Kym Marsh

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Kym Marsh
Kym Marsh, Manchester Arndale.jpg
Marsh opening a clothes shop at the Arndale Centre in Manchester
Born Kimberley Gail Marsh
(1976-06-13) 13 June 1976 (age 38)
Whiston, Merseyside, England
Other names Kym Ryder
Kym Lomas
Occupation Actress, singer, songwriter
Years active 2001–present
Home town Garswood, St Helens, Merseyside, England
Television Coronation Street
Spouse(s) Jack Ryder (m. 2002–09)
Jamie Lomas (m. 2012–14)
Children David (born 1995)
Emilie (born 1997)
Archie (Born 2009 - died 2009)
Polly (born 2011)
Musical career
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2001–2003
Labels Island Records
Associated acts Hear'Say

Kimberley Gail Marsh (formerly Ryder and Lomas;[1] born 13 June 1976)[2] is an English actress and former singer and songwriter, best known as a member of Coronation Street. Marsh rose to prominence in 2000 after winning Popstars with the band Hear'Say before leaving the group in 2002. She then started a solo career with her album Standing Tall which spawned two top ten singles. In 2010, Marsh participated in the first series of Popstar to Operastar.

In 2006, Marsh joined the cast of the long-running ITV soap opera Coronation Street, where she plays Michelle Connor.

Early life[edit]

Marsh was born in Whiston, Merseyside and raised in Garswood, in the Metropolitan Borough of St Helens, Merseyside.

Music career[edit]


Main article: Hear'Say

In late 2000, Marsh auditioned for the ITV talent show Popstars.

Marsh was one of the five chosen singers for the newly formed Hear'Say, along with four others Danny Foster, Myleene Klass, Suzanne Shaw, and Noel Sullivan.

In March 2001, Hear'Say released their first single "Pure and Simple", a cover of a track by Girl Thing. The song went straight to number one on the UK Singles Chart in March 2001, selling just under 550,000 copies. The group then released their second single, "The Way to Your Love", in June 2001. The song became their second consecutive number one single and shortly after toured the country.

In January 2002, Marsh announced that she was leaving Hear'Say, later revealing she often fought with Myleene Klass and Noel Sullivan. Auditions were held to find Marsh's replacement, however the group split up ten months later in October 2002.

On 14 March 2014, whilst appearing on an episode of Channel 4 programme, 8 Out of 10 Cats, Marsh admitted that she had not been friends with Shaw "for years".

Standing Tall[edit]

Main article: Standing Tall

Prior to her time in Hear'Say, Marsh had provided session vocals for artists including Matt Darey DJ having recorded several songs, Hemstock & Jennings. She sang in Norwegian for their track "Arctic" which caught the attention of Paul van Dyk and was remixed and re-recorded with additional vocals from Jan Johnston. The track was released in the UK via Positiva and reached No. 14 in the UK charts[3][4]

After a while out of the spotlight, Marsh signed a solo record deal with Island Records. Her first single, "Cry", went to number two in the UK Singles Chart, and her second single "Come on Over" made number 10.

In July 2003, Marsh released her début solo album, Standing Tall, which contained three solo singles and twelve other tracks. Marsh's make-or-break third single, "Sentimental", stalled at number 35 resulting in her being dropped by her record label.

Marsh has said that she would like to return to music one day, but said "Right now I'm focusing on Corrie, and I am putting all my effort into it"


In early 2006, Marsh entered Making Your Mind Up to pick a singer and song for the Eurovision Song Contest with a song called "Whisper to Me". Marsh came fourth in the contest, losing out to winner Daz Sampson.

Television career[edit]

Marsh made her television acting debut in a 2005 episode of BBC One soap opera Doctors, playing a character called Ruth Parry.

In 2006, after playing prostitute Kay Price in one episode of Channel 4 late night soap Hollyoaks: In the City, Marsh joined the cast of Coronation Street playing Michelle Connor on 3 April 2006.[5]

On 14 December 2008, she appeared as a presenter on The X Factor final. She presented for Alexandra Burke in North London, Burke's Home town. Burke went onto win the show.

Popstar to Operastar[edit]

Main article: Popstar to Operastar

In January 2010, Marsh participated in the first series of Popstar to Operastar. She was voted out in the fifth week along with Marcella Detroit after receiving 13.5% of all public votes.

