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Michael Starke

Michael Starke became one of the most famous faces on British television during his twelve year role as ‘Sinbad’ in Channel 4’s  Brookside.  Michael performs  a selection of songs self-accompanied on guitar and ukulele, many of which relate to his Film, TV and musical theatre career, also incorporating comedy and vocal impressions

A regular performer at the Playhouse and Everyman Theatres in productions as diverse as ‘She Stoops To Conquer’, ‘Hamlet’, ‘Blood Brothers’, ‘Be Bop a Lula’ and the critically acclaimed ‘Cavern of Dreams’.  Since Brookside, Michael has worked constantly in TV and film including appearances in ‘Stig of the Dump’, ‘Casualty’, ‘Holby City’ as well as co-starring with Samuel L Jackson in the movie ‘The 51st State’.  Michael, also a talented musician and singer, accepted an invitation to appear on ‘Celebrity Stars in Their Eyes’ on which he wowed the TV and studio audiences with his brilliant impersonation of Paul Carrack singing ‘The Living Years’.  He toured nationally in the Cole Porter musical “Anything Goes’ as the American gangster ‘Moonface Martin’ alongside Angela Rippon, and also as the mystery guest in ‘The Play What I Wrote’ directed by Kenneth Branagh.  Michael appeared in seven series of ‘The Royal’ for Yorkshire TV in which he played the lovable hospital caretaker Ken Hopkins. He also sang the title song for the whole series, which was also used in ‘The Royal Today’. Following on from ‘The Royal’, he joined the cast of ‘Coronation Street’ as the cheeky Kebab Shop owning Jerry Morton.  In addition to his TV and film roles, Michael has also returned with great acclaim to ‘the job he was born to do’ – Musical Theatre.  Recent starring roles being the Narrator in Richard O’Brien’s Rocky Horror Show, Willie Russell’s ‘Our Day Out’ Monsignor O’Hara in Sister Act and the all singing and dancing ‘Edna Turnblad’, in the record breaking UK touring production of “Hairspray’