My Family's Kris Marshall

Tea Time Tidbit for the week of July 3, 2017

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As Nick in My Family

When My Family’s Kris Marshall replaced Ben Miller in Death in Paradise his joining the popular detective series was lauded by Britain’s Daily Telegraph as being a "winning addition" to the cast. It’s hard to imagine Marshall being anything but "winning", as – at least for me – he’s one of those actors who automatically puts a smile on your face. I’ll never forget, for instance, at the end of the 2003 film Love Actually, where he played the young British tourist whose trip to Milwaukee resulted in him being a huge hit with the local girls.

As Ben and Susan’s son, Nick, in My Family, Marshall may have been a lot older in real life than the character he played, but he was entirely believable in his youthful goofiness. Born in 1973, Marshall was 30 when he left the show, but he made a couple of comeback appearances. Once, in season five in 2004, and again the following year for a special episode that aired for the charity organization Comic Relief.

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In Death in Paradise

Now at the impossible to imagine age of 44, Marshall has once again left a popular series at its peak. In 2013, when Marshall joined Death in Paradise, his wife and baby son, Thomas, were able to join him in the Caribbean where the series is filmed. They even had Thomas attend the same nursery school every year in Guadeloupe - the island that doubles as the fictional Saint Marie in the series. This year though, Thomas starts "big" school and now that he has a little sister, Elsie, spending time 4,000 miles outside of England, six months a year, with the two of them, isn’t as doable. Or, as Marshall said in an interview with The Radio Times, “it’s time for him [Thomas] to put on scholastic shackles and toe the line.”

As a child, it seems that Marshall, whose father was in the Air Force, was moved around quite a bit. He was born in Wiltshire, England, but lived in Hong Kong and Canada, before being sent back England where he attended boarding school. Marshall left high school a year early to attend Redroofs Theatre School in Maidenhead, the same school you might recall (from a previous Tidbit) that was attended by Joanne Froggatt.

Taking over from Marshall mid-way through the sixth series of Death in Paradise, is Irish actor and comedian Ardal O'Hanlon (Father Ted) who plays DI Jack Mooney. We still though have several more chances to see Marshall in the series, which airs Saturday nights on MPT at 7pm.

My Family airs weekday afternoons at 2pm.

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