Stephen Beckett

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Stephen Beckett
Born Template:Birth date 5
London, England
Years active 1992–present
Spouse(s) Anna Brecon

Stephen Beckett is an English actor, known for portraying Dr Matt Ramsden in Coronation Street and Mike Jarvis in The Bill.

Background[edit]

Born in London,[1] Beckett was brought up in Brixton and Croydon,[2] and attended Wilson's School in Wallington.[3] He has three sisters.[2] Beckett left school at the age of sixteen to become an actor, and began his career in street theatre in Covent Garden.[2] He later trained at RADA, graduating at the age of twenty three.

Beckett is married to actress Anna Brecon, whom he met when both were cast in a production of The Blue Room at the Octagon Theatre, Bolton.[4] They married in 2002, and have a daughter, Nancy, and a son, Wilfred.[4] They currently live in Brighton.[5]

Career[edit]

Beckett won his first professional roles a week after graduating from drama school, appearing in Richard II and Callas at the Oldham Coliseum.[1] He went on to work in regional theatre throughout the UK, and with the National Theatre.[1]

Beckett played the role of PC Mike Jarvis in The Bill for five years. He later played Dr Matt Ramsden in Coronation Street from 2000 to 2002, reprising the role in 2006.[4] Discussing the character and the possibility of a return, Beckett said: "People were really protective of Ashley, and very anti the child-stealing doctor. I don't know about returning to Corrie again, but as long as Ashley is in the show there is a potential kidnap plot."[4] But as the character of Ashley has now been written out with the rest of his on-screen family to follow shortly the return of Dr. Ramsden seems unlikely.

His other television credits include Robin Hood, Doctors and Casualty.[4] In 2006, he guest starred as Richard III in the Doctor Who audio drama The Kingmaker.

Beckett's theatre work includes the original productions of the Alan Ayckbourn plays Drowning on Dry Land and Private Fears in Public Places, Around the World in Eighty Days,[1] The Ghost Train,[6] Murder with Love,[7] Walk Hard, The Business of Murder, The Late Edwina Black and Absurd Person Singular.[8] He has also appeared in pantomime.[6]

Beckett plays Prospero in The Tempest for the 2017 open air Stafford Festival Shakespeare 22 June-8 July 2017.

Television[edit]

Year Show Role Notes
1993 The Bill Mike Jarvis
(1993–1998)
Police drama
2000 Coronation Street Dr Matt Ramsden
(2000–2002, 2006)
Soap opera
2002 The Day That Shook the World Narrator Television film
2005 Doctors Mike Richmond
- Freefall (2005)
Soap opera
2006 Dalziel and Pascoe Martin Bendelow
- Glory Days: Part 1 (2006)
- Glory Days: Part 2 (2006)
Police drama
Casualty Mark Steed
- Walk Before You Can Run (2006)
Medical drama
2007 Doctors Damon Ashwood
- Innocence Lost (2007)
Soap opera
Robin Hood Legrand
- Treasure of the Nation (2007)
TV series
2009 Holby City Gary Daley
- Breathe Deeply (2009)
Medical drama
Heartbeat Alan Page
- Return Crossing (2009)
TV series
2011 House of Anubis Rory Campbell TV series

Film[edit]

Year Show Role Notes
1992 Enchanted April Jonathan Feature film

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Key, Philip. "A Street star's main desire...". Daily Post. Retrieved 2009-08-05. 
  2. ^ a b c Smith, Steven. "Stephen Beckett - My Favourite Things", The People, 2001-09-16.
  3. ^ Croydon Life: Profiles: Stephen Beckett Retrieved on 2009-08-04.
  4. ^ a b c d e Sole, Kate (30 May 2008). "Stephen Beckett stars in new thriller". Bucks Free Press. Retrieved 2009-08-04. 
  5. ^ Kottegoda, Maheesha. "Five minutes with...Stephen Beckett". Sussex Life. Retrieved 2009-08-04. 
  6. ^ a b Lewis, Katy (30 August 2006). "The doctor's in the house!". BBC Beds Herts and Bucks. Retrieved 2009-08-04. 
  7. ^ Wilkins, Amanda (16 October 2008). "Review: Murder with Love". Mid Sussex Times. Retrieved 2009-08-04. 
  8. ^ Whats On Stage.com - Details for Stephen Beckett Retrieved on 2009-08-04.

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