Marcel McCalla

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Marcel McCalla (born February 1981) is British actor, voice artist and musician from London. He has appeared in several stage productions and television shows, including Grange Hill for five series and Footballers' Wives.[1]


McCalla's first role was aged 14 in 1995 in Oliver!.[2] He has had roles in two plays by Roy Williams, Emile in 2003's Fallout and Kev in the 2005 production of Little Sweet Thing.[3] Also in 2005 he played Casey Motsisi in Who Killed Mr Drum?.[4] In 2006, he played Andre in Tanika Gupta's Sugar Mummies[5] and a mentally-ill patient in Joe Penhall's Blue/Orange,[1] and he played Jimmy in A Taste of Honey at the Royal Exchange, Manchester in 2008.[6]

In 2010, he starred in Mustapha Matura's Rum and Coca-Cola as Slim.[7][8]


McCalla's television roles include parts in Grange Hill, The Bill, Footballers' Wives, and Trexx and Flipside,[9] and he appeared in a BBC Film Network short film called Attack in 2005.[10] He also voiced Freezbone in the children's animation show Freefonix.

McCalla's role in Footballers' Wives was in the third series as the gay black footballer Noah. He faced negative public reactions due to the role.[11] He said of the role that "He's a character that's so different from myself: I don't earn loads of money. I'm not gay, so to play a character like that is a challenge."[3] Marcel now plays Gomez in The Matt Hatter Chronicles, which currently airs at 7:30 AM on a Sunday.

In 2015, he was the voice of Roley the road roller in Bob the Builder.


  1. ^ a b Lewis, Katy (17 May 2006). "Marcel shows his true colours?". BBC Berkshire. Retrieved 18 May 2010. 
  2. ^ Zadok, Leon (26 February 2010). "Talented two in tropical treat". Wakefield Express. Retrieved 18 May 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "Marcel McCalla interview". BBC Berkshire. 11 April 2005. Retrieved 18 May 2010. 
  4. ^ Vale, Paul (5 September 2005). "Who Killed Mr Drum?". The Stage. Archived from the original on 2 January 2007. Retrieved 18 May 2010. 
  5. ^ Loveridge, Lizzie (2006). "Sugar Mummies". Curtain Up. Retrieved 18 May 2010. 
  6. ^ Marlowe, Sam (19 November 2008). "A Taste of Honey at the Royal Exchange, Manchester". The Times. Retrieved 18 May 2010. 
  7. ^ Hickling, Alfred (15 March 2010). "Rum and Coca-Cola, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 May 2010. 
  8. ^ Mortimer, Vicki (26 February 2010). "INTERVIEW - Marcel McCalla. LS sits down with the ex-Footballer's Wives star to talk about his new stage role as a calypso protege". Leeds Student. Retrieved 18 May 2010. 
  9. ^ "Marcel McCalla on Clinton". TrexxAndFlipside. YouTube/BBC3. 12 June 2008. Retrieved 18 May 2010. 
  10. ^ "Attack by Timothy Smith". BBC Film Network. Retrieved 18 May 2010. 
  11. ^ Hall, Locksley (26 June 2006). "Marcel McCalla Talks About His Gay Role on Footballers' Wives". AfterElton. Archived from the original on 16 July 2009. Retrieved 18 May 2010. 

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