Mark Wright (TV personality)

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Mark Wright
Mark Wright (TV personality) 2011.jpg
Wright in July 2011
Born (1987-01-20) 20 January 1987 (age 28)
Buckhurst Hill, Essex, England[1]
Occupation Television and radio presenter, model, semi-professional footballer
Spouse(s) Michelle Keegan (m. 2015)

Association football career
Playing position Left-back
Youth career
1994-1998 West Ham
1998-2001 Arsenal
2001–2005 Tottenham Hotspur
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2006 Southend United 0 (0)
2005–2006 Lewes (loan) 7 (0)
2006–2007 Grays Athletic 0 (0)
2006–2007 Crawley Town (loan) 9 (1)
2007 Rushden & Diamonds (loan) 3 (0)
2007 St 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).

† Appearances (goals)

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

Afterwards, he appeared 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. As of 2015, he is the current presenter of Take Me Out: The Gossip and Dengineers, as well as hosting "Club Classics" every Friday and Saturday night on Heart.


Wright is the elder 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,[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.

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]

Since January 2012, Wright and Laura Jackson have co-presented the Take Me Out spin-off programme Take Me Out: The Gossip for ITV2.[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 has been a reporter on the ITV series Surprise Surprise.

On 26 February 2014, Wright fronted his own ITV2 reality show entitled Party Wright Around The World.

In September 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, where they landed in fourth place.


Since 24 December 2012, Wright has presented the "Club Classics" every Friday and Saturday evening on Heart Radio, between 7pm and 9pm.[15]

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. .[16]

Personal life[edit]

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

Since December 2012, Wright has been in a relationship with former Coronation Street actress Michelle Keegan.[17] On 9 September 2013, it was announced that he and Keegan were engaged.[18] They married on 24 May 2015.[19][20]


Year Title Type Role Notes
2010–2011, 2012, 2014 The Only Way Is Essex TV Himself TV Series
2011 I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! TV Contestant, Runner-Up, Series 11
2012 Daybreak TV Health-Expert - Two Week Stint
2012–2013, 2015– Take Me Out: The Gossip TV Host/Presenter
2012 Mark Wright's Hollywood Nights TV Host/Presenter
2013– Surprise Surprise TV Reporter
2014 Party Wright Around The World TV Host/Presenter
Strictly Come Dancing TV Contestant
2015 Dengineers TV Host/Presenter

Guest appearances[edit]


  1. ^ "Academy Hotseat - Mark Wright - News Articles". 2012-03-05. 
  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. 
  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. Retrieved 2011-12-21. 
  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. Retrieved 22 August 2014. 
  15. ^ Manning, Jenny (18 December 2012). "Mark Wright and Myleene Klass to host Heart FM shows". London: The Sun. 
  16. ^ "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. 
  17. ^ "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). 
  18. ^ "'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). 
  19. ^ "Michelle Keegan and Mark Wright get married in Bury St Edmunds". BBC. May 24, 2015. Retrieved May 25, 2015. 
  20. ^ Sharda, Angela (May 24, 2015). "Coronation Street star Michelle Keegan and Mark Wright marry in £1m ceremony". International Business Times. Retrieved May 25, 2015. 

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