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Born

4 July 1962
Stafford, Staffordshire, England, UK

Occupation

Actor, voice actor, singer, comedian, businessman

Years active

1983-present

Neil Anthony Morrissey (born July 4th, 1962) is an English actor, media personality and businessman. He is best known for his role as Tony in "Men Behaving Badly". He is also known for his role as Rocky in "Boon", the voice of Bob, Lofty, Skip, Angelo Sabatini, Mr. Fothergill, and Farmer Pickles in the UK version of Bob the Builder, the voice of Gani in "Tayo the Little Bus", the voice of Nick in "Roary the Racing Car" and deputy head Eddie Lawson in "Waterloo Road".

Early life

Morrissey was born in Stafford to Irish parents. He and his brother Stephen (died 1997) were placed under a care order after they went on multiple theft and burglary sprees. They were legally separated from their parents, Larry and May, psychiatric nurses who often left their sons at home without an adult for many hours at a time, as a result.[1] The boys spent much of their childhood in separate foster homes, Morrissey spending most of his time at the Penkhull Children's Home.[2] While studying at Thistley Hough High School in Stoke, he advertised for foster parents and lived with his friend Mark Langston and his family for nearly two years after having left the children's home at 17 and was fostered. He studied for his A levels at the City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College. During this time he was a member of the Stoke Repertory Theatre, Stoke Schools Theatre, and Stoke Original Theatre, and performed at the Edinburgh Fringe. He subsequently gained an unconditional scholarship allowing him to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

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