Tonight’s The Wall Versus Celebrities features comedian and journalist Alex Brooker. Who is Alex Brooker and what is his disability?
The Wall celebrity guest: Alex Brooker
Croydon-born Alex Brooker is a journalist, television presenter and comedian.
He has worked frequently with Channel 4 as co-host of The Last Leg (with Josh Widdicombe and Adam Hills) and The Jump (with Davina McCall), and hosting The Superhumans Show.
Alex Brooker joined Leeds Rhinos’ Foundation Physical Disability Rugby League (PDRL) team in 2018.
Brooker’s work often deals with disabilities, especially the awkwardness that many people feel when discussing disabilities.
In May 2014, he fronted a campaign by disability charity Scope, called “End The Awkward”. The purpose of the campaign was to use comedy to highlight the difficulties many people have when thinking and talking about disabilities.
Tonight’s episode of The Wall will be Alex Brooker’s first time on the show.
What is Alex Brooker’s disability?
Brooker was born with what he describes as “hand and arm disabilities”. His hands joined in front of his body, or “stuck together”, and required surgical separation after birth. He was also born without one of the bones in his lower right leg.
Brooker’s right foot was amputated when he was 13 months old to avoid further complications later in life.
Over time, he told John Bishop, he has had a series of operations on his fingers and hands. Watch the conversation below.
In an interview with Disability Horizons, Brooker discusses an early challenge his parents had to face: education.
“I remember when I was younger, my mum was worried about me going into mainstream school”, Brooker told Emma Purcell. “She wanted to send me to a disability-based school.
“But my dad was very keen for me to go into mainstream schooling. So, that’s what happened. I was very lucky with all my teachers, right through from primary school to secondary school.”
Is Alex Brooker married?
They keep their private lives private. Lynsey once appeared with Alex on All Star Mr & Mrs, in November 2015. Since then, she has stayed out of the public eye.
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