Marshall in January 2012
11 April 1973
Bath, Somerset, England
|Residence||Bath, Somerset, England|
|Spouse(s)||Hannah Dodkins (m. 2012)|
Kristopher "Kris" Marshall (born 11 April 1973) is an English actor. He has played Nick Harper in My Family, Colin Frissell in the 2003 film Love Actually, Adam in BT Retail adverts from 2005 until 2011, and Dave in the first series of Citizen Khan (2012). He played DI Humphrey Goodman in Death in Paradise, taking over the role April 2013 for the show's third series and leaving it in February 2017 in the sixth series.
Kristopher Marshall was born on 11 April 1973 in Malmesbury, Wiltshire. His father was a Royal Air Force navigator, whose career included a posting to the Queen's Flight, eventually becoming a squadron leader. He moved with his family to Hong Kong and later to Canada. Upon his return to England, he was educated at Wells Cathedral School as a boarding pupil. After failing his initial A-levels in his first year of sixth form, he enrolled at the Redroofs Theatre School in Maidenhead, Berkshire.
Marshall made an early career appearance on the police series The Bill but it was in 2000 that his major breakthrough role came as Nick Harper in the BBC sitcom My Family. In 2003, he appeared in the film Love Actually as Colin Frissell, an Englishman who goes to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in the United States to find love. In 2004, Marshall appeared as DS Luke Stone in the police drama series Murder City. From 2005 to 2011, Marshall appeared on TV and in print for BT Retail adverts, where he played the character Adam; with Esther Hall portraying his character's eventual wife Jane. He also played Dave in the BBC comedy series Citizen Khan in 2012.
Since departing his full-time role in My Family in 2003, Marshall has returned twice. The first time was for one episode in season five in 2004 and the second was for a Comic Relief special in 2005. In an interview, he claimed that playing the part of Nick was awkward, as he was a lot older than the character. He finished working on the film Heist at the end of 2006, which aired in April 2008 on BBC Four. During the summer of 2008, Marshall appeared at Trafalgar Studios in the first UK run of Neil LaBute's play Fat Pig. He became a regular playing the character Ethan on the series Traffic Light in 2011.
In April 2013, it was announced that Marshall would be joining the cast of BBC drama Death In Paradise as the island's new lead detective, DI Humphrey Goodman. His character was introduced in the first episode of the third series which aired on 14 January 2014, with his first case being to solve the murder of his predecessor, DI Richard Poole (played by Ben Miller). In January 2017 it was leaked that Marshall would be leaving the series citing the pressures it placed upon his family and that he would be replaced by Ardal O'Hanlon who plays DI Jack Mooney. 
Marshall starred as Tom Sanger in the 2015 independent British romantic comedy Sparks & Embers. He also appeared in the film Death at a Funeral as a student of pharmaceuticals who inadvertently drugged a member of the family.
Marshall suffered head injuries after being hit by a car in Bristol in 2008. The accident happened in the early hours of 28 April as he enjoyed a night out with friends in Bristol city centre. He was taken to Bristol Royal Infirmary, where a scan revealed head injuries. He made a full recovery and began his performances in the play Fat Pig three weeks later as scheduled. Marshall supports Aston Villa FC and has said that a card from the club helped him through his accident.
In October 2011, Marshall was charged with failing to provide a breath test after police stopped his car in the Tesco car park in Wells. Marshall had failed a breath test at the scene, and then refused to provide a second sample at the police station. He pleaded guilty and was disqualified from driving for six months.
Film, television, and radio
|1998||Trial & Retribution II||PC Henshaw|
|1999||The Most Fertile Man in Ireland||Éamonn|
|1999||Five Seconds to Spare||Martin|
|1999||The Bill||Hugh Kane||1 episode|
|2000–2005||My Family||Nick Harper||45 episodes|
|2001||Je t'aime John Wayne||Belmondo|
|2002||Doctor Zhivago||Pasha Antipov|
|2002||The Four Feathers||Castleton|
|2002||Deathwatch||Private Barry Starinski|
|2003||Love Actually||Colin Frissell|
|2004||The Merchant of Venice||Gratiano|
|2004||My Life In Film||Art|
|2004–2006||Murder City||DS Luke Stone||10 episodes|
|2005||Funland||Dudley Sutton||11 episodes|
|2007||Death at a Funeral||Troy|
|2007||Catwalk Dogs||Michael Purvis|
|2008||Spending My Inheritance||Harry||Radio drama|
|2010||Human Target||Doug||1 episode|
|2011||A Few Best Men||Tom|
|2011–2013||The Diary of Samuel Pepys||Samuel Pepys||Radio drama|
|2012||15 Kids and Counting||n/a||Narrator|
|2012||Citizen Khan||Dave||6 episodes|
|2013||16 Kids and Counting||n/a||Narrator|
|2014–2017||Death in Paradise||DI Humphrey Goodman||30 episodes|
|2015||Sparks & Embers||Tom Sanger|
|2017||A Few Less Men||Tom|
|2006||The Revenger's Tragedy||Vindici|
|2017||Ugly Lies the Bone||Kelvin|
- Chicane No More I Sleep
- 2002 – British Comedy Awards – Best Newcomer
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- Tim Guest (16 January 2012). "Meet the new Flat 6 flatmates". BT. Retrieved 28 January 2013.
- "Death in Paradise spoiler: Det Insp Richard Poole in New Year major shock storyline". Daily Express.
- White, Adam (3 February 2017). "'My wife had sleepless nights': Kris Marshall elaborates on Death in Paradise exit". telegraph.co.uk. Telegraph Media Group Limited. Retrieved 26 February 2017.
- "IMDb Sparks & Embers". IMDb.
- "BT ad actor Kris Marshall banned from driving for six months after refusing to take breath test". Daily Mail. London. 11 November 2011.
- "Actor Marshall hurt in accident". BBC. 2008-04-28. Retrieved 2008-04-28.
- Singh, Anita (2008-04-28). "Kris Marshall 'in stable condition' after accident". Daily Telegraph. London.
- Smith, Neil (2008-05-17). "Star returns to stage after crash". BBC News Online. Retrieved 2008-05-19.
- Sunday Mercury (2008-10-11). "Aston Villa helped save my life says BT commercial actor - Birmingham Mail". Sundaymercury.net. Retrieved 2013-03-20.
- "My Family star breath test charge". BBC. 6 October 2011. Retrieved 6 October 2011.
- "My Family actor Kris Marshall banned from driving". BBC News. 10 November 2011.
- "Okaamerikee.com". Okaamerikee.com. Retrieved 2013-03-20.
- Munn, Patrick (2013-04-09). "Ben Miller Exits BBC One's 'Death In Paradise', Kris Marshall Cast As New Detective". TVWise. Retrieved 2013-08-01.