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Marcus Bentley's Biography

 
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Marcus Bentley, known as the voice of Big Brother, was born on October 4, 1967.

Bentley studied Performing Arts at Stockton & Billingham Technical College, now Stockton Riverside College.

Marcus Bentley also trained as an actor at East 15 drama school in Essex.

Before becoming famous for his Geordie accent on Big Brother, Marcus Bentley considered giving up acting and voiceovers and becoming a teacher. He told BBC Entertainment: "I had a wife and children and was only getting by with voiceover work, theatre roles and TV bit-part acting."

Marcus Bentley told The Sun: "My first TV role was back in 1994 when I got murdered by a gang with baseball bats on Crime Watch. Then in 1998 my voiceover career began when I impersonated Paul Gascoigne for an ad during the World Cup."

On Celebrity Big Brother's Little Brother on 16 January 2009, Davina McCall revealed that Marcus Bentley's wife had a baby and when she went for her 6 week check-up, she was already pregnant again.

He had his own quiz show on Sky 1 which called Dirty Money.

Asked by the BBC if Big Brother went from Channel 4 to another channel, whether he would be happy to go with it, Marcus Bentley replied: "Absolutely. The thought of somebody else doing it would break my heart. I'm such a fan of the show - I'd do it hell or high water."

In Big Brother series 11, Marcus Bentley actually appeared on screen. He entered the Big Brother house and as part of the Ignore The Obvious task he made various commentary links in front of the housemates, for example, "Day 50 in the Big Brother house, some of the housemates are in the living room," and "6.42pm Dave and Steve are talking about love."

In July 2011, Marcus Bentley announced that he was leaving Channel 4 after 10 years there.

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