Originally an advisor on the drama series Hustle, Alexis Conran has more recently exercised his talents on BBC Three’s Real Hustle. His task is to hoodwink unsuspecting victims, demonstrating the various tricks and traps along the way.
A trained actor and magician (and the son of a convicted con-man), Alexis was arguably half way to becoming the perfect scam artist. Fortunately his own conscience led him away from the family business. He explains that any grifter must have charm and the ability to blend in and out, but most importantly possess a heart of stone.
As well as the Hustle shows, Alexis has made appearances on Hustling America and Discovery’s Man v Expert. He has helped BBC One’s Watchdog keep the public up-to-date with the latest scams - and how to avoid them. As an actor he’s appeared in Waking the Dead, Wire in the Blood, and The Durrells. He’s also hosted his own TalkRADIO show, The Radio Hustle, and is a Celebrity MasterChef champion. He also attempted to persuade his tech-sceptic friend Marcus Brigstocke of the virtues of gadgets on The Joy of Techs.
After dinner and in conferences Alexis uncovers various ingenious scams, from the elaborate to the simple, and what they can teach about security and our expectations. An ordinary high-visibility jacket turns out to be a key tool in the hustler’s arsenal. He also speaks candidly on the threats posed to business and the best way to protect ourselves against potential fraudsters, both in the real and the digital world.