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Max Beesley

Max Beesley

After careers in music and modelling, Max got his big acting break with the title role in The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling. Other credits include Hotel Babylon and Bodies.

What's he been in?

Max stars in Hotel Babylon, the drama series inspired by Imogen Edwards-Jones' exposé of the luxury hotel business. Max plays ambitious Charlie, the hotel's Deputy Manager.

Acting is Max's second career - during his late teens and early twenties he was a successful session musician and occasional model. A stint of training in the method acting technique in New York was followed by a traditional period of unemployment before Max landed the title role in mini-series The History of Tom Jones, A Foundling.

His well-received performance as sexy young rake Tom led to further work including lead roles of Wullie Smith in Scottish comedy The Match, alongside Isla Blair, Samantha Fox and Richard E Grant, and fleeing bank robber Charlie Anders in Kill Me Later, in which he performed opposite Selma Blair. He also appeared, as Antonio, in experimental film Hotel, directed by Mike Figgis, and played Hairy Neddy in an adaptation of Meera Syal novel Anita and Me.

It looked like Max's big Hollywood break had finally come when he was cast as shady DJ Julian "Dice" Black in Mariah Carey vehicle Glitter. Sadly for Max the film was a huge turkey which even won its leading lady a Razzie (Golden Raspberry Award) for Worst Actress!

Max also stars in BBC THREE's ethics committee-shocking medical drama Bodies. He's played grim young registrar Rob Lake in two series of this dark take on the modern NHS. Set in an Obstetrics and Gynaecology Department where office politics are taken a lot more seriously than patient care, Casualty it ain't!

Other BBC appearances for Max include guest-starring in series 2 of stylish con-merchant drama Hustle, as Jake Henry, the ex-husband of Stacie Munroe (Jaime Murray), and playing frustrated farmer Mark in GM conspiracy thriller Fields of Gold, alongside Anna Friel and Phil Davis.

Hotel Babylon is the second time Max has worked closely with Emma Pierson. He played alongside her as DC Jake Bannerman in Bloodlines, a two-part ITV drama about police officer Justine Hopkin (Emma Pierson) investigating her own father's murder. Other stars of the programme included Kevin McNally and Robert Pugh.

Did you know?

Max's musical education includes studies at Chetham's School of Music and the London Guildhall School of Music as well as a stint as a choirboy at Manchester Cathedral.

He's played as a session musician with artists such as Take That, Jamiroquai and George Michael.

Max can be seen playing keyboards on concert video Robbie Williams Live at Knebworth.

He is going out with Footballers' Wives star Susie Amy.

Max went out with ex-Spice Girl Mel B for several years, but the relationship ended in 2002. He's also dated TV presenter, and star of the iconic Boddingtons TV ads of the 90s, Melanie Sykes.

Personal Details 

He was born in 1971 in Burnage, Manchester.

His full name is Maxton Gig Beesley. His middle name is after the actor, Gig Young.

He's the son of jazz drummer Maxton Beesley and jazz singer Chris Marlowe.

Max's stepbrother is the actor Jason Milligan, who is married to Angela Griffin.

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