Mark Wright (TV personality)

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Mark Wright
Born (1987-01-20) 20 January 1987 (age 27)
Buckhurst Hill, Essex[1]
Nationality British
Occupation Reality television star, presenter, footballer and radio host
Known for The Only Way Is Essex (2010–11, 2012, 2014)
Take Me Out: The Gossip (2012–13)
Surprise Surprise (2013–)
Home town Brentwood, Essex
Partner(s) Lauren Goodger (2001–12)
Michelle Keegan (2013–present; engaged)
Relatives Jess Wright (sister)
Josh Wright (brother)
Natalya Wright (sister)
Carol Wright (mother)
Mark Wright, Sr. (father)

Mark Wright (born 20 January 1987) is an English reality television personality and radio presenter[2] best known for being one of the original main cast members in The Only Way Is Essex. On 23 October 2011, Wright announced that he would be leaving the show at the end of the third series. He made a cameo appearance in the sixth series and returned for the 2012 Christmas special.


Wright is the elder son of Carol Wright and Mark Wright, Sr. and the brother of Jess Wright, Natalya Wright and Josh Wright, and the cousin of Leah Wright (who also starred in a few episodes of The Only Way Is Essex).



Mark Wright
Personal information
Date of birth (1987-01-20) 20 January 1987 (age 27)
Place of birthBuckhurst Hill, Essex, England
Playing positionDefender
Club information
Current team
St Neots Town
Youth career
0000–2005Tottenham Hotspur
Senior career*
2005–2006Southend United0(0)
2005–2006Lewes (loan)7(0)
2006–2007Grays Athletic0(0)
2006–2007Crawley Town (loan)9(1)
2007Rushden & Diamonds (loan)3(0)
2007St Albans City (loan)
2007Bishop's Stortford
2007Fisher Athletic
2009Bishop's Stortford
2011Heybridge Swifts[3]2(0)
2012–St Neots Town?(?)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:05, 12 January 2012 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Before his appearances on The Only Way Is Essex, Wright was a semi-professional footballer, with a youth career at Tottenham Hotspur. In January 2012, he rekindled his semi-professional footballing career, by signing for St Neots Town.


On 13 December 2011, it was announced that he would co-present Take Me Out spin-off programme Take Me Out: The Gossip for ITV2, which began on 8 January 2012 and ended in February 2013. This was Wright's first presenting role.[4]

On 21 December 2011, it was confirmed Wright would become a health expert for the ITV Breakfast programme Daybreak for a two week stint from 9 January 2012.[5]

In 2012, Wright presented and starred in a new ITV2 show titled Mark Wright's Hollywood Nights. The show ran from 10 June 2012 until 7 July 2012 and was later axed.[6] Wright was due to co-present a new entertainment series with Melanie Sykes named My Man Can. After filming a pilot and the entire first series, ITV made the decision not to air the show on television.[7]

On 26 February 2014, Wright fronted his own ITV2 reality show entitled Party Wright Around the World. The programme was axed two months later.[8]

Wright is a reporter on the ITV entertainment series Surprise Surprise.

Guest appearances[edit]

On 25 December 2011, Wright was a contestant on All Star Family Fortunes with the cast of The Only Way Is Essex.

On 29 December 2011, Wright took part in Paddy's Show and Telly with Crissy Rock.

On 14 April 2012, Wright appeared in an episode of Keith Lemon's LemonAid on ITV.

On 30 June 2013, Wright was a contestant on the ITV game show The Cube.

He has appeared on Celebrity Juice on 1 September 2011, 13 and 20 December 2012, 14 March and 26 September 2013.

I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here![edit]

On 13 November 2011, Wright appeared on eleventh series of ITV's I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!, and was runner up to McFly's Dougie Poynter in the public vote.[9][10]

Strictly Come Dancing[edit]

In September 2014, Wright will compete in the twelfth series of Strictly Come Dancing paired with professional dancer Karen Hauer.[11]


On 24 December 2012, Wright joined Heart where he currently presents Club Classics every Friday and Saturday evenings.[12]


Wright was signed by online retail giant, Littlewoods, as its new face of menswear in June 2013. The deal sees him style and model a capsule collection each season for Littlewoods' own-brand menswear line, Goodsouls. The range includes clothing, footwear, accessories and nightwear.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Wright was best man at the wedding of the late reality star Jade Goody on 22 February 2009 and featured briefly in the Sky Living TV series.

Wright has previously been in relationships with Kayla Collins and The Only Way Is Essex cast members Lauren Goodger, Sam Faiers and Lucy Mecklenburgh[14]

Since December 2012, Wright has been in a relationship with former Coronation Street actress Michelle Keegan.[15] It was confirmed on 9 September 2013 that the two were engaged.[16]


  1. ^ "Academy Hotseat - Mark Wright - News Articles". 2012-03-05. 
  2. ^ Manning, Jenny. "Mark Wright and Myleene Klass to host Heart FM shows". London: The Sun. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  3. ^ TV star Mark Wright quits Heybridge Swifts having played twice The Maldon Chronicle
  4. ^ TOWIE Mark Wright, Zoe Hardman to front Take Me Out spinoff show Alex Fletcher, Digital Spy, 13 December 2011
  5. ^ "Daybreak signs up Mark Wright "to keep people fit and healthy"". Metro. Retrieved 2011-12-21. 
  6. ^ "Mark Wright’s Hollywood Nights axed after one series". Metro. 25 August 2012. Retrieved 22 April 2014. 
  7. ^ "Mark Wright, Melanie Sykes relationship show 'My Man Can' 'axed' by ITV". Digital Spy. 5 June 2013. Retrieved 22 April 2014. 
  8. ^ "Party Wright Around the World is axed by ITV2". The List. 18 April 2014. Retrieved 22 April 2014. 
  9. ^ 'I'm a Celeb' runner-up Mark Wright: 'It was an honour to be myself' Daniel Sperling, Digital Spy, 3 December 2011
  10. ^ 9.7m see Dougie Poynter crowned King of the Jungle on 'I'm a Celeb' Liam O'Brien, Digital Spy, 4 December 2011
  11. ^ "Mark Wright confirmed for Strictly Come Dancing 2014". Digital Spy. Retrieved 22 August 2014. 
  12. ^ Manning, Jenny (18 December 2012). "Mark Wright and Myleene Klass to host Heart FM shows". London: The Sun. 
  13. ^ "Mark Wright proves he’s a natural in front of the camera as he poses for his first modelling campaign". Mirror. 25 June 2013. Retrieved 22 April 2014. 
  14. ^ Essex wideboy Mark Wright strikes gold with Playboy’s Kayla Collins | The Sun |Showbiz|TV
  15. ^ "Michelle Keegan discovers the dangers of a thigh-high split as she accidentally flashes her underwear at Mark Wright's birthday party". Daily Mail (London). 
  16. ^ "'It's true.... we're SO happy!' Excited Michelle Keegan confirms she and Mark Wright are engaged after his romantic beach proposal in Dubai". Daily Mail (London). 

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