Mark Powlett

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Mark Powlett was born in Stratford-on-Avon in 1967. He used to present the afternoon show on BBC Coventry and Warwickshire. He has hosted numerous live outside broadcasts notably from Stratford's Royal Shakespeare Theatre where his guests were Dame Judi Dench and Patrick Stewart.[1]

Early career[edit]

Mark Powlett studied theatre at Coventry University and returned to present a Coventry Conversation for students in 2010.[2] Since graduating Mark has appeared as an actor in numerous productions both in theatres and touring throughout the United Kingdom. These include Mr Brown in Paddington Bear in 2003 and Dromio of Syracuse in The Comedy of Errors. He starred in pantomime at the Belgrade Theatre playing Wishee Washee in Aladdin in 2008. Prior to this he has appeared in Cinderella (Solihull Arts Centre), Peter Pan (Melton Mowbray Theatre) and Aladdin (Palace Theatre Redditch). However, he is best known to young children as the inept Traffic Policeman in the BBC Children’s TV series Brum (TV series).[3] This role has taken him to the Edinburgh and Mipcom festivals and seen him hosting a live one man show that played to audiences of over twenty thousand. He has appeared in a variety of corporate videos for clients such as BT, Unison and the Coop. Mark Powlett has had a successful career in stand up comedy, playing all over the country including supporting Rory McGrath on tour. He was also the winner of the Virgin New Comedy Award in 1996, and has performed live comedy on Radio and TV. Performances included an appearance on Russ and Jono’s breakfast show, compere for comedy clubs across the country and Five’s Company for Channel 5. Mark presented Arts File for BBC Television in 1990s.

BBC Local Radio[edit]

Winning the BBC New Talent award in 2005 marked the start of his career as a radio presenter. His prize for winning the New Talent award saw him become presenter of the early breakfast show on BBC Coventry and Warwickshire which he hosted for 3 years. He also worked with Liz Kershaw on the Breakfast show. During his time at BBC Coventry and Warwickshire Mark has presented The Breakfast show, Mid-morning, Drive and weekend shows. In 2008 Mark Powlett created The Mark Powlett show 2pm – 5pm weekday afternoons on BBC Coventry and Warwickshire.[4]

Mark switched on the Christmas lights in his home town of Stratford-upon-Avon in 2009.

Due to changes to the BBC Coventry and Warwickshire schedule in 2011, Mark Powlett hosted his last show on 31 December 2010.

Since his departure from BBC Coventry and Warwickshire, Mark filled in for Keith Middleton's weekend show across the West Midlands on Saturday the 8th and Sunday 9 January 2011. He also stood in on the show broadcast on BBC Stoke,BBC Shropshire,BBC WM, BBC Hereford and Worcester, and BBC Coventry and Warwickshire on the Late show in March on the weekends of 12th and 13th and 19th and 20th and after spending most of the summer on the show he returned to fill in on 10 and 11 September.In 2012 he has spent the month of March presenting the Late Show again.


Mark Powlett is also a qualified clinical hypnotherapist working with private and corporate clients.


  1. ^ "Meet Mark Powlett". BBC Coventry and Warwickshire. September 2009. Retrieved 2010-10-12. 
  2. ^ "Profile- Mark Powlett". FOCUS news. 2006. Retrieved 2010-10-12. 
  3. ^ The Internet Movie Database. "Mark Powlett Actor". The Internet Movie Database . Retrieved 2010-10-12. 
  4. ^ "BBC New Talent". April 2007. Retrieved 2010-10-12. 

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