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Marcus Bentley
Marcus Bentley
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Birth Date 4 October 1965
Died Marcus Bentley
Hometown London
Occupation Voice-over Artist
Years Active 1990s–present

Marcus Morgan Bentley (born 4 October 1965) is a British actor, broadcaster and voice-over artist. Bentley is most famous for narrating the UK version of Big Brother since its inception. He also did other continuity announcements for Channel 4 until he left in July 2011 to continue narrating the revived Big Brother on Channel 5. Bentley's voice-over work and strong Geordie accent has led to him becoming one of the most recognised voices in the UK.

Bentley has also appeared on stage and in The Bill and London's Burning. Although he rarely makes public appearances, his public profile has been raised since Big Brother's revival on Channel 5.

Early lifeEdit

Bentley was born in Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire and grew up in Gateshead, he was brought up in Stockton on Tees. He attended East 15 Acting School.

Big BrotherEdit

Bentley was selected as the narrator of the UK version of Big Brother, which remains his best-known work. The producers of Big Brother gave him the job of narrator because they liked the way he said "Chickens". His most notable catchphrase is "Day [x] (in the Big Brother house...)". Bentley has narrated all thirteen series of the show to date, as well as the spin-off shows Celebrity Big Brother, Teen Big Brother and Big Brother: Celebrity Hijack.

Other workEdit

Before Big Brother, Bentley starred in several TV adaptations of Catherine Cookson's novels where he honed his now familiar Geordie accent. He also starred in several TV commercials as well as minor parts in feature films, such as Mad Dogs and Englishmen, which starred Joss Ackland, C. Thomas Howell, and Elizabeth Hurley.

Aside from Big Brother, Bentley could be heard on Channel 4 as a continuity announcer until he resigned after ten years, when he reprised his Big Brother narrator role on the revived Channel 5 series.

Another of Bentley's roles is the unseen question master on Sky One quiz show, Dirty Money.

Channel 5Edit

In December 2011, Bentley began doing continuity links on Channel 5, complementing his role as narrator of Big Brother on the same channel.

Personal lifeEdit

Marcus is married to Julie. They have 3 children together.

Big Brother Presenting HistoryEdit

Year Series Show Role
2000 Big Brother 1 Big Brother Main Narrator
2001 Celebrity Big Brother 1
Big Brother 2
2002 Big Brother 3
Celebrity Big Brother 2
2003 Big Brother 4
Teen Big Brother
2004 Big Brother 5
Big Brother Panto One-Time Narrator
2005 Celebrity Big Brother 3 Main Narrator
Big Brother 6
2006 Celebrity Big Brother 4
Big Brother 7
2007 Celebrity Big Brother 5
Big Brother 8
2008 Big Brother: Celebrity Hijack
Big Brother 9
2009 Celebrity Big Brother 6
Big Brother 10
2010 Celebrity Big Brother 7
Big Brother 11
Ultimate Big Brother
2011 Celebrity Big Brother 8
Big Brother 12
2012 Celebrity Big Brother 9
Big Brother 13
Celebrity Big Brother 10
2013 Celebrity Big Brother 11
Big Brother 14
Celebrity Big Brother 12

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