Actor Don Gilet was born in 1967 in Walsall, West Midlands, England. He is a skilled break-dancer and disc jockey who first appeared on television in the children’s show, Playaway. He worked with actress Floella Benjamin on the show, and the two were reunited when they played mother and son in The Line of Beauty, a 2006 miniseries.
Don Gilet was seen in several television productions. One of the earliest appearances he made in his career was in the 1995 made-for-TV film Now What. This was followed by a guest spot in 1998’s Brothers and Sisters, as the character Martin Etienne. He later got a major role, playing Johnny Lindo on an episode of Babyfather. He was also seen in Casualty and as Biscuit in EastEnders: The Return of Nick Cotton. He continued his string of guest roles, joining the casts of Holby City, Time Gentlemen Please, Cutting It, Single Voices and Doctors. He soon got his most significant role, playing the lead detective in the series 55 Degrees North. In 2003, he was cast in episodes of Silent Witness and The Bill, and worked on the short comedy Belly Button the next year. He also played Leo Charles in The Line of Beauty and gained a prominent role in the Doctor Who special Christmas episode, titled “The Runaway Bride.” Gilet was next seen portraying the character Henry Hopkins in the TV film The Ruby in the Smoke. He later joined the cast of the series Meadowlands, accepting the role of Freddie Marcuse, the personal trainer and fitness expert at the Leisure Center. Afterwards, he made an appearance on the series Hotel Babylon, playing Brad Shelford in 2008. He soon became part of the popular BBC television soap opera, EastEnders. His character is that of Lucas Johnson, and made his first on-screen appearance in April of 2008. Gilet has also signed on to play D.S. Stone in Richard Johnstone’s crime comedy ShortFellas.
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