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 played Liam Murphy in Channel Seven's Home and Away and was the host of The World's Strictest Parents. In 2015, Whitehead plays the role of Davis, a musician, in the critically acclaimed Showtime series, Shameless. sho.com/sho/shameless/home
In 1999 Whitehead was accepted into the Victorian College of the Arts to study Jazz Improvisation. Then toured Australia and China was various bands. He 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 traveled the world interviewing artists such as Beyonce, Justin Timberlake, Oasis and Duran Duran.
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.
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 hosted 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 Whitehead 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 also departed in 2013.
Axle then moved to LA. After 18 months as an out of work actor, he landed a role in season 5 of the critically acclaimed series Shameless (showtime). theage.com.au
He played an Australian rock singer named Davis, a love interest of Fiona's. As at 12 March 2015, he has appeared in the first 4 episodes of season 5 and a brief appearance in episode 8 sho.com/sho/shameless/home.
In 2014, Whitehead was the runner-up in the Heath Ledger scholarship. australiansinfilm.org/latest_news/3049935
Cleo Bachelor Of The Year:
On 22 April 2009, Whitehead 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."
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