Kym Marsh Biography
Kimberley Gail Ratcliff is a well-known English actress, television presenter, and singer. She was born on June 13, 1976, and her full name is Kimberley Gail Ratcliff (née Marsh, formerly Ryder and Lomas). As a result of her participation in the reality television series Popstars in 2001, she was offered and accepted a position in the band Hear’Say. Marsh departed the band in 2002 in order to pursue a solo career, despite the fact that Hear’Say’s brief run of success included two number one singles and a number one album in the United Kingdom. In 2003, she published an album under the title Standing Tall, which reached number nine in the UK album chart and yielded two singles that landed in the top ten of the UK album chart.
She has played the role of Michelle Connor in the ITV serial opera Coronation Street since 2006 and will continue to do so till 2019. She was also the winner of the Newcomer category at the 2007 National Television Awards and was nominated for the award for Best Female Dramatic Performance at the 2017 British Soap Awards. The British Soap Awards presented her with the award for Best Newcomer in 2007, and she also won that category. In 2010, she earned a fourth-place finish on the reality show Popstar to Operastar, which was a competition in which famous pop singers were educated to sing opera. Marsh and Gethin Jones, a Welsh broadcaster, have been sharing the hosting duties of the morning lifestyle program Morning Live, which airs on BBC One, since October 2020. She is scheduled to make her debut as the lead character in the reimagined version of the BBC school drama series Waterloo Road in the year 2022.
Marsh was born on June 13th, 1976 in Whiston Hospital, which is located in Whiston, Merseyside. His parents, Pauline and David Marsh, were the ones who raised him. She is the youngest of three children with two elder brothers and one older sister. Her dad worked as a joiner, but in his spare time he played lead guitar for the band Ricky and the Dominant Four. They were an opening act for The Beatles at The Cavern Club in Liverpool, and her dad was the band’s lead guitarist. She began her education at the Byrchall High School in Ashton-in-Makerfield and continued it for two years at the Elliot Clarke Stage School in Liverpool before dropping out at the age of 15.
Early singing career and Hear’Say
Marsh is credited with providing session vocals for a number of musicians, including Matt Darey, Freaky Realistic, and the pair Hemstock & Jennings. She sang in Norwegian on the latter’s tune “Arctic,” which drew the attention of Paul van Dyk, and as a result, it was remixed and re-recorded with additional vocals from Jan Johnston. She also sang in Norwegian on the latter’s track “Arctic.” The song, which was re-released in the UK under the title “Nothing But You” and was distributed by Positiva, debuted at position number 14 on the charts in that country.
At the tail end of the year 2000, Marsh participated in an audition for the talent show Popstars on ITV. Along with Danny Foster, Myleene Klass, Suzanne Shaw, and Noel Sullivan, she was one of the five singers selected for the newly formed band Hear’Say. Covering a song originally performed by Girl Thing, the band Hear’Say issued their debut single, “Pure and Simple,” in March of 2001. Her fellow members of the girl band dubbed her “the funniest out of the group” to describe her. In March of 2001, the song sold just under 550,000 copies, which propelled it to the top spot on the Singles Chart in the United Kingdom. After that, the band issued their second single, titled “The Way to Your Love,” in the month of June 2001. The song vaulted them to the top of the charts for the second week in a row. The band embarked on a tour of the United Kingdom not long after that. Marsh made the announcement that she will be departing Hear’Say in January of 2002. Auditions were organized in an attempt to find someone who could take her place, however the band disbanded in October of 2002.
Marsh, after stepping away from the limelight for some time, eventually earned a solo record deal with Island Records. Her debut single, “Cry,” peaked at number 2 on the UK Singles Chart, while her second single, “Come on Over,” reached number 10 on the chart. Marsh released her first album under her own name, titled Standing Tall, in July of 2003. The album reached number 9 on the UK album chart. It featured a total of fifteen tunes, including three solo singles and twelve others. But her third single, “Sentimental,” which was supposed to be her breakthrough hit, only peaked at number 35 on the charts, and as a result, she was dropped by her record label. In the early months of 2006, Marsh participated in Making Your Mind Up by submitting a song titled “Whisper to Me.” The purpose of the competition was to select a performer and a song to represent the United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest. Marsh finished in fourth place overall in the competition, which was ultimately won by Daz Sampson.
