Marsh opening a clothes shop at the Arndale Centre in Manchester
|Born||Kimberley Gail Marsh
13 June 1976
Whiston, Merseyside, England
|Other names||Kym Ryder
|Occupation||Actress, singer, songwriter|
|Home town||Garswood, St Helens, Merseyside, England|
|Spouse(s)||Jack Ryder (m. 2002–09)
Jamie Lomas (m. 2012–14)
Kimberley Gail Marsh (formerly Ryder and Lomas; born 13 June 1976) is an English actress and former singer and songwriter, best known for playing Michelle Connor in Coronation Street since 2006. Marsh rose to prominence in 2000 after winning Popstars with the band Hear'Say before leaving the group in 2002. She then started a solo career with her album Standing Tall, which spawned two top ten singles. In 2010, she participated in the first series of Popstar to Operastar.
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Early singing career and membership of Hear'Say
Marsh provided session vocals for artists including Matt Darey, and Hemstock & Jennings. She sang in Norwegian for their track "Arctic," which caught the attention of Paul van Dyk, and was remixed and re-recorded with additional vocals from Jan Johnston. The track was released in the UK via Positiva and reached number 14 in the UK charts
In late 2000, Marsh auditioned for the ITV talent show Popstars. She was one of the five singers chosen for the newly formed band Hear'Say, along with Danny Foster, Myleene Klass, Suzanne Shaw and Noel Sullivan. In March 2001, Hear'Say released their first single "Pure and Simple", a cover of a track by Girl Thing. The song went straight to number 1 on the UK Singles Chart in March 2001, selling just under 550,000 copies. The group then released their second single, "The Way to Your Love," in June 2001. The song became their second consecutive number 1 single. Shortly afterwards the group toured the UK.
In January 2002, Marsh announced that she was leaving Hear'Say. She later revealed that she had often fought with Myleene Klass and Noel Sullivan. Auditions were held to find a replacement for Marsh, but the group split up in October 2002. On 14 March 2014, while she was appearing on an episode of the Channel 4 programme 8 Out of 10 Cats, Marsh said that she had not been friends with Shaw "for years".
After a while out of the spotlight Marsh signed a solo record deal with Island Records. Her first single, "Cry," went to number 2 in the UK Singles Chart and her second single, "Come on Over," made it to number 10.
In July 2003, Marsh released her debut solo album, Standing Tall, which contained three solo singles and twelve other tracks. However, her make-or-break third single, "Sentimental," stalled at number 35, and that resulted in her being dropped by her record label.
Marsh has said that she would like to return to music one day, but "Right now I'm focusing on Corrie and I am putting all my effort into it."
In early 2006, Marsh entered Making Your Mind Up, a show intended to pick a singer and a song for the UK entry in the Eurovision Song Contest. With a song, called "Whisper to Me", Marsh came fourth in the contest, which was won by Daz Sampson.
In 2005, Marsh was a regular panellist on ITVs flagship daytime show Loose Women, she has also returned as a guest panellist making an appearances in October 2014, as well as April and September 2015.
In 2006, after playing prostitute Kay Price in one episode of Channel 4's late-night soap opera Hollyoaks: In the City, Marsh joined the cast of Coronation Street, playing Michelle Connor from 3 April 2006 onwards.
Popstar to Operastar
|Week||Air Date||Song||Public vote||Result|
|1||15 January 2010||"Si Un Jour"||12.1%||Safe|
|2||22 January 2010||"Libiamo ne'lieti calici"||19%||Safe|
|3||29 January 2010||"Habanera"||13.3%||Safe|
|4||5 February 2010||"Nella Fantasia"||24.0%||Safe|
|5||12 February 2010||"Pie Jesu"||13.5%||Eliminated|
On 11 April 2014, Marsh took part in a celebrity episode of The Cube Seven months later on 2 November Marsh appeared in a celebrity episode of The Chase and on Boxing Day she was on Through the Keyhole with Keith Lemon.
On 10 July 2015, Marsh appeared as a barmaid in charge of a special pub quiz round on 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown.
Marsh married the actor Jack Ryder in St Albans, Hertfordshire, on 10 August 2002. It was announced on 20 March 2008 that the couple had decided to separate and would be seeking a divorce. Marsh and Ryder announced their divorce on 12 August 2009. Marsh has a son named David (born 1995) and a daughter named Emilie (born 1997) from a previous relationship with Dave Cunliffe.
Marsh dated the actor Jamie Lomas from July 2008 onwards. They married in Cheshire in September 2012. She and Lomas announced that they were expecting a baby in 2009. Their son, Archie Jay Lomas, was born 18 weeks early on 11 February and died moments after birth. Marsh stated that "Archie is our beautiful angel and we will miss him so much. Thank you all for your support." On 23 March 2011 Marsh gave birth to a daughter, Polly.
