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Neil Anthony Morrissey was born on the 4th of July, 1962. He was an English voice actor, businessman, singer, comedian and actor. Neil Morrissey is especially popular for his role in Men Behaving Badly as Tony. Some of the other notable roles of Morrissey as an actor includes Deputy Head Eddie Lawson in the school-based drama series Waterloo Road, which was broadcasted on BBC One. He is also popular for playing the role of Rocky in Boon and Nigel Morton in Line of Duty.
Apart from being popular as a frontline actor, Morrissey has also provided the voice of several cartoon characters in the popular UK version of the Bob the Builder cartoon show. Some of these characters include Bob, Lofty, Scrufty, Mr. Fothergill, Mr. Angelo Sabatini, and Farmer Pickles.
Early Life of Neil Morrissey
On the 4th of July, 1962, Neil Morrissey was born in Stoke-on-trent, which was the third of four different sons of Irish parents. Both the parents were psychiatric nurses. Neil and Stephen, his youngest brother, often used to spend their childhood in separate foster homes. Neil spent most of his time under the care of Margaret Cartilage at Penkhull Children’s Home.
Neil attended Thistley Hough High School, also in Penkhull where he came to know about his love for acting. He was encouraged by Sheila Steele, who was his acting teacher. He also studied at the City-on-Trent Sixth Form College for his A-levels and later realized that his time at the children’s care will soon come to an end once he reached the age of 17 years. He also came to know that there is a possibility that he will be shifted to a working boys’ hostel. This may very well end his drama and academic career. His friend, Mark Langston was the one who helped Neil with a solution that was found through a family friend of Mark. He also fostered Neil until the summer of his 18th birthday.
During his teenage years at Stoke Repertory Theater, Stoke Schools Theater and Stoke Original Theater, Neil Morrissey developed his reputation and skills as an actor. He also performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 1979. Neil Morrissey’s application to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama ended up in an unconditional offer. This paved the path for the growth of his theatrical career. Since Neil did not have any living funds or educational grants, he was helped by the school itself in obtaining an educational grant. His friends also helped Morrissey through the first year at the college. This was the time when Neil, along with a fellow student, started their own street theater act. This gained them an agent, which in turn, helped them get the 40 hours of bookings to get an Equity card.
Morrissey agreed to leave the Guildhall School during the first term of his third year after he was offered the role of Robin Hood in The Theater Chipping Norton’s 1982 pantomime. As he started getting roles in theater and film productions, he gradually paid off his student debts with his income. In 1984, Neil played the role of Matthew Quintal, an able seaman, in The Bounty. He acted alongside the likes of Anthony Hopkins, Mel Gibson and Laurence Olivier. That same year, he was also seen in the episode 5 of Juliet Bravo, which was a police drama that aired on BBC1.
It was during the mid-1980s that Neil shot to fame by playing the role of Rocky, a dim biker, in the drama series Boon that was aired on ITV. Later, he went on to play the role of Noddy in I Bought a Vampire Motorcycle, which was a British spoof horror in the year 1990. It involved most of the actors from the previous drama series Boon.
Some of the movies in which Neil Morrissey has played a role include The Vanishing Man, Staggered, Playing Away, Happy Birthday Shakespeare, Bob the Builder: A Christmas to Remember, Bob the Builder: The Knights of Can-a-Lot, Monkey Trousers, and Bob the Builder: The Big Dino Dog, to name a few. He has also acted in a number of television series and shows. Some of these include Juliet Bravo, Ellis Island, Pulaski, C.A.T.S. Eyes, Comedy Playhouse, and The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer, amongst many more.
Neil Morrissey went on to marry Amanda Noar in 1987. He had first met her when she made a guest appearance in one of the episodes of Boon. They have a son who was born in 1989. Later in the year 1991 they filed for divorce. Neil went on to become engaged with Elizabeth Carling, who was an actress by profession and had worked with Neil in Boon. The two had parted in good terms and later Elizabeth made a guest appearance alongside Neil in Men Behaving Badly. The British tabloids have documented the subsequent affairs of Neil rather well and in detail. This also includes his dating Rachel Weisz after having worked together in My Summer with Des in 1998. The two also lived together at Neil’s apartment in Crouch End north London.
Later on in life, Morrissey had an affair with Amanda Holden in 2000. As a result of this, she filed for a divorce with her husband, comedian Les Dennis in 2003. Morrissey had many tattoos on his body. Similarly, there were several ideas of their origins. One version of their origin suggested that he used to apply the tattoos himself with the help of Indian ink and needles. You will find his first name tattooed on his left arm. There is also a blob on the same arm that got infected. This forced him to go for a tetanus jab. On his right arm, you will find a squiggle that is also the revered version of The Saint logo.
Morrissey always says that the tattoos were done by other boys at the children’s care home. After seeing that he did not have a tattoo on his body, he was given either opt for a tattoo or a beating.