Shane Patrick Roche (born 11 March 1964), known as Shane Richie, is an English actor, comedian, television presenter and singer. Following initial success as a stage and screen performer, he became best known for his portrayal of the character Alfie Moon in the BBC One soap opera EastEnders between 2002 and 2005 and then again from 2010 until 2016 and then in its spin-off RTÉ Drama Redwater in 2017. He returned to EastEnders in 2018 for another stint until 2019.
Richie in January 2005
Shane Patrick Roche
11 March 1964
|Children||5, including Jake Roche|
He also regularly appears in pantomime and in the last few years has starred as Robin Hood. He first took the role appearing at the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton in 2016, then repeated it again in 2017 at the New Victoria Theatre, Woking. He then reprised the role once again in 2018 at the Milton Keynes Theatre. In 2019 he starred alongside Jenny Dale as the title character in Dick Wittington at the Bristol Hippodrome in Bristol.
Early life and career beginnings
Richie was born at St Mary Abbot's Hospital in Kensington, London to Irish parents. He attended Willesden High School and was a member of a youth theatre as a child, and began his professional career in adolescence as a bluecoat entertainer at a Pontins holiday camp Little Canada, on the Isle of Wight. He progressed to the live stand up circuit – receiving a nomination for best new stand-up at the inaugural British Comedy Awards.
In 1989, Richie made nightly appearances for Sky TV's chat show series Jameson Tonight, which was hosted by Derek Jameson and Richie and recorded at the Windmill Theatre, London. In 1990, Richie made his first terrestrial television appearances as one of the comics on the BBC One sketch show Up to Something! with Suzy Aitchison, David Schneider, Frances Dodge, Mike Hayley and Lewis MacLeod; however, the show was axed after one series. Richie was one of five comics along with Maddi Cryer, Annette Law, George Marshall and Billy Pearce.
Richie later branched out into hosting game shows after proving successful as host of the kids' quiz show Run the Risk, which was played during the BBC Saturday morning show Going Live. He moved into mainstream presenting with Caught in the Act, Win, Lose or Draw, The Shane Richie Experience (later revamped as Love Me Do) and Lucky Numbers. He also replaced Danny Baker in the 'doorstep challenge' TV ads for Daz detergent; he had previously replaced Baker as host of Win, Lose or Draw. In the 2012 Christmas episode of The Sarah Millican Television Programme, Richie said that Daz gave him so much money for doing the adverts that he would have "snorted the stuff" if they had asked him.
Musicals and music career
Richie has had success in musicals, appearing in such musicals as Boogie Nights and the 1993 London revival production of Grease. He released two albums, The Album in 1997 and Once Around the Sun in 2000 to limited commercial response, and had a number 2 hit in the UK Singles Chart in 2003, with his Children in Need cover version of Wham!'s "I'm Your Man".
Over Christmas 2005, Richie appeared in a touring run of Scrooge: The Musical.
In 1995, Richie began hosting the game show ‘’Lucky Numbers’’ and starred in ‘’The Shane Richie Experience (1995–96)’’
From 2002–03, Richie played the villainous Danny Dexter on Night and Day. He won supporting roles in low-profile British films, beginning with Chris Barfoot's award-winning short comedy movie Dead Clean and then later Distant Shadow. In 2003, Richie was executive producer for the British film Shoreditch, in which he also appeared in a lead role. He invested a six-figure sum into the budget of the film, which ultimately made little profit.
In February 2009, Richie starred in a revamp of the series Minder on Channel 5. Rather than a remake of the original, Richie starred as Archie Daley, the nephew of the character Arthur Daley from the original series, which ran from 1979 to 1994 on ITV.
On 26 July 2009, Richie appeared in a one-off television drama called Whatever It Takes playing a character called JJ Merrick who comes to the aid of a girl who wins a radio competition – and catapults her into stardom, thus giving her a new lease of life.
In January 2014, Richie presented one series of BBC One game show Reflex, made by Objective Productions. In December 2014, Richie began hosting The National Lottery: Win Your Wish List, a new Saturday night game show. A second series began airing in February 2016.
In June 2015, it was announced that he would be appearing in an episode of Benidorm.
In 2002, Richie joined the cast of EastEnders as Alfie Moon, bringing humour to a programme often panned for being too depressing. The role won him numerous awards including the award for "Best Male European Actor" at the Rose D'or Festival and National Television Awards for "Most Popular Actor" in 2005, shortly before he, and co-star Jessie Wallace, left the programme on Christmas Day in 2005.
On 8 May 2008, he said in an interview with Digital Spy that he would love to return to EastEnders as Alfie Moon.
On 23 July 2009, Richie announced on The One Show that his character Alfie Moon would return to EastEnders. Following an absence of almost five years, Richie made his on-screen return to EastEnders on 21 September 2010.
As well as appearing in EastEnders, Richie also narrated three episodes for the documentary series, EastEnders Revealed, a series that goes behind the scenes and explores characters and storylines; the episodes were "The Secret Mitchell" in 2009 about Ronnie Mitchell and Danielle Jones, "Peggy Mitchell – Queen of the Vic" in 2010 about Peggy Mitchell and "Farewell Pat" in 2012 about Pat Evans.
