Shane Richie

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Shane Richie
Shane Richie headshot.jpg
Richie in January 2005
Born Shane Patrick Roche
(1964-03-11) 11 March 1964 (age 54)
Kensington, London, England
Nationality British
Occupation Actor, Comedian, Television presenter, Singer
Years active 1986–present
Notable work See below
Television EastEnders (2002–2005, 2010—)
Minder (2009)
Reflex (2014)
Win Your Wish List (2014—)
Decimate (2015)
Spouse(s) Coleen Nolan (m. 1990–1999)
Christie Goddard (m. 2007—)
Children Shane Roche, Jr. (b. 1988)
Jake Roche (b. 1992)
Mackenzie Blue Roche (b. 2006)
Lolita Bell Roche (b. 2008)
Romani-Skye Angel Shelley (b. 2011)

Shane Patrick Roche, known as Shane Richie, (born 11 March 1964)[1] is an English actor, comedian, singer and presenter, best known for his portrayal of the character Alfie Moon in the BBC One soap opera EastEnders between 2002 and 2005 and then again since 2010.

Richie has presented a number of BBC game shows including Reflex, Win Your Wish List and Decimate.

Early life and career beginnings

Richie was born at St Mary Abbot's Hospital in Kensington, London[2] to Irish Catholic parents,[3] he attended Willesden High School[4] and was a member of a youth theatre as a child, and began his professional career in adolescence as a bluecoat entertainer at a Pontins holiday camp, similar to the bluecoats at Pontins Southport. He progressed to the live stand up circuit – receiving a nomination for best new stand-up at the inaugural British Comedy Awards. In 1989, Richie made nightly appearances for Sky TV's chat show series Jameson Tonight, which was hosted by Derek Jameson and Richie and recorded at the Windmill Theatre, London. In 1990, Richie made his first terrestrial television appearances as one of the comics on the BBC One sketch show Up to Something! with Suzy Aitchison, David Schneider, Frances Dodge, Mike Hayley and Lewis MacLeod. The show got axed after one series and was replaced by another sketch show You Gotta Be Jokin' in 1991. Richie was one of five comics along with Maddi Cryer, Annette Law, George Marshall and Billy Pearce.

Richie later branched out into hosting game shows after proving successful as host of the kids' quiz show Run the Risk, which was played during the BBC Saturday morning show Going Live. He moved into mainstream presenting with Caught in the Act, Win, Lose or Draw, The Shane Richie Experience (later revamped as Love Me Do) and Lucky Numbers. He also replaced Danny Baker in the 'doorstep challenge' TV ads for Daz detergent; he had previously replaced Baker as host of Win, Lose or Draw. In the 2012 Christmas episode of The Sarah Millican Television Programme, Richie said that Daz gave him so much money for doing the adverts that he would have "snorted the stuff" if they'd asked him.[citation needed]


Musicals acts

Richie was a success in musicals – including Boogie Nights and the 1993 London revival production of Grease. He released two albums, to limited commercial response, and had a Number 2 single in the UK Singles Chart in 2003, with his Children in Need single, a cover version of Wham!'s "I'm Your Man".

Over Christmas 2005, Richie appeared in a touring run of Scrooge: The Musical.

He took part in an early edition of Blind Date. After being asked the question "How would you wow me on a first date?", Richie burst into song, singing "Wild Thing."

In 2009, Richie was reportedly scheduled as the opening act for Michael Jackson's concerts at the O2 Arena.[5] The concerts were cancelled following Jackson's death.

During Christmas 2013, Richie appeared as Buttons in the pantomime Cinderella at the Wycombe Swan Theatre in High Wycombe.


From 2002 to 2003, Richie played the villainous Danny Dexter on Night and Day. He won supporting roles in low-profile British films beginning with Chris Barfoot's award winning short comedy movie Dead Clean and then later Distant Shadow. In 2003, Richie was executive producer for the British film Shoreditch, in which he also appeared in a lead role. He invested a six-figure sum into the budget of the film, which ultimately made little profit.

In 2007, Richie starred in ITV drama The Good Samaritan, and Father Frank for BBC One. He also starred in the second series of Skins on Channel 4 as Bruce Gelcart, a lecherous college drama lecturer.

On 11 May 2008 Richie hosted a quiz show on Sky1 called Don't Forget the Lyrics!, whereby contestants must finish off the lyrics to lines of popular songs in order to win money.

On 25 April 2008, he was due to be a guest on The Paul O'Grady Show, but due to Paul O'Grady falling ill, Richie stood in as host.

