Mark Wright praised talented wife Michelle Keegan, while confessing he does not possess a similar skill set, but called himself the “hardest working” in a room.
Mark Wright has praised wife Michelle Keegan’s skills as an actress – while confessing that he doesn’t possess any similar talents.
The former reality TV star gave his wife of six years a glowing review for her work in shows such as Sky One’s Brassic and ITV soap Coronation Street while admitting he took a “long long time” to master his craft as a television presenter.
The 34-year-old said: “I’m extremely proud. I feel very lucky. The one thing I’ll say. I’m not arrogant or confident about any kind of talent because I can’t sing to save my life. I can’t act; like my wife’s a born actress and is incredible at what she does. I can’t do that.”
“I took a long long time to learn how to present TV, a long time to learn how to present radio. Yes I had a talent in football, not enough to go all the way. The one thing I will be arrogant about and confident about is I’ll always be the hardest working man in the room.”
Rising to fame as an original member of the cast of The Only Way is Essex, over the years Mark has forged a successful career for himself as a popular presenter and radio host.
After quitting the reality TV show back in 2011, the Essex star silenced critics when he landed a gig as reporter over in Hollywood, hosting entertainment show Extra with Mario Lopez in 2017.
During his time on the hit show, the semi-pro footballer made a name for himself stateside and interviewed many major celebrities such as Kim Kardashian, Jamie Foxx and Jane Fonda.
Since returning to the UK, the I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! star has continued his successful career in his home country – becoming a popular figure in the radio industry thanks to his show on Heart Radio.
Elsewhere in his new interview, Mark credited his tireless work ethic for his achievements and urged others to follow their dreams – regardless of their qualifications.
He added to The Sun: “When I said I wanted to go to America my agent and people in my industry were like ‘Mark, it’s so hard. People have tried and failed.’ And I was like ‘well, watch this. I’m not gonna sleep until I get this job.
“And this is a message to anyone; you don’t have to have a talent. If you didn’t get incredible grades in your GCSEs or A-Levels, believe me, there’s more to you than what’s written on paper, and you can get anything you wanna get. Believe, work hard, and it will come.”
While the star may be modest about his skills, earlier this year, the presenter hit back at anyone who may claim reality TV stars are talentless.
Speaking to the Radio Times, the Crawley Town football player revealed that living your life on camera isn’t as easy as many think it is.
Defending his former industry, Mark said: “Starting out on a reality TV show does come with a stigma. The minute somebody does one, they apparently have no talents. But I beg to differ. It’s not easy to have a camera put in your face and be expected to be entertaining or likeable.”
The former TOWIE star appeared on the ITVBe show from its first episode in 2010 until his departure towards the end of the third series in 2011.
He has made brief cameos in the series since, last appearing on the BAFTA award-winning show in 2016.