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24 September 2014
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Kris MarshallKris Marshall
Kris Marshall hails from the Cotswolds, but spent time in his childhood in Canada and Hong Kong. After Wells Cathedral school and failing his 'A'-levels, he changed his name to Kris with a 'K', which he now describes as a 'youthful indiscretion'.

He scraped into Redroofs stage school and then worked in children's theatre in Ascot. This led to touring productions of Agatha Christie, and then to a play called Journey's End above a London pub. This proved to be a turning point, however, as he finally secured an agent.

He secured the role that really brought him recognition in 2000. As Nick, the gormless, irritating son in the BBC sitcom My Family, he garnered public acclaim. Marshall scooped the Best Newcomer prize at the 2002 British Comedy Awards. He commented on the accolade in an interview with The Guardian in 2004.

'You could feel it in the room…A guy from a sitcom - a nice, nambypamby, middle-of-the-road, pre-watershed sitcom, not too much swearing, Granny likes it, so do the kids - walks in and grabs best newcomer. It was a gift and a poisoned chalice. A lot of people were very nice; a lot of people were not so nice.'

Roles followed in the feature films The Four Feathers and Love Actually, and in ITV's Dr Zhivago. In 2004, he achieved leading man-status as Luke Stone in the drama Murder City, also starring Amanda Donahoe.

Marshall is currently filming the sitcom My Life In Film which is due to air in mid-2004.

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