24 June 1973 |
Kilburn, London, England, UK
Charles "Chucky" Venn (formerly known by the stage name Venice; born 24 June 1973, Kilburn, London, England) is an English actor, known for his roles as Curtis Alexander in Sky One's Dream Team, Tremaine Gidigbi in Footballers' Wives and Ray Dixon in EastEnders.
Born in London, he grew up on the tough Mozart estate, which was at the time a notorious inner-London sink estate. As a boy his passion was for athletics. He attended Hammersmith and West London College studying performing arts. He took a variety of roles as a jobbing actor, using the surname Venice. He got his big break in 2003 when he was cast as Curtis Alexander in the footballing drama Dream Team on the satellite channel Sky One. Initially only contracted to appear in two episodes, he became part of the regular cast, appearing in 98 episodes in all until the character was killed off in 2005.
Venn moved to another football drama the following year, appearing as the cuckolded 'alpha male' Tremaine Gidigbi in the final season of Footballers Wives.
In late 2006 Venn landed a role in the horror film sequel Return to House on Haunted Hill as Warren. He also had a small roles in Bourne Ultimatum, as Agent Hammond, and The Dark Knight, as bodyguards of one of the film's main villains, Gambol. He can also be seen in the music video "Twisted" by Fredi Kruga.
Venn guest starred in an episode of the series Little Miss Jocelyn, which aired in January 2008. Venn was also seen on an episode in the third season of Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List where Kathy visits the UK and the pair go on a date. His on-screen time lasted just over a minute, and he was subtitled throughout when the episode aired 17 July 2007. Prior to the Hull City-Tottenham Hotspur game on Setanta Sports on 23 February, Venn performed a strange monologue.
Venn is noted for having a muscular physique, and regularly works out, citing sex and running as his favourite cardio-vascular activities. He also states he puts in extra time at the gym for roles which require a degree of nudity.
He appeared in the play The Brothers by Angie Le Mar at the Hackney Empire for several short runs from 2005. It was televised by MTV Base in March 2009 with Venn, MC Harvey and Jason Barrett in the line-up.
Venn joined the cast of BBC One soap EastEnders in the role of Ray Dixon, the father of Morgan Jackson-King, in November 2011, appearing in the series from 10 January 2012. He departed the show on 28 May 2013.
- "Chucky Venn: Working hard to live his dream". Flavourmag. 2009-04-20. Retrieved 2013-05-21.
- "A day in the life of Khali Best: Part 1" (video). EastEnders. BBC Online. Retrieved 23 May 2013.
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- "Chucky Venn, Harvey & Jason Barrett star in The Brothers". Flavourmag. 2009-03-19. Retrieved 2013-05-21.