Richie in January 2005
|Born||Shane Patrick Roche
11 March 1964
Kensington, London, England
|Occupation||Actor, comedian, media personality, singer,
|Notable work||See below|
|Spouse(s)||Coleen Nolan (m. 1990–99)
Christie Goddard (m. 2007)
|Children||Shane Roche, Jr. (born 1988)
Jake Roche (born 1992)
Mackenzie Blue Roche (born 2006)
Lolita Bell Roche (born 2008)
Romani-Skye Angel Shelley (born 2011)
Shane Patrick Roche, known as Shane Richie, (born 11 March 1964) is an English actor, comedian, singer and media personality, best known for his portrayal of the character Alfie Moon in the BBC One soap opera EastEnders between 2002 and 2005 and then again since 2010.
Early life and career beginnings
Richie was born at St Mary Abbot's Hospital in Kensington, London to Irish Catholic parents, he attended Willesden High School and was a member of a youth theatre as a child, and began his professional career in adolescence as a bluecoat entertainer at a Pontins holiday camp, similar to the bluecoats at Pontins Southport. He progressed to the live stand up circuit – receiving a nomination for best new stand-up at the inaugural British Comedy Awards. In 1989, Richie made nightly appearances for Sky TV's chat show series Jameson Tonight, which was hosted by Derek Jameson and Richie and recorded at the Windmill Theatre, London. In 1990, Richie made his first terrestrial television appearances as one of the comics on the BBC One sketch show Up to Something! with Suzy Aitchison, David Schneider, Frances Dodge, Mike Hayley and Lewis MacLeod. The show got axed after one series and was replaced by another sketch show You Gotta Be Jokin' in 1991. Richie was one of five comics along with Maddi Cryer, Annette Law, George Marshall and Billy Pearce.
Richie later branched out into hosting game shows after proving successful as host of the kids' quiz show Run the Risk, which was played during the BBC Saturday morning show Going Live. He moved into mainstream presenting with Caught in the Act, Win, Lose or Draw, The Shane Richie Experience (later revamped as Love Me Do) and Lucky Numbers. He also replaced Danny Baker in the 'doorstep challenge' TV ads for Daz detergent; he had previously replaced Baker as host of Win, Lose or Draw. In the 2012 Christmas episode of The Sarah Millican Television Programme, Richie said that Daz gave him so much money for doing the adverts that he would have "snorted the stuff" if they'd asked him.
Richie was a success in musicals – including Boogie Nights and a London production of Grease. He released two albums, to limited commercial response, and had a Number 2 single in the UK Singles Chart in 2003, with his Children in Need single, a cover version of Wham!'s "I'm Your Man".
Over Christmas 2005, Richie appeared in a touring run of Scrooge: The Musical.
From 2002 to 2003, Richie played the villainous Danny Dexter on Night and Day. He won supporting roles in low-profile British films beginning with Chris Barfoot's award winning short comedy movie Dead Clean and then later Distant Shadow. In 2003, Richie was executive producer for the British film Shoreditch, in which he also appeared in a lead role. He invested a six-figure sum into the budget of the film, which ultimately made little profit.
Richie received immediate acclaim as Alfie Moon, in EastEnders for bringing humour to a programme often panned for being too depressing. The role won him numerous awards including the award for "Best Male European Actor" at the Rose D'or Festival and National Television Awards for "Most Popular Actor" in 2005, shortly before he, and co-star Jessie Wallace, left the programme on Christmas Day, 2005.
On 23 July 2009, Richie announced on The One Show that his character Alfie Moon would return to EastEnders. On 7 February 2010 it was confirmed that he would be returning to Eastenders as Alfie Moon. Following an absence of almost 5 years, Richie made his on-screen return to EastEnders on 21 September 2010.
As well as appearing in EastEnders, Richie has also narrated three episodes for the documentary series, EastEnders Revealed, a series that goes behind the scenes and explores characters and storylines; the episodes were "The Secret Mitchell" in 2009 about Ronnie Mitchell and Danielle Jones, "Peggy Mitchell - Queen of the Vic" in 2010 about Peggy Mitchell and "Farewell Pat" in 2012 about Pat Evans.
