Mark Moraghan

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Mark Moraghan
Born Mark Stephen Moraghan
(1963-01-27) 27 January 1963 (age 54)
Toxteth, Liverpool, Lancashire, England
Occupation Actor, singer
Years active 1978–present
Known for Thomas & Friends
Website Official site

Mark Stephen Moraghan (born 27 January 1963)[1] is a British actor and singer. He has appeared in many British drama series including Peak Practice, London's Burning and Heartbeat. He is most famous for being a narrator for the children's television show Thomas & Friends from seventeeth season onwards, and his roles as Greg Shadwick in Brookside, Ray Wyatt in Dream Team, Owen Davies in Holby City and Adrian Atkins in Coronation Street.

Life and career[edit]

Moraghan was born in Toxteth, Liverpool on 27 January 1963. He started acting in 1978, when the BBC held auditions in his high school for the TV play Lies, and he was selected.[2] On 14 May 1988, Moraghan started his professional acting career playing a ferryman in the comedy Help!, and he subsequently went on to play in many TV series and several films. His longest running role was Owen Davies, a Consultant Obstetrician, in Holby City which he played from 2001 until 2005. He also appeared in a television commercial for the fabric softener 'Bounce' in 1996 with fellow Liverpudlian Katy Carmichael. He was recently a member of the cast of the British independent film Allies (2014).

Moraghan may be best known for his acting, but he also sings and in 2006 he starred in a musical production of Willy Russell's "Our Day Out" at Liverpool's Royal Court Theatre.[3]

He performed as a backing vocalist and percussionist in the Liverpool band Personal Column in the late 1970s.[4] In 2006, Moraghan came second in the BBC singing competition Just the Two of Us. His singing partner was Atomic Kitten singer Natasha Hamilton with whom he sang classic songs like "Islands in the Stream" and "With You I'm Born Again". He has also appeared on Lily Savage's Blankety Blank.[5]

He will star and co-direct the forthcoming feature film The Stepdad.[6]

In 2008, Moraghan appeared in Celebrity MasterChef, reaching the final alongside Andi Peters and eventual champion Liz McClarnon.

On 9 April 2009 it was announced that Moraghan is touring the UK in a theatre production of Brian Clemens' play Strictly Murder, alongside Nick Barclay, Katie Funk, David Rumelle and Miriam Miller.

Moraghan's swing album, Moonlight's Back In Style (words by Nicky Campbell) was released on Linn Records on 14 September 2009. He sang the title song from the album on GMTV on 2 September 2009.

From 2013, Moraghan became the narrator on the children's television show Thomas & Friends, succeeding both Michael Brandon and Michael Angelis (for both the US and the UK, respectively).[7] He is also narrator for the Thomas & Friends specials/films, King of the Railway, Tale of the Brave, The Adventure Begins, Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure and The Great Race.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://web.researcha.com/iccquery/detail/?did=3031115&c=uk Researcha
  2. ^ Woman, Cannon, Nick, "From Lust to Dust", 23 August 1999 Accessed: 7 October 2006
  3. ^ markmoraghan.com Music section. Accessed: 4 September 2006
  4. ^ PersonalColumn pictures. Accessed: 7 October 2006
  5. ^ Lily Savage's Blankety Blank. 13 May 2001. ITV. 
  6. ^ markmoraghan.com News 21 November 2006 + 3 November 2006 Accessed: 29 November 2006
  7. ^ "Former Brookside actor to be Thomas the Tank Engine narrator". The Guardian. 17 May 2013. Retrieved 26 May 2015. 

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