Five things you might not know about WDYTYA? star Marvin Humes

By Guest, 2 August 2018 - 11:23am

TV presenter, radio DJ and former JLS member Marvin Humes uncovers his Jamaican roots on Who Do You Think You Are? next week. Here are five things you might not know about the multi-talented star…

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Marvin Humes pictured at the Capital FM Jingle Bell Ball in December 2017 (Credit: Karwai Tang/WireImage/Getty Images)

After releasing a string of number one singles with boy band JLS, Marvin Humes has gone on to become a well-known personality on both television and radio.

On Monday 6 August, Marvin will appear in the 15th series of Who Do You Think You Are?, unearthing his Jamaican roots and discovering the story of a family member who fought during the Second World War.

Here are five things you might not know about the multi-talented star…
 

1. Early brush with fame

After starring in children's TV programme K-Club at the age of 14, Marvin went on to play Robbie Waring in the hospital drama Holby City from 2000 to 2003. He then joined short-lived pop group VS, which released one album before splitting up.
 

2. Close encounters

When Marvin was a contestant the 2008 series of The X-Factor, his boy band was initially called UFO – short for 'Unique Famous Outrageous'. However, they were soon forced to change it due to potential confusion with the English rock band of the same name. The group eventually settled on JLS – an acronym for 'Jack the Lad Swing', which was the name they had given to the unique, urban sound they were crafting.
 

3. Musical matrimony

In 2012, Marvin married The Saturdays singer Rochelle Wiseman at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire. A member of S Club Juniors as a child, Rochelle has also topped the charts numerous times, making the couple regulars on the nation's airwaves.
 

4. For a good cause

Since finding fame, Marvin has devoted a considerable amount of time towards supporting various charities and organisations. While a member of JLS he co-founded The JLS Foundation, encouraging young people to lead healthy lives and helping the likes of Cancer Research and ChildLine with their fundraising efforts. Although the band broke up in 2013, the foundation's work continues to this day.
 

5. Football crazy

A life-long Chelsea fan, Marvin has played in the biennial Soccer Aid charity event three times, teaming up alongside the likes of Olly Murs, One Direction's Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan, as well as comedian Paddy McGuinness.
 

Don't miss Marvin's episode on Monday 6 August at 9pm on BBC One

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