Week Air Date Song Public vote Result
1 15 January 2010 "Si Un Jour" 12.1% Safe
2 22 January 2010 "Libiamo ne'lieti calici" 19% Safe
3 29 January 2010 "Habanera" 13.3% Safe
4 5 February 2010 "Nella Fantasia" 24.0% Safe
5 12 February 2010 "Pie Jesu" 13.5% Eliminated

Guest appearances[edit]

In August 2011, Marsh took part in a celebrity edition of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?.[6]

On 26 May 2013, Marsh took part in a celebrity edition of Catchphrase.[7][8][9]

On 16 June 2013, Marsh took part in an episode of Tipping Point: Lucky Stars.[10]

On 11 April 2014, Marsh took part in a celebrity episode of The Cube[11][12]

On 2 November 2014, Marsh appeared in a celebrity episode of The Chase.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Marsh married former EastEnders actor Jack Ryder in St Albans, Hertfordshire, on 10 August 2002. It was announced on 20 March 2008 that the couple had decided to separate and was looking to divorce.[14] Marsh and Ryder announced their divorce on 12 August 2009.[15] Marsh has a son named David (born 1995) and daughter named Emilie (born 1997).

Marsh had been dating Hollyoaks actor Jamie Lomas since July 2008.[16] They married in Cheshire in September 2012.[17] She and Lomas announced that they were expecting a baby in 2009.[18] Their son, Archie Jay Lomas, was born 18 weeks early on 11 February and died moments after birth. Marsh stated "Archie is our beautiful angel and we will miss him so much. Thank you all for your support."[19] On 23 March 2011, Marsh gave birth to daughter Polly.[20] Marsh filmed a documentary for ITV about premature births, called Born Too Soon and,in late 2010 spoke at and helped organise a gala to raise money for special care baby charity Bliss.

On 3 October 2012, Marsh confirmed that she will no longer be known as Kym Marsh and henceforth as Kym Lomas. In October 2013, Marsh filed for divorce citing unreasonable behaviour. Their divorce was finalised on 10 January 2014.[21]


Main article: Kym Marsh discography


With Hear'Say
List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
"Pure and Simple" 2001 1 3 1 29 Popstars
"The Way to Your Love" 1 10 44
"Everybody" 4 23 Everybody
"Lovin' Is Easy" 2002 6 31 Non-album single
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
UK[27] IRE
"Cry" 2003 2 22 Standing Tall
"Come on Over" 10 11
"Sentimental" 35 53
"Today" (with Evil Angel) 2004 43 72 Non-album single

Awards and nominations[edit]



  • Won Best TV Soap Personality at the TRIC Awards
  • Won Best Celeb Mum at the Tesco Awards
  • Won Favourite Actress at the TV Now Awards
  • Won Best Dressed Soap Star at the Inside Soap Awards


  • Won Bounty Celebrity Mum of the Year


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  2. ^ – birth registration details
  3. ^ "The home of music". Retrieved 31 December 2011. 
  4. ^ "Chart Log UK: Asher D – Dyverse". Retrieved 31 December 2011. 
  5. ^ "Michelle Connor | Characters | Coronation Street". Retrieved 26 March 2014. 
  6. ^ "Categories – ITV Player". Retrieved 26 March 2014. 
  7. ^ "Kym Lomas to star in Catchphrase celebrity special". The List. 15 February 2013. Retrieved 26 March 2014. 
  8. ^ "'Coronation Street' star Kym Lomas for 'Catchphrase' celeb special – TV News". Digital Spy. 15 February 2013. Retrieved 26 March 2014. 
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  11. ^ "The Cube Episode 1 | presscentre". Retrieved 26 March 2014. 
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  14. ^ "Corrie star splits from husband". BBC News. 20 March 2008. Retrieved 20 March 2008. 
  15. ^ "Kym Marsh settles divorce terms with Jack Ryder | TV: Latest News | STV Entertainment". 9 August 2009. Retrieved 31 December 2011. 
  16. ^ Showbiz – News – Ryder, Lomas announce relationship – Digital Spy
  17. ^ McCafferty, Nicola (11 September 2012). "Kym Marsh and Jamie Lomas tie the knot in wedding pictures and interview exclusive | OK! Magazine". Retrieved 26 March 2014. 
  18. ^ "Kym Marsh announces pregnancy – Coronation Street News – Showbiz". Digital Spy. 5 December 2008. Retrieved 31 December 2011. 
  19. ^ "Street star Kym Marsh's baby dies". BBC News. 12 February 2009. Retrieved 7 May 2010. 
  20. ^ Inside Soap Magazine 9–15 April 2011
  21. ^ "'Coronation Street' star Kym Marsh changing surname after wedding – Coronation Street News – Showbiz". Digital Spy. 3 October 2012. Retrieved 16 December 2012. 
  22. ^ "Hear'Say" (select "Singles" tab). The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 4 December 2011. 
  23. ^ "Discography Hear'say". Retrieved 4 December 2011. 
  24. ^ "Discography Hear'say". Hung Medien. Retrieved 4 December 2011. 
  25. ^ "Discographie Hear'say" (in German). Retrieved 4 December 2011. 
  26. ^ "Certified Awards Database" (insert "Hear'say" into the "Search" box, and then select "Go"). British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 4 December 2011. 
  27. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 351. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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