Spence
Edward Marsden

Since graduating from the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Edward Marsden has done it all - film, theatre, tv, radio as well as work in the corporate world (training programmes and videos).

Highlights have been playing in productions in the West End (Contact) and the RSC (Henry VI (I, II & III) & Richard III), A Midsummer Night's Dream for both Creation Theatre and Punchdrunk Theatre and in Mansfield Park at the Bristol Old Vic.

Film and TV has included Kenneth Branagh's Magic Flute, Fisticuffs (Voodoodog Productions) for Channel 4, Mongrel Nation (Outline Productions) for Discovery as well as, of course, Hooked on a Ceiling. It was a chance suggestion through Rebecca Branton (who played Emily) which led to Ed meeting David who was looking for the actor who could take on and develop the remaining member of the 'Gang of Four'. After 3 long weeks working in a glorious August heatwave in Oxford playing Spence in Hooked on a Ceiling, Ed was glad for a bit of cool shade.

David says: The part of the Spence was the last to be cast. A number of actors had been lined up for the part of Spence and it was quite by chance that Mr Marsden stepped into the role at the relatively last minute (a week before the shoot). An actor playing Spence had to pull out of the role through no fault of his own. In state of semi-despair, I phoned Miss B. asking for help and recommendations. It was through Jenny, a friend of Miss Beccy B., that I was put on to Ed. Phoning him 10 days before the shoot, we agreed to meet in a pub just outside Oxford for pint and an hour's chat. As we left the pub chatting about Spence's buffoonery, Mr Marsden pulled a few funny faces in the car-park and Spence was born.

Harry Spence Emily
Suzannah James Dylan