Neil Morrissey
English actor and businessman
Neil Morrissey
Neil Anthony Morrissey is an English actor, media personality and businessman. He is best known for his role as Tony in Men Behaving Badly. He is also known for his role as Rocky in Boon; the voice of Bob, Lofty and Farmer Pickles in Bob the Builder; and deputy head Eddie Lawson in Waterloo Road.
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Neil Morrissey's personal information overview.
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'Game Of Thrones' Star Returns To Her Roots
Huffington Post - over 3 years
"Skins" is officially back and now that fans of the original UK series have revisited Effy Stonem's (Kaya Scodelario) story with "Skins: Fire," it's time to reconnect with Cassie Ainsworth (Hannah Murray), who returns with "Skins: Pure" on Monday, July 15 on E4 in the UK. In the five years since we've seen her, Cassie has been living in America and is now back in London working at a cafe. "She’s also been with a boy in America. I will leave it up to the audience to decide who that could be," Murray told E4. Could it be Sid Jenkins (Mike Bailey), who went to New York to find Cassie at the end of their run on "Skins"? Fans can only hope, though Murray, who now stars on "Game of Thrones" as Gilly, did tell Time Out London that the only returning cast member in her episodes is Neil Morrissey, who played her father. So even if it was Sid that Cass was living with across the pond, we won't be seeing Bailey. What we will be seeing is quite frightening for Cassie, as the "Sk ...
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Theatre review: Oliver! Leeds Grand Theatre
Yorkshire Evening Post - over 4 years
FOR almost 30 years he’s felt omnipresent on our TV screens. Boon in the 1980s, Men Behaving Badly in the 1990s and, erm, Bob the Builder in Noughties, Neil Morrissey has carved a TV career out of being the archetypal everyman.
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Pub review: The Oak Tree Inn, Helperby, North Yorkshire
Yorkshire Evening Post - almost 5 years
PERHAPS he knows something we don’t know. Michael Ibbotson’s decision to buy a run-down village pub and spend a million pounds on re-fitting it as a bespoke high-quality village inn – and this in the middle of a recession – looks from some angles like commercial suicide. Were he not the guy behind noted successes like the Durham Ox at Creyke and the Carpenters Arms at Felixkirk, you’d give it a year, maybe two, before the grand ideas and good intentions are buried by the conflicting pressures of maintaining quality yet turning sufficient profit to start filling that seven-figure hole in the accounts. At the Punch Bowl in nearby Marton, celebrity pair Neil Morrissey and Richard Fox lasted a year and a half before handing back the keys. Michael laughs at the comparison: “They got it wrong. They had a glitzy launch party but didn’t invite anyone from the village.” So while the pub traded for a while on a reputation enhanced by a Channel Four documentary – and drinkers calling in on th ...
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Neil Morrissey accepts Daily Mail 'bar ban' pay out
New Statesman - about 5 years
The Daily Mail alleged that the actor had been banned from a French bar for drunken behaviour.
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Bedfordshire brothers cast in UK tour of Oliver! - BBC News
Google News - over 5 years
Rehearsals start in October and the boys will tour the country for nine months, starring alongside Neil Morrissey and Brian Conley. Max said he "was almost in tears I was so happy" when he found out he had been cast. Auditions took place two months ago
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Davenport Lyons | Davenport Lyons Secures Iconic Club Purchase - Linex Legal (press release) (registration)
Google News - over 5 years
Originally founded by actor Neil Morrissey, the club, which is currently closed, is now set to undergo a major refurbishment to become one of London's most stylish restaurants. Located in the heart of the capital's Covent Garden, the site will reopen
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Has Simon Cowell backed his first loser? - Daily Mail
Google News - over 5 years
Neil Morrissey on clampers: 'They should be shot.' Neil Morrissey on people who sit in the middle lane on motorways: 'They should be shot.' Next up, Neil Morrissey on what kindness ought to be done to once-successful actors before they are reduced to
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UKTV adds Roux family and Ramsay to fall line-up - Realscreen
Google News - over 5 years
A different sitcom icon will helm each episode, with Hugh Dennis looking at family in sitcoms, Joanna Page exploring romance, Neil Morrissey tackling friendships and Ricky Tomlinson giving his own take on Christmas. Ricky Kelehar will be the executive
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I miss the innocence and simpler times of the 60s, says Inspector George ... - Scottish Daily Record
Google News - over 5 years
Guest stars include Neil Morrissey as a Smashie and Nicey-style DJ. Martin said: “Neil was inspired casting - he's so good at that world weary thing, with that background of comic irony. “He's also very good at being an old lech
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Martin Shaw: The night I thought I was dying on stage just like Tommy Cooper - Mirror.co.uk
Google News - over 5 years
This Sunday Martin will star in the first of two new instalments of Inspector George Gently, which deals with the coming of age process for youngsters in 1966 and features Neil Morrissey as a wacky host of a Ready, Steady, Go-type show
