Tesco worker is UK's most prolific TV extra

Tesco worker John Walker has been revealed as the UK's most prolific TV extra.

Extra extra: John Walker making an appearance in Coronation Street (Credit: SWNS)

The 40-year-old has clocked up a staggering 2,000 appearances in more than 200 of the nation's best-loved dramas, soaps and comedies over the past 14 years.

John's roles have included a bandaged patient in 'Casualty', a rioter on 'The Bill', a crime officer on 'Midsomer Murders' and a paramedic in 'EastEnders'.

The supermarket worker, from Dudley in the West Midlands, has also been a doctor in 'Hollyoaks', 'Coronation Street' and 'Emmerdale'  - all in the same week - despite being asked not to work on rival soaps.

John believes he has done so much work as an extra that he appears at some point on TV every single day.

Extra pair of hands: John pops up in Emmerdale (Credit: SWNS)

He said: "People often say 'I saw you on TV last night' – I think I've done so much I’m on ITV3 every day. One week I'll be playing a criminal in 'Shameless', the next week I'm a police officer."

The TV extra, who picks up between £80 and £280 for a day's work, also revealed that he met his fiancée, a fellow extra, on the set of daytime drama 'Doctors' five years ago:

"It might not make me millions but it's fantastic that I met my future wife through my work.

"While I was doing my lines I looked off camera and saw her - she was the most beautiful woman I'd ever seen. Straight away off screen we hit it off instantly."

The pair have gone on to appear together on shows including 'Shameless', 'Casualty', 'Misfits' and 'Gavin And Stacey', while bosses on 'Midsomer Murders' have given them a regular role as a policing pair. 

Extra-terrestrial: John making one of several appearances in Doctor Who (Credit: SWNS)

John started working as an extra after he spotted an advert to appear in a 'Doctor Who' spin-off show for video called 'Auton 2' in 1998.

He enjoyed the work so much that he signed up to an acting agency in Bristol, putting himself forward for dozens of roles. At his peak in 2005, he was acting as an extra on television sets once a week full-time but he quit full-time roles last September to work at Tesco.

Speaking about the secret of his success, John added: "To make a good extra you have to good at blending in the background, not making big movements and having the ability to mime rubbish with no-one knowing."

John Walker in EastEnders
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Wed, Feb 13, 2013 13:00 GMT