Alexis Conran, television and radio presenter, actor and magician is best known known as the man who identifies, uncovers and helps us to protect our businesses and ourselves, against scams and fraud.
As writer and presenter of The Radio Hustle on TalkRADIO and the highly acclaimed BBC TV show, The Real Hustle Alexis is in the rare position of being able to advise and educate, even the most foolhardy, on issues surrounding security and risk (in the real and virtual world), and identify the human behaviour, communication skills and confidence tricks that the world’s top scammers rely on to achieve their unscrupulous aims.
As the star of BBC3's hugely popular show The Real Hustle and other shows such as Hustling America (Channel 5) and The Mind Control Freaks (Discovery), Alexis has turned the world of scamming into an entertaining art form and is acknowledged both as a uniquely talented performer and someone with whom you do not want to be playing cards.
Born in Paris, but raised in Athens, Greece, at age 16 Alexis came to London to study acting. After graduating from LAMDA and pursuing a career in acting, Alexis followed a curious desire to study the art of magic. Within three years he was working as a professional magician specialising in card cheating. He started performing at exotic, celebrity-fuelled private parties around the world.
In 2003, he was part of a team asked to advise the writers and actors on the hit TV series Hustle for the BBC. His extensive knowledge of hustling, pickpockets and con artists gave the show an authenticity that didn't go unnoticed. Following this, Alexis was asked to star in a new TV show for the BBC, The Real Hustle which, since its debut in 2005 and demise in 2012 became one of BBC3's flagship series. Alexis is also the co-writer of the show.
In 2007 he was part of a magic special for BBC1 called Don’t Miss A Trick and in 2010 was extensively involved as a consultant producer from the very early stages on both series of The Magicians (BBC1), Derren Brown: The Great Art Robbery (Channel 4), Breaking Magic (Discovery) and Troy (Channel 4 / E4).
In 2012, The Real Hustle broadcast it's 11th series having completed more than 100 episodes and over 450 scams, making it one of the most successful series on the BBC. 2012 also saw Alexis' first solo project Gambling Addiction And Me – The Real Hustler, a documentary on gambling addiction.
In 2013, Alexis created his next TV format, Hustling America. The show saw him travel across America following in the footsteps of history's greatest hustlers to see if his skills in deception and magic will allow him to pull off the hardest cons of all time. Since the show's sale to the National Geographic Channel it has been broadcast around the world.
And proving that his talents stretch further than hustling, Alexis was crowned winner of Celebrity MasterChef 2016, drawing on his Greek heritage he brought traditional Grecian plates to the table, the success of this won him the crown.
2017 saw Alexis launch a new series for digital channel Dave, with best friend and comedian Marcus Brigstocke, called The Joy of Techs. He continues to regularly host The Radio Hustle for TalkRADIO every Saturday afternoon and present news segments in Shop Smart, Save Money for Channel 5.