Max Beesley

Max Beesley


1/15/1971, Burnage, England, UK

Birth Name

Maxton Gig Beesley Jr.



Also Known As

Maxton G. Beesley
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Max Beesley was born as Maxton Gig Beesley, Jr. in Burnage, England in 1971. He is the son of British jazz drummer Maxton Beesley and jazz singer Chris Marlowe. His parents separated when he was only 18 months old, but his father lived close by. Max is very…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Max's father, Maxton, was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2004, by 2006 he was in remission.

    • Max is 5' 11" (1.80 m).

    • Max was asked by James Brown to accompany him on the piano to Georgia, It's Magic and Prisoner of Love at BBC Electric Proms gig at the Roundhouse in North London in October 2006.

    • Max has attended a Raymond Blanc cookery course. These are held at the Manoir Quatre Saisons, Blanc's restaurant in Oxfordshire.

    • Max enjoys drinking Zinfandel wines.

    • The legendary American Method coach Sheila Gray worked with Max, and helped him achieve his breakthough into the British scene as Tom Jones in A History of Tom Jones: A Foundling.

    • Max Beesley was narrator in the Lichfield Festival production of Peer Gynt in July 2007. This marked the hundredth anniversary of its composer Edvard Grieg, and was held in Lichfield Cathedral.

    • Max is doing the voice over for Samsung tv advertisements.

    • Max joined old friend Robbie Williams' LA Vale soccer team, which is top of the LA amateur premier league, as a guest player in June 2007.

    • Max was in Las Vegas to watch British boxer Ricky Hatton retain his title in June 2007.

    • Max Beesley and footballer, Ryan Giggs hosted a star-studded fundraising golf tournament and gala dinner in May 2007 at the Belfry Hotel, near Birmingham, England. Max donated a day on the set of Hotel Babylon including lunch with the entire cast and crew, which raised £20,000 in the auction.

    • Max Beesley has backed an appeal to raise £1m for a prostate cancer charity after the disease struck his family twice.

    • Max has been in a serious relationship with actress Susie Amy of Footballer's Wives fame, for the last few years. Before that he famously dated a number of high-profile TV celebrities.

    • Max has toured with Robbie Williams, as his percussionist.

    • In 2001, for his role in the movie Glitter, Max was nominated for a Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actor.

    • Max has a stepbrother, actor Jason Milligan; who is married to actress Angela Griffin.

    • Max Beesley quit the prestigious Guildhall School Of Music & Drama when he was 18 years old. He joined Paul Weller's band, Style Council to tour around the world.

    • Max was in a serious relationship for a few years with ex-Spice Girl Mel Brown (Scary Spice). They split up in 2002.

    • His middle name, Gig, was inspired by the actor Gig Young.

    • He played piano in Robbie Williams' Band at Knebworth in 2003 for the 'Bojangles' song

  • Quotes

    • Max: The best types of directors I've worked with... they give you an input of what they like and what they want and how they see the thing, but they also give you space to go and work and create

    • Max: (about his lifestyle and personality) I can walk with the kings and queens of the Earth and also stay with the good working class.

    • (On the experience of playing with James Brown).
      Max: And the bottom line is I got to play with James Brown just a couple of months before he died and it was an amazing musical experience. And that's really what you take away with you.

    • (On his current lack of rock'n'roll lifestyle)
      Max: But, then, even in my touring days, I was incredibly boring. I wasn't doing lines of coke and falling out of clubs.

    • (On whether he regretted his failed relationship with Spice Girl, Mel B)
      Max: It's taken me a long time to get away from the obsession that surrounds your private life.

    • Max: I'd like to have more time to meditate in the mornings

    • Max: I had a working-class upbringing but was lucky to have artistic parents who recognised my skills and channelled them into other things. I owe it all to my mum and dad. And if I fail, I'd feel that I'd let them down. No way will I let that happen.

    • (on choosing between music and acting)
      Max: Music means a lot to me and always will but I have to concentrate full-time on my acting. I've done a bit of scoring music for films as well and that's a nice quiet existence. But I also crave the company of other actors.

    • (asked about his love life)
      Max: Yes, I've fallen in love a few times and you go for it 100 per cent. You jump into things and don't think about anything else.Sometimes it works out right, other times not.

    • (asked about filming a scene in "Talk to Me")
      Max: It was extremely physical, but we were both relaxed. Anyone who tells you sexy scenes are a wonderful doddle is fibbing.