Chris Simmons

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Chris Simmons
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Born
Christopher Matthew Simmons

(1975-01-08) 8 January 1975 (age 47)
OccupationActor

Christopher Matthew Simmons (born 8 January 1975 in Gravesend, Kent) is an English television and stage actor. He is best known for his roles as DC Mickey Webb in The Bill, Mark Garland in EastEnders and Stuart Summer in Hollyoaks.

Early life[edit]

Simmons grew up on Singlewell Road in Gravesend and attended Saint Georges CofE Secondary School.[1] Prior to taking up acting, he had several jobs including working as a diver on the River Thames with his Dad.[2]

Career[edit]

Simmons' first television appearance was on the 1998 ITV series Desperately Seeking Stardom, in which a group of unemployed actors went to Hollywood to try to find acting roles.[3][4]

Simmons found fame as DC Mickey Webb in The Bill from 2000 to 2003 (having previously appeared playing different roles in 1998 and 1999). He made guest appearances over the interim including the live episode in 2003 before returning as a regular in 2005 until the series ended in 2010. He also guest starred in Casualty[5] and Doctors.[6]

In October 2011 he appeared in EastEnders as Mark Garland, a love interest for Kat Moon, for a few episodes.[7] He has since made a guest appearance in the Tracy Beaker spin-off CBBC show, 'The Dumping Ground': In episode 8 of series 1 (1x08), entitled 'Dreamland' he played the father to Rick Barber, Gerry.

Simmons was a patron for the CPC Kent charity until it closed in 2014.[8] He ran the London Marathon in 2009,[9] and again in 2014.[10] In 2013 he took part in the Bupa Great Birmingham Run.[11]

In 2015, he was part of a cast of The Wizard of Oz pantomime at Swallows Leisure Centre, in Sittingbourne.[12]

He also currently works on a youth initiative in his hometown of Gravesend.[1]

In 2019 he was cast as Stuart Sumner in Hollyoaks.[13]

In 2020, he was interviewed alongside his The Bill co-star Sally Rogers for a three-part The Bill Podcast to promote Chris starring in Sally's play The Still Room.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "TV cop unveils youth initiative". Gravesend Reporter. 24 June 2010. Retrieved 8 February 2015.
  2. ^ Stars set to shine in panto (From Echo)
  3. ^ "Chris Simmons". TalkTalk Group. Retrieved 8 February 2015.
  4. ^ Television Review: Desperately Seeking Stardom – Arts and Entertainment – The Independent
  5. ^ Casualty | Series 27 - 39. Garage Flowers | Radio Times
  6. ^ BBC One - Doctors, Series 16, When the Heart Breaks - Credits
  7. ^ "EastEnders' Kat Moon tempted to cheat on Alfie with new character Mark". Metro. London: Associated Newspapers. Retrieved 16 October 2011.
  8. ^ Cox, Lynn (17 February 2014). "Devastated as Medway children's charity CPC Kent closes after 30 years". Kent Online. Retrieved 8 February 2015.
  9. ^ Osborn, David (26 April 2009). "A night of surprises at TV gala". BBC. Retrieved 8 February 2015.
  10. ^ "London Marathon 2014 celebrity runners". The Telegraph. 11 April 2014. Retrieved 8 February 2015.
  11. ^ Bentley, David (18 October 2013). "Stars of sport, stage and screen taking part in Bupa Great Birmingham Run". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 8 February 2015.
  12. ^ "The complete guide to the brightest, brashest pantos across Kent". Kent Online. 13 November 2015. Retrieved 13 February 2019.
  13. ^ Warner, Sam (20 February 2019). "I'm delighted to join the cast of Hollyoaks". Digital Spy. Retrieved 12 March 2019.

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