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Charlie Condou
Charlie Condou (Charles Lomax David Condou, born 8 January 1973) is a British actor best known as for playing the gay character Marcus Dent in Coronation Street. He is also a columnist for The Guardian and a gay rights activist.[1]


In 2005 he appeared as Jonatton Yeah? in Nathan Barley and a year later as Renoir in the BBC drama The Impressionists . Other television and film roles included guest appearances in Gimme Gimme Gimme and Dead Babies. [2]. He had a cameo role as one of the elves in Fred Claus in 2007[3], before joining Coronation Street in the summer of 2007 as Marcus Dent, a gay male midwife, and briefly boyfriend of Sean Tully. In the same year he appeared in the film Good.

In 2008 he left Coronation Street. Speaking of his departure Condou said: "I have had a fantastic time in Coronation Street, but as a jobbing actor I believe it is time to move on. There are a few things in the pipeline, one of which is a feature film which is being made abroad. But all that's under wraps at the moment." A Corrie spokeswoman said : "We'll be sad to see Charlie leave. The decision was a mutual one."[4]

In March 2011 Condou returned to Coronation Street after an absence of almost three years. He has promised that the character will become more prominent in the show in 2012. It had been reported that Coronation Street was to have its first gay wedding in 2011 when Marcus Dent was to tie the knot with Sean Tully, however the plot failed to materialise. [5]

In his youth Condou shared a flat with Robbie Williams.[6][7] Condou now lives in Islington with his Canadian boyfriend, Cameron Laux[8] and his son and daughter, Georgia and Hal, who spend half their time with the couple and half with their mother, actress Catherine Kanter. In an numerous interviews, Condou has revealed that the children were conceived through IVF treatment, following Kanter's 40th birthday and relationship breakup.[9] He now writes a column for the Guardian on the subject of same-sex parenting [10] His second child with Catherine Kanter, Hal, was born in January 2012 and features heavily in Condou's Guardian column "The Three of Us".[11][12]

Condou was listed number 8 in the Independent on Sunday Pink List 2011, 42 in the Pride Power List 2011 15 in the World Pride Power List 2012 and 14 in the World Pride Power List 2013.

He is a supporter of Manchester Pride [13]


  • Robin of Sherwood (1986) TV Series — Martin
  • The Storyteller (1988) TV Series — Brother 2
  • Casualty (1991) TV Series — David Williamson
  • Martin Chuzzlewit (1994) TV Series — Footman
  • Gimme Gimme Gimme (1999) TV Series — Nino/Kevin
  • Peak Practice (1999) TV Series — Private Benedict Grinter
  • Armstrong and Miller (2001) TV series
  • Charlotte Gray (2001) — Auguste
  • Midsomer Murders (2005) TV Series — Jake Foley
  • Nathan Barley (2005) TV Series — Jonatton Yeah?
  • Secret Smile (2005) TV Series — Lawrence
  • The Impressionists (2006) TV Series — Renoir
  • Fred Claus (2007) Film — an elf
  • Good (2008) Film - Bekemeier.
  • Coronation Street (2007–08,2011— ) TV Series- Marcus Dent


  1. The Guardian - "Gay actors shouldn't worry about coming out"
  2. Guardian Review - Dead Babies
  3. Fred Claus cast list in the Internet Movie Database
  4. Daily Mirror
  5. The Sun
  6. Anthony Crank, "Charlie Condou: Marcus: Corrie". Interview in Attitude. October 2007. p.48.
  7. The Sunday Times, 19 March 2006 "Charlie Condou and his sister Niki Shisler"
  8. Cameron Laux
  9. Condou interview with the Mirror
  10. "Charlie Condou: My real 'gay celebrity dad' life"
  11. The Guardian - "The Three of Us"
  12. Daily Mail - "Gay Coronation Street actor Charlie Condou becomes a father again with female friend"
  13. Manchester Pride 2011