Kris Marshall

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Kris Marshall
Kris Marshall 2.jpg
Kris Marshall at the premiere of A Few Best Men in Sydney, Australia, in January 2012
Born Kristopher Marshall
(1973-04-01) 1 April 1973 (age 43)[1]
Bath, Somerset, England
Occupation Actor
Years active 1993–present
Spouse(s) Hannah Dodkins (m. 2012)
Children 2

Kristopher "Kris" Marshall (born 1 April 1973) is an English actor who is best known for playing 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 the island lead detective 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.[2][3][4] In 2008 he was hospitalised with head injuries from a traffic accident in Bristol.

Early life[edit]

Marshall was born in Bath, Somerset and then moved with his family to Hong Kong and later to Canada. Upon his return to the U.K., he was educated at the co-educational independent school, Wells Cathedral School, located in the cathedral city of Wells in Somerset and after failing his initial A-levels in his first year of sixth form, he enrolled at the Redroofs Theatre School in the town of Maidenhead in Berkshire for his final year of sixth form.


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.[5] 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.[6] 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[citation needed], 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.[3] 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).[7] 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. [8]

Marshall starred as Tom Sanger alongside Annelise Hesme in the 2015 independent British romantic comedy 'Sparks & Embers'.[9] He also appeared in the film "Death at a Funeral" as a student of pharmaceuticals who inadvertently drugged a member of the family.

Personal life[edit]

Marshall lives in Long Barton (near Wells, Somerset) with his wife Hannah, his son Thomas and his daughter, Elsie.[10]

Marshall suffered head injuries after being hit by a car in Bristol in 2008.[11] The accident happened in the early hours of 28 April 2008 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.[12] He made a full recovery and began his performances in the play Fat Pig three weeks later, as scheduled.[13] Marshall supports Aston Villa and has said that a card from the club helped him through his accident.[14]

Marshall was charged with failing to provide a breath test in October 2011, after police stopped his car in the Tesco car park in Wells, Somerset.[15] Marshall had failed a breath test at the scene, and then refused to provide a second sample at the police station.[16] He pleaded guilty and was disqualified from driving for 6 months.


Film, television and radio[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1993 Closing Numbers Fredericks
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 Dead Babies
2000–2005 My Family Nick Harper 49 episodes
2001 Je t'aime John Wayne Belmondo
2002 Iris Doctor Gudgeon
2002 Mexicano Jake Morton
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
2007 Sold Matt
2008 Heist Dick Puddlecote
2008 Easy Virtue Furber
2008 Spending My Inheritance Harry Radio drama
2010 Human Target Doug 1 episode
2010 D.O.A. Tom Lassiter
2011 Traffic Light Ethan
2011 Oka! Amerikee Larry[17]
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
2013 Derek Himself Cameo
2013 Lightfields Paul
2014–2017 Death in Paradise[18] DI Humphrey Goodman
2015 Sparks & Embers Tom Sanger
2016 Ambulance Narrator


Year Title Role
2006 The Hypochondriac Cleante
2006 The Revenger's Tragedy Vindici
2007 Treats Dave
2008 Fat Pig Carter

Music video[edit]



  1. ^ "Kris Marshall - Biography". Talk Talk Group. Retrieved 18 February 2014. 
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  3. ^ a b "BBC - Kris Marshall joins BBC One's Death In Paradise - Media Centre". 
  4. ^ "BBC One Sets Premiere Date For 'Death In Paradise' Season 3 - TVWise". TVWise. 
  5. ^ "Kris Marshall". Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
  6. ^ Tim Guest (16 January 2012). "Meet the new Flat 6 flatmates". BT. Retrieved 28 January 2013. 
  7. ^ "Death in Paradise spoiler: Det Insp Richard Poole in New Year major shock storyline". Daily Express. 
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  9. ^ "IMDb Sparks & Embers". IMDb. 
  10. ^ "BT ad actor Kris Marshall banned from driving for six months after refusing to take breath test". Daily Mail. London. 11 November 2011. 
  11. ^ "Actor Marshall hurt in accident". BBC. 2008-04-28. Retrieved 2008-04-28. 
  12. ^ Singh, Anita (2008-04-28). "Kris Marshall 'in stable condition' after accident". London: The Daily Telegraph. 
  13. ^ Smith, Neil (2008-05-17). "Star returns to stage after crash". BBC News Online. Retrieved 2008-05-19. 
  14. ^ Sunday Mercury (2008-10-11). "Aston Villa helped save my life says BT commercial actor - Birmingham Mail". Retrieved 2013-03-20. 
  15. ^ "My Family star breath test charge". BBC. 6 October 2011. Retrieved 6 October 2011. 
  16. ^ "My Family actor Kris Marshall banned from driving". BBC News. 10 November 2011. 
  17. ^ "". Retrieved 2013-03-20. 
  18. ^ 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. 

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