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7 things you didn't know about A Christmas Carol star Guy Pearce

Guy Pearce in A Christmas Carol
(Image credit: BBC/Scott Free/FX Networks)

From Ramsay Street to Hollywood, here is everything you need to know about Guy Pearce...

Guy Pearce will star as Ebenezer Scrooge in a new BBC adaptation of Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol this festive season, alongside Line of Duty's Stephen Graham.

The three-part series, written by Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight, promises to be a "spine tingling" adaptation of the festive ghost story, but how much do we know about the actor taking centre stage?

Guy Pearce in BBC1's A Christmas Carol

Guy Pearce in BBC1's A Christmas Carol, which begins on BBC1 this Sunday at 9pm (Image credit: BBC/Scott Free/FX Networks)

From Ramsay Street to Hollywood and A Christmas Carol... here are 7 things you didn't know about actor Guy Pearce.

1.Guy Pearce is still a fan of Neighbours

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Most soap fans will know Guy best for playing maths teacher Mike Young in Neighbours from 1986 until 1989. Not only was Mike best friends with the likes of Charlene Mitchell (played by Kylie Minogue) and Scott Robinson (Jason Donovan) he also had a romance with Jane Harris (Annie Jones), who recently returned to Ramsay Street and had a brief fling with Paul Robinson.

Speaking of the TV show that launched his career, Guy told The Guardian: "I feel really proud of it and thankful to have been a part of it. It's great. I love it because it gave me the chance to do other things."

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2. He's good friends with Jason Donovan

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As well as kickstarting is hugely successful career in film and television, Neighbours also gave Guy friends for life. He told The Guardian: "Jason and I still call each other Scott and Mike. He's still a really close friend and we went to Kylie's 50th, which was the first time the three of us had got together since Neighbours."

3. He has a very famous partner

Carice van Houten

Carice van Houten (credit: FilmMagic) (Image credit: FilmMagic)

Guy was married to Kate Mestitz, his childhood sweetheart, for 18 years before they went their separate ways in 2015. Guy then went on to meet his partner, actress Carice van Houten, who is better known to TV fans as Melisandre in Game of Thrones.

4. He became a dad at 50

Despite the fact he perviously said becoming a father wasn't on his agenda, Guy and Carice welcomed their son Monte into the world in August 2016. Guy splits his time between Melbourne where he often works, and Amsterdam where Carice and their son live.

He told The Guardian: "Being a father might teach me to be more patient, but it still feels relatively new. My heart is there, completely and utterly, but my brain is still steering the ship around."

5. He's not just an actor

Guy Pearce

Guy Pearce (Getty Images) (Image credit: Getty Images)

As well as having a hugely impressive acting CV with the likes of LA Confidential and Memento under his belt, Guy is also a passionate singer and songwriter. He released his first album Broken Bones in November 2014, and his second album, The Nomad, in 2018.

6. He used to be a body builder

Guy revealed on The Late Late Show with James Corden that he was once crowned Mr Junior Victoria in a body building competition when he was just 16 years old... "I have only ever entered on body building competition and I won it, I'm 100 per cent a winner!

7. He was born in England 

While Guy is a renowned Australian actor, he was actually born in Cambridgeshire and his mother is from County Durham. He moved to Australia when he was just three years old when his father took a job as a Chief Test pilot for the Australian Government Aircraft Factories.

Sadly when Guy was just eight years old his father died in an aviation accident, leaving behind Guy, his sister and their mother.

A Christmas Carol will air on BBC1 starting on Sunday 22nd December at 9pm.

Claire Crick
Claire Crick

Claire is Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch and has been a journalist for over 15 years, writing about everything from soaps and TV to beauty, entertainment, and even the Royal Family. After starting her career at a soap magazine, she ended up staying for 13 years, and over that time she’s pulled pints in the Rovers Return, sung karaoke in the Emmerdale village hall, taken a stroll around Albert Square, and visited Summer Bay Surf Club in sunny Australia. 

After learning some tricks of the trade at websites Digital Spy, Entertainment Daily, and Woman & Home, Claire landed a role at What’s On TV and writing about all things TV and film, with a particular love for Aussie soaps, Strictly Come Dancing and Bake Off

She’s interviewed everyone from June Brown — AKA Dot Cotton — to Michelle Keegan, swapped cooking tips with baking legend Mary Berry backstage at the NTAs, and danced the night away with soap stars at countless awards bashes. There’s not a lot she doesn’t know about soaps and TV and can be very handy when a soapy question comes up in a pub quiz! 

As well as all things soap-related, Claire also loves running, spa breaks, days out with her kids, and getting lost in a good book.