Margi Clarke
British actor
Margi Clarke
Margi Clarke is an English actress (her name is pronounced with a hard 'g'). She was born in Liverpool and raised in Kirkby (originally a suburb of Liverpool), and is known for her Scouse accent and platinum-blonde hair.
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The Appraisal: Unearthing the Past to Create New York’s Buildings of Tomorrow
NYTimes - about 1 year
Marci Clark, an architectural historian, helps transform old buildings by researching their secrets.
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Ricky Groves signs up for Celebrity Masterchef - What's On TV
Google News - over 5 years
Another former EastEnders star, Shobu Kapoor - who played Gita - and actress Margi Clarke are also reported to be taking part. "Ricky is quite a cook and he's trying to move on after a difficult time," said an insider, referring to the break-up of his
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Ricky Groves puts heartache behind him by signing up for MasterChef - Mirror.co.uk
Google News - over 5 years
And Ricky, 43, should have plenty to talk about with former EastEnder Shobu Kapoor, who played Gita, and actress Margi Clarke, who also signed up. One show insider said: “Ricky is quite a cook and he's trying to move on after a difficult time
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Tina Malone and Margi Clarke to take to the stage at St Helens Theatre Royal - Flintshire Chronicle
Google News - over 5 years
Introduced by Tina Malone (Shameless, Brookside) and compered by Margi Clarke (Waterloo Road, Coronation Street), Scousers on the Rampage heads down the East Lancs Road to present a variety show of Liverpool-based talent. The show includes stand up
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Coronation Street: will Michelle Collins fit in? - The Guardian (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
This includes Sue Jenkins, who was Bet Lynch-era barmaid Gloria in Corrie and then long-suffering Jackie Corkhill in Brookside; fellow scouser Margi Clarke, who's popped up gobbily in the same two shows; Vicky Binns, who rhymingly went from Emmerdale's
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Teenager tearaway? No, I loved to learn says Margi Clarke - Liverpool Echo
Google News - over 5 years
HAVING made a career playing fierce, forthright women, it would be fair to assume that Margi Clarke was quite a handful as a teenager. But in fact the actress protests she was far from a school drop-out
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Stop It, You Slag: Why Nick Love's Reinvention Of The Sweeney Is A Terrible Idea - Sabotage Times
Google News - over 5 years
He's also very good in the soon-to-be re-released Blonde Fist where he shares the screen with two of Britain's most formidable females, the Scouse actress Margi Clarke and wrestling legend Klondyke Kate. Though he looked at home opposite Robert Mitchum
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Welsh Underground Festival makes a comeback - BBC - Wales - Welsh Music (blog)
Google News - almost 6 years
Guests will include Margi Clarke, Henry Priestman from The Christians, drag comedian Shagger and guests from the 1980s Welsh music scene. Rhys Mwyn was a key figure in the Welsh-language punk scene in the 1980s and 1990s. He played bass for Anhrefn as
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Review/Film Festival; A Finn's Films Start Morosely But End in Cockeyed Drollery
NYTimes - over 26 years
LEAD: For Aki Kaurismaki, the writer and director who has two films in the New York Film Festival, being laconical and deadpan is high art. Is his native Finland as dreary as it seems in his movies, he was asked at a press conference? Smoking a cigarette and drinking a bottle of beer, the director answered in a monotone, ''It's a wonderland. For
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LIVERPOOL'S BLEAK ATMOSPHERE NURTURES A VIBRANT MOVIE
NYTimes - almost 31 years
Teresa - a platinum-haired blonde given to wearing skintight dresses and fire-engine red lipstick - works in a chicken factory where her job consists of removing a chicken's innards, wrapping the parts and stuffing them back up the chicken, a task she herself describes in considerably raunchier terms. Her friend Elaine can't even find that
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THE SCREEN: 'LETTER TO BREZHNEV'
NYTimes - almost 31 years
THE letter to Brezhnev in the movie of that name is written by Elaine, a 22-year-old Liverpool lass who one starry night falls in love with a visiting Soviet sailor. After he goes home, she writes to the Soviet leader for permission to join her sailor. It takes a while to get the hang of the Liverpool lingo, but it's worth some strain. The zesty
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Margi Clarke
    FIFTIES
  • 2011
    Age 57
    She has also appeared in an episode of the BBC show Waterloo Road in May 2011 and participated in the 2011 series of Celebrity MasterChef.
