4 October 1967 |
|Education||East 15 Acting School|
|Occupation||Actor, voice-over artist, media personality, broadcaster, continuity announcer|
|Employer||Channel 4 (2000–11)
Channel 5 (2011–present)
Marcus Bentley (born 4 October 1967) is a English actor, broadcaster and voice-over artist. Bentley is most famous for narrating the UK version of Big Brother since its inception. He also did other continuity announcements for Channel 4 until he left in July 2011 to continue narrating the revived Big Brother on Channel 5. Bentley's voice-over work and strong Geordie accent has led to him becoming one of the most recognised voices in the UK.
Bentley was selected as the narrator of the UK version of Big Brother, which remains his best-known work. The producers of Big Brother gave him the job of narrator because they liked the way he said "Chickens". His most notable catchphrase is "Day [x] (in the Big Brother house...)". Bentley has narrated all thirteen series of the show to date, as well as the spin-off shows Celebrity Big Brother, Teen Big Brother and Celebrity Hijack.
Before Big Brother, Bentley starred in several TV adaptations of Catherine Cookson's novels where he honed his now familiar Geordie accent. He also starred in several TV commercials as well as minor parts in feature films, such as Mad Dogs and Englishmen, which starred Joss Ackland, C. Thomas Howell, and Elizabeth Hurley.
Aside from Big Brother, Bentley could be heard on Channel 4 as a continuity announcer until he resigned after ten years, when he reprised his Big Brother narrator role on the revived Channel 5 series.
Another of Bentley's roles is the unseen question master on Sky One quiz show, Dirty Money.
In December 2011, Bentley began doing continuity links on Channel 5, complementing his role as narrator of Big Brother on the same channel.
Marcus is married to Julie. They have 3 children together.