday afternoons. Since 20 January 2018, the show has changed from being consumer affairs based to being a news phone-in discussion programme, still presented by Alexis, with the new airtime of 4pm to 7pm on Saturdays.

Personal life[edit]

Conran is a member of The Magic Circle[citation needed] and Equity.[citation needed] Conran is a technophile.[14] He is a collector of playing cards, owning over 500 decks and spends an hour each day practising card tricks.[3]


  1. ^ a b c "The Real Hustle - Alexis Conran". BBC. 6 October 2008. Retrieved 27 June 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Alexis Conran profile". Curtis Brown. Retrieved 27 June 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "About Alexis Conran | Man v Expert | Shows". Discovery UK. Retrieved 27 June 2017.
  4. ^ Conran, Alexis (30 July 2016). "This looks great!!! .... and the Mrs is in it! @CosimaShaw". Twitter. Retrieved 27 June 2017.
  5. ^ McAloon, Jonathan (30 July 2016). "Celebrity MasterChef 2016: Alexis Conran is the champion, Jimmy Osmond became cool and everything that happened in the final". The Telegraph. Retrieved 27 June 2017.
  6. ^ Celebrity Masterchef champion Alexis Conran dismisses clean eating 'trend'
  7. ^ "Gambling and Me: The Real Hustler – Alexis Conran". Retrieved 23 March 2012.
  8. ^ Alexis Conran on IMDb Last accessed 22 March 2012.
  9. ^ a b "Who is on Celebrity MasterChef 2016? The full line-up and verdict so far". The Telegraph. 6 July 2016. Retrieved 27 June 2017.
  10. ^ "Presenter". Retrieved 2017-09-15.
  11. ^ "How to stay off the suckers' list". BBC News Online. 7 February 2006. Retrieved 2008-09-27.
  12. ^ "Waking the Dead: Season 5, Episode 5". Retrieved 23 March 2012.
  13. ^ "Waking the Dead: Season 5, Episode 6". Retrieved 23 March 2012.
  14. ^ a b "Alexis Conran teaches Marcus Brigstocke the Joy of Techs | News". UKTV Corporate. 6 September 2016. Retrieved 27 June 2017.

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