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BBC thriller for Love/Hate director - RTE.ie
Google News - over 5 years
Written by Jed Mercurio, and starring Vicky McClure, Martin Compston, Lennie James, Gina McKee, Neil Morrissey and Adrian Dunbar, the five-episode series follows the investigation into corruption allegedly committed by a Detective Chief Inspector
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BBC announces cast of major new police corruption drama - seenit.co.uk
Google News - over 5 years
Vicky McClure (This Is England), Martin Compston (The Disappearance Of Alice Creed), Lennie James (The Walking Dead), Gina McKee (Our Friends In The North) and Neil Morrissey (Waterloo Road) head the cast of Line Of Duty. The drama follows Detective
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Gina McKee and Neil Morrissey sign up for BBC2 police corruption drama - The Guardian
Google News - over 5 years
BBC2 has lined up a cast including Vicky McClure, Lennie James, Gina McKee and Neil Morrissey for a topical new drama based on a mistaken police shooting and corruption in the force. The BBC2 drama, Line of Duty, takes "a probing look at modern ... -
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Neil Morrissey sues Mail over 'rowdy' behaviour story - Press Gazette
Google News - over 5 years
Actor Neil Morrissey is demanding damages of £100000 over a Daily Mail story claiming he had been banned from a French bar for rowdy and drunken behaviour. Morrissey has accused publishers Associated Newspapers of making defamatory
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This week's arts diary - The Guardian
Google News - over 5 years
It will star Danny Dyer, Neil Morrissey and Denise van Outen, with Cooney himself directing. But not just that, oh no, there's more. There will be appearances from Lionel Blair, Christopher Biggins, Cliff Richard "and many, many more"
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NORWAY: TRAGIC KIDS LAID TO REST - Daily Star
Google News - over 5 years
VEGETARIAN singer Neil Morrissey, 52, sparked outrage by dismissing the massacre as “nothing compared to what happens in McDonald's”. The singer spoke out before a rendition of Meat Is Murder at a concert in Warsaw, Poland
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Neil Morrissey
    FIFTIES
  • 2016
    Age 53
    Also in 2016, he took part in the second series of ITV's reality series Bear Grylls: Mission Survive.
    More Details Hide Details On 1 April 2006, a BBC Three spoof programme titled Neil Morrissey's Secret documented sides of Morrissey's life that were previously unknown to the world at large. It alleged he has a house, wife and two children in Jordan as well as a degree in Botany for which he had studied for 20 years. These studies were integral to his motivation to find a breakthrough in anti-ageing. According to the documentary he has invented a cream called 'The Essence' which contains extracts of a plant found only in a remote Jordanian village. In the documentary the cream's acolytes include celebrities such as Jane Seymour, Gloria Hunniford and Philippa Forrester. The show followed Morrissey as he carried out his research which involved years of study and crossing continents, funded by his lucrative acting career. Ultimately Morrissey launches the cream only to have his friends concerned for his health, his laboratory broken into, and a trip to Jordan where he finds that the villagers whose trust he had gained through time spent with them, have abandoned their homes because of the fall-out of his discovery. This hoax was launched on 1 April and despite the suspicions caused by this date as April Fool's Day, it still managed to convince some people that it was true.
    In 2016, he joined the cast of Grantchester for the second series.
    More Details Hide Details He played the role of Harding Redmond.
  • 2015
    Age 52
    In December 2015, Morrissey starred in BBC Two's comedy drama A Gert Lush Christmas, playing the father of Russell Howard's character.
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    In 2015, he played a character called Keith in the CBBC sitcom The Dumping Ground, for one episode.
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  • 2014
    Age 51
    Morrissey starred alongside Adrian Edmonson, Robert Webb and Miles Jupp in the play Neville's Island at Duke of York's Theatre, London during Autumn 2014.
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  • 2013
    Age 50
    In July 2013, Morrissey reprised his Skins role as Marcus Ainsworth, the father of Hannah Murray's character Cassie Ainsworth.
    More Details Hide Details He appeared in both parts of Skins Pure.
  • FORTIES
  • 2012
    Age 49
    In January 2012 Morrissey took on the role of Fagin in Lionel Bart's musical Oliver at the Palace Theatre in Manchester.
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  • 2009
    Age 46
    During the 2009 Christmas season he played the role of Buttons in the Pantomime Cinderella at The Assembly Rooms in Derby.
    More Details Hide Details Morrisey returned due to popular demand in the pantomime Aladdin playing the character of Wishey-Washey at The Assembly Rooms in Derby.
    In August 2009 he promoted a national tour of the play Rain Man.
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    He was in this role for two series, making his final appearance in May 2009.
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  • 2007
    Age 44
    On 11 October 2007 he made his first appearance in the BBC's Waterloo Road as new deputy head teacher, Eddie Lawson.
