Crissy Rock being interviewed on ITV's 'Daybreak' (2012)
23 September 1958
Liverpool, Lancashire, England
|Television||Benidorm (2007–12, 2014–)
I'm a Celebrity... (2011)
|Spouse(s)||Philip Shaw (1975 – ?) (divorced)|
|Children||Tracy Joyce Shaw
Crissy Rock (born Christine Murray; 23 September 1958) is an English award-winning actress, stand-up comedian, and best-selling author, most notable for her role as Maggie Conlan in the 1994 film Ladybird, Ladybird, and as Janey York in Benidorm whom she played from 2007, until 2011 when she was axed from the show. However, she returned in Episode 6 of Season 5, and is confirmed to return for series seven in 2014. She also appeared in I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! 2011. In December 2012, she appeared on Celebrity Come Dine With Me. For her performance in Ladybird, Ladybird, she won the Silver Bear for Best Actress award at the 44th Berlin International Film Festival.
Crissy also used to perform a daily stand-up comedy show in the UK cabaret club in Benidorm, which is situated below the Hotel Presidente until early 2011.
Crissy was born in south Liverpool in 1958 to Edward Murray and Margaret Bryan. As of September 2012 she lives in Sunderland. Her parents had married at St Nathaniel's Church of England church several months before her birth. Her grandmother Henrietta Pinnington was born in Garston in 1906 and her ancestral roots lay in Lancashire, Cheshire and Wiltshire.
Her best-selling autobiography This Heart Within Me Burns was published in 2011, and chronicles the ups and downs of her troubled life, including childhood abuse, violent relationships, bankruptcy and homelessness. The book made the top ten of the Sunday Times best-seller list for seven months and was released as a paperback in 2012 having hit 35,000 sales. The autobiography revived her career and Rock went onto make regular appearances on ITV's This Morning programme to discuss the book and her life.
Crissy started her career as a comedian in the late 1980s. She appeared nation-wide on Bob Monkhouse's BBC Television show Bob Says Opportunity Knocks, where she was given the highest marks for any comedy act on the series. Monkhouse said: "She has the art of timing and had me in stitches."
In 1991, following a period of ill health, Crissy returned to the stage, taking bookings on the club and cabaret circuit. Within months, she was voted runner up in the "Club Comedian of the Year" competition for the Merseyside area.
By 1993, her career had started to take off. She performed her act in clubs in Blackpool, Newcastle, Birmingham, Leeds, Sheffield, South Wales, and London. By 1994, Crissy was bill-topping at the Central Pier and the famous Blackpool Tower.
In 1998, Rock toured the United Kingdom in a drama called Shellfish, in which she played the role of the pivotal female role of Pat. The Guardian newspaper wrote: Pat is an utterly believable portrayal of a woman making a last grab at happiness.
In the mid-2000s, Crissy left the UK and relocated to Benidorm, where she established herself as a female stand-up comedian, playing ten shows a week.
Following the success of the TV show Benidorm she returned to the UK in 2008 and continued to perform her stand-up act in clubs around the country. Rock's comedy has been described as "outrageous" and "emotional".
In 2011, Rock released her debut DVD: Crissy Rock – Live!, recorded at Liverpool's Royal Court Theatre.
In December 2013, Rock appeared as the Wicked Queen in a production of Snow White at Liverpool's Epstein Theatre.
On 15 March 2014, Rock led the cast of new comedy Dirty Dusting at the Bedworth Civic Hall.
Film & Television
Rock's debut acting performance was as Maggie Conlan in Ken Loach's award-winning 1994 film Ladybird Ladybird. Loach later recalled: "I cannot think of anyone I have worked with who shines more brightly than Crissy Rock". Her performance won her numerous awards, including 'Best Actress' at the Berlin Film Festival (Tom Hanks won best actor), 'Best Actress' at London Film Critics Awards (Hugh Grant won Best Actor), and she also received a 'Best Newcomer' nomination in the Evening Standard Awards. American film critic Gene Siskel said on the CBS This Morning programme: "No Oscar ceremony will be complete without a nomination for this brilliant performance."
In 1996, she played Annie Greave in episode three of the BBC detective drama Dalziel and Pascoe, had a regular television role as nosy neighbour Anita Cartledge in the Granada soap opera Springhill , and starred alongside Julie Walters and Robert Lindsay in the BBC comedy play Brazen Hussies.