Starting in February 2009 Richie starred in a revamp of the series, Minder on Channel 5. Rather than a remake of the original, Richie stars as Archie Daley, the nephew of the character Arthur Daley from the original series, which ran from 1979 to 1994 on ITV[6]

On 26 July 2009, Richie appeared in a one-off television drama called Whatever It Takes playing a character called JJ Merrick who comes to the aid of a girl who wins a radio competition – and catapults her into stardom, thus giving her a new lease of life.

The BBC announced on 14 November 2011, that following Jimmy Savile's recent death, Jim'll Fix It would return for a one-off Christmas Special in December 2011, with Richie as host.[7]

In January 2014, Richie presented one series of BBC One game show Reflex, made by Objective Productions. In December 2014, Richie began hosting The National Lottery: Win Your Wish List, a new Saturday night game show. A second series has been commissioned and will air in 2016.[8]

In March 2015, Richie guest hosted an episode of The One Show alongside Alex Jones. In 2015, Richie presented the BBC One daytime game show Decimate. The first series began airing on 20 April, with the second starting in September the same year and ending in December.

In June 2015 it was announced that he would be appearing in Benidorm.[9]


Main article: EastEnders

In 2002, Richie joined the cast of EastEnders and received immediate acclaim as Alfie Moon, for bringing humour to a programme often panned for being too depressing. The role won him numerous awards including the award for "Best Male European Actor" at the Rose D'or Festival and National Television Awards for "Most Popular Actor" in 2005, shortly before he, and co-star Jessie Wallace, left the programme on Christmas Day in 2005.

On 8 May 2008, he said in an interview with Digital Spy that he would love to return to EastEnders as Alfie Moon.[10]

On 23 July 2009, Richie announced on The One Show that his character Alfie Moon would return to EastEnders.[11] Following an absence of almost 5 years, Richie made his on-screen return to EastEnders on 21 September 2010.

As well as appearing in EastEnders, Richie also narrated three episodes for the documentary series, EastEnders Revealed, a series that goes behind the scenes and explores characters and storylines; the episodes were "The Secret Mitchell" in 2009 about Ronnie Mitchell and Danielle Jones, "Peggy Mitchell - Queen of the Vic" in 2010 about Peggy Mitchell and "Farewell Pat" in 2012 about Pat Evans.

On 4 April 2015, it was announced that Richie will appear alongside Jessie Wallace in a six-part BBC One drama series. In the spin-off, Kat and Alfie Moon will visit Ireland as they put their past behind them. Speaking about the series, Richie commented: "Both Jessie and I are absolutely thrilled to be given this amazing opportunity. To have a whole drama focussed around Kat and Alfie is a huge honour for us both and we just can't wait to start filming.[12]


In 2003, Richie produced and starred in the film Shoreditch, into which he had reportedly invested half a million pounds of his own money. The film received negative reviews and was not widely seen.[13][14]

In 2006, Richie played a rat named Sid in the Aardman Animation film Flushed Away. He has recently been seen in the UK stage tour of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest as Randle McMurphy, and heard as a presenter on Virgin Radio, where he interviewed Tony Hadley of Spandau Ballet.


In July 2015 it was announced that Richie would star alongside Wallace in The Perfect Murder at the Theatre Royal in February 2016.[15]

Personal life

Richie married Coleen Nolan in 1990 and together they had two sons, Shane Roche Jr (born 1988) and Jake Roche (born 1992).[16] They divorced in 1999.[17]

Richie proposed to his fiancée Christie Anne Goddard at her 26th birthday party in April 2005,[citation needed] and on 23 April 2006[citation needed] she gave birth to a boy, Mackenzie Blue.[16] They got married on 21 July 2007.[citation needed] Christie gave birth to a daughter, Lolita Bell,[16] on 28 July 2008.[citation needed] Another daughter, their third child together, was born on 27 April 2011 called Romani-Skye Angel Shelley.[16]

In 2003, Richie released his autobiography Rags To Richie, which was a best-seller.[citation needed] In the book, he claims to have had sex with six girls in a chalet,[citation needed] during his time as a Pontins Bluecoat and he broke the law by orchestrating ticket touts outside of Grease.[citation needed] Richie also claims to have given free tickets to the touts, who went on to sell them at a large profit for Richie.[citation needed]


Richie is patron of Shinfield Players Theatre, an amateur theatre company in Reading, Berkshire, taking the role from Anton Rodgers who died in 2007.[18] He made his first appearance in the audience on 11 July 2009 for the Youth Group production of Disco Inferno.

