Married TV extras who met on the set of Doctors and have appeared on HUNDREDS of shows reveal their daughter, four, is now following them into the family business
You might never have met John and Neilum Walker, but their faces may well look familiar.
For the couple are prolific TV extras who have racked up thousands of appearances on some of Britain‘s biggest shows.
Mr and Mrs Walker, of the West Midlands, met playing a married couple on the set of Doctors in 2008 and tied the knot five years later after John‘s former co-star Suranne Jones encouraged him to pop the question.
Now the couple are being followed into the industry by their four-year-old daughter India, who has already landed roles including being cast as for a parody photo shoot.
John said: ‘My daughter has done a few jobs, photoshoots, as well as kids‘ costume websites. She has also starred in one of my films and was involved in a short film I was also part of.
‘I think her most standout role was playing Princes Charlotte in two photoshoots for Alison Steadman.‘
While the trio has not appeared as a family, John revealed his wife has played his daughter‘s on-screen babysitter. Neilum also accompanies India on set as her chaperone.
John added: ‘Sometimes India sees her mum or dad on television and that is always a nice surprise for her.‘
Mr Walker has been working in the film industry for more than 20 years, appearing predominantly in an extra on TV.
He said: ‘I think the best thing I‘ve done in the industry was working on Doctor Who. Being a huge fan myself, it was a dream come true.‘
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Among his other credits are The Bill, Shameless and Gavin and Stacey. Dozens of his appearances have been opposite Neilum as her on-screen husband or colleague.
He explained they are often booked together because they are married, which shows producers and directors they can work well together and will have good on-screen chemistry.
‘We‘ll get booked as detectives, doctors and other roles but a lot of the time, everyone else on set doesn‘t even know we‘re married,‘ he continued.
‘We spend a lot of time together when were on the same show, so we try to talk to other people separately rather than glue together for then day.
‘Being male and female, a mixed-race couple, and with a daughter that can work in the industry, it makes us quite employable for a mixture of roles.‘
The couple married in 2013 after Gentleman Jack after Suranne Jones encouraged John to pop the question while they were working on detective drama Scott and Bailey together.
‘Whilst we were on set, Suranne Jones kept telling my girlfriend that if I didn‘t set a wedding date soon, she should get rid of me,‘ he explained.
Work as an extra often means needing to travel across the country at short notice for a job, which can make family life tricky to balance.
But John said he and Neilum are fortunate as their backgrounds mean they both understand the industry.
He added: ‘We have a great balance because we all understand each other when we say we‘re not going to be home until late. Obviously not in India‘s case, who won‘t be home late.
‘I‘m sure we‘ll have many years to come working together on films and TV shows and having my daughter on set with us is a bonus.‘