Video: Meet Leeds’s own professional zombie actor

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TERRIFYING people and chasing them around the streets of Leeds whilst dressed as the undead isn’t your average nine to five.

But blood, guts and gore are all part of the job for zombie-mad Alex Noble.

Alex Noble.

Alex Noble.

The 26-year-old is a professional zombie actor for the popular chase game 2.8 Hours Later – and even ditched his steady job in finance for the role.

Alex, who is originally from the Wetherby area and lived in Leeds, said: “I was mostly working in an office looking at spreadsheets and number-crunching.

“It was boring but a job’s a job.”

The game sees participants make their way around the city whilst ­trying to escape the clutches of a ravenous ­legion of zombies.

After volunteering at the first event in Leeds, Alex was soon hooked and organisers Slingshot snapped him up on a ­permanent contract.

“The hobby grew into a job and I love doing this. It barely feels like work.

“I’m a zombie three days a week and the other two days I’m in the office.

“I enjoy scaring people and have had some memorable reactions, from people having panic attacks, lying in the foetal position and leaping over 10ft walls to get away.

“But for me the best thing is the community around the game.

“We have a very close-knit group of people that travel around and you get to meet lots of nice people. I am yet to meet a bad egg!”

Alex now runs ‘zombie schools’ to train up other volunteers.

The selected recruits get vocal coaching and movement training before they are let loose on the game.

So, does Alex have any advice for budding zombies?

“Going to the gym and being good at running helps”, he says.

“Singing is also a good way to 
warm up because some of the ­zombie noises are quite strange.

“Just imagine you’re out on ­Briggate at 3am!”

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ONLY HERE FOR THE FEAR

The new version of 2.8 Hours Later is called Ruin and will see teams sprinting around the streets of Leeds trying to escape the clutches of flesh-eating zombies while trying to complete a daring rescue mission.

The popular pursuit game, by game designers Slingshot, has seen 60,000 people take part during its six-year run.

People can sign up as individuals or as a team for the events, which will be held in Leeds on July 23, 24, 25, 31 and August 1. Tickets start from £38 per person.

For more information or to buy tickets, visit www.2.8hourslater.com

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