Neil Morrissey Biography
Neil Morrissey (Neil Anthony Morrissey) was born on 4th July 1962 in Stafford, United Kingdom. He is an actor,voice actor, singer, comedian, and businessman. He is popularly known for his role as Tony Smart in Men Behaving Badly.
He and his youngest brother Stephen who died in 1997, of a heroin overdose, were placed under a care order and later legally separated from their parents, after all four brothers went on multiple theft and burglary sprees. The boys spent much of their childhood in separate foster homes, Morrissey spending most of his time at Penkhull Children’s Home, under the care of Margaret Cartlidge.
He studied for his A levels at the City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College. During this time, he was an active member of the Stoke Repertory Theatre, Stoke Schools Theatre, and Stoke Original Theatre and performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 1979. His successful application to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama resulted in an unconditional offer which paved the way for the next steps in his theatrical career. Arriving with no educational grant and no living funds, the School helped him gain an educational grant, whilst Morrisey sofa-surfed for his first year with friends. During this time he and a fellow student started a street theatre act, which gained them an agent, and hence the required 40 hours of bookings to gain an Equity card.
Neil Morrissey Age
He was born on 4th July 1962 in Stafford, United Kingdom as the third of four sons of Irish parents who were both psychiatric nurses (83 years as of 2018)
Neil Morrissey Net Worth
Neil has an estimated networth of $5.8 million.
Neil Morrissey Wife – Neil Morrissey Partner
In 1987 he married Amanda Noar whom he met when she guested in an episode of ‘Boon’. They divorced in 1991. He became engaged to actress Elizabeth Carling, whom he had first met in 1989, when she too was working on Boon. They parted on good terms, and she later guest starred alongside him on ‘Men Behaving Badly’.
Neil Morrissey and Emma Killick
He is in a long term relationship with a lawyer Emma Killick and they share a home together in London. In March 2018 he revealed that he normally cooks, clean and iron as his girlfriend had a problem with her back.
“In my real life I cook, I clean and I iron. My beloved had a problem with her back the other week. She had a bulging disc or whatever and as we left the surgery the doctor told her, ‘None of that sweeping or mopping or ironing for you.’ I said, ‘Don’t worry, I’ve got it covered.’ That’s the kind of relationship we’re in. I’m not the domineering male in the house.”
Neil Morrissey Son
He has a son, Sam Morrissey, born in 1989 from his marriage to Amanda Noar.
Neil Morrissey Brother
His brother Stephen was separated from him in May 1973 when they were caught shopliting in a local shop for sweets and stationery and when they were taken to court the judge ruled for them to be entrenched in a care system and they were taken in separate children’s home. In 1997 he died of a heroin overdose.
Neil Morrissey Affair
In 2000 he had a six weeks affair with Britain’s Got Talent judge Amanda Holden , who was married to Les Dennis at the time. Les went onto Celebrity Big Brother after and revealed his depression over the scandal on the show. Les and Amanda split over it, although Neil has said that their marriage was over before he came on the scene.
Neil Morrissey Pub – Neil Morrissey Bankrupt
Morrissey’s love of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas led him to buy up numerous properties in the village of Laugharne, including the Hurst Hotel, the New Three Mariners pub and Brown’s Hotel in April 2004 for £670,000. In October 2006 it was announced that the business had put Brown’s Hotel on the market in order to finance the redevelopment of the Hurst Hotel, and the expansion of the private members’ club, Hurst House in Covent Garden, London.
In July 2008, with delays encountered on the construction of Hurst House-at-the-Mill, a luxury hotel in Hertfordshire due to open in 2009, the Laugharne-based assets of the Hurst House group went into a packaged administration. The assets were subsequently bought by new investors backing Roberts, resulting in the end of Morrissey’s association with Laugharne.
Morrissey part owned the lease on the Ye Olde Punch Bowl Inn in Marton, North Yorkshire. From this base came the Morrissey Fox range of real ale beer, developed by Morrissey and chef Richard Fox which is still in production. In June 2009, it was reported that his Welsh pub had failed and that the company owed £250,000, and the lease to Ye Olde Punch Bowl Inn was handed back to the owner after just 18 months on 22 October 2009. Morrissey avoided bankruptcy over his failed business ventures but entered an IVA.
