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The Incredible Singing Career of Kym Marsh From Coronation Street

Kym Marsh aka Kimberley Gail Marsh is the English actress, singer, and songwriter who was introduced to us as Michelle Connor on the soap opera Coronation Street in 2006. Also called Kym Lomas, the English soap veteran had her first television role at age nineteen on an episode of Doctors. She was awarded the 2007 British Soap Award for Best Newcomer. She was also a guest-presenter on Loose Women more than twenty times with Denise Welch. She also grew popular for marrying Jack Ryder from 2002–2009.  Jack Ryder is the British actor best known for portraying Jamie Mitchell in the BBC One soap opera: EastEnders from 1998 to 2002. Since then he has established himself as a film and theatre director and of course, the former Walford fan favourite has joined the BBC One show (another fan favorite BBC show is Top Gear) as consultant surgeon Evan, the boyfriend of Chloe Godard (played by Amy Lennox) – who is a doctor at a neighbouring hospital where he tortures and even haunts. Very different to his blonde haired teenage heartthrob days when he was married to Kym.

A Look At The Career of Kym Marsh From Coronation Street 

What was Kym Marsh in?

A part of one of the most groundbreaking TV shows of the noughties, Kym Marsh has undoubtedly had the most eventful career of any U.K. reality pop star. Born to a Lebanese immigrant mother and English father, Marsh began performing at a young age. At ten years old, she sang with a band at her local Labour club and later at the age of 13 had released her first single, “One Kiss,” through a small record label, Jelly Street Records. 

She got attention and fame after taking the membership of the band ‘Hear’Say’ and auditioned for the talent show Popstars. Though she performed several songs with the group and got fame too, she left this group in 2002 due to some internal personal issues. 

Back in 2000, she joined thousands of hopefuls on ITV’s Popstars show, an innovative talent search contest which televised the usually secretive audition process. She quickly became one of the most high-profile contestants thanks to clashes with judge Nigel Lythgoe over her weight and the revelation she had two children. After being chosen for the final five she, along with her band Hear’Say, moved in together and started work on their debut album. Their first single, “Pure and Simple,” became the fastest selling debut single ever, follow-up single “The Way to Your Love” and parent album Popstars, also reached the top spot and the group embarked on a 37 date sell-out arena tour. But just weeks after the second album Everybody was out, Marsh left the group after fighting with fellow member of the group: Myleene Klass. 

Post a solo deal with Island Records, she initially got success with her more mature acoustic pop sound. Both “Cry” (number two) and “Come on Over” (number ten) reached the Top Ten, but the third single “Sentimental” (number 35) flopped. However, after the success of “Cry” and “Come On Over”  Marsh launched her album ‘Standing Tall’ in 2003. She contested in the ‘Eurovision Song Contest’ and held the fourth position therein. She started her Television acting in 2005. Standing Tall (placed at number nine) only lasted three weeks in the chart. 

Returning to acting, she played Annette in Saturday Night Fever in the West End, and appeared in Holby City, Hollyoaks in the City, and Doctors. In 2006, she participated competitively in Making Your Mind Up, the BBC’s search for a Eurovision entrant, but could only finish fourth with her track “Whisper to Me.” In 2006, she briefly appeared as Michelle Connor in Coronation Street, but proved so popular that producers made her role permanent and she quickly became one of the U.K.’s most popular soap actresses. Kym Marsh won Most Popular Newcomer at 2007’s National Television Awards.

She participated in the very first series of ‘Popstar to Operastar’ in 2010 and voted out earlier. Apart from being the panelist in a few TV shows, she was also entertained with various guest appearances. She also appeared in various celebrity episodes.

She got ‘Best TV Soap Personality’ at TIRC awards. The same year, she received ‘Best Dressed Soap Star’ and ‘Favorite Actress’ tags. In 2009, she was crowned as the ‘Bounty Celebrity Mum’ of the year. At The British Soap Awards 2017, she won ‘Best Female Dramatic Performance’ award.

Did you know? Kym Marsh provided session vocals for artists such as Matt Darey, the group Freaky Realistic and the duo Hemstock & Jennings? She sang in Norwegian on the latter’s track “Arctic”, which caught the attention of Paul van Dyk, and was remixed and re-recorded with additional vocals from Jan Johnston. The track, renamed “Nothing But You”, was released, hitting number 14 in the UK charts.

Is Kym Marsh Single?

The personal life of Kym Marsh is full of ups and downs. She has been with many guys. Kym Marsh was first married to Jack Ryder and divorced the same man after six years. After this, she dated the actor Jamie Lomas and married him. After marrying Jamie Lomas, she changed her name to Kym Lomas and reverted back after getting divorced. Before her first marriage, she had two children from her relationship with Dave Cunliffe.

