5 June 1985 |
Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, England, UK
Life and career
Pickering was born in Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire. He was first attracted to acting aged 8 when he saw an audition sign for The Sound of Music and said to his father "I wouldn't mind doing that." Although he did not get the part, he was keen to get involved, and joined the National Youth Music Theatre. When he was 12, one of the theatre's directors, Jeremy James Taylor, put him forward for the part of Young Masbath in Sleepy Hollow, directed by Tim Burton. He also attended South Hunsley Secondary School.
Pickering also performed in Bugsy Malone; as the Artful Dodger in Oliver Twist; and in The Long and the Short and the Tall on various London stages; before starring opposite Helen Mirren and Julie Walters in Calendar Girls in 2003. He then returned to the stage as Joseph Merrick in The Elephant Man. The production did not use prosthetics, to encourage the audience to see Merrick's struggle and emotions.
From December 2015 through January 2016, Pickering played Abanazar in Aladdin at the Milton Keynes Theatre. In April and May 2016, he was in the European debut of the rock musical The Toxic Avenger at the Southwark Playhouse, London.
He also had a bit part as a hapless pizza delivery man in 6th episode of the third series of the BBC comedy Josh which aired on November 6th 2017.
- Spain, Katie (2008-03-27). "Interview: Marc Pickering - The Elephant Man". Seatwave: Theatre Buff. Retrieved 15 October 2008.
- "Marc Pickering Biography (1986-)". Film Reference.com. Retrieved 15 October 2008.
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