Mark Wright (TV personality)

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Mark Wright
Born (1987-01-20) 20 January 1987 (age 27)
Buckhurst Hill, Essex, England[1]
Occupation Television presenter, television personality, radio host, model
Years active 2010–present
Home town Brentwood, Essex, England, UK
Television The Only Way Is Essex (2010–11, 2012, 2014)
I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! (2011)
Take Me Out: The Gossip (2012–13, 2015–)
Mark Wright's Hollywood Nights (2012)
Surprise Surprise (2013–)
Party Wright Around The World (2014)
Strictly Come Dancing (2014)
Partner(s) Lauren Goodger (2001–12)
Michelle Keegan (2012–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 television presenter, television personality, radio host and model.[2] He is 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 and also made a brief appearance in 2014.


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 birth Buckhurst Hill, Essex, England
Playing position Left-back
Youth career
0000–2005 Tottenham Hotspur
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2006 Southend United 0 (0)
2005–2006 Lewes (loan) 7 (0)
2006–2007 Grays Athletic 0 (0)
2006–2007 Crawley Town (loan) 9 (1)
2007 Rushden & Diamonds (loan) 3 (0)
2007 St Albans City (loan)
2007 Bishop's Stortford
2007 Fisher Athletic
2008–2009 Thurrock
2009 Bishop's Stortford
2011 Heybridge Swifts[3] 2 (0)
2011 Thurrock 0 (0)
* 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, it was reported that he rekindled his semi-professional footballing career, by signing for St Neots Town, but this was denied by Wright on his Twitter account.[4]


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. The show was later revived in late 2014 and is set to air from January 2015 alongside Laura Jackson.[5]

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.[6]

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.[7] 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.[8]

On 26 February 2014, Wright fronted his own ITV2 reality show entitled Party Wright Around The World.

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

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]

From September 2014, Wright competed 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]


Year Title Type Role Notes
2010–2011, 2012, 2014 The Only Way Is Essex TV Himself TV Series
2011 I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! TV Himself Contestant, Runner-Up, Series 11
2012 Daybreak TV Himself Health-Expert - Two Week Stint
2012–2013, 2015– Take Me Out: The Gossip TV Himself Host/Presenter
2012 Mark Wright's Hollywood Nights TV Himself Host/Presenter
2013– Surprise Surprise TV Himself Reporter
2014 Party Wright Around The World TV Himself Host/Presenter
2014 Strictly Come Dancing TV Himself Contestant

Guest appearances[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Wright was best man at the wedding of the late reality star and television personality 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. ^ Unreal confusion over reality star Mark Wright Cambridge News
  5. ^ TOWIE Mark Wright, Zoe Hardman to front Take Me Out spinoff show Alex Fletcher, Digital Spy, 13 December 2011
  6. ^ "Daybreak signs up Mark Wright "to keep people fit and healthy"". Metro. Retrieved 2011-12-21. 
  7. ^ "Mark Wright’s Hollywood Nights axed after one series". Metro. 25 August 2012. Retrieved 22 April 2014. 
  8. ^ "Mark Wright, Melanie Sykes relationship show 'My Man Can' 'axed' by ITV". Digital Spy. 5 June 2013. 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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