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Extra appears in background of 200 television series

Background actor John Walker has appeared on television around 2,000 times in 200 series.

He started working as an extra in 1998 and has since featured in shows such as Doctor Who, Shameless and The Bill.

Doctor Who - 'The Snowmen': Matt Smith

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Carl Gallagher in Shameless

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In an interview with The Mirror, Walker said: "To make a good extra, you have to be good at blending into the background, not making big movements and having the ability to mime rubbish with no-one knowing."

He even met his future wife on the set of daytime soap Doctors, and the couple have been in many other shows together.

He once starred as a doctor in Hollyoaks, Coronation Street and Emmerdale all in the same week.

"You're not supposed to appear on rival soaps, but I did," he said. "I've done so much I'm on ITV3 every day. People often say, 'I saw you on TV last night'."

Despite playing a huge variety of roles, Walker chose to quit being an extra full-time last September to focus on his other job - working behind the fish counter at Tesco.

"I still do it part-time," he said. "It is a great chance to get away from real life, have fun and see some of the superstars.

"I love seeing myself in the background of the nation's favourite television shows."
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