Richie is patron of the UK's Huntington's Disease Association.[19]



Year Film Role
1998 Dead Clean Nicos Malmatakis
1999 Distant Shadow Paul
2001 Silent Soul Chippy
2003 Shoreditch Thomas Hickman / Executive Producer
2006 Flushed Away Sid (Voiceover Role)
2010 Risen Mike Barrett
2011 The Reverend Prince
2013 Prisoners of the Sun Kalfhani


Year TV Show Role Notes
1989 Jameson Tonight Co-host
1990 Up to Something! Various Roles
1997 CITV Awards 1997 Baron Rockefeller
1998 Macbeth Porter
2000 Burnside Tony Shotton Recurring Role
2002–2005, 2010–present EastEnders Alfie Moon Series Regular
2003 Night and Day Danny Dexter Recurring Role
2006 What We Did on Our Holiday Nick Taylor
2007 The Good Samaritan Brian Guest
Robbie the Reindeer in Close Encounters of the Herd Kind Trooper No. 1 Voiceover Role
2008 Skins Bruce Gelcart 1 Episode
The Paul O'Grady Show Guest Presenter 1 Episode
2009 Minder Archie Daley Series Regular
Whatever It Takes JJ Merrick
New Tricks Johnny Tevis 1 Episode
2014 Reflex Himself Presenter
2014–present The National Lottery: Win Your Wish List Himself Presenter
2015 Decimate Himself Presenter
The One Show Guest Presenter 1 Episode
2016 Benidorm TBC 2 Episodes
Kat and Alfie's Road to Success Alfie Moon Co-lead Role


  1. British Broadcasting Corporation (11 March 1964). "BBC factfile". BBC. Archived from the original on 2008-12-06. Retrieved 23 September 2011. 
  2. I'd get hit by Dad after he'd been on the drink .. he told me that only poofs went to stage school; SHANE RICHIE DAY 2 .. FROM DASHED DREAMS TO HIS NAME UP IN LIGHTS. - Free O...
  3. "Thu, Mar 19, 2009 – An Irishman's Diary". The Irish Times. 3 March 2009. Retrieved 23 September 2011. 
  4. Wilby, Peter (9 December 2008). "From one end of the corridor to the other". The Guardian. London. 
  5. "Home of the Daily and Sunday Express | UK News :: Shane Ritchie to warm up 02 for Jackson". 15 March 2009. Retrieved 23 September 2011. 
  6. "Shane Richie's Minder is launched". 13 January 2009. Retrieved 14 January 2009. Shane plays Archie Daley, with Royal Shakespeare Company actor Lex Shrapnel taking on the role of his minder, Jamie Cartwright...The show will be screened on Five, and those behind it emphasised it was not a re-make...The new six-part series of Minder is due to begin airing next month 
  7. "Jim'll Fix It returns to BBC One for Christmas special". BBC News. 15 November 2011. 
  8. BBC One - The National Lottery: Win Your Wish List - Next on
  9. Lindsay, Duncan (5 June 2015). "EastEnders star Shane Richie is joining Benidorm". Metro. Retrieved 30 August 2015. 
  10. 8 May 2008, 0 (8 May 2008). "Soaps – News – Richie hopes for Albert Square return". Digital Spy. Retrieved 23 September 2011. 
  11. "Internet Movie Database page for Shane Richie". Retrieved 23 September 2011. 
  12. "EastEnders' Kat and Alfie to get their own show". BBC Media Centre. 4 April 2015. Retrieved 10 June 2015. 
  13. Jamie Russell Updated (20 November 2003). "BBC, Shoreditch, Reviewed by Jamie Russell". BBC. Retrieved 23 September 2011. 
  14. Shoreditch (2003). Internet Movie Database
  15. Barr, Gordon (24 July 2015). "EastEnders stars Shane Richie and Jessie Wallace to star together on stage at Newcastle Theatre Royal". Evening Chronicle. Retrieved 26 July 2015. 
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 Kelly, Kirsty (27 April 2011). "Shane Richie's baby daughter is born". Digital Spy. London: Hachette Filipacchi UK. Retrieved 27 April 2011. 
  17. "Celebrity news". Daily Mirror. 6 July 2010. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  18. "Shane Ritchie becomes patron of Shinfield Players Theatre – Theatre and Dance – Entertainment – getwokingham – The Wokingham Times". getwokingham. 12 February 2009. Retrieved 23 September 2011. 
  19. Lomas, Clare (11 June 2009). "Tony Hadley and Shane Richie named Huntington’s Disease Association’s new patrons". Nursing Times. Retrieved 10 December 2011. 

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