Mark Wright (TV personality)

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Mark Wright
Mark Wright (TV personality) 2011.jpg
Wright in July 2011
Mark Charles Edward Wright

(1987-01-20) 20 January 1987 (age 32)
OccupationTelevision personality, entertainment reporter, model, former football player
Michelle Keegan (m. 2015)
Association football career
Playing position Left-back
Youth career
1994–1998 West Ham United
1998–2001 Arsenal
2001–2005 Tottenham Hotspur
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2006 Southend United 0 (0)
2005–2006Lewes (loan) 7 (0)
2006–2007 Grays Athletic 0 (0)
2006–2007Crawley Town (loan) 9 (1)
2007Rushden & Diamonds (loan) 3 (0)
2007St Albans City (loan)
2007 Bishop's Stortford
2007 Fisher Athletic
2008–2009 Thurrock
2009 Bishop's Stortford
2011 Heybridge Swifts[2] 2 (0)
2011 Thurrock 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:05, 12 January 2012 (UTC)

Mark Wright (born 20 January 1987) is an English television personality,[3] entertainment reporter, model and former football player who is known for appearing as a cast member on the first three series of The Only Way Is Essex.

Wright gained further popularity after appearing on the eleventh series of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! where he finished as runner-up, and the twelfth series of Strictly Come Dancing, where he finished in fourth place.

He is currently a presenter on the double Emmy award-winning American entertainment news programme EXTRA by Warner Bros. As of March 2019, he is the presenter of The Bachelor UK.


Wright is the eldest son of Carol Wright and Mark Wright, Sr. and the brother of Jess Wright,[4] Natalya Wright and Josh Wright.



Before his appearances on The Only Way Is Essex, Wright was a semi-professional footballer, with a youth career at West Ham United,[5] Arsenal,[6] and Tottenham Hotspur.

He started his senior career with Southend United, but moved into nightclub promoting and playing only semi-professionally.[6] In January 2012, it was reported that he rekindled his semi-professional footballing career, by signing for St Neots Town, but this was denied by Wright on his Twitter account.[7]


In October 2010, Wright was one of the original cast members in the ITV reality programme The Only Way is Essex. He announced his departure from the show on 23 October 2011, near the end of the third series. He later returned for a cameo appearance in the sixth series and also, for the 2012 Christmas special. He briefly returned again in 2014 and again in 2016.

In November 2011, Wright took part in the eleventh series of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!. He was the runner-up, losing to McFly bassist Dougie Poynter.[8][9]

From January 2012 until 2017, Wright and Laura Jackson have co-presented the Take Me Out spin-off programme Take Me Out: The Gossip for ITV2. Zoe Hardman previously hosted with Wright. The series did not air in 2018.[10] He also appeared as a fitness expert on the ITV Breakfast programme Daybreak for two weeks, to front its mini series Downsize in Dubai.[11]

From 20 June to 7 July 2012, Wright presented and starred in a new ITV2 show, titled Mark Wright's Hollywood Nights. It was later dropped after one series.[12] He was due to co-present with Melanie Sykes on a new entertainment series named My Man Can. After filming one series, ITV made the decision not to air the show.[13]

Since 2013, Wright was a reporter on the ITV series Surprise Surprise.

In 2014, Wright fronted his own ITV2 reality show entitled Party Wright Around The World. In 2014, Wright was one of the celebrities competing in the twelfth series of Strictly Come Dancing. He was paired up with professional dancer Karen Hauer.[14] The couple made into the final in which they came fourth.

Wright also presented The Dengineers with Lauren Layfield on CBBC from 2015 until 2017. He left at the end of the second series and was replaced by Joe Tracini.

In December 2016, Wright made an appearance on an episode of E!'s The Royals (season 3, episode 1).

Wright presents series 6 of Channel 5's The Bachelor, based on the US television show of the same name.

On 5 July 2019, Wright guest presented This Morning with Rochelle Humes.[15]


Since 24 December 2012, Wright has presented the "Club Classics" show every Friday and Saturday evening on Heart Radio, between 7 pm and 9 pm.[16]

Other work[edit]

In June 2013, Wright was signed by online retail giant, Littlewoods, as its new face of menswear, which sees him style and model a capsule collection each season for Littlewoods' own-brand menswear line, Goodsouls.[17] In September 2018 he was signed by Matalan as the face of their menswear range.[18].

In June 2016, he took part in Soccer Aid for the first time. He played for 'England'. He scored a goal from a direct free kick in the 3-2 victory, and was named Man of the Match. Wright also played in the 2018 and 2019 editions of Soccer Aid.

