4 October 1967 |
Gateshead, England, United Kingdom
|Education||East 15 Acting School|
|Occupation||Actor, voice-over artist, media personality, broadcaster, continuity announcer|
|Employer||Channel 4 (2000–11)
Channel 5 (2011–present)
Marcus Bentley (born 4 October 1967) is a British actor, broadcaster and voice-over artist. Bentley is most famous for narrating the United Kingdom's version of the Dutch reality television programme Big Brother since its inception in 2000. He also did other continuity announcements for Channel 4 until he left in July 2011 to continue narrating the revived Big Brother on Channel 5. Bentley's voice-over work and strong Geordie accent has led to him becoming one of Britain's most recognised voices.
Bentley was selected as the narrator of the Channel 4 (now Channel 5) Reality Television programme Big Brother, which originated in the Netherlands, and this remains his best-known work. The producers of Big Brother gave him the job of narrator because they liked the way he said "Chickens". His most notable catchphrase is "Day [x] (in the Big Brother house...)". Bentley has narrated all sixteen series of the show to date, as well as the spin-off shows Celebrity Big Brother, Teen Big Brother, Celebrity Hijack and Ultimate Big Brother.
Before Big Brother, Bentley starred in several TV adaptations of Catherine Cookson's novels where he honed his now familiar Geordie accent. He also starred in several TV commercials as well as minor parts in feature films, such as Mad Dogs and Englishmen, which starred Joss Ackland, C. Thomas Howell, and Elizabeth Hurley.
Aside from Big Brother, Bentley could be heard on Channel 4 as a continuity announcer until he resigned after ten years, when he reprised his Big Brother narrator role on the revived Channel 5 series.
In December 2011, Bentley began doing continuity links on Channel 5, complementing his role as narrator of Big Brother on the same channel.
Marcus is married to Julie. They have 3 children together, and live in Kent in the UK. He is also seen frequently in the Fenwick birthday card section with his son Max Bentley and in Aldi with daughter Georgia Bentley.
- Gareth McLean. "The voice of Big Brother". the Guardian.