Axle Whitehead (born 16 December 1980; Melbourne, Australia) is a former Australian Video Hits TV host and current singer, musician, and actor. In 2008, he released his first studio album Losing Sleep which debuted outside of the ARIA top 50. He also plays Liam Murphy in Channel Seven's Home and Away and is the host of The World's Strictest Parents.
In 1999 Axle Whitehead was accepted into the Victorian College of the Arts to study Jazz Improvisation. Then toured Australia and China was various bands. Axle Whitehead was originally a contestant on the first series of Australian Idol in 2003. He failed to win the competition but made it into the top twenty. After being spotted on Idol, he was hired to host the Television music show, Video Hits on Network Ten, hosting from 2004 to 1 November 2006. He travelled the world interviewing artist's such as Beyonce, Justin Timberlake, Oasis and Duran Duran.
Axle Whitehead's debut single "I Don't Do Surprises" was released on radio during January 2008, debuting at #8 on the ARIA Charts in Australia on 17 March 2008. Also reaching No.1 of Australian ITunes charts. It has also received airplay on Nova radio and surfaced on TV advertisements for popular Channel 10 shows House and Women's Murder Club, and Channel 7's Home and Away, being described as a cross between Coldplay and Robbie Williams. His debut album, Losing Sleep was mixed by UK mixer, David Treahearn and released through Roadshow Music on 22 August 2008. Whitehead made his return to Video Hits on 24 February 2008, and to Australian Idol on 5 September 2008, though only as a guest to promote his debut album. The third single off Losing Sleep, Satellite has received significant play on Channel V and Video Hits.
Axle Whitehead has also become the face of upmarket clothing brand 'Marcs'. His image has appeared on buses and print advertisements for the summer/autumn campaign.
Whitehead's first acting roles were minor parts in the television series The Secret Life of Us, and the 2003 film, Ned Kelly. After taking acting lessons for eighteen months, Whitehead auditioned for a role in Home and Away, which he described as "such a great place to learn and hone your skills". He joined the cast for fifteen episodes as rocker Liam Murphy, and later signed to be a regular cast member. Whitehead based his portrayal of the rocker on experiences of close friends, and said "you have to find a balance between putting yourself into it and not being too cheeky."
Whitehead also hosts Seven Network's The World's Strictest Parents.
In 2010, Whitehead was short-listed to host The X Factor Australia, but lost out to fellow Home and Away colleague Luke Jacobz.
It was confirmed that Axel was departing Home and Away to do a bike tour and also to expand his acting career, he filmed final scenes in 2013 along with Colleague Luke Mitchell who is also departing in 2013.
Cleo Bachelor Of The Year:
On 22 April 2009, Axle was announced Cleo Bachelor Of The Year, beating competition from sportsmen, actors and other personalities. Sarah Oakes, Cleo Editor-in-chief denied the claims that Whitehead won as a direct result of a self-marketing ploy; "He is that perfect combination of good looks, charm, charisma and the kind of guy you'd be really happy to take home and introduce to your mum."