Alan Fletcher (born 30 March 1957) is an Australian actor of stage, television and film. He is also a musician. He is best known for his role as Karl Kennedy in long-running soap opera Neighbours, and Harry Stinson, Kim’s adoptive father in Lift Off. Along with co-star Jackie Woodburne who plays his wife, they are two of the series most popular and longest serving cast. Fletcher is also the 3rd longest serving actor in an Australian television serial, after Home and Away actors Ray Meagher and Lynne McGranger
Fletcher was born in Perth, Western Australia, and attended Wesley College in Perth, his first widely seen role was in police drama Cop Shop from 1982 until production ceased the following year. Prior to this, he appeared in a few episodes of the US series The Love Boat (1981) and various Australian feature films, TV movies, and miniseries including Fran and Mercy Mission. He briefly acted in Neighbours in 1987 as Greg Cooper, a run-down, dishonest boxer working in Jim Robinson‘s (Alan Dale) garage. In 1994, Fletcher successfully auditioned for the role of Karl Kennedy in the soap, a role which he continues to play.
In 2005, Fletcher starred as Henry Higgins in a production of My Fair Lady at the Melbourne Comedy Theatre. He is also a prominent member of the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance, a role which saw him become a vocal critic of the 2004 US-Australia Free Trade Agreement, including an appearance on the political talk-show Meet the Press.
In 2011, Fletcher spent time in Old Melbourne Gaol to raise money for the charity Whitelion. In order to break out, Fletcher and fellow Neighbours cast members Stefan Dennis, Jordy Lucas and Valentina Novakovic had to each raise $1,000.
In May 2013, along with Saskia Hampele, he presented the award of Best Newcomer to Joseph Thompson at the British Soap Awards. Fletcher appeared in a documentary special celebrating Neighbours‘ 30th anniversary titled Neighbours 30th: The Stars Reunite, which aired in Australia and the UK in March 2015.