Stage and Screen Actor
Professional partner: Iveta Lukosiute.
Bookies original odds: 33 to 1.
My biggest fear about Strictly is my trousers falling down live on air, or falling into the audience.
RADA trained actor Mark has appeared in countless TV shows with a list icluding ITV’s Britannia High and BBC’s Waterloo Road as well as Kavanagh QC, The Bill, Hustle, Ballykissangel, Silent Witness, Murphy’s Law, Doctor Who, Holby City and Northern Lights.
As well as his appearances on TV, Mark has worked with The Royal Shakespeare Company alongside director Sam Mendes.
Mark is originally from Guisborough in Yorkshire and had early experience with the Middlesbrough Youth Theatre before earning a place at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
As well as TV and stage work, Mark transitioned into feature films. Credits include Mike Leigh’s Career Girls, Anthony Minghella’s Breaking and Entering and Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus; Mark has worked with Johnny Depp, Jude Law, Colin Farrell and the late Heath Ledger.
Mark has recently been treading the boards again as Edna Turnblad in the 2013 UK tour of Hairspray the Musical. Despite this recent dancing experience the bookies have given him cautious odds of 33 to 1.