Starting in February 2009 Richie starred in a revamp of the series, Minder on Five. Rather than a remake of the original, Richie stars as Archie Daley, the nephew of the character Arthur Daley from the original series, which ran from 1979 to 1994 on ITV
On 26 July 2009, Richie appeared in a one-off TV drama called Whatever It Takes playing a character called JJ Merrick who comes to the aid of a girl who wins a radio competition – and catapults her into stardom, thus giving her a new lease of life.
In 2003, Richie produced and starred in the film Shoreditch, into which he had reportedly invested half a million pounds of his own money. The film received negative reviews and was not widely seen.
In 2006, Richie played a rat named Sid in the Aardman Animation film Flushed Away and appeared in What We Did on our Holidays is None of Your Business for ITV1. He has recently been seen in the UK stage tour of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest as Randle McMurphy, and heard as a presenter on Virgin Radio, where he interviewed Tony Hadley of Spandau Ballet.
Richie proposed to his fiancée Christie Anne Goddard at her 26th birthday party in April 2005, and on 23 April 2006 she gave birth to a boy, Mackenzie Blue. They got married on 21 July 2007. Christie gave birth to a daughter, Lolita Bell, on 28 July 2008. Another daughter, their third child together, was born on 27 April 2011 called Romani-Skye Angel Shelley.
In 2003, Richie released his autobiography Rags To Richie, which was a best-seller. In the book, he claims to have had sex with six girls in a chalet, during his time as a Pontins Bluecoat and he broke the law by orchestrating ticket touts outside of Grease. Richie also claims to have given free tickets to the touts, who went on to sell them at a large profit for Richie.
Richie is patron of Shinfield Players Theatre, an amateur theatre company in Reading, Berkshire, taking the role from Anton Rodgers who died in 2007. He made his first appearance in the audience on 11 July 2009 for the Youth Group production of Disco Inferno.
|1998||Dead Clean||Nicos Malmatakis||Short film|
|2001||Silent Soul||Chippy||Short film|
|2003||Shoreditch||Thomas Hickman||Also executive producer|
|2006||Flushed Away||Sid||Voice role|
|2013||Prisoners of the Sun||Kalfhani||Post-production|
|1978||Grange Hill||Schoolboy||Uncredited; 1 episode: 1.1|
|1989||Jameson Tonight||Co-host||SKY TV nightly chat show|
|1990||Up to Something!||Various Roles|
|1991||You Gotta Be Jokin'|
|1997||Sooty & Co.||1 episode: Sooty's Christmas Panto|
|1997||CITV Awards 1997||Baron Rockefeller|
|2002–2005||EastEnders||Alfie Moon||Series regular|
|2003||Night and Day||Danny Dexter||Recurring|
|2003||French and Saunders||1 episode: Christmas Celebrity Special|
|2006||What We Did on Our Holiday||Nick Taylor|
|2007||The Good Samaritan||Brian Guest|
|Robbie the Reindeer in Close Encounters of the Herd Kind||Trooper No. 1||Voice role|
|2008||Skins||Bruce Gelcart||1 episode: Sketch|
|2009||Minder||Archie Daley||6 part series|
|Whatever It Takes||JJ Merrick|
|New Tricks||Johnny Tevis||1 episode: Death of a Timeshare Salesman|
|2010–present||EastEnders||Alfie Moon||Returned as series regular|
|The National Lottery: Win Your Wish List||Presenter|
|2015–||Loose @ 5.30||Co-presenter alongside Kate Thornton||Replacing Daniel Wilkes|
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Shane plays Archie Daley, with Royal Shakespeare Company actor Lex Shrapnel taking on the role of his minder, Jamie Cartwright...The show will be screened on Five, and those behind it emphasised it was not a re-make...The new six-part series of Minder is due to begin airing next month
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- Shane Richie hopes for EastEnders return
- Shane Richie as Alfie Moon on the BBC's EastEnders page
- Shane Richie at the Internet Movie Database
- Official MySpace page
- Official Boogie Nights The 70's Musical Website
- Shane Richie appearing in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest at The Mayflower Theatre Southampton
- Shane Richie from the beginning