Kris Marshall

Last updated on the 28 March 2024 by Maeve

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Mini Biography

Born: 1 April 1973, Bath, Somerset, England. 

Kris Marshall grew up in a creative household, with both his parents working in the entertainment industry. This environment undoubtedly influenced his decision to pursue a career in acting. He attended Wells Cathedral School, an independent school known for its emphasis on performing arts.

Marshall’s breakthrough came in 2000 when he landed the role of Nick Harper in the popular British sitcom “My Family.” This role catapulted him into the limelight and showcased his comedic timing. His portrayal of the lovable and bumbling Nick Harper endeared him to audiences and established him as a talented comedic actor.

Following the success of “My Family,” Marshall appeared in numerous film and television projects. He starred in the hit British romantic comedy film “Love Actually” (2003), alongside a star-studded ensemble cast. His performance as Colin Frissell, a lovestruck character seeking romance, further showcased his comedic prowess.

Marshall’s career expanded beyond comedy, as he demonstrated his versatility in dramas such as “Death in Paradise” (2011-2017). In this long-running television series, he played the role of Detective Inspector Humphrey Goodman, captivating audiences with his charm and wit.

Outside of his acting career, Marshall leads a private life. He is married to Hannah Dodkins, and the couple have two children together. Despite his fame, Marshall has managed to keep his personal life relatively low-key, focusing on his family and his craft.


Suggested viewing


Death in Paradise (2014)

Death in Paradise

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 7.8

“Death in Paradise” is a British-French crime drama set on the fictional Caribbean island of Saint Marie. Detective Inspector Richard Poole, and later Detective Inspector Humphrey Goodman, must solve perplexing murder cases amidst the idyllic backdrop of palm trees and sandy beaches, unraveling secrets and hidden motives to bring justice to this tropical paradise.

Top cast: Kris Marshall, Ben Miller, Ardal O’Hanlon, Ralf Little, Joséphine Jobert, Don Warrington, Danny John-Jules, Élisabeth Bourgine.

Beyond Paradise (2023)

Beyond Paradise poster

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 7.3

After departing the tranquil shores of paradise, Humphrey finds solace in his new role as a Detective Inspector in the hometown of his fiancée, Martha. However, his hopes for a quieter life are quickly shattered as he realises that the town is plagued by a rampant crime rate. Now, Humphrey must traverse a world that is far more chaotic and unpredictable than he had anticipated.

Top cast: Kris Marshall, Sally Bretton, Zahra Ahmadi, Dylan Lewellyn, Felicity Montague, Jamie Bamber, Barbara Flynn, Nina Singh, Jade Harrison.

My Family (2000)

My Family poster

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 7.5

“My Family” is a sitcom that humorously portrays the eccentric Harper family. Led by Ben and Susan, the parents navigate the ups and downs of family life alongside their quirky children, Nick, Janey, and Michael. With witty banter, comedic mishaps, and relatable situations, the show provides an entertaining glimpse into the hilarious and chaotic world of the Harpers.

Top cast: Robert Lindsay, Zoë Wanamaker, Kris Marshall, Daniela Denby-Ashe, Gabriel Thomson, Siobhan Hayes, Keiron Self, Rhodri Meilir.

Sanditon (2019)

Sanditon poster

Bftv 9.0 / IMDb 7.7

“Sanditon” is a period drama based on Jane Austen’s unfinished novel. It revolves around Charlotte Heywood’s arrival in the coastal town of Sanditon, where she becomes embroiled in the lives of the wealthy Parker family and their pursuit to transform the sleepy village into a thriving seaside resort. Love, ambition, and societal conflicts intertwine, creating a compelling narrative of personal growth and romance.

Top cast: Rose Williams, Crystal Clarke, Anne Reid, Kris Marshall, Jack Fox, Lily Sacofsky, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Theo James, Charlotte Spencer.

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