Joel’s Noel

North Norfolk is actor Joel Beckett’s home from home at Christmas, he told Tony Hall.

In this busy world it’s only natural for people to want to escape the rat race. For rest and relaxation they often gravitate to the country for holidays and, of course, for Christmas. For actor Joel Beckett, who has a home in the county, it’s naturally Norfolk.

Well-known for his roles on TV, including Jake Moon in EastEnders and Lee in The Office, Joel, born in Cambridge and educated at Bedford School, already had family links with Norfolk as his grandfather came to live in Brancaster in 1992. Joel, on leaving school, pursued his already great interest in acting, graduating from Leeds Metropolitan University and then doing a post graduate course for a year at The Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art, in London. “I got an agent and got my first-ever audition doing a commercial for Greene King beer,” said Joel.

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