In 1999, Rock played alongside Pete Postlethwaite in the BBC crime drama Butterfly Collectors, Nancy Banks-Smith who, writing in The Guardian said: “Crissy Rock..just switch her on and watch her go”. This was the first of two plays in which she featured in that year, the other was as Jean Walton in Jimmy McGovern's BAFTA nominated Channel 4 play Dockers, with Ken Scott and Ricky Tomlinson. In the same year, she was acclaimed for her presenting debut on BBC TV's Millennium Night Show (with Michael Parkinson and Gaby Roslin).
In 2002, she worked with Ricky Tomlinson again, when she played Madame Flo in his six part BBC series Nice Guy Eddie. She also starred in a short film called Hero, which won the Hamburg and Dresden International Festivals in three categories, also the London International Film Festival for short subjects.
Following a five-year hiatus in acting, Rock was cast, without audition, in the two part Closure episode of Lynda La Plante's Trial & Retribution series for ITV in 2007. The following year, Plante cast her in another of her TV productions: The Commander. She said: "Crissy has a power of emotions that is so rare".
In 2008, York took on the role of loudmouthed hotel manageress Janey York in ITV's highly successful comedy series Benidorm, introducing her to a whole new audience.
In 2012, Rock filmed "The Air That I Breath", based on the 1970s TV series Hazell.
Over the years, Rock has appeared in various feature films, including Under the Skin, with Samantha Morton, Act of Grace, in which she played Leo Gregory's mother, and A Boy Called Dad. She is currently filming three new films: In Search Of The Miraculous, Death Of An Angel  and Still Waters.
Rock is a regular guest on chat and game shows in the UK. She has recently appeared on Loose Women, The Big Quiz, Daybreak, Mastermind, The Chase and Come Dine With Me.
I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!
On 8 December 2011, days after returning from Australia, she appeared on Gabby Logan's Channel 5 show Live with Gabby in which she reflected on her 19 days in the jungle, her weight loss and her DVD. She appeared alongside actress, Sarah Hadland.
Rock published her autobiography This Heart Within Me Burns in 2011. Ghost written by author Ken Scott, the book was a best-seller in Britain, and Rock went on a book signing tour to promote it. The sales for the hardback edition hit 35,000, and it was subsequently released in paperback. This Heart Within Me Burns was described as 'an inspirational piece of literature'.
Encouraged by this success, Rock teamed up with Ken Scott again to pen the first of a series of novels centring around fictional journalist Samantha Kerr. The first book, Revenge Is Sweeter Than Flowing Honey was published in February 2014. Ken Scott has recently written: "Look out for more Sam Kerr in the not too distant future", suggesting that there are more books in the pipeline.
|1994||Ladybird, Ladybird||Maggie Conlan|
|1995/2000||Peak Practice||Marion Daley/ Marion Richards|
|1996||Dalziel and Pascoe||Annie Greave|
|1996||Brazen Hussies||Sandra Delaney|
|2002||Nice Guy Eddie||Madame Flo|
|2007||Trial & Retribution||Sylvia Ryan|
|2008||The Commander||Adele Davis|
|2009||A Boy Called Dad||Chip Shop Woman|
|2011||I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!||Herself|
|2012||Celebrity "Come Dine With Me"||Herself|
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- "'Crissy's a rich film star and I'm a skint care worker . . . but we still go to bingo together' MUM-OF-TWO CRISSY ROCK, 39, WAS A PART-TIME BARMAID AND CLUB COMIC BEFORE SHE STARRED IN THE CONTROVERSIAL FILM LADYBIRD, LADYBIRD. NOW SHE'S IN CHANNEL 4'S SPRINGHILL AND BBC1'S BORN TO RUN. BUT HER BEST MATE IS STILL CARE WORKER MARGARET JONES, 41. THEY SPOKE TO HILARY KINGSLEY. PICTURES BY HOWARD WALKER. – Free Online Library". Thefreelibrary.com. 29 June 1997. Retrieved 31 July 2014.
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- Crissy Rock at the Internet Movie Database
- Unreality TV – News of Crissy Rock on I'm a Celebrity
- British Comedy Guide
- Benidorm at British TV Comedy