On 4 April 2015, it was announced that Richie would appear alongside Jessie Wallace in a six-part BBC One drama series, Redwater. In the spin-off, Kat and Alfie Moon visited Ireland as they put their past behind them. Speaking about the series, Richie commented: "Both Jessie and I are absolutely thrilled to be given this amazing opportunity. To have a whole drama focussed around Kat and Alfie is a huge honour for us both and we just can't wait to start filming.
In 2006, Richie played a rat named Sid in the Aardman Animation film Flushed Away. He has recently been seen in the UK stage tour of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest as Randle McMurphy, and heard as a presenter on Virgin Radio, where he interviewed Tony Hadley of Spandau Ballet.
In July 2015 it was announced that Richie would star alongside Jessie Wallace in The Perfect Murder at the Theatre Royal in February 2016.
Since 2016, he has appeared in pantomine as Robin Hood.
In 2019, Richie starred as retired drag queen Hugo Battersby/ Loco Chanelle in the hit musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie at the Apollo Theatre. It was then announced that he would reprise the role for the 2020 UK tour.
Richie met Christie Anne Goddard through friends in December 2001 after starring in the pantomime "Jack and the Beanstalk". Richie then later proposed to Goddard at her 26th birthday party in April 2005, and on 23 April 2006 she gave birth to a boy, Mackenzie Blue. They got married on 21 July 2007. Christie gave birth to a daughter, Lolita Bell, on 28 July 2008. Another daughter, their third child together, was born on 27 April 2011 called Romani-Skye Angel Shelley.
In 2003, Richie released his autobiography Rags to Richie. In the book, he claims to have had sex with six girls in a chalet, during his time as a Pontins Bluecoat and he broke the law by orchestrating ticket touts outside of Grease. Richie also claims to have given free tickets to the touts, who went on to sell them at a large profit for Richie.
Richie is patron of Shinfield Players Theatre, an amateur theatre company in Reading, Berkshire, taking the role from Anton Rodgers who died in 2007. He made his first appearance in the audience on 11 July 2009 for the Youth Group production of Disco Inferno.
Richie is patron of the UK's Huntington's Disease Association.
Richie is also a Patron of a charity called Cherry Trees which provides respite care for children with disabilities.
In 2019, Richie admitted that he had to live in a live in a squat when a job failed to happen. After the squat was raided by police, he ended up homeless and was cautioned by the police for vagrancy. Of the experience, Richie said "What I learnt almost 40 years ago has had, and will always have, a lasting effect on me."
|1998||Dead Clean||Nicos Malmatakis|
|2003||Shoreditch||Thomas Hickman / Executive producer|
|2006||Flushed Away||Sid (voice)|
|2013||Prisoners of the Sun||Kalfhani|
|1994||Win, Lose or Draw||Himself||Presenter|
|1995–1997||The Shane Richie experience||Himself||Presenter|
|2000||Burnside||Tony Shotton||Recurring role|
|2002–2005, 2010–2016, 2018–2019||EastEnders||Alfie Moon||Series regular|
|2003||Night and Day||Danny Dexter||Recurring role|
|2007||Robbie the Reindeer in Close Encounters of the Herd Kind||Trooper No. 1||Voiceover role|
|2008||Skins||Bruce Gelcart||1 episode|
|The Paul O'Grady Show||Himself||Guest presenter: 1 episode|
|2009||Minder||Archie Daley||Series regular|
|New Tricks||Johnny Tevis||1 episode|
|2010||71 Degrees North||Himself||Contestant|
|2013–2015||Children In Need||Co-presenter|
|2014—2016||The National Lottery: Win Your Wish List|
|2015–||The One Show||Guest presenter|
|2015||We're Doomed! The Dad's Army Story||Bill Pertwee||Main cast|
|2016, 2018||Benidorm||Sammy Valentino||Guest (2016), Guest (2018)|
|2016||Moving On||Terry||Main cast: 5 episodes|
|2017||Kat & Alfie: Redwater||Alfie Moon||Main cast|
|2018||Star Boot Sale||Narrator|
|2019||Caravanning With Shane Richie||Narrator|
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- I'd get hit by Dad after he'd been on the drink .. he told me that only poofs went to stage school
- "Thu, Mar 19, 2009 – An Irishman's Diary". The Irish Times. 3 March 2009. Retrieved 23 September 2011.
- Wilby, Peter (9 December 2008). "From one end of the corridor to the other". The Guardian. London.
- "Shane Ritchie to warm up 02 for Jackson". Daily Express. 15 March 2009. Retrieved 23 September 2011.
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Shane plays Archie Daley, with Royal Shakespeare Company actor Lex Shrapnel taking on the role of his minder, Jamie Cartwright...The show will be screened on Five, and those behind it emphasised it was not a re-make...The new six-part series of Minder is due to begin airing next month
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- "Shane Ritchie becomes patron of Shinfield Players Theatre". The Wokingham Times. 12 February 2009. Retrieved 23 September 2011.
- Lomas, Clare (11 June 2009). "Tony Hadley and Shane Richie named Huntington's Disease Association's new patrons". Nursing Times. Retrieved 10 December 2011.
- "Shane Richie is Our New Patron!". Retrieved 16 October 2018.
- Percival, Ash (15 February 2019). "Shane Richie Recalls Period Spent Sleeping Rough: 'It's Had A Lasting Effect On Me'". HuffPost. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
- "Mr Love Man". The Guardian. 8 August 2003. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 24 March 2017.
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