Shane Richie

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Shane Richie
Shane Richie headshot.jpg
Richie in January 2005
Born Shane Patrick Roche
(1964-03-11) 11 March 1964 (age 50)
Kensington, London, England
Nationality British
Occupation Actor, comedian, media personality, singer,
broadcaster
Years active 1986–present
Notable work(s) See below
Television EastEnders
Minder
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 on 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.

From January to March 2014, Richie presented the Saturday night game show Reflex for the BBC.

Early life and career beginnings[edit]

Born Shane Patrick Roche[1] at St Mary Abbot's Hospital in Kensington, London[2][3] to Irish Catholic parents,[4] he attended Willesden High School[5] 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, the others being Maddi Cryer, Annette Law, George Marshall and Billy Pearce.

He later branched out into anchoring 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[citation needed].

Musicals acts[edit]

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.

He took part in an early edition of Blind Date. After being asked the question "How would you wow me on a first date?", Richie burst into song, singing "Wild Thing."

In 2009, Richie was reportedly scheduled as the opening act for Michael Jackson's concerts at the O2 Arena.[6] The concerts were cancelled following Jackson's death.

During Christmas 2013, Shane appeared as Buttons in the pantomime Cinderella at the Wycombe Swan Theatre in High Wycombe.

Television roles[edit]

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 he 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.

As Alfie Moon, in EastEnders, Richie received immediate acclaim 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.

In 2007, Richie starred in a new ITV drama The Good Samaritan, and Father Frank for BBC One. He also starred in the second series of Skins on Channel 4 as Bruce Gelcart, a lecherous college drama lecturer.

It was announced on 28 January 2008 that Richie will be hosting a brand new music lyric quiz show on Sky1 called Don't Forget the Lyrics!, whereby contestants must finish off the lyrics to lines of popular songs in order to win money. This commenced on 11 May 2008.

On 25 April 2008, he was due to be a guest on The Paul O'Grady Show, but due to Paul O'Grady falling ill, Richie stood in as host.

On 8 May 2008, he said in an interview with Digital Spy that he would love to return to EastEnders as Alfie Moon.[7]

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.[8] Following an absence of almost 5 years, Richie made his on-screen return to EastEnders on 21 September 2010.

Starting in February 2009 Ritchie starred in a revamp of the series, Minder, in a six-part series on Five. Rather than a remake of the original, Ritchie stars as Archie Daley, the nephew of the character Arthur Daley from the original series, which ran from 1979 to 1994 on ITV[9]

On 26 July 2009, Richie appeared in a one-off TV drama called Whatever It Takes. He played 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.

The BBC announced on 14 November 2011, that following Jimmy Savile's recent death, Jim'll Fix It would return for a one-off Christmas Special in December 2011, featuring Richie as the programme's host.[10]

Since January 2014, he has presented the BBC One game show Reflex.

Film career[edit]

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.[11][12]

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.

He will be seen in the film Prisoners of the Sun with former EastEnders co-star Michael Higgs.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Richie married Coleen Nolan in 1990 and together they had two sons, Shane Roche Jr (born 1988) and Jake Roche (born 1992).[13] They divorced in 1999.[14]

He proposed to his fiancée Christie Anne Goddard at her 26th birthday party in April 2005,[citation needed] and on 23 April 2006[citation needed] she gave birth to a boy, Mackenzie Blue.[13] They got married on 21 July 2007.[citation needed] Christie gave birth to a daughter, Lolita Bell,[13] on 28 July 2008.[citation needed] Another daughter, their third child together, was born on 27 April 2011 called Romani-Skye Angel Shelley.[13]

In 2003, he 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. He 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.[15] He made his first appearance in the audience on 11 July 2009 for the Youth Group production of Disco Inferno.

Richie is patron of the UK's Huntington's Disease Association.[16]

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1998 Dead Clean Nicos Malmatakis Short film
1999 Distant Shadow Paul
2001 Silent Soul Chippy Short film
2003 Shoreditch Thomas Hickman Also executive producer
2006 Flushed Away Sid Voice role
2010 Risen Mike Barrett
2011 The Reverend Prince
2013 Prisoners of the Sun Kalfhani Post-production

TV[edit]

Year TV Show Role Notes
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
1998 Macbeth Porter
1997 CITV Awards 1997 Baron Rockefeller
1998 Macbeth Porter
2000 Burnside Tony Shotton Recurring
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
2014–present Reflex Presenter

References[edit]

  1. ^ British Broadcasting Corporation (11 March 1964). "BBC factfile". BBC. Retrieved 23 September 2011. 
  2. ^ http://www.thefreelibrary.com/I'd+get+hit+by+Dad+after+he'd+been+on+the+drink+..+he+told+me+that...-a0108809869
  3. ^ http://search.findmypast.co.uk/results/world-records/birth-marriage-death-and-parish-records/births-and-baptisms/england-and-wales-births-1837-2006?firstname=shane%20p&lastname=roche&eventyear=1964&eventyear_offset=0
  4. ^ "Thu, Mar 19, 2009 – An Irishman's Diary". The Irish Times. 3 March 2009. Retrieved 23 September 2011. 
  5. ^ Wilby, Peter (9 December 2008). "From one end of the corridor to the other". The Guardian (London). 
  6. ^ "Home of the Daily and Sunday Express | UK News :: Shane Ritchie to warm up 02 for Jackson". Express.co.uk. 15 March 2009. Retrieved 23 September 2011. 
  7. ^ 8 May 2008, 0 (8 May 2008). "Soaps – News – Richie hopes for Albert Square return". Digital Spy. Retrieved 23 September 2011. 
  8. ^ "Internet Movie Database page for Shane Richie". Uk.imdb.com. Retrieved 23 September 2011. 
  9. ^ "Shane Richie's Minder is launched". metro.co.uk. 13 January 2009. Retrieved 14 January 2009. "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" 
  10. ^ "Jim'll Fix It returns to BBC One for Christmas special". BBC News. 15 November 2011. 
  11. ^ Reviewed by Jamie Russell Updated (20 November 2003). "BBC, Shoreditch, Reviewed by Jamie Russell". BBC. Retrieved 23 September 2011. 
  12. ^ Shoreditch (2003). Internet Movie Database
  13. ^ a b c d Kelly, Kirsty (27 April 2011). "Shane Richie's baby daughter is born". Digital Spy (London: Hachette Filipacchi UK). Retrieved 27 April 2011. 
  14. ^ "Celebrity news". Daily Mirror. 6 July 2010. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  15. ^ "Shane Ritchie becomes patron of Shinfield Players Theatre – Theatre and Dance – Entertainment – getwokingham – The Wokingham Times". getwokingham. 12 February 2009. Retrieved 23 September 2011. 
  16. ^ Lomas, Clare (11 June 2009). "Tony Hadley and Shane Richie named Huntington’s Disease Association’s new patrons". Nursing Times. Retrieved 10 December 2011. 

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