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Joseph Absolom (born 16 December 1978 in Greenwichmarker, Londonmarker) is an Englishmarker actor best known for playing Matthew Rose in the popular BBC soap opera EastEnders and Al Large in Doc Martin.


Joe made 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 popular 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 wrongly imprisoned 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 Doc Martin and Vincent.

He has recently starred in The Bill this year and also as Benny, a violent loan shark in Casualty.

Personal Life

Joe lives with his girlfriend Liz and their daughter Lyla. Joe has been the Patron of Hill Park Autistic Trust since 2001. He will appear as a criminal in in upcoming Internet Crime Thriller Girl Number Nine, also starring Tracy Ann Oberman and Gareth David Lloyd



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 Jubilee Short film
The Story Of __ Baz


Year Show Role Notes
1992 The Bill Kevin Parsons 1 episode: Radio Waves
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
2006 & 2009 New Tricks Luke Hanson 2 episodes: Congratulations and The Last Laugh
2005-2006 Vincent PI Robert Series regular
2008 The Bill Mark Lawrence 2 episodes: We Are Family (Parts 1 & 2)
Poirot James Bentley 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
2004-2009 Doc Martin Al Large Series regular

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