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Kym Marsh

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Kym Gail Ryder (née Marsh) (born in Whiston, Knowsley, Merseyside, England, on 13 June 1976) is an English Actress and Singer. Marsh grew up in Ashton-in-Makerfield, Greater Manchester. Ryder first arose to fame when the reality TV show Popstars emerged. She is presently most recognisable from her role as Michelle Connor on the long-running ITV soap opera Coronation Street which she has played since 2006.

In 2001 ITV's talent show Popstars was on the lookout for five girls, or boys, to be part of a group, that would go on to try and make it big in the charts. Kym was one of the lucky one's who impressed judges with her vocal talent.

After becoming one of the chosen five for the group now called Hear'Say, she and fellow group mates were moved into a mansion, in preparation for the single and album launch. Whilst auditioning for the group, she kept it a secret that she had two children, David and Emily, who were then aged 5 and 3. She became particularly noticeable when she became angry and emotional when one judge, Nigel Lythgoe, advised her to lose weight. Cursing and crying, Marsh refused to be judged, but became popular with the public.

Hear'Say hit the #1 spot with debut single Pure & Simple and also with their debut album Popstars. Their album, Popstars, went on to sell 1.2 million copies in the UK, followed by their own television show entitled Hear'say It's Saturday, performing with established artists such as Lionel Richie, Joe Pasquale, Bradley Walsh, Blue and Atomic Kitten. Subsequently the band achieved a 37 date sell-out arena tour and performed numerous television guest appearances.

However, the media were quick to savage the group, and scrutinise their every move. The band enjoyed one more single before tensions started to emerge.

In July of 2003 Kym released her debut solo album which contained her three solo singles and twelve other tracks.

Kym's 'make-or-break' 3rd single, Sentimental, stalled at #35 resulting in her being dropped by her record label. Kym has since expressed her unhappiness whilst she was in the music industry.

In a surprise move in early 2006, she entered Making Your Mind Up, the UK show to pick a singer and song for the Eurovision Song Contest with a song called "Whisper To Me". Kym came fourth in the contest, losing out to the winner Daz Sampson.

From July 2004 to February 2005, Marsh played "Annette" in the hit West End musical Saturday Night Fever at the Apollo Victoria Theatre to much critical acclaim, The Guardian calling her 'sparkling'. In November 2005, Ryder re-joined the musical during it's UK tour with a short run of performances at the Edinburgh Playhouse.

Awards WON 'Best Newcomer' (Michelle Connor, Coronation St) at the September 2007 TV Quick and TV Choice Awards 2007. 'Best Newcomer' (Michelle Connor, Coronation St) at the May 2007 British Soap Awards. 'Most Popular Newcomer' (Michelle Connor, Coronation St) at the 2007 2nd TVNow Awards.

Kym is also nominated for the 'Best Newcomer' award at the National Television Awards to be screened on ITV1 on the 31st of October 2007.

After settling in St Albans with husband Jack Ryder, the couple had early difficulties and a split for a short while. In light of her regular roles in north-west-produced dramas, while Jack generally tours in theatre, the couple moved to Manchester and closer to Kym's family in 2005.


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