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Kym Marsh

Kym Marsh English actress and former singer

English actress and former singer
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Quick Facts
Intro English actress and former singer
A.K.A. Kimberley Gail Lomas, Kym Ryder
Is Actor Singer Television presenter Stage actor
From United Kingdom
Type Film, Television, Stage and Radio Music
Gender female
Birth 13 June 1976, Whiston, United Kingdom
Age: 43 years
Star sign GeminiGemini
Spouse: Jack Ryder (actor)Jamie Lomas
Height: 1.6256 m
Pop music
The details

Kimberley Gail Marsh (formerly Ryder and Lomas; born 13 June 1976) is an English actress, presenter and former singer-songwriter, who rose to fame in 2001 after winning a place in the band Hear'Say, as a result of appearing on the reality television series Popstars. Hear'Say enjoyed brief success, achieving two UK number one singles and a UK number one album, but Marsh left the band in 2002 to pursue a solo career. She released an album titled Standing Tall in 2003, which peaked at number nine in the UK and spawned two UK top ten singles.

From April 2006 to December 2019, she portrayed Michelle Connor on the ITV soap opera Coronation Street. She was named Best Newcomer at the 2007 British Soap Awards and the 2007 National Television Awards, and received the award for Best Female Dramatic Performance at the 2017 British Soap Awards. In 2010, she finished fourth when she competed on Popstar to Operastar, a reality show featuring well-known pop stars being trained to sing opera.

Early life

Marsh was born on 13 June 1976 in Whiston, Merseyside to Pauline, and David Marsh. She attended the Elliot Clarke Stage School in Liverpool for two years, leaving when she was 15.

Music career

Early singing career and Hear'Say

At age 16, Marsh appeared in the music video of Dusty Springfield's "In Private".

Marsh provided session vocals for artists including Matt Darey, the group Freaky Realistic and the duo Hemstock & Jennings. She sang in Norwegian on the latter's track "Arctic", which caught the attention of Paul van Dyk, and was remixed and re-recorded with additional vocals from Jan Johnston. The track, renamed "Nothing But You", was released in the UK via Positiva and reached number 14 in the UK charts.

In late 2000, Marsh auditioned for the ITV talent show Popstars. She was one of the five singers chosen for the newly formed band Hear'Say, along with Danny Foster, Myleene Klass, Suzanne Shaw and Noel Sullivan. In March 2001, Hear'Say released their first single "Pure and Simple", a cover of a track by Girl Thing. She was hailed by her girl bandmates as the funniest out of the bunch’. The song went straight to number 1 on the UK Singles Chart in March 2001, selling just under 550,000 copies. The group then released their second single, "The Way to Your Love," in June 2001. The song became their second consecutive number 1 single. Shortly afterwards the group toured the UK.

In January 2002, Marsh announced that she was leaving Hear'Say. Auditions were held to find a replacement for her, but the group split up in October 2002.

Standing Tall

After a while out of the spotlight Marsh signed a solo record deal with Island Records. Her first single, "Cry", went to number 2 in the UK Singles Chart and her second single, "Come on Over," made it to number 10.

In July 2003, Marsh released her debut solo album, Standing Tall, which peaked at number 9 in the UK. It contained three solo singles and twelve other tracks. However, her make-or-break third single, "Sentimental", stalled at number 35, and that resulted in her being dropped by her record label.

Marsh has said that she would like to return to music one day, but "Right now I'm focusing on Corrie and I am putting all my effort into it."


In early 2006, Marsh entered Making Your Mind Up, a show intended to pick a singer and a song for the UK entry in the Eurovision Song Contest. With a song, called "Whisper to Me", Marsh came fourth in the contest, which was won by Daz Sampson.

Television career

Marsh opening a clothes shop at the Arndale Centre in Manchester in 2012

Marsh made her television acting debut in 2005, in an episode of the BBC One soap opera Doctors, playing a character called Ruth Parry. That same year, she also became a regular panellist on ITV's daytime show Loose Women for its eighth season.

In 2006, she played prostitute Kay Price in the first 2 episodes of Channel 4's soap opera Hollyoaks: In the City.

On 14 December 2008, she appeared as a presenter on The X Factor final. She presented for Alexandra Burke in North London, Burke's home town. Burke went on to win the show.

Coronation Street

Marsh joined the cast of Coronation Street, playing Michelle Connor from 3 April 2006 onwards. For her role on the show she has subsequently received Newcomer awards at the 2007 British Soap Awards and the 2007 National Television Awards, among others. Becoming a regular character, her storylines have included a serious relationship with Steve McDonald (Simon Gregson), discovering that her son had been swapped at birth, the death of her eldest brother Paul (Sean Gallagher) and the murder of her other brother Liam (Rob James-Collier), her failed engagement to Ciaran McCarthy (Keith Duffy), surviving a minibus crash, becoming pregnant with Steve's baby, learning that Steve has also impregnated Leanne Battersby (Jane Danson), delivering a stillborn son Ruairi and being stalked by her ex-boyfriend Will (Leon Ockenden). Other storylines have focused on the relationships with her sisters-in-law, Carla (Alison King) and Maria (Samia Ghadie), as well as her relationship with Robert Preston (Tristan Gemmill) after the collapse of her marriage to Steve.

