Joe Absolom

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Joe Absolom
Born Joseph Absolom
(1978-12-16) 16 December 1978 (age 39)
Reading, Berkshire, England
Occupation Actor
Years active 1991–present
Partner(s) Liz
Children 3

Joseph Absolom (born 16 December 1978 in Reading,[1] Berkshire) is an English actor best known for playing Matthew Rose in the popular BBC soap opera EastEnders and Al Large in Doc Martin.

Early life[edit]

Absolom, a former pupil of Forest Hill School, made early appearances in the Sun-Pat peanut butter advertisements before making his acting debut with the 1991 film Antonia and Jane which was followed by roles in several television series such as The Bill, Dangerfield and Silent Witness.


Absolom joined the BBC soap opera EastEnders in 1997 and had few storylines in his first year on the show. The storyline which gained him recognition was the Saskia Duncan murder storyline which began in February 1999. His character Matthew Rose was framed for the murder by the real culprit Steve Owen (played by Martin Kemp) Matthew's last appearance was aired in February 2000, and he won the Best Actor Award at The British Soap Awards that same year.

Since leaving EastEnders, Absolom played the leading role in the 2002 British horror film Long Time Dead and has played supporting roles in ITV television series such as Vincent. He is perhaps best known for his principal role in Doc Martin playing Bert Large's son Al. The part, since the series began, has won him critical acclaim. Absolom guest starred in The Bill between 1992 and 2009 in different roles, and as Benny, a violent loan shark in Casualty. He appeared as a criminal in the internet crime thriller Girl Number Nine, also starring Tracy Ann Oberman and Gareth David Lloyd.[2]

Absolom won a celebrity version of TV show Total Wipeout which aired on 18 September 2010, receiving £10,000 for charity.


Absolom is also a radio actor, and has appeared in a BBC Radio 4 Play of the day "Bringing Eddie Home" by John Peacock, based on a true story of the fight by East End couple Edna and Jack Wallace to get their son's body brought home from Aden, and the ensuing fight for the rights of British Service personnel. Absolom played the role of Eddie Wallace and the play also included other ex EastEnders actors Bill Treacher, Edna Doré, Todd Carty and Tilly Vosburgh.



Year Film Role Notes
1991 Antonia and Jane Daniel Nash
2001 Dream Tommy
2002 Long Time Dead Rob
Extreme Ops Silo
2008 Small Things Boyd Hilton Short film
One of Those Days Counter Clerk Short film
2009 Bottle Charlie Short film
Jubilee Short film
2010 The Story Of __ Baz
2012 Defining Fay Higgins Short film
2013 I Spit on Your Grave 2 Ivan


Year Show Role Notes
1992 The Bill Kevin Parsons 1 episode: Radio Waves
1994 The Bill Mick 1 episode: King of the Hill
1996 The Tenant of Wildfell Hall Fergus Markham 3 part series
The Bill Tommy Benning 1 episode: Toe the Line
1997 Frighteners Errand Boy 1 episode: If You Meet A Fairy
Silent Witness Kelvin Price 1 episode: Friends Like These
Touching Evil Craig Jones 1 episode: 1.5
Dangerfield Alex Dell 1 episode: Contact
1997–2000 EastEnders Matthew Rose Series regular
2001 Now You See Her Lewis
2002 Stan the Man Depp 6 part series
2003 Unconditional Love Benjamin Cain
Servants George Cosmo 6 part series
Trevor's World of Sport Scott Recurring
P.O.W. Drew Pritchcard 6 part series
2004 The Long Firm Tommy
2004– Doc Martin Al Large Series regular
2005–2006 Vincent P.I. Robert Series regular
2006 New Tricks Luke Hanson 1 episode: Congratulations
2008 The Bill Mark Lawrence 2 episodes: We Are Family (Parts 1 & 2)
Poirot James Bentley 1 episode: Mrs McGinty's Dead
Casualty Benny 2 episodes: This Will Be Our Year and
Took A Long Time To Come
Caught in a Trap Marcus
2009 Personal Affairs Bob Baxter 5 part series
New Tricks Luke Hanson 1 episode: The Last Laugh
Girl Number 9 Boylan Internet series
2010 Ashes to Ashes Andy Smith 1 episode
Total Wipeout Himself/participant Celebrity edition
71 Degrees North Himself/participant
Thorne: Scaredy Cat Stuart Nicklin Three-part series
2012 Hatfields & McCoys Selkirk McCoy Mini-series
2015 Midsomer Murders Luke Altman Episode 17.2 "Murder by Magic"
Death in Paradise Aiden Parker Episode 4.6
2016 The Level Shay Nash

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Absolom interview; EASTENDERS JOE TALKS ABOUT LOVE, FREEDOM ...AND A CLINCH WITH BABS". The Mirror. 9 January 2000. Retrieved 24 February 2011. 
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2 January 2013. Retrieved 20 September 2009.