Born: June 13, 1976
Birthplace: Whiston, Merseyside, England
Kimberley Gail Marsh (formerly Ryder and Lomas; born 13 June 1976) is an English actress and former singer and songwriter, best known for playing Michelle Connor in Coronation Street since 2006. Marsh rose to prominence in 2000 after winning Popstars with the band Hear'Say before leaving the group in 2002. She then started a solo career with her album Standing Tall, which spawned two top ten singles. In 2010, she participated in the first series of Popstar to Operastar.
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Marsh was born in Whiston, Merseyside, and raised in Garswood, in the Metropolitan Borough of St Helens, Merseyside.
Marsh provided session vocals for artists including Matt Darey, and Hemstock & Jennings. She sang in Norwegian for their track "Arctic," which caught the attention of Paul van Dyk, and was remixed and re-recorded with additional vocals from Jan Johnston. The track was released in the UK via Positiva and reached number 14 in the UK charts
In late 2000, Marsh auditioned for the ITV talent show Popstars. She was one of the five singers chosen for the newly formed band Hear'Say, along with Danny Foster, Myleene Klass, Suzanne Shaw and Noel Sullivan. In March 2001, Hear'Say released their first single "Pure and Simple", a cover of a track by Girl Thing. The song went straight to number 1 on the UK Singles Chart in March 2001, selling just under 550,000 copies. The group then released their second single, "The Way to Your Love," in June 2001. The song became their second consecutive number 1 single. Shortly afterwards the group toured the UK.
In January 2002, Marsh announced that she was leaving Hear'Say. She later revealed that she had often fought with Myleene Klass and Noel Sullivan. Auditions were held to find a replacement for Marsh, but the group split up in October 2002. On 14 March 2014, while she was appearing on an episode of the Channel 4 programme 8 Out of 10 Cats, Marsh said that she had not been friends with Shaw "for years".
After a while out of the spotlight Marsh signed a solo record deal with Island Records. Her first single, "Cry," went to number 2 in the UK Singles Chart and her second single, "Come on Over," made it to number 10.
In July 2003, Marsh released her debut solo album, Standing Tall, which contained three solo singles and twelve other tracks. However, her make-or-break third single, "Sentimental," stalled at number 35, and that resulted in her being dropped by her record label.
Marsh has said that she would like to return to music one day, but "Right now I'm focusing on Corrie and I am putting all my effort into it."
In early 2006, Marsh entered Making Your Mind Up, a show intended to pick a singer and a song for the UK entry in the Eurovision Song Contest. With a song, called "Whisper to Me", Marsh came fourth in the contest, which was won by Daz Sampson.
Marsh made her television acting debut in 2005, in an episode of the BBC One afternoon soap opera Doctors, playing a character called Ruth Parry.
In 2005, Marsh was a regular panellist on ITVs flagship daytime show Loose Women, she has also returned as a guest panellist making an appearances in October 2014, as well as April and September 2015.
In 2006, after playing prostitute Kay Price in one episode of Channel 4's late-night soap opera Hollyoaks: In the City, Marsh joined the cast of Coronation Street, playing Michelle Connor from 3 April 2006 onwards.
On 14 December 2008, she appeared as a presenter on The X Factor final. She presented for Alexandra Burke in North London, Burke's home town. Burke went on to win the show.
In January 2010, Marsh participated in the first series of Popstar to Operastar. She was voted out in the fifth week, along with Marcella Detroit, after receiving 13.5 per cent of all public votes.
|Week||Air Date||Song||Public vote||Result|
|1||15 January 2010||"Si Un Jour"||12.1%||Safe|
|2||22 January 2010||"Libiamo ne'lieti calici"||19%||Safe|
|3||29 January 2010||"Habanera"||13.3%||Safe|
|4||5 February 2010||"Nella Fantasia"||24.0%||Safe|
|5||12 February 2010||"Pie Jesu"||13.5%||Eliminated|
In August 2011, Marsh took part in a celebrity edition of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?.
On 26 May 2013, she took part in a celebrity edition of Catchphrase. That same year on 16 June Marsh took part in an episode of Tipping Point: Lucky Stars.
On 11 April 2014, Marsh took part in a celebrity episode of The Cube Seven months later on 2 November Marsh appeared in a celebrity episode of The Chase and on Boxing Day she was on Through the Keyhole with Keith Lemon.
On 10 July 2015, Marsh appeared as a barmaid in charge of a special pub quiz round on 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown.
Marsh married the actor Jack Ryder in St Albans, Hertfordshire, on 10 August 2002. It was announced on 20 March 2008 that the couple had decided to separate and would be seeking a divorce. Marsh and Ryder announced their divorce on 12 August 2009. Marsh has a son named David (born 1995) and a daughter named Emilie (born 1997) from a previous relationship with Dave Cunliffe.
Marsh dated the actor Jamie Lomas from July 2008 onwards. They married in Cheshire in September 2012. She and Lomas announced that they were expecting a baby in 2009. Their son, Archie Jay Lomas, was born 18 weeks early on 11 February and died moments after birth. Marsh stated that "Archie is our beautiful angel and we will miss him so much. Thank you all for your support." On 23 March 2011 Marsh gave birth to a daughter, Polly.
Marsh filmed a documentary for ITV about premature births, called Born Too Soon; and in late 2010 she helped to organise, and spoke at, a gala to raise money for the special care baby charity Bliss.
On 3 October 2012, Marsh announced that she would be known, not as Kym Marsh, but as Kym Lomas, but in October 2013, she filed for divorce, citing unreasonable behaviour. The divorce was finalised on 10 January 2014, and she reverted to the name Kym Marsh.
In January 2015, Marsh's daughter, Emilie Cunliffe was one of the auditionees for the fourth series of The Voice UK. Marsh was also present at the audition as family support. However, Cunliffe's audition was unsuccessful and she wasn't selected by any of the coaches.
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Certifications||Album|
|"Pure and Simple"||2001||1||3||1||29||
|"The Way to Your Love"||1||10||44||—|
|"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.|
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Album|
|"Come on Over"||10||11|