Ben Hull in After Life has a soap past
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Yes, Jack in After Life IS Ben Hull from Hollyoaks – here’s what else he’s done

He's had a varied acting career

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Former soap actor Ben Hull appears in Ricky Gervais’ Netflix series After Life as Jack.

Viewers will doubtless recognise the 49-year-old thanks to his illustrious past in some of the country’s biggest soaps.

What has Ben appeared in… where do you recognise him? Here’s something to jog your memory.

Ben Hull in After Life has a soap past
Ben as Jack in After Life (Credit: Netflix)

Who does Ben Hull play in After Life?

Throughout the series Ricky’s character Tony tries to find a way forward after the death of his wife, Lisa.

One of the ways he does this is develop a touching friendship with care home nurse Emma (played by Ashley Jensen).

There’s a touch of the will-they-won’t-theys about them, but in the end they decide to stay friends.

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And as they do this, Emma meets a childhood pal called Jack, played by Ben.

Emma hasn’t seen wine merchant Jack for 30 years, but when they bump into each other he suggests they hook up.

The nurse, who’s also trying to find meaning in her own life, takes him up on his offer.

In the finale, she introduces Jack to Tony.

Ben Hull in After Life has a soap past
Jack and Emma hit it off in After Life (Credit: Netflix)

Where have you seen Ben Hull from After Life before?

Ben is veteran character actor who has appeared in a number of soaps down the years.

He got his big break when he landed the role of bad boy Lewis Richardson in Hollyoaks.

Upon landing the role in 1995, Ben said: “As soon as I heard about the show – and this was before it was actually aired – I thought it had enormous potential, and I really wanted to be part of it.”

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When he decided to leave Hollyoaks in 2001, producers decided to kill the character off, and that meant a dramatic and controversial suicide storyline.

Ben said in interviews at the time: “When the producer outlined the story of Lewis’s self-destruction, my reaction was, ‘Brilliant!’

“Lewis was a good bloke for most of the time, but he’s always been involved in something a little bit dodgy.

“I think we’ve all seen that before, so for me it was better to do something totally unexpected and challenging, rather than just fade away.”

One newspaper called Lewis’s end as “a shocking soap storyline as graphic as any ever seen on TV”.

Ben Hull in After Life has a soap past
Ben as Lewis in Hollyoaks (Credit: YouTube)

What else has Ben been in?

A year after his exit from Hollyoaks, Ben joined another Scouse soap – Brookside.

Playing Dr Gary Parr, he stayed in the iconic Channel 4 show for a year.

He then moved on to Casualty (where he played Dale Charters), Family Affairs and Doctors.

Ben also appeared in Casualty spin-off, Holby City, playing Derwood Thompson for six years from 2012.

Known affectionately as ‘Mr T’, the obstetrician and gynaecologist enjoyed an on-off relationship with Mo Effanga.

Ben Hull in After Life has a soap past
Ben with wife Anna and their daughters (Credit: SplashNews.com)

Is Ben married and does he have children?

Ben married fellow actress Anna Acton in 2002.

Speaking about their relationship to MyBaba.com, he said: “We first met on Channel 5’s soap Family Affairs.

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“It’s great that Anna is also an actor as we both understand completely the stresses and strains of the job: The hardest part of being an actor isn’t the acting, it’s how you survive in-between jobs.”

They are parents to two daughters, Lana and Grace.

“Along with managing to convince Anna that marrying me was a good idea, [becoming a dad] was by far the best thing that’s ever happened to me.

“I feel blessed to have such wonderful, funny and lovely girls who make every day a joy.”

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