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Marcell at the Lakeside Theatre in 2014
|Residence||Banstead, Surrey, England|
|Spouse(s)||Judith M. Midtby |
(m. 1975; div. 19??)
Joyce T. Walsh
Joseph Marcell (born 14 August 1948) is a British actor and comedian best known for his role as Geoffrey Butler, the butler on the NBC sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air from September 1990, until it ended in May 1996. Born in Saint Lucia, he moved to the United Kingdom when he was nine years old, and grew up in Peckham, South London. Marcell lives in Banstead, Surrey.
He serves on the board of the Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London, where he featured in a nationwide production of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, and King Lear. In 2016 he played Gonzalo in the play by Shakespeare The Tempest at Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, and Solly Two Kings in the play by August Wilson Gem of the Ocean at Tricycle Theatre in London. In July 2017, Marcell began rehearsals as Titus Andronicus for the La Grande Shakespeare Company in La Grande, Oregon.
Marcell has been married twice. His first marriage was in 1975 to Judith M. Midtby; the couple eventually divorced. His second wife is Joyce T. Walsh, to whom he has been married since June 1995. Marcell has two children: Ben and Jessica Marcell.
Film and television
|1974||Antony and Cleopatra||Eros|
|1978||Empire Road||Walter Isaacs|
|1980||The Professionals||Nero||Credited as Joe Marcell|
|1983||Rumpole of the Bailey||Freddy Ruingo|
|1988||Doctor Who||John||Episode: "Remembrance of the Daleks"|
|1990–1996||The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air||Geoffrey Butler||146 episodes|
|1993||David Copperfield||Mr. Micawber (voice)|
|1994||Sioux City||Dr. Darryl Reichert|
|1998||In the House||Minister|
|1998||The Bill||Vernon Johnson|
|1998||Brothers and Sisters||Pastor Gittens|
|2003–2004||The Bold and the Beautiful||Hudson|
|2007||Rough Crossings||David George|
|2008||Holby City||Carl Webster|
|2008||A Touch of Frost||Joshua Ray|
|2014||Death In Paradise||Alexander Jackson||Episode: "The Man with the Golden Gun"|
|2019||The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind||Chief Wembe|
- King Lear as King Lear
- Gem of the Ocean (2016) as Solly Two Kings
- Lady Windermere's Fan (2018) as Lord Lorton, Vaudeville Theatre, London,
- The Tempest (2016) as Gonzalo, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London
- Made in the Caribbean (4 August 2012). "Caribbean Footsteps meets with Joseph Marcell". Retrieved 23 October 2017 – via YouTube.
I really am and I've always been a Saint Lucian.
- "King Lear Played by Joseph Marcell". Shakespeare's Globe. 2013. Retrieved 24 March 2019.
- Linn, Sarah (12 November 2014). "Joseph Marcell goes from 'Fresh Prince' to 'King Lear'". Sanluisobispo.com. Retrieved 24 March 2019.
- "Joseph Marcell as Gonzalo - The Tempest". BBC Programmes. BBC. 9 May 2016. Retrieved 24 March 2019.
- "Gonzalo Played by Joseph Marcell". Shakespeare's Globe. 2016. Retrieved 24 March 2019.
- Taylor, Paul (13 January 2016). "Gem Of The Ocean, Tricycle Theatre, London". Independent. Retrieved 24 March 2019.
- Adair, Emily (26 January 2017). "'Fresh' face joins local production". La Grande Observer. A Western Communications Company. Retrieved 24 March 2019.
- Jaffee, Larry (29 September 2014). "Touring the Globe As 'King Lear', Joseph Marcell Talks 'Fresh Prince', Shakespeare and 'EastEnders'". Huffington Post. Oath Inc. Retrieved 24 March 2019.
- Billington, Michael (12 January 2006). "Gem of the Ocean". The Guardian. Guardian News & Media Limited. Retrieved 24 March 2019.
- Morgan, Fergus (25 January 2018). "Lady Windermere's Fan at the Vaudeville, London – review round-up". The Stage. Retrieved 8 April 2018.
- Cavendish, Dominic (24 February 2016). "The Tempest is a magical last bow for the Globe's Dominic Dromgoole". Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group Limited. Retrieved 24 March 2019.
- Joseph Marcell on IMDb
- Alex Fletcher, "What happened to Geoffrey from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air?", TV interview, Digital Spy, 24 February 2014.
- "Caribbean Footsteps meets with Joseph Marcell". YouTube
- "What the butler did next"