Charlie Condou

Charlie Condou, (born 8 January, 1973) is an English actor and writer best known for playing midwife Marcus Dent in the ITV soap opera Coronation Street.

Charlie Condou
Born
Charles Lomax David Condou

(1973-01-08) 8 January 1973
ResidenceIslington, London, England
OccupationActor, writer
Years active1986–present
TelevisionNathan Barley (2005)
Coronation Street (2007–08; 2011–14)[1]
Spouse(s)
Cameron Laux (m. 2015)
Children2

Condou was listed number 11 in the World Pride Power List 2013, number 15 in the World Pride Power list 2012,[2] number 8 in the Independent on Sunday Pink Power list 2011[3] and 42 in the Pride Power List 2011.[4] He is a supporter of Manchester Pride,[5] a Patron of the charities Diversity Role models and the Albert Kennedy Trust, and a volunteer for the Terrence Higgins Trust.[6] Condou also works closely with Stonewall. In October 2012, he was named in the British gay publication, Attitude, as the magazine's "Man of the Year" at the inaugural Attitude awards and appeared on the cover of the November 2012 issue. In 2014 he was nominated for the "Advocate for change" award at the GLAAD awards in Los Angeles.

Career

Condou's acting career began in the 1985 American TV Movie, The Key to Rebecca, as well as the 1985 movie Exploits at West Poley at the age of twelve. His TV career continued throughout his teens with appearances in such TV series as Robin of Sherwood and A Sense of Guilt. In 1987, Condou starred in the TV movie Every Breath You Take opposite British actress Connie Booth, as Tom, a child who develops diabetes. He continued in his twenties, playing a variety of roles in series like Martin Chuzzlewit, Pie in the Sky, The Bill, Peak Practice and Urban Gothic. In 1995, he had an uncredited role in the movie Judge Dredd. Before his 2005 performance as Jonatton Yeah? in the Channel 4 sitcom, Nathan Barley, Condou made guest appearances in a number of British TV series including, The Infinite Worlds of HG Wells, and Midsomer Murders and had a part in the 2001 thriller Charlotte Gray where Cate Blanchett played the title role.

In 2006, Condou appeared as Renoir in the BBC drama The Impressionists. Other television and film roles included guest appearances as Nino in Gimme, Gimme, Gimme with his friend Kathy Burke, and Giles in Dead Babies, where he appeared with Paul Bettany, Olivia Williams and Kris Marshall.[7] He had a cameo role as one of the elves in Fred Claus with Vince Vaughn and Kevin Spacey in 2007,[8] before joining Coronation Street, in the summer of 2007. That same year, Condou appeared in the film Good starring Viggo Mortensen and Jason Isaacs. In 2008, he left Coronation Street. Speaking of his departure, Condou said: "I have had a fantastic time in Coronation Street, but as a jobbing actor I believe it is time to move on." A Corrie spokeswoman said: "We'll be sad to see Charlie leave."[9] At the time, Condou indicated "there are a few things in the pipeline, one of which is a feature film which is being made abroad. But all that's under wraps at the moment." This film turned out to be Good, released later that year.[9]

In March 2011, Condou returned to Coronation Street after an absence of almost three years. He had been promised that Marcus would become a leading character on the show following reports that Coronation Street was to have its first gay wedding in 2011 when Marcus tied the knot with former flame Sean Tully. However, the plot failed to materialise reflecting his growing unease with his on-screen pairing with Sean Tully, played by Antony Cotton.[10] Coronation Street sources initially indicated that he would enjoy a much more prominent role in the show.[11] Condou went on to be featured in a controversial storyline that saw Marcus enter into a heterosexual relationship with Maria Connor.

In 2013, it was announced that Condou would be leaving Coronation Street in mid-2014. He began work on the play "Next Fall" in September 2014 in the West End, taking the lead role of Adam. He has just finished shooting the second series of Unforgotten for ITV and is currently starring in the UK tour of The Rocky Horror Show. In January 2017 he started rehearsals for the UK tour of Arthur Miller's The Crucible.

In 2016, Condou wrote the introduction for Eric Rosswood's Journey to Same-Sex Parenthood: Firsthand Advice, Tips and Stories from Lesbian and Gay Couples.[12]

Personal life

Condou was born in London. On 8 June 2015, he married his long term boyfriend Canadian Cameron Laux.[13] He lives in Islington with his husband and his kids, Georgia and Hal, who split their time between him and their mother, the actress Catherine Kanter.[13][14] In a number of interviews, Condou has revealed that the children were conceived through IVF treatment, following Kanter's 40th birthday and relationship breakup.[15] He wrote a column for The Guardian newspaper on the subject of same-sex parenting until July 2012.[16] His second child with Catherine was born in 2012 and featured heavily in Condou's Guardian column "The Three of Us".

In 2013 Condou set up the company "Out With the Family", which puts on events for LGBT families.[17]

In August 2014, Condou was one of 200 public figures who were signatories to a letter to The Guardian opposing Scottish independence in the run-up to September's referendum on that issue.[18]

Filmography

References

  1. Digital Spy - Coronation Street star quits Marcus Dent role
  2. Jolin, Lucy; Delgado, Chance (7 July 2012). "World Pride Power List 2012: 100 most influential LGBT people of the year". The Guardian. London.
  3. Herbert, Ian (23 October 2011). "The IoS Pink List 2011 - News - People - The Independent". The Independent. London.
  4. Pride Power List 2011
  5. Manchester Pride 2011 Archived 29 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  6. THT: Media Centre: News and press releases: 2011: November Archived 8 November 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  7. Guardian Review - Dead Babies
  8. Cast Fred Claus
  9. The Mirror
  10. The Sun
  11. Digital Spy
  12. "Journey to Same-Sex Parenthood". New Horitzon Press. Retrieved 6 May 2018.
  13. Leyfield, James (9 June 2015). "Ex-Coronation Street star Charlie Condou marries partner Cameron Laux". mirror. Retrieved 10 February 2019.
  14. Morgan, Joe (8 June 2015). "Charlie Condou set to marry partner of 10 years today". Gay Star News. Retrieved 10 February 2019.
  15. Condou interview with the Mirror
  16. Condou, Charlie (1 October 2011). "Charlie Condou: My real 'gay celebrity dad' life". The Guardian. London.
  17. "Pride in London launches exclusive LGBT+ miniseries". Pride in London. Retrieved 26 February 2019.
  18. "Celebrities' open letter to Scotland – full text and list of signatories | Politics". The Guardian. theguardian.com. 7 August 2014. Retrieved 26 August 2014.

Bibliography

  • Holmstrom, John. The Moving Picture Boy: An International Encyclopaedia from 1895 to 1995. Norwich, Michael Russell, 1996, p. 392.
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