Mark Moraghan

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Mark Moraghan
Born Mark Stephen Moraghan
27 January 1963 (1963-01-27) (age 51)[1]
Toxteth, Liverpool, Lancashire, England, UK
Nationality British
Occupation Actor/Singer
Years active 1978–present
Website
Official site

Mark Stephen Moraghan (born 27 January 1963) is a British actor and singer. He has appeared in many British drama series including Peak Practice and Heartbeat. However he is most famous for his roles as Greg Shadwick in Brookside, Ray Wyatt in Dream Team, and Owen Davies in Holby City.

Biography[edit]

Moraghan was born in Toxteth, Liverpool, Lancashire, on 27 January 1963. He started his acting career in 1978, when the BBC held auditions in his high school for the TV play Lies, and he was selected to play his first role.[2] On 14 May 1988, Moraghan started his professional acting career playing a ferryman in the comedy Help!, and he subsequently went on to play in many TV series and several films. His longest running role was Owen Davies, a Consultant Obstetrician, in Holby City which he played from 2001 until 2005. He also appeared in a television commercial for the fabric softener 'Bounce' in 1996 with fellow Liverpudlian Katy Carmichael.[2]

Moraghan is best known for his acting, but he also loves to sing and was inspired by Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr. and big band music. His fantasy is to combine singing and acting on the stage on the West End one day. He is currently starring in a musical production of Willy Russell's "Our Day Out" at Liverpool's Royal Court Theatre.[3]

His first introduction to music was as a backing singer and percussionist in the Liverpool band Personal Column in the late 1970s.[4] In 2006, Moraghan came second in the BBC singing competition Just the Two of Us. His singing partner was Atomic Kitten singer Natasha Hamilton with whom he sang classic songs like "Islands in the Stream" and "With You I'm Born Again".

Moraghan announced that he will release his debut single, however a release date or title is currently unknown, his debut album is scheduled for March 2007.[5] He will star and co-direct the forthcoming feature film The Stepdad.[6]

In 2008, Moraghan appeared in Celebrity MasterChef, reaching the final alongside Andi Peters and eventual champion Liz McClarnon.

On 9 April 2009 it was announced that Moraghan is touring the UK in a theatre production of Brian Clemens' play Strictly Murder, alongside Nick Barclay, Katie Funk, David Rumelle and Miriam Miller.

Moraghan's swing album, Moonlight's Back In Style (words by Nicky Campbell) was released on Linn Records on 14 September 2009. He sang the title song from the album on GMTV on 2 September 2009.

Since 2013, Moraghan is the new (and current) narrator of Thomas & Friends, succeeding both Michael Brandon (for the US) and Michael Angelis (for the UK).[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Researcha
  2. ^ Woman, Cannon, Nick, "From Lust to Dust", 23 August 1999 Accessed: 7 October 2006
  3. ^ markmoraghan.com Music section. Accessed: 4 September 2006
  4. ^ PersonalColumn pictures. Accessed: 7 October 2006
  5. ^ markmoraghan.com News 22 August 2006 Accessed: 26 September 2006
  6. ^ markmoraghan.com News 21 November 2006 + 3 November 2006 Accessed: 29 November 2006
  7. ^ [1]

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