Mark Wright (TV personality)

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Mark Wright
Born (1987-01-20) 20 January 1987 (age 28)
Buckhurst Hill, Essex, England[1]
Occupation Television presenter, television personality, radio host, model
Years active 2010–present
Home town Clifton, Preston, England, UK
Television The Only Way Is Essex (2010–11, 2012, 2014)
I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! (2011)
Take Me Out: The Gossip (2012–13, 2015–)
Mark Wright's Hollywood Nights (2012)
Surprise Surprise (2013–)
Party Wright Around the World (2014)
Strictly Come Dancing (2014)
Spouse(s) Michelle Keegan (m. 2015)
Relatives Jess Wright (sister)
Josh Wright (brother)
Natalya Wright (sister)
Carol Wright (mother)
Mark Wright, Sr. (father) Nanny Pat (grandmother)

Mark Wright (born 20 January 1987) is an English television presenter, television personality, radio host,[2] and an original cast member of The Only Way Is Essex. On 23 October 2011, Wright announced that he would be leaving the show at the end of the third series. He made a cameo appearance in the sixth series and returned for the 2012 Christmas special and made a brief appearance in 2014.


Wright is the elder son of Carol Wright and Mark Wright, Sr. and the brother of Jess Wright[3] Natalya Wright and Josh Wright



Mark Wright
Personal information
Date of birth (1987-01-20) 20 January 1987 (age 28)
Place of birth Buckhurst Hill, Essex, England
Playing position Left-back
Youth career
0000–2005 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[4] 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).

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


Since 8 January 2012, Wright and Laura Jackson have co-presented Take Me Out spin-off programme Take Me Out: The Gossip for ITV2.[6]

On 9 January 2012, Wright appeared on ITV Breakfast programme Daybreak for a two-week stint.[7]

From 20 June to 7 July 2012, Wright presented and starred in a new ITV2 show titled Mark Wright's Hollywood Nights. ITV2 agreed with viewers that the show was not compelling viewing. It was dropped.[8] Wright was due to co-present a new entertainment series with Melanie Sykes named My Man Can. After filming one series, ITV made the decision not to air the show.[9]

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

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

I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here![edit]

On 13 November 2011, Wright appeared on eleventh series of ITV's I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!, and was runner up to McFly's Dougie Poynter in the public vote.[10][11]

Strictly Come Dancing[edit]

Main article: Strictly Come Dancing

From September 2014, Wright competed in the twelfth series of Strictly Come Dancing paired with professional dancer Karen Hauer.[12]

On 20 December 2014, the pair finished in fourth place.


On 24 December 2012, Wright joined the Heart radio network and presents the Club Classics every Friday and Saturday evening between 7 and 9pm.[13]

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. .[14]

Personal life[edit]

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

Since December 2012, Wright has been in a relationship with former Coronation Street actress Michelle Keegan.[15] It was confirmed on 9 September 2013 that the two were engaged.[16]

They married on 24 May 2015.[17][18]


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]

Wright has made appearances on Celebrity Juice.


  1. ^ "Academy Hotseat - Mark Wright - News Articles". 2012-03-05. 
  2. ^ Manning, Jenny. "Mark Wright and Myleene Klass to host Heart FM shows". London: The Sun. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "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
  4. ^ TV star Mark Wright quits Heybridge Swifts having played twice The Maldon Chronicle
  5. ^ Unreal confusion over reality star Mark Wright Cambridge News
  6. ^ TOWIE Mark Wright, Zoe Hardman to front Take Me Out spinoff show Alex Fletcher, Digital Spy, 13 December 2011
  7. ^ "Daybreak signs up Mark Wright "to keep people fit and healthy"". Metro. Retrieved 2011-12-21. 
  8. ^ "Mark Wright’s Hollywood Nights axed after one series". Metro. 25 August 2012. Retrieved 22 April 2014. 
  9. ^ "Mark Wright, Melanie Sykes relationship show 'My Man Can' 'axed' by ITV". Digital Spy. 5 June 2013. Retrieved 22 April 2014. 
  10. ^ 'I'm a Celeb' runner-up Mark Wright: 'It was an honour to be myself' Daniel Sperling, Digital Spy, 3 December 2011
  11. ^ 9.7m see Dougie Poynter crowned King of the Jungle on 'I'm a Celeb' Liam O'Brien, Digital Spy, 4 December 2011
  12. ^ "Mark Wright confirmed for Strictly Come Dancing 2014". Digital Spy. Retrieved 22 August 2014. 
  13. ^ Manning, Jenny (18 December 2012). "Mark Wright and Myleene Klass to host Heart FM shows". London: The Sun. 
  14. ^ "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. 
  15. ^ "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). 
  16. ^ "'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). 
  17. ^ "Michelle Keegan and Mark Wright get married in Bury St Edmunds". BBC. May 24, 2015. Retrieved May 25, 2015. 
  18. ^ 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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