Who is Alex Hassell?
Alexander Stephen Hassell was born in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England, on 17 September 1980 – his zodiac sign is Virgo and he holds British nationality. He is an actor and film director, who might be known best for his portrayal of the lead character John Thomas in the 2015 comedy crime thriller film “Two Down”, written and directed by Matthew Butler-Hart, and which also starred Emma King (his wife) and Tori Butler-Hart. The film was a hit winning seven awards, while it was nominated for 10 others.
Early life and education
Alex was raised in Southend alongside his three older siblings by their father who was a vicar, and their mother who was a housewife.
He became interested in acting at quite an early age, and appeared in numerous plays performed both at school and theatres around Essex. Alex went on to attend Moulsham High School at which he was interested in various things including playing soccer, dancing and playing the guitar. Upon matriculating in 1999, he enrolled at Central School of Speech and Drama, from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2002.
Roles in TV series
Alex has been credited with appearing in close to 50 movies and TV series, and we are about to mention some of his most notable performances in this article.
He made his debut TV series appearance in 2001 when he portrayed Andreo Rey in the episode “The Pretender” of the western action adventure “Queen of Swords”.
Alex then went on to appear in an episode or two of various series, before gaining recognition in 2007 after being cast to star as Felix Nash in the comedy drama “Bonkers”, alongside Liza Tarbuck and Mark Addy. The year 2008 saw him guest star in the episode “Green Widow” of the romantic comedy drama “Love Soup”, created by David Renwick and which starred Tamsin Greig and Montserrat Lombard. The story follows two people who might be perfect for one another, if only they would be aware of each other’s existence. It was nominated for five awards.
The following years saw Alex appear in an episode of a couple of series, including the crime drama “The Bill”, the action adventure drama “Legend of the Seeker”, and the mystery crime drama “Jo”.
The year 2013 saw him play Colin Nash in the crime drama “Life of Crime”, and in 2014 Alex guest starred as Simon Turner in two episodes of the mystery drama “Silent Witness”. His next role in a TV series came in 2017 ,when he portrayed Johannes Brandt in two episodes of the mystery drama “The Miniaturist”, and in 2018, he appeared in a single episode of the comedy drama “The Bisexual”.
Alex’s most recent role in a TV series has been in three 2019 episodes of the critically acclaimed action comedy “The Boys”, which stars Karl Urban, Jack Quaid and Antony Starr, and follows a team of people fighting against corrupt superheroes. The series is a hit, and has won five awards while it has been nominated for nine others, including a Primetime Emmy.
Alex has recently started shooting for the upcoming action adventure crime series “Cowboy Bebop”, based on the eponymous anime.
Roles in movies
Alex made his debut film appearance in 2001 with his role in the mystery crime drama “Hawkins”, but which failed to attract a lot of attention. He gained recognition in 2003 with his portrayal of Orderly in the historical adventure drama “Cold Mountain”, written and directed by Anthony Minghella, and which starred Jude Law, Nicole Kidman and Renee Zellweger. The movie follows a wounded soldier as he returns home to Cold Mountain in North Carolina after fighting in the American Civil War, and won 20 awards including an Oscar, while it was nominated for 101 other awards.
In 2008, Alex portrayed Nick in the horror “The Sickhouse”, which received poor reviews, and the following year saw him appear in the musical “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. The year 2012 saw him play a drug dealer in the crime thriller “The Grind”, and in 2014, Alex played The Player in the comedy “Miss in Her Teens”. His next notable performance was in the 2017 crime comedy drama “Suburbicon” which starred Matt Damon and Julianne Moore, and follows a family living in the ‘50s whose home has just been invaded. It won four awards and was nominated for eight others.
One of Alex’s most recent roles in movies has been in the 2019 historical thriller drama “The Red Sea Diving Resort”, written and directed by Gideon Raff, and which starred Mbulelo Grootboom, Sizo Mahlangu and Michael Kenneth Williams. It follows Israel’s attempt to rescue imprisoned Ethiopian Jewish refugees held in Sudan in 1979.
Awards and nominations
Alex has been nominated for three awards for his performance in “Two Down”, winning two. In 2015, he won an Artemis Award for Best Actor while he was also nominated for a Maverick Movie Award for Best Actor: Feature in the same year. In 2016, he was nominated for an iHOLLY International Film Festival Award for Best Film.
Love life and wife
Alex doesn’t like sharing the details of his personal life with the public, but it;’ known that he’s married to Emma King, an actress known best for her portrayal of Mary in the 2018 mystery crime drama “The Vanishing”. They haven’t talked about how and when they met, but many people believe that they met on the set of “Two Down” in 2014, and that they married after dating for around a year.
It appears that Alex and Emma have agreed not to have children but to rather focus on their careers.
Alex hasn’t talked about his past affairs but it is believed by many that he was once in a long-term relationship with a non-celebrity woman. According to rumors, they were engaged and had planned the wedding, but called it all off for unknown reasons.
As of January 2021, Alex is married to Emma King and they don’t have any children.
Hobbies and other interests
Alex is very passionate about theatre, and is the co-founder of The Factory Theatre Company. He has appeared in various plays – his most notable performance was that as “Henry V”.
He has worked with various charity organizations, and today supports the movement Black Lives Matter.
Alex has just recently realized he’s a fan of puzzles, and the largest he has managed to complete comprises 1,000 pieces.
He’s keen on travelling, and his career has taken him to various European countries while he’s also been to several US states as well as a couple of Asian countries. Alex’s favorite city out of those he has visited is Venice in Italy.
In his spare time, he likes to watch movies starring his favorite actor and actress Joaquin Phoenix and Meryl Streep, such as “Joker”, “The Gladiator” and “Her”.
Age, height and net worth
Alex’s age is 40. He has short brown hair and brown eyes, his height is 5ft 9ins (1.75m) and he weighs around 150lbs (68kgs).
As of January 2021, his net worth has been estimated at over $1 million.