Alex Caan (born as Fayyaz Ahmed), was a former high jumper at Iowa State University before going to London to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in 1998.

He appeared on Coronation Street during November and December 2006 as the Doctor who diagnosed and subsequently treated Cilla Battersby-Brown for skin cancer.

Other TV and film credits include minor roles in The Colour of Justice, Rockface, Doctors, Spooks, Holby City, The Last Enemy and Harley Street.

In October 2009 he was appointed as Britain's national event coach for the high jump in the run-up to the 2012 Olympic Games.