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Multi talented comic actor MARCUS POWELL is the fastest rising comic on the UK comedy circuit. Best known for his caustic creation ROY DIAMOND, the bitter, hard-drinking, 'godfather of comedy'. Marcus recently showcased his wider range, writing and playing all the characters in Channel 4's 10-part series of short comic monologues A Blaggers Guide to Black History (Lion TV).
Since going solo, after making his TV debut on BBC 2's sketch show The Real McCoy as part of double act Aymer & Powell, Marcus's alter ego ROY DIAMOND has belied the character's world weariness by presenting two series of BBC 2's The A Force and appearing on UK Gold's Live at Jongleurs and Channel 5's Club Class.
A regular headliner on the live circuit as Roy Diamond, Powell, the 'inner city Steve Coogan' (The Voice) has now progressed to performing his own show at theatres including London's The Tricycle and Watford's The Palace ; in 2000 he accompanies MARK LAMARR on a 40-date UK national tour.
Following an appearance in his own review Getting Any at the USA's National Black Theater Festival 1999, the writer/performer is currently putting the finishing touches to a 30-minute monologue for Carlton Television's Single Voices series.
previous writing credits include co-writing Heartbeat Theatre's huge
hit comedy Independent Black Woman, which was thrice revived by Hackney
Empire. His other theatre credits include appearances in seven productions
at the Royal Court, in work by writers such as Leroi Jones, Caryl Churchill
A busy past year includes guest appearances in a variety of guises on Channel 4's music-video show Flava, Carlton TV's Drumbeat and Ch 4's Nights at the Empire.
"POWELL'S PIECE DE RESISTANCE IS ROY DIAMOND, HILARIOUSLY UNRECONSTRUCTED PRESENTER OF BBC's THE A FORCE" - The Guardian
"AN INNER CITY ALTERNATIVE TO THE WORLDS POPULATED BY STEVE COOGAN AND HARRY ENFIELD" - The Voice
"THIS IS CHARACTER COMEDY AT ITS BEST - TOTALLY BELIEVABLE, SUPERBLY TIMED AND HILARIOUS. AN EXHILARATING TALENT" - The Scotsman