When was Kym Marsh born?

13 June 1976 (age 43 years)

What school did Kym Marsh go to?

Born in Garswood, Lancashire in 1976, she went to the Elliot Clarke Stage School in Liverpool for two years, leaving when she was just 15. After her schooling in Liverpool, Kym Marsh provided vocals for several dance acts including Solar Stone and 2dB. 

What does Kym Marsh’s tattoo say?

“It was meant to say ‘Jack’, the name of my first husband, a few years later we went to a Chinese restaurant and I was wearing a low back dress and the waiter went, ‘Ahh, communist!’. So, the actress covered up the tattoo with a design of multiple black butterflies.

Who is the father of Kym Marsh’s children?

Her relationship with Dave Cunliffe produced two children, David born in 1995 and Emilie born in 1997. She was married to Jack Ryder from 2002 until 2009. She married Jamie Lomas in 2012. Before the marriage, they had a son named Archie, who died shortly after birth due to miscarriage. They later welcomed a daughter named Polly. She and Jamie divorced in 2014.

Who is Kym Marsh dating now?

The actress once wed the actor Jack Ryder from EastEnders in St Albans, Hertfordshire, on 10 August. After settling in St Albans, the couple had early difficulties and split for a short while before reconciling. In light of Kym wanting a regular role in north-west-produced dramas and her wanting to be closer to her family, the couple moved to Manchester in 2004. It was announced on 20 March 2008 that Kym and Jack had decided to separate and then subsequently divorced.

In July 2008 she began dating actor Jamie Lomas and in September 2012 they got married. In October 2013 Kym filed for divorce citing unreasonable behaviour. The divorce was finalised on 10 January 2014.

Currently, Kym Marsh’s boyfriend, Scott, is 33-years-old and a major in the Parachute Regiment. Kym revealed to Fabulous magazine that she is in love with Scott, who she has now been dating for over a year: ‘He has a smile that has the ability to light up any room. He’s got a lovely aura about him. People want to be around him,’ she said, ‘And I love that he’s not got any idea how fit he is.’

Born in Glasgow, the military man first met Kym in 2018 and the duo started dating in July last year, following her split from Matt Baker. Kym and Scott were introduced by the star’s celebrity pal Antony Cotton and got to know each other via FaceTime and texting before they agreed to meet for their first date.

Can Kym Marsh sing opera?

Kym Marsh or Kimberley Gail Marsh was born on 13th June 1976 in Whiston, United Kingdom. She is a singer and actress popularly known for her role as Michelle Connor in Coronation Street, but did you know that she can sing opera? Yes, she sang Verdi’s Brindisi from La Traviata in the episode two of Popstar to OperaStar. 

Kym Marsh Songs

  • Cry
  • Come on Over
  • Cross Every River
  • After Goodbye
  • Here Comes Heaven
  • Don’t Break My Heart
  • Live Forever
  • Shine on Me
  • I Think It’s Gonna Rain Today
  • He’s My Man
  • The Girl I Used to Be
  • Lost in Love
  • Standing Tall
  • I Know How It Feels
  • All Over You
  • Tempted
  • Sentimental
  • Movies and TV Shows
  • 2005: Doctors
  • 2006: Hollyoaks: In the City.
  • Since 2006: Coronation Street
  • 2006: Holby City

What happened to Kym Marsh’s son?

Kym Marsh’s son Archie – her child with ex-partner Jamie Lomas – died minutes after being born 18-weeks premature on the bedside table. She lost the son 21 weeks and five days into her pregnancy in 2009.

Every day Kym Marsh wakes up and the first thing she sees on her bedside table are precious mementoes of the child she would never see grow up. A small engraved box bearing the image of an angel carries the ashes of her child. Prints of his tiny hands and feet are in a frame and sit alongside a candle and a card with the first letter of his name, Archie, completing a collection of treasures that keeps the memory of her lost child alive.

The Coronation Street star says: “I think of Archie every day. I still talk to him to say goodnight or I love you.

“We never got to know what kind of a little boy he was or what he would’ve liked. What colour would his eyes or his hair have been?

“Would he have liked Thomas the Tank Engine, or going on holiday, or which football team? All I know was that he should have come home with us. So that’s what we did.

“We took his ashes home in a tiny box and I keep them next to my bed.”

There is an inscription on the edge of the box and Kym recites it off by heart.

“Your presence we miss, your memory we treasure, loving you always, forgetting you never,” Kym Marsh says.

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