Marshall in January 2012
11 April 1973
Kristopher Marshall (born 11 April 1973) is an English actor, starring in films, television and on stage for more than 20 years. He has played Nick Harper in My Family, Colin Frissell in the 2003 film Love Actually, Gratiano in The Merchant of Venice, and Dave in the first series of Citizen Khan (2012). He played DI Humphrey Goodman in Death in Paradise, taking over the role in 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 Bath, Somerset. His father was a Royal Air Force navigator, whose career included a posting to the Queen's Flight, eventually becoming a squadron leader. Marshall moved with his family to Hong Kong and later to Canada. Upon their 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 The Ginger Dave in the BBC comedy series Citizen Khan in 2012 but left after season 1.
Since departing his full-time role in My Family in 2003, Marshall made guest appearances three times appearing in 2 episodes of season five in 2004 and his final appearance in a short Comic Relief special in 2005. 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 castmember, playing the character of 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 in 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.
In July 2017, Marshall became a favourite to take over the role of The Doctor from Peter Capaldi in the BBC's long running hit sci-fi series Doctor Who, but the role ultimately went to Jodie Whittaker who became the first female actress to portray The Doctor, a pre-appointment condition by Chris Chibnall on his becoming the show's showrunner.
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||6 episodes|
|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|
|2016||Ambulance||Narrator||1 Series, 3 episodes|
|2017||A Few Less Men||Tom|
|2017||Borderline||Baron of Sandwich|
|2018||Royal Affairs||Ambassador||Short film|
|2019||Better Things||Tibor||2 episodes|
|2019||Sanditon||Tom Parker||8 episodes|
|2019||Trick or Treat||n/a|
|2006||The Revenger's Tragedy||Vindici|
|2017||Ugly Lies the Bone||Kelvin|
|2017||Glengarry Glen Ross||John Williamson|
- Chicane No More I Sleep
- 2002 – British Comedy Awards – Best Newcomer
Marshall was 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 passionately supports Aston Villa F.C. and has said that a card from the club helped him through his recovery.
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.
- "BBC - Kris Marshall joins BBC One's Death In Paradise - Media Centre". bbc.co.uk.
- "BBC One Sets Premiere Date For 'Death In Paradise' Season 3 - TVWise". TVWise.
- "Kris Marshall - Biography". Talk Talk Group. Retrieved 18 February 2014.
- Lockyer, Daphne (28 December 2014). "Whatever happened to Kris Marshall?". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 16 April 2017.
- Hemelryk, Simon. "Kris Marshall "I Remember"". Reader's Digest. Retrieved 16 April 2017.
- "Kris Marshall". IMDb.com. Retrieved 14 October 2013.
- Tim Guest (16 January 2012). "Meet the new Flat 6 flatmates". BT. Archived from the original on 27 May 2013. Retrieved 28 January 2013.
- "Death In Paradise : Series 3, Episode 1". BBC One. Retrieved 17 July 2020.
- 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.
- Roz Laws (11 February 2017). "Aston Villa fan is new favourite to become next Doctor Who". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 14 February 2017.
- "Okaamerikee.com". Okaamerikee.com. Archived from the original on 31 March 2012. Retrieved 20 March 2013.
- Munn, Patrick (9 April 2013). "Ben Miller Exits BBC One's 'Death In Paradise', Kris Marshall Cast As New Detective". TVWise. Retrieved 1 August 2013.
- Mills, Richard (3 December 2019). "Love Actually star Kris Marshall officially unveils Yurt at Twerton Infant School in Bath". Somerset Live.
- "Actor Marshall hurt in accident". BBC. 28 April 2008. Retrieved 28 April 2008.
- Singh, Anita (28 April 2008). "Kris Marshall 'in stable condition' after accident". Daily Telegraph. London.
- Smith, Neil (17 May 2008). "Star returns to stage after crash". BBC News Online. Retrieved 19 May 2008.
- Mercury (11 October 2008). "Aston Villa helped save my life says BT commercial actor - Birmingham Mail". Sundaymercury.net. Retrieved 20 March 2013.
- "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.