Charlie Condou is an actor and writer best known for playing sonographer Marcus Dent in Coronation Street. He was listed number 15 in the World Pride Power list 2013, number 8 in the Independent on Sunday Pink Power list 2011 and 42 in the Pride Power List 2011.
He is a supporter of Manchester Pride, a Patron of London Pride and the charities Diversity Role Models and the Albert Kennedy Trust, and a volunteer for the Terrence Higgins Trust. He also works closely with Stonewall and has recently been made an ambassador for the Alternative Parenting show. In October 2012, he was named in Attitude, as the magazine’s “Man of the Year” at the inaugural Attitude awards and was their cover star for the November issue of the same year. He has worked extensively in film, theatre and television for over 25 years including roles in Nathan Barley, Charlotte Gray, Midsomer Murders, Peak Practice, Shopping & F***ing (for which he was nominated for the MEN best actor award) and The Changeling.
He began writing small pieces for various newspapers and magazines a few years ago before being offered his own column in the Saturday Guardian on same-sex parenting, “The three of us”. He divides his time between Manchester and Islington where he lives with his partner, Cameron Laux and their two children, Georgia and Hal, who split their time between Charlie & Cameron, and their mother, the actress Catherine Kanter.
Sophie Ward is an actor and writer from London. She has worked in film, television and theatre for over twenty years most recently in the BBC television series Land Girls and Secret State for Channel 4.
Her short stories have been published in books and magazines including The Guardian, The Times and The Spectator and she is a guest writer on the new Gaze Review. She also writes a regular column for g3 magazine.
In 1996, Sophie met her partner, Rena, and together they have raised two children. Sophie and Rena had a wedding ceremony in 2000, when it was not legal and again in 2010 when they became civil partners. When the law changes, they plan to get married.
For 2013 and 2014, Sophie is honoured to be an ambassador for the Alternative Parenting Show, along with her co-host for the Out in the City and G3 Readers’ Awards, Charlie Condou.
Sophie is patron of London Friend, the charity that supports young gay people in the capital and has helped on campaigns to raise awareness on the challenges at work for LGBT people with Equalities for the Home Office and Equity, the actor’s union.
During 2013, Sophie toured with Agatha Christie’s Go Back For Murder. She is studying for her PhD in Philosophy and Literature at Goldsmiths, University of London and has just published her Guardian book on equal marriage, A Marriage Proposal.