Marsh filmed a documentary for ITV about premature births, called Born Too Soon; and in late 2010 she helped to organise, and spoke at, a gala to raise money for the special care baby charity Bliss.
On 3 October 2012, Marsh announced that she would be known, not as Kym Marsh, but as Kym Lomas, but in October 2013, she filed for divorce, citing unreasonable behaviour. The divorce was finalised on 10 January 2014, and she reverted to the name Kym Marsh.
In January 2015, Marsh's daughter, Emilie Cunliffe was one of the auditionees for the fourth series of The Voice UK. Marsh was also present at the audition as family support. However, Cunliffe's audition was unsuccessful and she wasn't selected by any of the coaches.
- With Hear'Say
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Certifications||Album|
|"Pure and Simple"||2001||1||3||1||29||Popstars|
|"The Way to Your Love"||1||10||44||—|
|"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.|
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Album|
|"Come on Over"||10||11|
|"Today" (with Evil Angel)||2004||43||72||Non-album single|
Awards and nominations
- Won Best Newcomer at The British Soap Awards
- Won Best Newcomer at the TV Quick Awards
- Won Favourite Newcomer at the TV Now Awards
- Won Most Popular Newcomer at the National Television Awards
- Won Best TV Soap Personality at the TRIC Awards
- Won Best Celeb Mum at the Tesco Awards
- Won Favourite Actress at the TV Now Awards
- Won Best Dressed Soap Star at the Inside Soap Awards
- Won Bounty Celebrity Mum of the Year
- "Kym Ryder switches back to Marsh". Digital Spy. 29 September 2008. Retrieved 19 December 2008.
- Ancestry.co.uk – birth registration details
- "The home of music". Trance.nu. Retrieved 31 December 2011.
- "Chart Log UK: Asher D – Dyverse". Zobbel.de. Retrieved 31 December 2011.
- "Michelle Connor | Characters | Coronation Street". Itv.com. Retrieved 26 March 2014.
- "Categories – ITV Player". Itv.com. Retrieved 26 March 2014.
- "Kym Lomas to star in Catchphrase celebrity special". The List. 15 February 2013. Retrieved 26 March 2014.
- "'Coronation Street' star Kym Lomas for 'Catchphrase' celeb special – TV News". Digital Spy. 15 February 2013. Retrieved 26 March 2014.
- "Catchphrase Celebrity Special – Kym Lomas". YouTube. 20 June 2013. Retrieved 26 March 2014.
- "Tipping Point: Lucky Stars". RadioTimes. Retrieved 10 January 2015.
- "The Cube Episode 1 | presscentre". Itv.com. Retrieved 26 March 2014.
- "Joey Essex, Kym Marsh to face The Cube next month – TV News". Digital Spy. Retrieved 26 March 2014.
- "Corrie Star Splits from Husband". BBC News. 20 March 2008. Retrieved 20 March 2008.
- "Kym Marsh Settles Divorce Terms with Jack Ryder | TV: Latest News | STV Entertainment". Entertainment.stv.tv. 9 August 2009. Retrieved 31 December 2011.
- "Ryder, Lomas announce relationship". Digital Spy. Retrieved 10 January 2015.
- McCafferty, Nicola (11 September 2012). "Kym Marsh and Jamie Lomas Tie the Knot in Wedding Pictures and Interview Exclusive | OK! Magazine". Ok.co.uk. Retrieved 26 March 2014.
- "Kym Marsh Announces Pregnancy – Coronation Street News – Showbiz". Digital Spy. 5 December 2008. Retrieved 31 December 2011.
- "Street Star Kym Marsh's Baby Dies". BBC News. 12 February 2009. Retrieved 7 May 2010.
- Inside Soap Magazine 9–15 April 2011
- "Coronation Street Star Kym Marsh Changing Surname After Wedding – Coronation Street News – Showbiz". Digital Spy. 3 October 2012. Retrieved 16 December 2012.
- "Proud mother! Kym Marsh cheers on teenage daughter Emilie Cunliffe as she auditions for The Voice UK". Daily Mail. 9 January 2015. Retrieved 11 January 2015.
- "Coronation Street's Kym Marsh backs her daughter Emilie on The Voice". Daily Mirror. 10 January 2015. Retrieved 11 January 2015.
- "Hear'Say" (select "Singles" tab). The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 4 December 2011.
- "Discography Hear'say". irish-charts.com. Retrieved 4 December 2011.
- "Discography Hear'say". charts.org.nz. Hung Medien. Retrieved 4 December 2011.
- "Discographie Hear'say" (in German). hitparade.ch. Retrieved 4 December 2011.
- "Certified Awards Database" (insert "Hear'say" into the "Search" box, and then select "Go"). British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 4 December 2011.
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 351. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.