Mark Eden


Real name: Mark Eden
Born: 14 February 1928, London
Married: Sue Nicholls




  1. Wally Randle (16 February - 15 April 1981)
  2. Alan Bradley (1986 - 1991)

Mark Eden was born in London on 14 February 1928, the son of a painter. He was educated in London state schools before working on fairgrounds in Margate and Ramsgate. In 1958 he became assistant stage manager at Swansea Repertory Company before joining various repertory companies in Llandudno, Richmond and Windsor. In his long running career he has also worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company and at the Royal Court.

Mark's film career is very extensive including the 1962 film The Password Is Courage, 1963 film The L Shaped Room, 1963 film Heavens Above, 1963 film Blind Corner, 1964 film Seance On A Wet Afternoon, 1965 film Doctor Zhivago, 1968 film The Crimson Cult and 1968 film Attack On The Iron Coast. His television work includes The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club, Clouds of Witness, Murder Must Advertise, The Nine Tailors, The Detective, The Saint, The Avengers, Catchhand, Crime Buster, Lord Peter Wimsey, London Belongs To Me, Law Centre, The Top Secret Life of Edgar Briggs, Jesus of Nazareth, Wilde Alliance, General Hospital, Sam and Crown Court.

In 1978 he joined Coronation Street as lorry driver Wally Randle, a role he played for six months. In 1986 he returned as Alan Bradley and remained with the series until 1991 when he character died underneath a Blackpool Tram.

Since leaving the street, Mark has worked on stage and in the radio play Props. He has adapted the P G Wodehouse novel The Old Reliable for stage and has written an autobiography. He has also appeared on numerous television shows and as Boucher in Poirot. He has also worked with the Beach Boys by writing a musical about them. Mark lives in London and Manchester. He is divorced from his first wife Diana, from whom he has three children; Polly, David and Saul and is now married to Coronation Street star Sue Nicholls.





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