In 2008, as the character dominated more storylines, some fans began to tire of her as well as her behaviour. The baby-swap storyline, which Michelle was central to, was largely panned by both fans and critics, columnist Grace Dent said of the plot; "...It feels like something ripped from a copy of Pick Me Up magazine and read to me laboriously over 22 weeks". In contrast, the 2017 stillbirth storyline as well as Marsh's performance received rave reviews and were praised by the Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society (SANDS). Marsh, whose real-life son Archie was also stillborn, explained that it was important for her to take on the storyline in order to raise awareness of the issue. She also voiced for the change in law which would see stillborn children receive birth certificates. The actress also stated it was "the best way to honour" her son. She later won the 2017 British Soap Award for Best Female Dramatic Performance.

On 24 February 2019, it was announced that Marsh would be leaving the soap after 13 years.

Popstar to Operastar

In January 2010, Marsh participated in the first series of Popstar to Operastar. She was voted out in the fifth week, along with Marcella Detroit, after receiving 13.5% of all public votes.

Week Air Date Song Public vote Result
1. 15 January 2010 "Si Un Jour" 12.1% Safe
2. 22 January 2010 "Libiamo ne'lieti calici" 19% Safe
3. 29 January 2010 "Habanera" 13.3% Safe
4. 5 February 2010 "Nella Fantasia" 24.0% Safe
5. 12 February 2010 "Pie Jesu" 13.5% Eliminated

Personal life

A wax figure of Marsh as Michelle Connor in the museum Madame Tussauds Blackpool

Marsh has a son named David (born 1995) and a daughter named Emilie (born 1997) from a relationship with Dave Cunliffe. The actress married the actor Jack Ryder in St Albans, Hertfordshire, on 10 August 2002. It was announced on 20 March 2008 that the couple had decided to separate and would be seeking a divorce. Marsh and Ryder announced their divorce on 12 August 2009.

Marsh dated the actor Jamie Lomas from July 2008 onwards. They married in Cheshire in September 2012. She and Lomas announced that they were expecting a baby in 2009. Their son, Archie Jay Lomas, was born 18 weeks early on 11 February and died moments after birth. Marsh stated that "Archie is our beautiful angel and we will miss him so much. Thank you all for your support." On 23 March 2011 Marsh gave birth to a daughter, Polly.

On 3 October 2012, Marsh announced that she would be known, not as Kym Marsh, but as Kym Lomas.

In May 2017, a wax figure of her was added to the gallery of Madame Tussauds Blackpool.

In May 2019, she became a grandmother, when her daughter Emilie gave birth to a baby boy.


  • Standing Tall (2003)

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated for Result Ref.
2007 2007 British Soap Awards Best Newcomer Coronation Street Won
Best Actress Nominated
Sexiest Female Nominated
2007 Inside Soap Awards Best Actress Nominated
Best Couple (shared with Simon Gregson) Nominated
2007 TV Choice and TV Quick Awards Best Soap Newcomer Won
2007 TV Now Awards Favourite Newcomer to Irish Won
2007 National Television Awards Most Popular Newcomer Won
2008 Daily Star' 2008 Soaper Star Awards Best Actress Won
2008 Digital Spy Soap Awards Sexiest Female Nominated
2008 British Soap Awards Sexiest Female Nominated
Best Actress Nominated
2008 Inside Soap Awards Best Dressed Soap Star Won
Best Actress Nominated
2008 TRIC Awards TV Soap Personality Won
2008 TV Now Awards Favourite Female Soap Star Won
Favourite Soap Couple (shared with Simon Gregson) Nominated
2008 Inside Soap Awards Best Dressed Soap Star Won
2008 All About Soap Bubble Awards Best Celebrity Style Won
2009 2009 Inside Soap Awards Best Actress Nominated
Best Dressed Soap Star Shortlisted
2010 2010 British Soap Awards Sexiest Female Nominated
2010 TV Now Awards Ireland's Most Glamorous TV Star Nominated
2015 2015 Inside Soap Awards Sexiest Female Shortlisted
2015 TRIC Awards Soap Personality Nominated
2016 2016 Inside Soap Awards Sexiest Female Shortlisted
2017 2017 TRIC Awards Soap Personality Won
2017 British Soap Awards Best Female Dramatic Performance Won
Best Actress Shortlisted
2017 TV Choice Awards Best Soap Actress Shortlisted
2017 Inside Soap Awards Best Actress Longlisted
2017 RTS North West Awards Best Performance in a Continuing Drama Won
2017 TVTimes Awards Favourite Soap Star Nominated
2018 2018 TRIC Awards Soap Actor Nominated


Year Award Result Ref.
2008 La Redoute's 2008 Celebrity Mum of the Year Award Shortlisted
Tesco Magazine's 2008 Mum of the Year Award Won
2009 Bounty's 2009 Celebrity Mum of the Year Award Won
2015 2015 Rear of the Year Award Won
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