"I get out and exercise, eat well and enjoy an odd glass or two of affordable wine when I can."
Born Christopher John Chittell in Aldershot on May 19, 1948. His father served in the Indian Army. Christopher's first acting role was at the age of 19 in the film To Sir, with Love (1967). The following year he appeared as a Trooper in The Charge of the Light Brigade.
The jobbing actor went on to have small roles on TV in Look and Read, Freewheelers, Paul Temple, Harriet's Back in Town, Man About the House, The Tomorrow People and Tucker's Luck. In the early 1980s, Chittell was a struggling actor, living in a mobile home with his wife and running a gift shop in Devon to try to make ends meet. He often had to hitchhike part of his way to auditions. All that changed in 1986 when he was cast a loveable rogue Eric Pollard in Emmerdale. He has been on the show ever since and is the longest serving cast member.