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    In 2007 he appeared in British TV show Skins as the father of Cassie and made a guest appearance in Neighbours as a priest, remarrying long term characters Susan (Jackie Woodburne) and Karl (Alan Fletcher) on a boat in the River Thames.
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  • 2006
    Age 43
    In 2006 he was the guest host for an episode of Channel 4's The Friday Night Project before taking on the role as presenter on the BBC Two car related game show Petrolheads.
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    Morrissey took over the role of Nathan Detroit from Nigel Lindsay in the London revival of Guys and Dolls from 6 March 2006 until June 2006.
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  • 2005
    Age 42
    His West End theatre work includes Speed, Robin Hood, The Daughter In-Law and his critically acclaimed West End performance in A Passionate Woman. In 2005 Morrissey performed in Victoria Wood's musical adaptation of Acorn Antiques The Musical alongside Julie Walters, Celia Imrie, Duncan Preston and Josie Lawrence.
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  • 2004
    Age 41
    He then had a starring role in the BBC sitcom Carrie and Barry from 2004–2005.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2002
    Age 39
    In 2002, Morrissey returned to TV screens in the drama series Paradise Heights which ran for two series.
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  • 2000
    Age 37
    The tabloid interest peaked with Morrissey's affair with actress Amanda Holden at the height of his fame in 2000 and when her husband, comedian Les Dennis was taking part in Celebrity Big Brother.
    More Details Hide Details The affair was the primary reason for Holden's and Dennis's separation and subsequent divorce. At the story's height, there were 35 photographers outside his apartment block, and he had to ask a neighbour to buy him milk and other essentials – he later asked the police to help him get to his car. Morrissey has numerous tattoos. According to one version of their origin, Morrissey applied them himself with needles and Indian ink. On his left arm is his first name and a blob which was going to be his initials before it became infected causing him to require an anti-tetanus injection. On his right is a squiggle which is a reversed version of The Saint logo. Morrissey himself says the tattoos were done by other boys at the children's home. The boys there apparently saw that he did not have a tattoo and so gave him the option of a tattoo or a beating. He decided on the tattoo and now regrets not taking the other option.
    Morrissey also starred in the John Godber film about rugby league called Up n Under and voiced several characters in the children's television series Bob the Builder, including the lead character, in which role he scored a Christmas 2000 UK number 1 single with "Can We Fix It?
    More Details Hide Details ". In 2015, he was fired from voicing the character and the role was given to Lee Ingleby. In addition, he provides the narration for Morph (in recent years) and Maisy.
  • 1999
    Age 36
    Circa 1999, Morrisey starred in a comedy drama called Shakespeare's Birthday, in which he played a coach driver.
    More Details Hide Details One of his colleagues was played by Tony Selby.
  • 1998
    Age 35
    His subsequent affairs have been well documented by the British tabloids, including dating Rachel Weisz after starring together in My Summer with Des in 1998: they lived together at his flat in Crouch End.
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  • 1997
    Age 34
    In 1997, he starred in the Comedy Premiere The Chest and in 1998 two TV series: My Summer with Des and The Vanishing Man.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1990
    Age 27
    In 1990, he played the lead role of Noddy in the British spoof horror film I Bought a Vampire Motorcycle which involved many of the actors from Boon.
    More Details Hide Details His role as Tony in Men Behaving Badly was created to replace the character of Dermot after Harry Enfield's departure from the series. The series became one of the most popular UK sitcoms of the 1990s and turned Morrissey into a national star and a target for the tabloid newspapers. His ongoing romance storyline with co-star Leslie Ash led to the pair appearing in several advertisements for Homebase.
  • 1989
    Age 26
    He then became engaged to actress Elizabeth Carling whom he had first met in 1989 when she too was working on Boon.
    More Details Hide Details They parted on good terms: she later guested alongside him on Men Behaving Badly.
  • 1987
    Age 24
    Morrissey married Amanda Noar in 1987 after meeting her when she guested in an episode of Boon; the couple have a son born in 1989. He also has five nieces and a nephew. The couple divorced in 1991.
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  • 1984
    Age 21
    In 1984 he also appeared in episode 5 (of series 5) of the police drama Juliet Bravo, shown on BBC1.
    More Details Hide Details Morrissey shot to fame in the mid-1980s as dim biker Rocky in the ITV drama series Boon.
    On leaving the Guildhall, Morrissey paid off his student debts by landing parts in film productions. His first role in 1984 was Able Seaman Matthew Quintal in The Bounty alongside Mel Gibson, Anthony Hopkins and Laurence Olivier.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1979
    Age 16
    During this time he was an active member of the Stoke Repertory Theatre, Stoke Schools Theatre, and Stoke Original Theatre and performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 1979.
    More Details Hide Details His successful application to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama resulted in an unconditional offer which paved the way for the next steps in his theatrical career.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1962
    Born
    Born on July 4, 1962.
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