    More Details Hide Details Margi also appeared in the UK Christmas Come Dine With Me in December 2012.
  • 2010
    Age 56
    In late 2010, she recorded numerous music tracks such as Like a Memory and Holographic Disco which are now available on iTunes and in November 2010 she released her autobiography "Margi Clarke - Now You See Me".
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    Also in February 2010 Clarke appeared with her daughter Rowan in an episode of the BBC's Celebrity Cash in the Attic.
    More Details Hide Details Margi appeared in Scousers in St Helens on 26 October 2010 alongside Tina Malone, Billy Butler and several others.
  • 2008
    Age 54
    Margi returned to a prime-time starring role in the second series of the hit British comedy Benidorm on ITV in 2008 and reprised her role as Jackie Dobbs in Coronation Street on 2 January 2009, and again on 22 February 2010.
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  • 2006
    Age 52
    In 2006/07, she was heard on the airwaves of North-West radio station 105.4 Century Radio as co-presenter of the breakfast show and their late night phone-in shows.
    More Details Hide Details In August 2007, Margi was a guest on Big Brother's Big Mouth on Channel 4 with Pete Burns, a Liverpool-born friend and performer for many years. At the end of 2007 it was reported in the Liverpool Echo that Margi would be playing the role of Kath in the Joe Orton play Entertaining Mr Sloane, as part of the city's Capital of Culture celebrations for 2008, and would be writing her memoirs in the near future. On 11 January 2008, as part of the opening night celebrations of Liverpool's European Capital of Culture year, Margi was one of around a hundred local celebrities hoisted hidden in a blue container by a crane 30 feet into the air, landing on the main stage at St. George's Hall in the city. The celebrities stepped out of the container marked "Precious Cargo" to rapturous applause. The same evening Margi appeared as a panel guest on the BBC2 late-night news review show Newsnight, talking about her home town's Capital of Culture celebrations.
  • 2005
    Age 51
    In 2005, she began her successful on-line health and beauty range "Soul Rinse" which she runs parallel to her acting career.
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  • 2004
    Age 50
    In 2004 Clarke appeared on the Five reality TV show The Farm and had a leading role in the theatrical film School for Seduction co-starring Kelly Brook.
    More Details Hide Details In 2006, Clarke had a role in an episode of the Hollyoaks spin-off Hollyoaks: In the City. This year she was also a contestant on a celebrity version of the BBC gameshow The Weakest Link. Margi is often referred to as "The Queen of Liverpool" by the media. This tag was originally attributed to Clarke by music promoter Malcolm McLaren.
  • FORTIES
  • 2003
    Age 49
    The Boys from County Clare feature film followed in 2003, in which she played the role of Dove.
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  • 2002
    Age 48
    She also had roles in two high-profile films in 2002, The Revenger's Tragedy, directed by Alex Cox and 24 Hour Party People, the biopic of the Factory/Hacienda days in Manchester, which Clarke participated in in her 'Margox' days of the 1970s.
    More Details Hide Details She appeared as a guest on the long-running BBC show Through the Keyhole where her home in Kirkby was revealed.
  • 1999
    Age 45
    She left in 1999, and went on to join the cast of Five soap opera Family Affairs, staying for just under a year, as well as guest starring in an episode of the BBC's Casualty.
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  • 1998
    Age 44
    She returned to acting in 1998, joining the top rated soap opera Coronation Street, playing Jackie Dobbs.
