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Marshall Lancaster (born 5 October 1974) is an English actor. He has appeared in television dramas including Coronation Street, Holby City, The Lakes and Family Affairs. He is best known for playing DC Chris Skelton in the BBC time-travel police dramas, Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes, the former set in 1973, and the latter set between 1981 and 1983.

Marshall Lancaster
Born (1974-10-05) 5 October 1974 (age 44)
Height5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Spouse(s)Kelly Lancaster

Lancaster is a former member of the Macclesfield-based theatre groups SCAMPS Youth Company,[1] Paragon Youth Theatre and Macclesfield Amateur Dramatic Society. Until 23 August 2008 he starred in the York Theatre Royal's production of Mike Kenny's adaptation of The Railway Children alongside Colin Tarrant and Sarah Quintrell at the National Railway Museum.[2] Lancaster has one green and one blue eye, a condition known as heterochromia. In January 2013 he has started his own construction company, Marshall Lancaster Plastering, and works as a contractor in Macclesfield and surrounding areas.[3]




Year Title Role Notes
1999 The Lakes Ged Hodgson 8 episodes
1999 Where the Heart Is Matty Episode: "Reach for the Stars"
1999 Shockers: Ibiza - £99 Return Shaun TV movie
2000 Peak Practice Paul Lynch Episode: "Once Too Often"
2000-2001 Bob Martin Timmy 12 episodes
2001 So What Now? Dispatch Assistant Episode: "Sofa So Good"
2002–2003 Clocking Off Gary Dugdale 10 episodes
2003 Grease Monkeys Brian/Ryan Wright Episode: "Double Vision"
2004 The Royal Matty Episode: "All the Fun of the Fair"
2004 Family Affairs Shane 3 episodes
2004 Outlaws Jamie Hughes Episode: "Three Monkeys"
1999-2006 Holby City Ryan Livingstone/Jay Matthews/Billy Wintergreen 4 episodes
2006 The Street Colin Episode: "Stan"
2006 The Bill Paul Pavese Episode: "417"
2006-2007 Life on Mars Chris Skelton 16 episodes
2009 Boy Meets Girl Pete TV mini-series
2006-2009 Coronation Street Slug 19 episodes
2008-2010 Ashes to Ashes Chris Skelton 24 episodes
2006-2010 Doctors Alan Lords/Johnny Thomas 2 episodes
2011 Doctor Who Buzzer 2 episodes
2007-2012 Casualty Perry Dans/Keith Parr 5 episodes


Year Title Role Notes
2006 Daybreak Phil BBC Radio 4 Play
2011 Castaway Tom BBC Radio 4 Play


Year Title Role Notes
2000 Aberdeen Moose
2000 The Wedding Tackle Chief with Chops


Year Title Role Notes
1992 Where Did You Last See Your Trousers Gorillagram MADS Theatre
1993 Blood Brothers Eddie MADS Theatre
1995 Cabaret Herr Schultz Paragon Youth Theatre
2007 Up 'n' Under Tony Tameside Hippodrome Theatre
2007 Wuthering Heights Linton York Theatre Royal
2008 The Railway Children Mr. Perks National Railway Museum


  1. ^ ""Where Are They Now?"". TEMPO.
  2. ^ Hutchinson, Charles (May 20, 2010). "Railway Children cast announced". York Press. Retrieved April 3, 2017.
  3. ^ [1]

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