Alexander "Alex" Ellis was born in London UK to his British American father Thomas and Sweden Finn mother Anna. Alex's father was a drunk and died shortly after Alex's tenth birthday in a car accident while driving under the influence. He spent most of his formative years in London and his mother's hometown Göteborg and in London. They would also occasionally travel to Helsinki to visit his mother's relatives for a few weeks where he would learn bits and pieces of Finnish. From a young age, he was very caring and helpful to everyone he met.
Once Alex finished his lower education, he embarked on a journey to become a doctor. He studied abroad in Sweden and Finland and ultimately specialized in addiction psychiatry. After graduating, he worked in Helsinki and London as a psychiatrist mainly working in addiction psychiatry at several institutions and hospitals. After a few years of working, he slowly started developing an addiction of his own. On rough evenings and nights, he wouldn't go home but could be found at the local pub drinking. He never had a long lasting serious relationship, so he felt quite lonely at home. The pub was his escape from loneliness and he would make a lot of friends there, both in London and Helsinki.
Alex loved to travel, so he took a lot of time off his work to travel across Europe in the summer almost every year. He also attended a few conferences regarding his field of medicine. One of these conferences happened to be held in Novigrad, Chernarus, right around the time of the infection spreading. After the conference, he was stuck in Chernarus as the modes of transport started shutting down because of the infection. He followed the situation closely and fled to the wilderness after chaos ensued in the large cities. He would go on traveling across the country and settling down at some locations trying to help those in need. He even worked at a few somewhat functional clinics manned by a few nurses and doctors that were left alive after the apocalypse. His services were in quite high demand as addiction problems after the collapse of society, were running rampant, not to mention the other mental health issues contributing to the addiction problems.