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FactRetired from acting in 2003 to run a bar in Benidorm; she was discovered by Benidorm (2007) writer Daran Little there and he wrote the role of Janey York especially for her.

Crissy Rock (born Christine Murray; 23 September 1961) is an English stand-up comedian, actress and presenter. She is known for her roles as Janine Butcher in the BBC soap opera EastEnders and as Maggie Conlan in the ITV comedy-drama Benidorm.

Rock was born in Newcastle upon Tyne, the daughter of a coal miner. She left school at 15 with no qualifications and worked as a barmaid and in a factory. She began her career as a stand-up comedian, appearing on the club circuit in the 1980s. She came to prominence in the early 1990s with her appearances on the ITV comedy-drama series The Bill and the BBC sitcom One Foot in the Grave.

In 2001, she appeared in the first series of the ITV reality show I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!, in which she was the second contestant to be voted off. In 2005, she appeared in the second series of Celebrity Fit Club. In 2006, she took part in the BBC reality show Celebrity MasterChef.

In 2010, she appeared as a contestant on the ITV game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?. In 2012, she took part in the ITV reality show Celebrity Super Spa. In 2014, she appeared as a contestant on the Channel 4 game show Countdown.

Rock has been married three times. Her first marriage was to comedian Les Dennis, from 1988 to 2000. They have one son, Elliot, who was born in 1992. Her second marriage was to actor Paul Gascoigne, from 2001 to 2003. They have one daughter, Bianca, who was born in 2002. Her third marriage is to businessman Steve McKeown, whom she married in 2010.

Rock has suffered from depression and anxiety and has spoken openly about her experiences. In 2019, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a mastectomy.

General Info

Full NameCrissy Rock
ProfessionActor, Comedian, Author


ChildrenTracy Joyce Shaw, Hayley Shaw
ParentsMargaret Bryan, Edward Murray
SiblingsIan Murray, Brian Murray, Jason Murray, David Murray


MoviesA Boy Called Dad, Act of Grace, Dockers, Brazen Hussies, Ladybird, Ladybird, Dalziel & Pascoe: An Autumn Shroud
TV ShowsBenidorm, I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! (UK TV series), Springhill, Butterfly Collectors, Born to Run

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1Became pregnant by her husband Philip 4 times between 1975 and 1980; on all occasions she suffered miscarriages.
2Retired from acting in 2003 to run a bar in Benidorm; she was discovered by Benidorm (2007) writer Daran Little there and he wrote the role of Janey York especially for her.
3Older sister of Brian (b. 1960), Ian (b. 1964), David (b. 1969) and Jason (b. 1975).
4Mother to Tracy Joyce (b. 1975) and Hayley Shaw (b. 1981).
5Delivered her daughter Tracy 3 months prematurely after being pushed down the stairs by her husband Philip, which brought on her labour.
6Is good friends with Tina Malone.
7Daughter of Edward (b. 1936) and Margaret (née Bryan) Murray (1938-1991).




Violence Breeds Violence2017Short filmingAudrey
Benidorm2007-2015TV SeriesJaney York
3 Mile Radius2011ShortMaggie
A Boy Called Dad2009Chip Shop Woman
The Commander: Abduction2008TV MovieAdele Davis
Act of Grace2008Carla
Trial & Retribution2007TV SeriesSylvia Ryan
Run Piglet Run2003ShortJanet
Nice Guy Eddie2002TV SeriesMadame Flo
Brookside2001TV SeriesAmber Costello
Peak Practice1995-2000TV SeriesMarion Richards / Marion Daley
Clocking Off2000TV SeriesNewsagent
Dockers1999TV MovieJean Walton
Butterfly Collectors1999TV MovieMaureen
Under the Skin1997Compere
Born to Run1997TV SeriesEdna
Springhill1996-1997TV SeriesAnita Cartledge
Brazen Hussies1996TV MovieSandra Delaney
Dalziel and Pascoe1996TV SeriesAnnie Greave
Ladybird Ladybird1994Maggie Conlan


Crissy Rock: Live2011writer


Who's Doing the Dishes?2016TV SeriesHerself
Versus: The Life and Films of Ken Loach2016DocumentaryHerself / Maggie Conlan
Celebrity Botched Up Bodies2016TV SeriesHerself
All Star Family Fortunes2015TV SeriesHerself
The Jeremy Kyle Show2014TV SeriesHerself
Keep It in the Family2014TV SeriesHerself - Special Guest
Big Brother's Bit on the Side2014TV SeriesHerself
Weekend2014TV SeriesHerself
Good Morning Britain2014TV SeriesHerself
This Morning2011-2014TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Guest
Long Live Britain2013TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself - Participant
Breakfast2013TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Mastermind2012TV SeriesHerself
Come Dine with Me2012TV SeriesHerself - Contestant
The Chase2012TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Daybreak2012TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Paddy's Show and Telly2011TV Mini-SeriesHerself
The Big Quiz2011TV Mini-SeriesHerself
The Wright Stuff Extra2011TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Crissy Rock: Live2011Herself
I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!2011TV SeriesHerself
I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! NOW!2011TV SeriesHerself
I Want to Talk About It2011TV Movie documentaryHerself
The British Soap Awards 20112011TV SpecialHerself
Loose Women2011TV SeriesHerself
2000 Today1999TV MovieHerself
Cinéma, de notre temps1997TV Series documentaryHerself
Celebrity Squares1995-1997TV SeriesHerself - Guest / Herself
The Little Picture Show1995TV SeriesHerself
39 premis Sant Jordi de cinematografia1995TV SpecialHerself - Winner: Best Foreign Actress
Opportunity Knocks1988TV SeriesHerself - Comedienne


Won Awards

1995ALFS AwardLondon Critics Circle Film AwardsBritish Actress of the YearLadybird Ladybird (1994)
1995Sant JordiSant Jordi AwardsBest Foreign Actress (Mejor Actriz Extranjera)Ladybird Ladybird (1994)
1994Silver Berlin BearBerlin International Film FestivalBest ActressLadybird Ladybird (1994)
1994Silver HugoChicago International Film FestivalBest ActressLadybird Ladybird (1994)

3rd Place Awards

1994NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ActressLadybird Ladybird (1994)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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