He became a star at the age of 10 when he was cast in Lionel Bart's musical Oliver! He played the title character in the multiple Academy Award-winning musical adaptation of Charles Dickens' novel.

After the poor reception of his film Crossed Swords Mark Lester gave up acting at the age of 19 and by the age of 28 he became an osteopathic physician.

He was a close friend of Michael Jackson from 1982 until the star's death this year, and says he may even be the biological father of MJ's daughter Paris Jackson.

Mark Lester is the godfather of Jackson's three children.