Ex-Eastenders and Strictly Star Chris Parker On His Frustration With Law Firms’ A-Level Obsession

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After spending his 20s as an actor, rising to fame in Eastenders and Strictly Come Dancing (see below), Chris Parker decided he wanted to get serious and become a lawyer….

So he enrolled in a law degree at Birkbeck College, University of London, continued working doing TV presenting and voice-over work, and is set to graduate next year. But Parker has a problem. Because he got into acting young, he doesn’t have any A-levels. And we all know how beloved A-Levels are to law firms as a way of sifting TC applications.

Having scored high grades in his degree modules so far, Parker shares his frustration on the A-Level issue with solicitor Kevin Poulter and Legal Cheek editor Alex Aldridge (the trio are pictured below), before helping them understand the current trend for celebs to become lawyers

This podcast is also available on iTunes.



Decent podcast. Good luck to the guy.


Uncle Solicitor

“You do need to put a lot of hours into it.”

Indeed you do Sire. And a whole lot more too.

And if you think that law is ‘hard to get into’ then try becoming a Hollywood A List actor.



Northern accents are sooo annoying.



Why is Chris applying for training contracts when he could be applying for pupillage?

Solicitors, in my experience, can’t see past the papers – whereas a chambers just might be into his background.

Good luck to him – Birkbeck is highly regarded and he’s done well.


Uncle Solicitor

Hilarious. That doesn’t speak much for your experience then does it now Sire?


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