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Birth Place: Saint Lucia Profession: actor, acting teacher, singer, theater company board member

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Busy actor of British theater and TV who became known stateside as Geoffrey, the Banks family's proper butler and alternately the nemesis and ally of the fun-loving Will Smith on the hit sitcom "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" (NBC, 1990-96). A member of the Royal Shakespeare Company and stalwart of the London stage, Marcell has had few comparable challenges in America but he has demonstrated a flair for broad light comedy. Marcell found less success as the co-star of the British sitcom "Fancy Wanders" (1981) in which he played a fanciful tramp. His other British TV credits include the cop drama "Juliet Bravo", "Empire Road", "Shelley" and "Dr. Who". Marcell has also appeared in character bits in the British feature "Playing Away" (1986) and Richard Attenborough's "Cry Freedom" (1987).

Busy actor of British theater and TV who became known stateside as Geoffrey, the Banks family's proper butler and alternately the nemesis and ally of the fun-loving Will Smith on the hit sitcom "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" (NBC, 1990-96). A member of the Royal Shakespeare Company and stalwart of the London stage, Marcell has had few comparable challenges in America but he has demonstrated a flair for broad light comedy. Marcell found less success as the co-star of the British sitcom "Fancy Wanders" (1981) in which he played a fanciful tramp. His other British TV credits include the cop drama "Juliet Bravo", "Empire Road", "Shelley" and "Dr. Who". Marcell has also appeared in character bits in the British feature "Playing Away" (1986) and Richard Attenborough's "Cry Freedom" (1987).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Sioux City (1994)
3.
 Cry Freedom (1987) Moses
4.
 Playing Away (1986) Robbo
5.
 Outpost (1989) Doc Holmes
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Born on the Caribbean island of St Lucia
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Emigrated to England with his family at age five
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As a college student, inspired to act after seeing the Negro Ensemble Theater perform in London
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Became a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company
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Appeared in productions of "Twelfth Night", "Julius Caesar", "Othello", "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
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Performed in numerous West End productions including "Joe Turner's Come and Gone", "Sherlock Holmes", and "One Fine Day"
1981:
Co-starred with Dave King in "Fancy Wanders", a British sitcom about a pair of imaginative tramps
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Starred in a BBC Radio production of "Othello"
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Acted in various British TV series including "Shelley", "Dr. Who", "Empire Road", and "Juliet Bravo"
1986:
Feature debut, "Playing Away", a British comedy
1987:
Played a small role in Richard Attenborough's "Cry Freedom"
1989:
US TV debut, "Outpost", an unsold sci-fi pilot broadcast as part of the "CBS Summer Playhouse"
1990:
Debut as a US TV series regular, playing Geoffrey the butler on the hit sitcom "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air"
1993:
Provided a voice and performed a song for his American TV-movie debut, "Charles Dickens' David Copperfield", an animated musical
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Education

Sheffield University: -
Central School of Speech and Drama: -

Notes

Marcell serves on the board of the Old Globe Theater and the Temba Theater Company.

Marcell has frequently conducted Shakesperean acting workshops for young actors in L.A.

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wife:
Joyce Marcell. Born c. 1956; third wife.

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son:
Ben Marcell. Born c. 1978.
daughter:
Jessica Marcell. Born c. 1989.

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