Matthew Marsden



Real name: Matthew Marsden
Born: 3rd March 1973, Walsall, West Midlands
Parents: David and Ann Marsden
Sibling: Leann (older sister)



Played: Chris Collins (3 March 1997 - 29 March 1998)

Matthew's father walked out on the family when Matthew was just ten years old, and subsequently remarried a women called Wendy Balty. Matthew and his sister were brought up by their mother and after leaving school Matthew took a trial as a footballer for West Bromwich Albion but was rejected. Matthew then enrolled at university where he studied Music and Drama.

Whilst at university, Matthew made ends meet by working on his uncle's market stall on Birmingham Market selling shoes. He then became a model and became famous for the Impulse advert. He was very much in demand and was even asked to escort Madonna to the 1995 Britt Awards, he rejected the invitation. He also joined the National Youth Theatre.

In 1995 he joined Emmerdale as upper crust Daniel Weir, lover of Linda Golver. He remained in the role for six months before leaving to play the role of surfer Philip Kennedy in Island. Matthew also dressed in drag when he appeared in the film Les Soeurs Soleil (The Sun Sisters).

On 3 March 1997 he joined Coronation Street as mechanic Chris Collins and he remained with the series until 29 March 1998. During this time he was besieged by fan mail and awards. He was voted Top Newcomer at the National Television Awards. He then signed a record deal with Columbia Records and released his debut single in April 1998 called The Hearts Own Desire. A second single, She's Gone and an album followed in the September.

Matthew lives in Manchester and London. He has been romantically linked with singer Dannii Minogue, model Nadine Gordon and insurance clerk Rachel John, whom he lived with until their 1997 split.






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