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  • 1994
    Age 40
    Following the success of The Good Sex Guide, Carlton TV offered Clarke her own day-time show, and the resulting Swank ran for two series. In 1994 Clarke tried a new venture, stand-up comedy, and took her one-woman show 21st Century Scutt around the country - the tour included a stint at the Edinburgh Film Festival and the Royal Festival Hall on London's South Bank.
    More Details Hide Details She was a regular guest on Channel 4's notorious music show The Word, including one occasion where she tricked presenter Terry Christian into showing his testicles in a hidden camera set-up. Around this time Clarke's boyfriend was the artist Jamie Reid, and she was paid an undisclosed sum to pose nude while nine months pregnant with their daughter Rowan. The resulting pictures were a response to the recent Vanity Fair spread of actress Demi Moore, in which she was shown nude while nine months pregnant. The pictures of Clarke were published in Sunday tabloid The Sunday People. She also published her own vegetarian cookery book, Margi Clarke's Better than Sex Cookbook. Her last role before taking three years off, following the death of her mother and birth of her daughter (Rowan), was in the BBC1 mini-series, Soul Survivors co-starring Ian McShane.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1991
    Age 37
    In 1991 Clarke performed with Half Man Half Biscuit on the single "No Regrets", a cover of the classic song, "Non, je ne regrette rien", by Édith Piaf.
    More Details Hide Details At the same year she also portrayed Ronnie O'Dowd, a sexy female boxer in Blonde Fist.
    In 1991 she returned to presenting, on the late night ITV show The Good Sex Guide which gained unheard-of audience figures of 13 million for a show that aired at 10.35pm.
    More Details Hide Details She was rewarded with a win at the RTS Awards for "Best Female Presenter" in 1994. A second series was equally successful, and a third, The Good Sex Guide Abroad, soon followed. Clarke turned down an offer to take the series into a late night chat show format, the host eventually being Toyah Willcox.
  • 1989
    Age 35
    In 1989 she landed the part of 'Queenie' in the long running BBC series Making Out, set in a Manchester electronics factory and written by Debbie Horsfield.
    More Details Hide Details The show ran for three series, and there have been rumours ever since that the series will return again at some point.
  • 1987
    Age 33
    Clarke went on to star in the films The Dressmaker (1988) and Strike It Rich (1990), and had a well-known role in the Pet Shop Boys' video for their 1987 single, Rent.
    More Details Hide Details She was the stand-in host for Paula Yates on Channel 4's The Tube on several occasions. Clarke was also the voice for the character of "Bixie" in the Weetabix adverts at this time. In the late '80s Clarke scored a Top Ten hit in the Welsh charts with Clutter from the Gutter.
  • 1986
    Age 32
    In 1986, at the Evening Standard British Film Awards, Clarke took the prize for "Most Promising Newcomer".
    More Details Hide Details She followed this with the European art-house trilogy for the Kaurismäki brothers (I Hired a Contract Killer, Helsinki Napoli All Night Long and L.A. Without a Map).
  • TWENTIES
  • 1983
    Age 29
    Margi originated her role of Theresa in Letter to Brezhnev some three years earlier when she played the role in a modest run at the Liverpool Playhouse in 1983.
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    In 1983 Clarke appeared as 'Fran' in episodes 54 and 66 of the Liverpool-set Channel 4 soap opera Brookside, credited as Margi MacGregor.
    More Details Hide Details Her brother Frank wrote her in, because, as she later said, she "had a gas bill which I couldn't pay". She first came to prominence in 1985 after starring in the low-budget cult film Letter to Brezhnev about two working class Liverpool girls who meet two Russian sailors. The film was made for approximately £50,000 (Clarke called this "the cocaine budget on Rambo"), and became a huge international hit.
  • 1978
    Age 24
    Her launch into show business came in 1978, as a presenter on the late-night entertainment magazine show, What's On, which was just shown in the ITV Granada region.
    More Details Hide Details She was known then simply as Margox.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1954
    Age 0
    Born in 1954.
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