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SHANE RICHIE (Sid) is known to British audiences through his numerous appearances on television as a comedian and presenter. Richie's acting studies began as a teenager, after which he joined a repertory company. He has since furthered his studies in Los Angeles with The Maurice Kosloff School of Method Acting and studying Comedy in Film with M.K. Lewis. In 1983, Richie started his career as a professional entertainer in the Channel Islands. At the end of his first summer season, he was presented with an award for Best Up & Coming Act with Star Quality. Early theatre appearances included roles in "Masquerade” and "The Trials Of King Arthur” for the Brent Players, as well as "Stand Up and Be Counted,” "Class Enemy,” "Who Killed Captain Scarlett?” He also played Danny Zucco in "Grease” on London's West End.

His breakout came as host of "Win, Lose or Draw,” which was so successful that over 50% of all television viewers (including cable and satellite) were tuning in to watch every morning. He later starred in the series "Lucky Numbers,” "The Shane Richie Experience,” "Love Me Do,” and "Knight School,” before joining the cast of "EastEnders,” playing the role of Alfie Moon. At the March 2004 Rose d'Or Television festival (Europe's BAFTAs), he picked up Best Male Actor and Best Drama Serial honors for "EastEnders”; he went on to win Best Actor at the 2004 ITV Soap Awards. 

In 2004, he won Best TV Personality at the Soap Awards, and in 2004 and 2005, he won Soap Awards for Best Male Lead Actor. 

Last year, during the Christmas period, he hosted "Top of the Pops,” guest-starred in the French and Saunders special, and hosted his own 60-minute BBC special, in addition to starring as Fagin in "Oliver Twist.”

Other theatrical work includes the musical "Boogie Nights,” which he wrote and starred in "Macbeth”; the musical "Scrooge”; and the feature film "Shoreditch.” He also starred in the TV series and feature film "Burnside.”

Richie's autobiography, Rags To Richie, was published in October 2003. It soared up the charts, received fantastic reviews, and reached No. 1 on the bestsellers list. Rags to Richie was released in June in paperback form and again zoomed straight up the bestsellers list.

With his musical abilities, Richie was chosen as the artist to record the Children In Need single for 2003, a cover of Wham's "I'm Your Man,” which was released the Monday after the event. It reached No. 2 in the Top of the Pops chart and scored a No. 1 in the CD UK charts. It was also the No. 1 video in the MTV chart.

Richie will next star in the 180-minute film special "What We Did on Our Holiday,” which will be shown in October on ITV1. He then stars in another ITV1 film special, "The Good Samaritan,” to be shot in November and December 2006. Richie begins New Year 2007 starring as a Catholic Priest for a BBC1 special, "Father Frank.” This Christmas, Richie will read all parts in Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol” for BBC Radio 2, donating his fee to Children In Need.

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