Character Bios

Al Large

Played by Joe Absolom

Character Bio:

Al lives with his father Bert and is co-owner of the Large Restaurant with his Dad. Al was trained as plumber just like his Dad then decided to study computer maintenance. After a time abroad in Africa, Al started working at his Dad’s restaurant.

Al’s girlfriend is Pauline, Doc Martin’s receptionist and phlebotomist. Al also dated her cousin Elaine before she dumped him and left for Pompey.

Actor Bio:

Joseph Absolom is an English actor best known for playing Matthew Rose in the popular BBC soap opera EastEnders and Al Large in Doc Martin.

Absalom, a former pupil of Forest Hill School, made early appearances in the Sun-Pat peanut butter advertisements before making his acting debut with the 1991 film Antonia and Jane which was followed by roles in several television series such as The Bill, Dangerfield and Silent Witness.

He joined the BBC soap opera EastEnders in 1997. The storyline which gained him recognition was the Saskia Duncan murder storyline in 1999 when his character Matthew Rose was framed for the murder by the real culprit Steve Owen (played by Martin Kemp). His character's last appearance aired in February 2000, and he won the Best Actor Award at the British Soap Awards. On several occasions, there has been press speculation that Absolom will return to EastEnders, but he has insisted that he has no intention of ever returning to the show.

Since leaving EastEnders, he played the leading role in the 2002 British horror film Long Time Dead and has played supporting roles in ITV television series such as Vincent.

He is perhaps best known for his principal role in Doc Martin playing Bert Large's son Al. The part, since the series began, has won him critical acclaim.

He guest starred in The Bill between 1992 and 2009, and as Benny, a violent loan shark in Casualty. He appeared as a criminal in the internet crime thriller Girl Number Nine, also starring Tracy Ann Oberman and Gareth David Lloyd.

Joe won a celebrity version of TV show game show Total Wipeout which aired on 18 September 2010, receiving £10,000 for charity.


Joseph Absolom's IMDb page


Other Characters

Doc Martin

Dr. Martin Ellingham

Martin Clunes

Doc Martin Video

Louisa Glasson

Caroline Catz

Doc Martin Video

Bert Large

Ian McNeice

Doc Martin Video

Al Large

Joe Absolom

Doc Martin Video

Joan Norton

Stephanie Cole

Doc Martin Video

Pauline Lamb

Katherine Parkinson

Doc Martin Video

PC Joe Penhale

John Marquez

Doc Martin Video

Mrs. Sally Tishall

Selina Cadell

Doc Martin Video

Ruth Ellingham

Eileen Atkins

Doc Martin Video

Morwenna Newcross

Jessica Ransom

Doc Martin Video

Baby Ellingham

a Baby

Elaine Denham

Elaine Denham

Lucy Punch