Neil Morrissey Movies
- 1984 – The Bounty
- 1987 – Playing Away
- 1990 – I Bought a Vampire Motorcycle
- 1992 – The Ballad of Kid Divine: The Cockney Cowboy Cass Malone
- 1993 – Liberation: Captive 2
- 1994 – Staggered
- 1995 – Trafford Tanzi
- 1995 – Toy Story
- 1996 – The Vanishing Man
- 1996 – Roger Roger
- 1997 – The Chest
- 1998 – Jack and the Beanstalk
- 1998 – Up ‘n’ Under
- 1998 – My Summer with Des
- 1998 – A Bug’s Life
- 1999 – Hunting Venus
- 1999 – The Match
- 1999 – The Flint Street Nativity
- 1999 – The Nearly Complete and Utter History of Everything
- 2000 – Happy Birthday Shakespeare
- 2001 – Bob the Builder: A Christmas to Remember
- 2001 – Another World
- 2002 – Triggerman
- 2003 – Bob the Builder: The Knights of Can-A-Lot
- 2004 – Monkey Trousers
- 2004 – Bob the Builder: The Big Dino Dig
- 2005 – The Adventures of William Shakespeare
- 2006 – Acorn Antiques: The Musical
- 2006 – Curious George
- 2007 – Ratatouille
- 2008 – Clubbed
- 2010 – Inn Mates
- 2011 – The Adventures of William Shakespeare Vol. 2
- 2011 – Care for Kids
- 2012 – Run for Your Wife
- 2015 – A Gert Lush Christmas
- 2016 – Sing
Neil Morrissey TV Shows
- 1984 – Juliet Bravo
- 1985 – Roll Over Beethoven
- 1985 – Hammer House of Mystery and Suspense
- 1985 – Travellers by Night
- 1986 – C.A.T.S. Eyes
- 1987 – Pulaski
- 1987–95 – Boon
- 1992–99 – Men Behaving Badly
- 1992 – Cluedo
- 1993 – Comedy Playhouse
- 1993 – The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer
- 1995 – The Morph Files
- 1995 – Noel’s House Party
- 1997 – Brambly Hedge
- 1996-1997 – Soul Music
- 1998 – The Vanishing Man
- 1998–2012 – Bob the Builder
- 1999 – Maisy
- 2001 – Look and Read
- 2002 – Paradise Heights
- 2003 – Murder in Mind
- 2003 – The Eustace Bros.
- 2004 – Unsolved History
- 2004 – Carrie & Barry
- 2005 – Bob the Builder: Project Build It
- 2006 – Petrolheads
- 2007 – Skins
- 2007 – Neighbours
- 2007–2009 – Waterloo Road
- 2011 – Supersize Grime
- 2011 – Inspector George Gently
- 2012–2016 – Line of Duty
- 2012 – Me and Mrs Jones
- 2013 – Skins Pure
- 2014 – Comedy Playhouse
- 2015 – The Dumping Ground
- 2015 – Death in Paradise
- 2016 – Grantchester
- 2016 – Bear Grylls: Mission Survive
- 2016 – The Night Manager
- 2017— – The Good Karma Hospital
- 2017— – Striking Out
- 2018 – Moving on
Neil Morrissey Interview
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Neil Morrissey: ‘There was a rocky road in terms of relationships for a while’
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We asked the actor, 56, what his younger self would make of him today…
A big element of my childhood was when I was taken into care, aged 10. It’s never pleasant taking a child away from their family, but my parents weren’t the best, in terms of leaving us alone in the house and going out to the pub. We were four smart, active boys and as soon as the coast was clear we were out on the streets of Stafford, throwing stones and appropriating other people’s possessions. We were basically just naughty boys, but social services saw us as vulnerable children and felt it was safer for us to be in the care -home system.
I don’t know if it’s a nature or nurture thing, but I’ve turned out all right now, although I know lots of people who didn’t. As a child I was always thinking, “This isn’t for ever”. I knew at some point I would be in charge of myself, by hook or by crook. It made me a more tolerant person, I guess.
There was a stigma attached to being a care -home child – I didn’t have the nicest clothes, I couldn’t have a haircut, I didn’t get pocket money –but it didn’t seem to affect my happiness. I had a great time at school.
From the age of 11 I got stuck into school plays and local drama. There was always a part to play, or I’d be going to the theatre to paint scenery. I remember the drama teacher saying to other children, “Watch Neil, he’s good at this”. Getting praise all of a sudden, as opposed to being accused of being naughty, felt amazing. And then getting applause or a laugh on stage made me feel like I’d found something in my life. It wasn’t until 16 that drama seemed like something I could do for a living. The careers officer had said “that’s no profession”, so, because I was doing all my sciences, I started saying I wanted to be a doctor. And that was acceptable. But I ended up going to Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and that was fantastic fun. Some of my best mates in the world are people I met there.
After drama school I was fully prepared to end up living in a council flat, doing street theatre and getting the odd job when it turned up. So I wouldn’t have believed the career I’ve had. My younger self would probably be most excited about Men Behaving Badly, because of the childish nature of the characters. But the teenage me could never have foreseen that at 20 I’d be flown to Egypt to shoot The Bounty with Anthony Hopkins and Mel Gibson.
I’ve always had a strong work ethic; once I say yes, you get 100 per cent. I’ve always learnt the words, not bumped into the furniture, and been congenial on set.
Growing up as I did, I didn’t understand the pull of family until later in life. Now I’m in a long and happy relationship with Emma [Killick, a lawyer] and I’m close to her family. I’ve got a wonderful son who is 28 and a beautiful man. Amanda, his mother, and I are still good friends.
There was a rocky road for a while in terms of relationships. Freud would have a lot to say about it. Being taken into care did have an effect on me psychologically. But still,
I’m godfather to a few children and I’ve said – should anything happen to their parents – I’ll have them.