Kym Marsh is an English film and TV actress, a reality TV star and also a former singer-songwriter. She first came into the limelight in 2001 as a member of the sensational 5-piece music group Hear’Say but later quit the group to pursue a solo career. Marsh eventually ventured into acting in 2005 and has since carved a niche for herself. The multitalented star is best known to British TV audiences for her portrayal of the character Michelle Connor on the long-running soap opera Coronation Street.
Kym Marsh – Background Details
Kimberley Gail Marsh, best known for her professional name “Kym Marsh”, was born on the 13th day of June 1976 in Whiston, a village in the Merseyside metropolitan county of North West England. She was, however, raised in another village Garswood, also in Merseyside. She is the youngest child of Pauline, a Lebanese immigrant and David Marsh. She has 3 siblings; a sister named Tracey and 2 brothers, David and Jon.
Information regarding Marsh’s early education is not available but she is known to have studied at the Elliot Clarke Stage School in Liverpool. She left the school at age 15 after which she started working as a receptionist and later as a shop assistant.
Interesting Facts You Need To Know About Kym Marsh
1. Music Career
Kym Marsh began her career working as a backup singer for several musicians and music groups. She then auditioned for the ITV talent show Popstars in late 2000 and was one of the 5 successful contestants selected to form the music band named “Hear’Say”. Other members of the band include Danny Foster, Myleene Klass, Suzanne Shaw and Noel Sullivan.
The 5-piece group had a very successful run during their relatively short spell as their first two singles “Pure and Simple” and “The Way to Your Love” both reached the top of the UK Singles Chart. The group’s debut album “Popstars” was released on March 26, 2001, and it also reached No 1 on the UK Albums Chart.
Despite the group’s meteoric success, Kym Marsh left Hear’Say in January 2002 to pursue a solo career. Her first and only debut album “Standing Tall” was released under Island Records on July 21, 2003, and it peaked at number 9 on the UK Albums Chart.
2. Acting Career
Marsh marked her acting debut in 2005 with a guest role on the soap opera Doctors and ever since then, she has recorded several other television credits. She made a guest appearance on the medical drama series Holby City (2006) and was also on the main cast of the spinoff series Hollyoaks: In the City (2006). Also in 2006, the talented actress got her career-defining role on the classic British soap opera Coronation Street, starring as a series regular Michelle Connor and has portrayed the character ever since.
Beyond her impeccable TV acting, Kym Marsh also has several other television features to her name. She was a regular panellist on the 8th series of the talk show Loose Women (2006) and she also served as a guest presenter on The X Factor (2008). Marsh was also a contestant on series 1 of the reality TV show Popstar to Operastar (2010).
3. Relationship Timeline
Kym Marsh appears to be single at the moment but she has been married in the past. She got married to actor and director Jack Ryder back in 2002. The duo announced their decision to separate in March 2008 and their divorce was finalised on August 12, 2009.
In September 2012, the talented actress gave another shot at marriage when she tied the knot with English actor Jamie Lomas. Consequent upon that, she changed her name to “Kym Lomas”. However, their union came crashing after 13 months as the actress filed for divorce and also reverted to her maiden name.
Kym Marsh has 3 children, a son and 2 daughters. She had her first two children during her 5-year relationship with Dave Cunliffe, a builder. Her first child was born in April 1995, a son named David Ryan Cunliffe and she welcomed her second child in January 1998, a daughter named Emily May Cunliffe.
Marsh welcomed her youngest child on March 23, 2011, a daughter named Polly Lomas. The child’s father is her ex-husband Jamie Lomas, a television actor.
5. Height and Other Body Stats
Kym Marsh is 5 feet 4 inches (163 cm) tall. She maintains a trim physique at a body weight of 67 kg (148 lb). She equally has an hourglass figure with vital body measurements of 38-27-37 inches (96.5-68.5-94 cm). The film and TV star also sports a gorgeous mane of long black hair and her eyes are green in colour. Marsh’s enviable physique has been immortalised with a wax sculpture at the Madame Tussauds wax museum in Blackpool.