Joe Absolom

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Joe Absolom
BornJoseph Absolom
(1978-12-16) 16 December 1978 (age 33)
Lewisham, London, England
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Joe Absolom
BornJoseph Absolom
(1978-12-16) 16 December 1978 (age 33)
Lewisham, London, England

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



Absalom, 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.

He joined the BBC soap opera EastEnders in 1997 and the storyline which gained him recognition was the Saskia Duncan murder storyline in 1999 when his character Matthew Rose was framed for the murder by the real culprit Steve Owen (played by Martin Kemp). His character's last appearance was aired in February 2000, and he won the Best Actor Award at the British Soap Awards. On several occasions, there has been press speculation that Absolom will return to EastEnders, but he has insisted that he has no intention of ever returning to the show.

Since leaving EastEnders, he 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.

He guest starred in The Bill between 1992 and 2009, 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]

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

Personal life

Joe lives with his girlfriend Liz and their daughter Lyla. Joe has been the Patron of Hill Park Autistic Trust since 2001.



1991Antonia and JaneDaniel Nash
2002Long Time DeadRob
Extreme OpsSilo
2008Small ThingsBoyd HiltonShort film
One of Those DaysCounter ClerkShort film
2009BottleCharlieShort film
JubileeShort film
2010The Story Of __Baz


1992The BillKevin Parsons1 episode: Radio Waves
1994The BillMick1 episode: King of the Hill
1996The Tenant of Wildfell HallFergus Markham3 part series
The BillTommy Benning1 episode: Toe the Line
1997FrightenersErrand Boy1 episode: If You Meet A Fairy
Silent WitnessKelvin Price1 episode: Friends Like These
Touching EvilCraig Jones1 episode: 1.5
DangerfieldAlex Dell1 episode: Contact
1997–2000EastEndersMatthew RoseSeries regular
2001Now You See HerLewis
2002Stan the ManDepp6 part series
2003Unconditional LoveBenjamin Cain
ServantsGeorge Cosmo6 part series
Trevor's World of SportScottRecurring
P.O.WDrew Pritchcard6 part series
2004The Long FirmTommy
2004–presentDoc MartinAl LargeSeries regular
2005–2006VincentP.I. RobertSeries regular
2006New TricksLuke Hanson1 episode: Congratulations
2008The BillMark Lawrence2 episodes: We Are Family (Parts 1 & 2)
PoirotJames Bentley1 episode: Mrs McGinty's Dead
CasualtyBenny2 episodes: This Will Be Our Year and
Took A Long Time To Come
Caught in a TrapMarcus
2009Personal AffairsBob Baxter5 part series
New TricksLuke Hanson1 episode: The Last Laugh
Girl Number 9BoylanInternet series
2010Ashes to AshesAndy Smith1 episode
Total WipeoutHimselfCelebrity Special
71 Degrees NorthHimself
Thorne: Scaredy CatStuart Nicklin3 part series
2012Hatfields & McCoysSelkirk McCoyMini-series

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