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Kristopher Marshall (born 11 April 1973) is an English actor and comedian. He has played Nick Harper in My Family, Colin Frissell in the 2003 film Love Actually, Adam in BT Retail adverts from 2005 until 2011, and Dave in the first series of Citizen Khan (2012). He played DI Humphrey Goodman in Death in Paradise, taking over the role in April 2013 for the show's third series and leaving it in February 2017 in the sixth series.[1][2]

Kris Marshall
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Marshall in January 2012
Kristopher Marshall

(1973-04-11) 11 April 1973 (age 46)
Bath, Somerset, England
ResidenceBath, Somerset, England
OccupationActor, comedian
Years active1993–present
Hannah Dodkins (m. 2012)

Early lifeEdit

Kristopher Marshall was born on 11 April 1973[3] in Bath, Somerset. His father was a Royal Air Force navigator, whose career included a posting to the Queen's Flight, eventually becoming a squadron leader.[4][5] He moved with his family to Hong Kong and later to Canada. Upon his return to England, he was educated at Wells Cathedral School as a boarding pupil. After failing his initial A-levels in his first year of sixth form,[citation needed] he enrolled at the Redroofs Theatre School in Maidenhead, Berkshire.[5]


Marshall made an early career appearance on the police series The Bill but it was in 2000 that his major breakthrough role came as Nick Harper in the BBC sitcom My Family. In 2003, he appeared in the film Love Actually as Colin Frissell, an Englishman who goes to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in the United States to find love.[6] In 2004, Marshall appeared as DS Luke Stone in the police drama series Murder City. From 2005 to 2011, Marshall appeared on TV and in print for BT Retail adverts, where he played the character Adam; with Esther Hall portraying his character's eventual wife Jane.[7] He also played Dave in the BBC comedy series Citizen Khan in 2012.

Since departing his full-time role in My Family in 2003, Marshall has returned twice. The first time was for one episode in season five in 2004 and the second was for a Comic Relief special in 2005. He finished working on the film Heist at the end of 2006, which aired in April 2008 on BBC Four. During the summer of 2008, Marshall appeared at Trafalgar Studios in the first UK run of Neil LaBute's play Fat Pig. He became a regular castmember, playing the character of Ethan on the series Traffic Light in 2011.

In April 2013, it was announced that Marshall would be joining the cast of BBC drama Death In Paradise as the island's new lead detective, DI Humphrey Goodman.[1] His character was introduced in the first episode of the third series which aired on 14 January 2014, with his first case being to solve the murder of his predecessor, DI Richard Poole (played by Ben Miller).[citation needed] In January 2017 it was leaked that Marshall would be leaving the series citing the pressures it placed upon his family and that he would be replaced by Ardal O'Hanlon who plays DI Jack Mooney. [8]

Marshall starred as Tom Sanger in the 2015 independent British romantic comedy Sparks & Embers.[9] He also appeared in the film Death at a Funeral as a student of pharmaceuticals who inadvertently drugged a member of the family.[citation needed]

In July 2017, Marshall became a favourite to take over the role of The Doctor from Peter Capaldi in the BBC's long running hit sci-fi series Doctor Who, but the role ultimately went to Jodie Whittaker who became the first female actress to portray The Doctor, a pre-appointment condition originated by Chris Chibnall of his becoming the show's showrunner.[10]

Personal lifeEdit

Marshall married Hannah Dodkins in 2012. They live in Bath with their son and daughter. Previously they had lived in the Long Barton area of Wells.[4]

Marshall was hit by a car in Bristol in 2008.[11] The accident happened in the early hours of 28 April as he enjoyed a night out with friends in Bristol city centre. He was taken to Bristol Royal Infirmary, where a scan revealed head injuries.[12] He made a full recovery and began his performances in the play Fat Pig three weeks later as scheduled.[13] Marshall passionately supports Aston Villa F.C. and has said that a card from the club helped him through his recovery.[14]

In October 2011, Marshall was charged with failing to provide a breath test after police stopped his car in the Tesco car park in Wells.[15] Marshall had failed a breath test at the scene, and then refused to provide a second sample at the police station.[16] He pleaded guilty and was disqualified from driving for six months.


