Kris Marshall On Stage - Theatre Credits, Bio and Tickets

Kris Marshall

Kris Marshall will be appearing in Glengarry Glen Ross at the Playhouse Theatre. Click here for more.

Kris Marshall burst onto the scene in 2000 when he appeared in the hit BBC sitcom My Family. Marshall played the dim-witted, lazy eldest son of Ben and Susan Harper (played by Robert Lindsay and Zoe Wanamaker), Nick Harper. Marshall’s character often flitted between jobs – one episode he’d be a stuntman, the next a ‘gorilla-o-gram’.  Marshall remained in the series for five years before leaving in 2005.

During his time in My Family, Marshall appeared in the film Love Actually. He played the character Colin who decides British girls are not for him and he would have better luck with love on the other side of the Atlantic. While in Wisconsin, Colin is seduced by three American girls in a bar and, according to IMDb, Marshall waived his fee for filming these scenes because "he had such a great time”.

Upon leaving My Family in 2005, Marshall became recognisable as the face of television adverts for BT. Over the course of six years, the adverts told the narrative of his character Adam meeting, falling for and eventually marrying Jane, played by Esther Hall.

Marshall’s theatre credits include Moliere's The Hypochondriac. Marshall starred alongside Henry Goodman in a new version of the play by Richard Bean at the Almeida in 2005. He went on to appear in The Revenger’s Tragedy at Southwark Playhouse, Treats at the Garrick, and Fat Pigs at Trafalgar Studios. While preparing for Fat Pigs, Marshall was hit by a car as he enjoyed a night out with friends in Bristol. He suffered head injuries and, after making a full recovery, began in Fat Pigs three weeks later than scheduled.

In more recent times, Marshall is best-known as playing the lead detective on the island of Guadeloupe, DI Humphrey Goodman in the series Death in Paradise. He replaced Ben Miller as the lead role (indeed, his first case was to solve the murder of Miller’s character), and in January 2017, after four series in the role, Marshall announced he would leave the show. This sparked wide rumour as it was around this time that Peter Capaldi announced he would be leaving Doctor Who. In March, as Marshall emerged as the favourite to take over the TARDIS, the bookies suspended betting, but Jodie Whittaker was eventually announced as the new Doctor.

At the same time, Marhsall was embarking on his most recent theatre project. He played Kelvin in Lindsey Ferrentino’s play Ugly Lies the Bone at the National Theatre. The play was about a soldier returning from her third tour of Afghanistan and uses virtual reality to pioneer her therapy. It also starred Kate Fleetwood and Ralf Little.

In October 2017, Kris Marshall will play John Williamson in a new production of David Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross. Christian Slater will return to the West End in the production, joining Don Warrington, Robert Glenister and Stanley Townsend. Buy Glengarry Glen Ross tickets.

Selected London theatre credits

Show Venue Year Link
Glengarry Glen Ross Playhouse 2017 Tickets
Ugly Lies the Bone National Theatre 2017 Review
Fat Pig Trafalgar Studios 2008 Review
The Revenger's Tragedy National Theatre 2008 Review
Treats Garrick Theatre 2007 Review


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