Who is Neil Morrissey? Unforgotten and Men Behaving Badly star who appeared in Pilgrimage: The Road To Santiago

ACCLAIMED comedy and drama actor Neil Morrissey is back on TV with the new series of Unforgotten.

But just who is the British star? Here’s what we know…

Neil Morrissey features in the ITV series Good Karma Hospital
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Who is Neil Morrissey?

Neil Morrissey was born in 1962 in Stafford to his Irish psychiatric nurses.

But early life wasn’t great for the actor as he was legally separated from his parents after he and his brother – who passed away in 1997 – went on a series of theft and burglary sprees.

Neil then spent most of his childhood in a children’s home, separated from his brother.

He was eventually fostered by a family friend and after his A-levels was offered a place at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he began training for his theatrical career.

The Good Karma Hospital: Greg McConnell (Neil Morrissey) Tax-dodging, beach-bar owner with a heart of gold
Neil plays the character of Greg McConnell in The Good Karma Hospital, a tax-dodging, beach-bar owner with a heart of gold

Who does Neil Morrissey play in The Good Karma Hospital?

Neil plays the character of Greg McConnell, a tax dodging beach bar owner with a heart of gold in The Good Karma Hospital.

Season two of the series came to our screens earlier this year.

It also saw the return of the well-meaning Doctor Lydia Fonseca, played by Amanda Redman, and junior doctor Ruby Walker, played by Amrita Acharia.

What else has Neil Morrissey been in?

Of course you’ve seen Neil before, he has been a fixture on our tellies since the early 90s.

He is perhaps most famous for his role in classic British sitcom Men Behaving Badly, which documented to the exploits of two beer-guzzling housemates.

Neil Morrissey and Martin Clunes from Men Behaving Badly
You may remember Neil Morrissey from when he starred alongside Martin Clunes in Men Behaving Badly

More recently Neil has featured in popular school drama Waterloo Road and gripping BBC miniseries, The Night Manager.

If you have kids, you will also recognise his voice (but not his face) from Bob The Builder, where he lends his vocal stylings to the title character Bob as well as Lofty and Farmer Pickles.

He also starred in the BBC show The Pilgrimage and is about to head the line-up in the new series Unforgotten.

What about Neil Morrissey’s personal life?

Neil married actress Amanda Knor in 1987 after they met when she starred in an episode of a show he was in at the time, Boon.

The couple had a son together in 1989 before divorcing in 1991.

Rachel Weisz and Neil Morrissey photo
Neil Morrisseys love life is well documented including dating actress Rachel Weisz and having an affair with Amanda Holden

He has also been romantically linked to actress Rachel Weisz but he gained most attention when his affair with Britain’s Got Talent judge Amanda Holden came to light.

Amanda’s husband at the time, Coronation Street’s Les Dennis, featured on the second ever series of Celebrity Big Brother and is commonly remembered for his depression during his stay in the house due to the post-affair break-up with his wife.





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