Who is Mark Wright? Soccer Aid 2019 star, Michelle Keegan’s husband and former Towie star

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MARK Wright has become a huge name thanks to his stint on hit show Towie, which led him to become an international TV presenter in Hollywood.

Here’s all you need to know about the Essex lad ahead of his second appearance for Soccer Aid.

Mark is now married to Michelle Keegan after breaking up with Lauren in 2011
Mark is married to former Coronation Street actress Michelle Keegan
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Who is Mark Wright and how old is he?

Mark Charles Edward Wright, 32, was born in Essex to Carol and Mark Wright Sr. on January 20, 1987.

Mark is a reality star, model, club promoter, TV presenter and radio DJ.

He is brother to Jess Wright and younger siblings Natalya and Josh Wright and shot to fame when he appeared in the first three series of The Only Way Is Essex as part of the original cast.

During his time on the show he was considered a ladies man, flitting between romances with Lauren Goodger, Sam Faiers and Lucy Mecklenburgh.

Mark first shot to fame when he appeared on Towie, along with best friend James 'Arg' Argent
Mark first shot to fame when he appeared on Towie, along with best friend James ‘Arg’ Argent
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What is Soccer Aid?

Mark is returning to his football roots for the Soccer Aid fundraiser at Stamford Bridge in London.

Founded by Robbie Williams, Soccer Aid for Unicef has raised more than £30million for charity since it was founded over 12 years ago.

The funding goes towards making sure more children in impoverished countries can spend more time at play.

Usain Bolt, Westlife’s Nicky Byrne and Brazilian footballing legend Roberto Carlos are among those on the time sheet for this Sunday’s (June 16) tournament.

The reality star scored an epic goal for England in Soccer Aid 2016
The reality star scored an epic goal for England in Soccer Aid 2016
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What has Mark Wright done since Towie?

Mark Wright took part in the 2011 series of I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here.

He was a runner-up on the jungle-based celebrity show, losing to McFly star Dougie Poynter.

Mark has also been a co-presenter on Take Me Out: The Gossip since 2012 and fronted several not-so-successful series.

They include; Mark Wright’s Hollywood Nights, My Man Can (with Melanie Sykes) and Party Wright Around The World.

In 2014 he came fourth in Strictly Come Dancing, with partner Karen Hauer.

Mark landed the entertainment correspondent role on US showbiz programme, Extra, in 2017 – appearing alongside American co-star Mario Lopez.

But earlier in 2019 the former Towie star officially returned to the UK to live full-time with his wife Michelle Keegan.

Speaking of his departure to The Sun Online, he said: “I’m no longer living in LA. I was there for nearly two years and had the most amazing time.

“It just feels like the right time to come back to the UK and live here with my wife and family.

“I’ll always be grateful to the show Extra for the amazing opportunity they gave me.

“I loved my time at Extra and I love my bosses, who I’ve left on great terms with, so I look forward to working with them more in the future.”

The role has seen Mark interview the likes of Mariah Carey, Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton.

He also has occasional presenting stints on This Morning.


When did Mark Wright marry Michelle Keegan?

Mark began dating TV star Michelle Keegan in December 2012.

On September 9, 2013, they announced their engagement and they were married on May 24, 2015.

Due to their filming commitments on different sides of the Atlantic, the pair have to endure periods away from each other.

Michelle got her big break playing Tina McIntyre in Corrie between 2008 and 2014 before landing the lead role of Corporal Georgie Lane in BBC drama series Our Girl.

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