The Full Monty
British actor Mark Addy rose to international fame with his role of an obese exotic dancer on the British blockbuster hit “The Full Monty” (1997). His acting was critically applauded and he was handed BAFTA, MTV Movie and Golden Satellite nominations and a Screen Actors Guild Award for his performance. Since then, he has acted in several American films, including the Michael Keaton vehicle “Jack Frost” (1998), “The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas” (2000), “A Knight's Tale” (2001, with Heath Ledger), “The Time Machine” (2002, opposite Guy Pearce), “The Order” (2003, again with Ledger) and “Around the World in 80 Days” (2004, starred Jackie Chan). He also appeared in 2010’s Russell Crowe starring film “Robin Hood” and is well remembered by the American public as Bill Miller on the CBS comedy series “Still Standing” (2002-2006). A standup comedian, Addy was a fixture on British television prior to his big screen breakthrough. Among his credits were regular roles on “The Thin Blue Line” (1996) and “The Heart Surgeon” (1997) and guest roles in “A Very Peculiar Practice” (1988), “Between the Lines” (1994) and “Ghostbusters of East Finchley” (1995). More recently, he played Tony Barker on the short lived sitcom “Bonkers” (2007). Apart from his TV and film performances, Addy has worked in many stage productions in England.
Addy has three young kids with his wife Kelly Johnson.
Childhood and Family:
Mark Addy Johnson was born on January 14, 1964, in York, England. He attended Millthorpe School in York and later trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. He married Kelly Johnson in 1996 and is the father of Ruby (born in 2000), Charlie (born in 2003) and Oscar (born in 2005).
“I started backstage watching actors work night in, night out, seeing how performances changed and how audiences altered performances and how it all worked, and that fascinated me.” Mark Addy
Mark Addy had his first taste of show business at age 15 when he was hired as a stage technician at the York Theatre Royal. After studying acting at London's RADA, he began working in theaters throughout England, including the Royal National Theatre and Hull Truck Theatre Company. Directors he collaborated with include Richard Eyre, Nicholas Hytner, Tony Harrison, Howard Davies, John Godber, Jude Kelly and Alan Ayckbourn.
After several years in the theater, Addy made his television debut with a two episode role on the BBC series “A Very Peculiar Practice” (1988). He followed it up with appearances in the long running British police drama “The Bill” (1990), the hit sitcom “Married with Children” (1992) and the BBC series “Between the Lines” (1994) before landing his first regular role on the HBO mystery series “Band of Gold” (1995), which was shot in England.
Addy's next regular gig arrived a year later when he was cast as DC Gary Boyle on the British police sitcom “The Thin Blue Line,” which lasted for fourteen episodes. The short lived series starred Rowan Atkinson. In between “Band of Gold” and “The Thin Blue Line,” Addy had recurring roles on BBC's “Ghostbusters of East Finchley” and “Heartbeat,” playing DC Newley and Norman Greengrass, respectively. He also acted in the 10 minute short “Bruised Fruit” (1996).
After the demise of “The Thin Blue Line,” Addy portrayed Ken Sunnyside on the BBC comedy series “Sunnyside Farm,” which debuted on April 18, 1997, and Phil Mycroft in “The Heart Surgeon” (1997), a well received TV film starring Nigel Havers as a cardiac surgeon. However, Addy did not hit the big time until director Peter Cattaneo cast him as Dave Althorpe in the comedy “The Full Monty” (1997), opposite Robert Carlyle. The film was a surprise hit at the box office and picked up four Oscar nominations, including one for Best Picture. Addy, who played a laid-off steelworker who becomes a stripper, successfully impressed American audiences and took home a number of nominations, including a BAFTA nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, a MTV Movie nomination for Best Dance Sequence and a Golden Satellite nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical. He also jointly netted a Screen Actors Guild for Outstanding Performance by a Cast.
In 1998, Addy received his first major American role, Mac MacArthur, on the family fantasy “Jack Frost,” directed by Troy Miller and starring Michael Keaton. He then starred as a bigamist in the British comedy “Married to Malcolm” (also 1998) and played a jinxed hit man named Frank in the independent comedy “The Last Yellow” (1999), opposite Samantha Morton and Charlie Creed-Miles, before returning to television to support Dervla Kirwan in the well scripted film “The Flint Street Nativity” (1999).
American audiences next found Addy acting in the Troy Miller directed indie drama “The Announcement” (2000) and headlining the Steven Spielberg produced “The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas” (2000), which starred John Goodman as Fred Flinstone. Following a brief return to British TV in the sitcom “Too Much Sun” (2000), the gifted comic supported Chris Rock and Regina King in the remake “Down to Earth” (2001), portrayed Heath Ledger's sidekick, Roland, in Brian Helgeland's “A Knight's Tale” (2001) and costarred as Guy Pearce's best friend in the Simon Wells helmed sci-fi film “The Time Machine” (2002), about 19th century inventor Alexander Hartdegen (played by Pearce) who creates a machine that lets him travel to the future.
Still in 2002, Addy enjoyed exposure with his starring role as Jamie Gertz's husband, Bill Miller, on the CBS situation comedy “Still Standing.” The show ran until 2006 and Addy co-won a Young Artist nomination in the category of Most Popular Mom & Pop in a Television Series. In 2003, Addy was reunited with “A Knight's Tale” director Helgeland and costar Heath Ledger for the thriller “The Order,” in which he played Ledger's friend and partner. He next appeared in the Jackie Chan vehicle “Around the World in 80 Days” (2004). Addy also costarred opposite Liza Tarbuck in the short lived comedy “Bonkers” (2007), playing Tony Barker, and as Sergeant John Rook in the television film “Bike Squad” (2008) for writer/director Guy Jenkin. On stage, he was discovered playing Hjalmar Johansen in the National Theatre's production of “Fram,” by poet/playwright Tony Harrison.
In 2009, Addy appeared in director Anand Tucker’s mystery “Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1983” and in 2010, in Gurinder Chadha’s “It’s A Wonderful Afterlife.” He also worked with Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett, Max von Sydow and William Hurt in the movie “Robin Hood” and will soon appear in the movies “London Assurance” and “Barney’s Version” and in episodes of the upcoming series “Games of Thrones.”
Screen Actors Guild: Outstanding Performance by a Cast, “The Full Monty,” 1998