Joseph Marcell

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Joseph Marcell
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Marcell at the Lakeside Theatre in 2014
Born (1948-08-14) 14 August 1948 (age 70)
Residence Banstead, Surrey, England
OccupationActor, comedian
Years active1974–present
Spouse(s)Judith M. Midtby
(m. 1975; div. 19??)
Joyce T. Walsh
(m. 1995)
Children2

Joseph Marcell (born 14 August 1948) is a British [1] actor and comedian best known for his role as Geoffrey Butler, the butler on the NBC sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air from September 1990, until it ended in May 1996. Born in Saint Lucia, he moved to the United Kingdom when he was nine years old, and grew up in Peckham, South London. Marcell lives in Banstead, Surrey.

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He studied theatre and science at the University of Sheffield, then took courses in speech and dance at the Central School of Speech and Drama.

University of Sheffield university in England, United Kingdom

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Royal Central School of Speech and Drama drama school in London, England

The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama was founded by Elsie Fogerty in 1906 to offer a new form of training in speech and drama for young actors and other students. It became a constituent of the University of London in 2005 and its prominent alumni include Cush Jumbo, Laurence Olivier, Vanessa Redgrave, Judi Dench, Harold Pinter, Martin Freeman and Kit Harington.

Career

As a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, he appeared in productions of Othello and A Midsummer Night's Dream . He has also appeared often on British television and in feature films.

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Personal life

Marcell has been married twice. His first marriage was in 1975 to Judith M. Midtby; the couple eventually divorced. His second wife is Joyce T. Walsh, to whom he has been married since June 1995. Marcell has two children: Ben and Jessica Marcell.

Film and television

YearTitleRoleNotes
1974 Antony and Cleopatra Eros
1978 Empire Road Walter Isaacs
1980 The Professionals NeroCredited as Joe Marcell
1983 Rumpole of the Bailey Freddy Ruingo
1985 Juliet Bravo Bold
1987 Playing Away
1987 Cry Freedom Moses
1988 Doctor Who JohnEpisode: "Remembrance of the Daleks"
1989 Boon Charlie Fowkes
1990 Desmond's Matthew McFarlane
1990–1996 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Geoffrey Butler 146 episodes
1992 EastEnders Adrian Bell
1993 David Copperfield Mr. Micawber (voice)
1994 Sioux City Dr. Darryl Reichert
1997 Living Single Reese
1998 In the House Minister
1998 The Bill Vernon Johnson
1998 Brothers and Sisters Pastor Gittens
2003–2004 The Bold and the Beautiful Hudson
2006 EastEnders Aubrey Valentine
2007 Rough Crossings David George
2008 Holby City Carl Webster
2008 A Touch of Frost Joshua Ray
2014 Death In Paradise Alexander JacksonEpisode: "The Man with the Golden Gun"
2019 The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind Chief Wembe

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References

  1. Made in the Caribbean (4 August 2012). "Caribbean Footsteps meets with Joseph Marcell" . Retrieved 23 October 2017 via YouTube. I really am and I've always been a Saint Lucian.
  2. "King Lear Played by Joseph Marcell". Shakespeare's Globe . 2013. Retrieved 24 March 2019.
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  5. "Gonzalo Played by Joseph Marcell". Shakespeare's Globe . 2016. Retrieved 24 March 2019.
  6. Taylor, Paul (13 January 2016). "Gem Of The Ocean, Tricycle Theatre, London". Independent . Retrieved 24 March 2019.
  7. Adair, Emily (26 January 2017). "'Fresh' face joins local production". La Grande Observer . A Western Communications Company. Retrieved 24 March 2019.
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