An update on his health and well-being!
Australian actor, singer-songwriter and musician Alan Fletcher was born on March 30, 1957 in Sydney.
Fletcher, best known for his role as Karl Kennedy on the soap opera Neighbours, is married to Jackie Woodburne, who played his sister on Cop Shop.
Along with Home and Away actors Ray Meagher and Lynne McGranger, Fletcher is the third-longest-serving actor in an Australian television series.
After graduating from Wesley College and moving to Perth to pursue his acting career, Fletcher appeared in Cop Shop from 1982 until the show ended in 1983. An earlier role in the American sitcom The Love Boat (1981) as well as several Australian feature films, TV movies and mini-series such as Fran and Mercy Mission preceded his role in this one.
As Greg Cooper, a dishonest boxer who works in Jim Robinson’s (Alan Dale) garage, appeared on Neighbors for a brief period in 1987. Fletcher starred as Karl Kennedy on the soap opera in 1994 and was play the role since.
At the Melbourne Comedy Theater in 2005, Fletcher portrayed Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady. The Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance considers him a prominent member, and it was in this capacity that he expressed his disapproval of the US-Australia Free Trade Agreement of 2004, which he did on the political talk show Meet the Press.
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In Call Girl the Musical, where he played Frank McGee, and in Peter Pan at His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen, where he played Captain Hook.
Raising money for the Whitelion charity forced Fletcher to spend a night in Melbourne’s Old Jail in 2011. Stefan DenisJordy Lucas and Valentina Novakovic were each expected to raise $1,000 to help Fletcher out of Neighbors.
He and Saskia Hampele presented the British Soap Awards Best Newcomer award to Joseph Thompson in May 2013. In March 2015, Fletcher appeared in Neighbors 30th: The Stars Reunite, a documentary commemorating the show’s 30th anniversary in Australia and in the UK.
“People are going to be shocked,” said Alan Fletcher of Neighbors when asked about his condition.
According to the soap opera’s official Twitter account, Fletcher responded to the criticism. “A lot of fans expressed a little concern about my health on the internet and there were also media requests so I just wanted to put something to rest,” he tweeted in response.
He went on to say, “I’m fine, working on Neighbors and having a great time. I am in good shape.
“However, I can tell you that I suffer from a condition known as alopecia areata.”
As the American Academy of Dermatology Association explains, alopecia areata is a condition that occurs when the body attacks its own hair follicles (AAD).
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It can lead to hair loss on any part of the body, including the scalp.
A round or oval bald spot appears on the scalp of many people who are diagnosed with alopecia areata, according to the article’s conclusion.
Chris Rock joked about Jada Pinkett Smith’s alopecia diagnosis at the Oscars, poking fun at her hair loss.
A swipe at her husband and Best Actor winner Will Smith led to him slapping the comedian onstage during the awards show.