Film, television, and radioEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1993 Closing Numbers Fredericks
1998 Trial & Retribution II PC Henshaw
1999 The Most Fertile Man in Ireland Éamonn
1999 Five Seconds to Spare Martin
1999 The Bill Hugh Kane 1 episode
2000 Dead Babies
2000–2005 My Family Nick Harper 45 episodes
2001 Je t'aime John Wayne Belmondo
2002 Iris Doctor Gudgeon
2002 Mexicano Jake Morton
2002 Doctor Zhivago Pasha Antipov
2002 The Four Feathers Castleton
2002 Deathwatch Private Barry Starinski
2003 Love Actually Colin Frissell
2004 The Merchant of Venice Gratiano
2004 My Life In Film Art 6 episodes
2004–2006 Murder City DS Luke Stone 10 episodes
2005 Funland Dudley Sutton 11 episodes
2007 Death at a Funeral Troy
2007 Catwalk Dogs Michael Purvis
2007 Sold Matt
2008 Heist Dick Puddlecote
2008 Easy Virtue Furber
2008 Spending My Inheritance Harry Radio drama
2010 Human Target Doug 1 episode
2010 D.O.A. Tom Lassiter
2011 Traffic Light Ethan
2011 Oka! Amerikee Larry[17]
2011 A Few Best Men Tom
2011–2013 The Diary of Samuel Pepys Samuel Pepys Radio drama
2012 15 Kids and Counting n/a Narrator
2012 Citizen Khan Dave 6 episodes
2013 16 Kids and Counting n/a Narrator
2013 Derek Himself Cameo
2013 Lightfields Paul
2014–2017 Death in Paradise DI Humphrey Goodman 30 episodes[18]
2015 Sparks & Embers Tom Sanger
2016 Ambulance Narrator
2017 A Few Best Men Tom
2017 Borderline Baron of Sandwich
2018 Royal Affairs Ambassador Short film
2019 Better Things Tibor 2 episodes
2019 Sanditon Tom Parker 8 episodes
2019 Trick or Treat n/a


Year Title Role
2006 The Hypochondriac Cleante
2006 The Revenger's Tragedy Vindici
2007 Treats Dave
2008 Fat Pig Carter
2017 Ugly Lies the Bone Kelvin
2017 Glengarry Glen Ross John Williamson

Music videoEdit



  1. ^ a b "BBC - Kris Marshall joins BBC One's Death In Paradise - Media Centre".
  2. ^ "BBC One Sets Premiere Date For 'Death In Paradise' Season 3 - TVWise". TVWise.
  3. ^ "Kris Marshall - Biography". Talk Talk Group. Retrieved 18 February 2014.
  4. ^ a b Lockyer, Daphne (28 December 2014). "Whatever happened to Kris Marshall?". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 16 April 2017.
  5. ^ a b Hemelryk, Simon. "Kris Marshall "I Remember"". Reader's Digest. Retrieved 16 April 2017.
  6. ^ "Kris Marshall". Retrieved 14 October 2013.
  7. ^ Tim Guest (16 January 2012). "Meet the new Flat 6 flatmates". BT. Retrieved 28 January 2013.
  8. ^ White, Adam (3 February 2017). "'My wife had sleepless nights': Kris Marshall elaborates on Death in Paradise exit". Telegraph Media Group Limited. Retrieved 26 February 2017.
  9. ^ "IMDb Sparks & Embers". IMDb.
  10. ^ Roz Laws (11 February 2017). "Aston Villa fan is new favourite to become next Doctor Who". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 14 February 2017.
  11. ^ "Actor Marshall hurt in accident". BBC. 28 April 2008. Retrieved 28 April 2008.
  12. ^ Singh, Anita (28 April 2008). "Kris Marshall 'in stable condition' after accident". Daily Telegraph. London.
  13. ^ Smith, Neil (17 May 2008). "Star returns to stage after crash". BBC News Online. Retrieved 19 May 2008.
  14. ^ Mercury (11 October 2008). "Aston Villa helped save my life says BT commercial actor - Birmingham Mail". Retrieved 20 March 2013.
  15. ^ "My Family star breath test charge". BBC. 6 October 2011. Retrieved 6 October 2011.
  16. ^ "My Family actor Kris Marshall banned from driving". BBC News. 10 November 2011.
  17. ^ "". Archived from the original on 31 March 2012. Retrieved 20 March 2013.
  18. ^ Munn, Patrick (9 April 2013). "Ben Miller Exits BBC One's 'Death In Paradise', Kris Marshall Cast As New Detective". TVWise. Retrieved 1 August 2013.

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