Personal life[edit]

On 22 February 2009, Wright was best man at the wedding of the reality star Jade Goody and Jack Tweed. He was featured briefly in the Sky Living TV series.

Wright was in a relationship with fellow TOWIE cast member Lauren Goodger from 2001 until 2012. They got engaged in March 2011 but Wright called off their engagement in August 2011, after claims that she had cheated on him.

Since December 2012, Wright has been in a relationship with former Coronation Street actress Michelle Keegan.[19] On 9 September 2013, it was announced that he and Keegan were engaged.[20] They married on 24 May 2015.[21][22]


Year Title Channel Role
2010–2011, 2012, 2014, 2016 The Only Way Is Essex ITV2 TV series
2011 I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! ITV Series 11 runner-up
2012 Daybreak Guest health expert
2012–2013, 2015–2017 Take Me Out: The Gossip ITV2 Co-presenter
2012 Mark Wright's Hollywood Nights Presenter
2013–2015 Surprise Surprise ITV Presenter
2014 Party Wright Around the World ITV2 Presenter
Strictly Come Dancing BBC One Contestant
2015–2017 The Dengineers CBBC Co-presenter
2017— Extra Syndicated Presenter
2019 The Bachelor Channel 5 Presenter


  1. ^ "Academy Hotseat - Mark Wright - News Articles". 5 March 2012.
  2. ^ "TV star Mark Wright quits Heybridge Swifts having played twice". Essex Chronicle.
  3. ^ Manning, Jenny. "Mark Wright and Myleene Klass to host Heart FM shows". London: The Sun. Retrieved 5 January 2013.
  4. ^ "The Only Way is a brand new motor for Jessica and Mark Wright as they both drive away with matching convertible Mercedes", Daily Mail, 12 Jan 2012. Accessed 22 Dec 2014
  5. ^ "Mark Wright Explains His Love Affair With Football". The FA. 5 June 2014. Retrieved 15 November 2015.
  6. ^ a b "'I want to be James Bond one day. Nothing fazes me. I want to be a massive Hollywood actor': Mark Wright aims for the top". The Daily Mail. 7 February 2012. Retrieved 15 November 2015.
  7. ^ "Unreal confusion over reality star Mark Wright". Cambridge News. Archived from the original on 26 October 2014.
  8. ^ 'I'm a Celeb' runner-up Mark Wright: 'It was an honour to be myself' Daniel Sperling, Digital Spy, 3 December 2011
  9. ^ 9.7m see Dougie Poynter crowned King of the Jungle on 'I'm a Celeb' Liam O'Brien, Digital Spy, 4 December 2011
  10. ^ TOWIE Mark Wright, Zoe Hardman to front Take Me Out spinoff show Alex Fletcher, Digital Spy, 13 December 2011
  11. ^ "Daybreak signs up Mark Wright "to keep people fit and healthy"". Metro. 7 December 2011. Retrieved 21 December 2011.
  12. ^ "Mark Wright's Hollywood Nights axed after one series". Metro. 25 August 2012. Retrieved 22 April 2014.
  13. ^ "Mark Wright, Melanie Sykes relationship show 'My Man Can' 'axed' by ITV". Digital Spy. 5 June 2013. Retrieved 22 April 2014.
  14. ^ "Mark Wright confirmed for Strictly Come Dancing 2014". Digital Spy. 22 August 2014. Retrieved 22 August 2014.
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  16. ^ Manning, Jenny (18 December 2012). "Mark Wright and Myleene Klass to host Heart FM shows". The Sun. London.
  17. ^ "Mark Wright proves he's a natural in front of the camera as he poses for his first modelling campaign". Mirror. 25 June 2013. Retrieved 22 April 2014.
  18. ^ Brookbanks, Amy (14 September 2018). "Mark Wright signs big money deal to be the face of Matalan and present his own show with the brand". The Sun. London.
  19. ^ "Michelle Keegan discovers the dangers of a thigh-high split as she accidentally flashes her underwear at Mark Wright's birthday party". Daily Mail. London.
  20. ^ "'It's true.... we're SO happy!' Excited Michelle Keegan confirms she and Mark Wright are engaged after his romantic beach proposal in Dubai". Daily Mail. London.
  21. ^ "Michelle Keegan and Mark Wright get married in Bury St Edmunds". BBC. 24 May 2015. Retrieved 25 May 2015.
  22. ^ Sharda, Angela (24 May 2015). "Coronation Street star Michelle Keegan and Mark Wright marry in £1m ceremony". International Business Times. Retrieved 25 May 2015.

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