In 2005, Marsh made her debut as a television actress in an episode of the British soap opera Doctors, which aired on BBC One. In that episode, Marsh portrayed a person named Ruth Parry. During the same year, she also started appearing as a regular panelist on the afternoon show Loose Women, which was then in its eighth series on ITV. In the first two episodes of the soap serial Hollyoaks: In the City, which aired on Channel 4 in 2006, she played the role of sex worker Kay Price.
In April 2006, Marsh became a member of the cast of Coronation Street, where she has played the part of Michelle Connor continuously till 2019. As a result of her performance on the show, she has since been recognized with multiple Newcomer accolades, including those presented at the 2007 British Soap Awards and the 2007 National Television Awards. Her storylines have included a serious relationship with Steve McDonald (played by Simon Gregson), the discovery that her son had been switched at birth, the death of her eldest brother Paul (played by Sean Gallagher) and the murder of her other brother Liam (played by Rob James-Collier), her failed engagement to Ciaran McCarthy (played by Keith Duffy), surviving a minibus crash, becoming pregnant with Steve’s baby, and learning that Steve has also impregna (Leon Ockenden). Other stories have centered on her relationships with her sisters-in-law Carla (played by Alison King) and Maria (played by Samia Ghadie), as well as her friendship with Robert Preston (played by Tristan Gemmill) after the dissolution of her marriage to Steve.
In 2008, as the character continued to dominate more plotlines, a number of fans started to grow tired of both her and the way she behaved. The baby-swap narrative, in which Michelle had a prominent role, was severely derided by both fans and reviewers of the show. Columnist Grace Dent stated of the plot, “…It feels like something pulled from a copy of Pick Me Up magazine and read to me laboriously over 22 weeks.” On the other hand, the stillbirth narrative that was featured in 2017 and Marsh’s acting both garnered a lot of positive feedback and were lauded by the stillbirth charity Sands. Marsh, whose real-life son Archie was also stillborn, indicated that it was necessary for her to take on the plot in order to raise awareness of the issue. Marsh’s real-life son Archie was also born stillborn. In addition, she advocated for the modification of the law that would allow birth certificates to be issued to stillborn children.   Additionally, the actress mentioned that it was the “greatest way to honor” her son by doing so. She went on to win the British Soap Award for Best Female Dramatic Performance in 2017. This award was given in 2017. Marsh’s departure from the soap opera was confirmed on February 24, 2019, after she had been a part of it for the previous 13 years, and Michelle’s last scenes were shown on December 27, 2019.
The 26th of October, 2020 saw Marsh’s debut as a co-host on BBC One’s Morning Live, a daily morning magazine show that was previously hosted by Gethin Jones.
The first season of the show came to a finish on December 18, 2020, and the BBC announced on December 17 that it will be renewed for a second season in 2021.
Marsh made her debut in the role of Donna in the fourth season of the drama The Syndicate, which aired on BBC One in March 2021. A year later, the BBC made the announcement that she would be one of the starring cast members in the revival of their school drama called Waterloo Road.
On August 4, 2022, it was revealed that Marsh would be taking part in the twenty-first season of Strictly Come Dancing. Marsh was one of the contestants confirmed for this series.
Marsh has been married three times and has a total of four children, as well as two grandkids from his previous marriages. Due to her previous relationship with Dave Cunliffe, she is the mother of two children: a son named David (born in 1995) and a daughter named Emilie (born in 1997). On August 10, 2002, she tied the knot with the actor Jack Ryder in the town of St. Albans, Hertfordshire. On March 20, 2008, it was reported that the couple had made the decision to split and would be seeking a divorce. On August 12, 2009, it was reported that the divorce had been finalized.
From July 2008 onward, Marsh was in a relationship with actor Jamie Lomas. September of 2012 found them exchanging vows in Cheshire. In 2009, she and Lomas made the happy announcement that they were going to become parents. On February 11, their son Archie was born 18 weeks prematurely, and he passed away shortly after he was born. Polly was born to them on the 23rd of March in the year 2011. Marsh made the announcement on October 3, 2012, that going forward, she would be recognized as Kym Lomas and not as Kym Marsh. They divorced in 2014 after filing for separation in 2013.
Marsh was immortalized in wax at Madame Tussauds Blackpool in May 2017, when a figure of him was added to the museum’s gallery.
Marsh’s daughter Emilie gave birth to a son in May 2019, making Marsh a grandma for the first time.
On the 14th of June 2021, Marsh made public her engagement to Scott Ratcliff, a major in the army; the couple got married on the 16th of October 2021.
In August of 2022, Marsh’s son David and his fiancee Courtney gave birth to a grandson, whom they named Clayton. This was Marsh’s second time becoming a grandmother.