Kym Marsh, better known as Kym Gail Ryder (nee Marsh) was born on the 13th June 1976 in Whiston, Knowsley, Merseyside, England. She is an actress and singer. She arose to fame when the reality TV show Popstars emerged. She is presently most recognisable from her role as Michelle Connor on the long-running ITV soap opera Coronation Street, which she has played since 2006. In 2001 ITV's talent show Popstars was on the lookout for five girls, or boys, to be part of a group, that would go on to try and make it big in the charts. Kym was one of the lucky one's who impressed judges with her vocal talent. After becoming one of the chosen five for the group now called Hear'Say, she and fellow group mates were moved into a mansion, in preparation for the single and album launch. Whilst auditioning for the group, she kept it a secret that she had two children, David and Emily, who were then aged 5 and 3. She became particularly noticeable when she became angry and emotional when one judge, Nigel Lythgoe, advised her to lose weight. Cursing and crying, Marsh refused to be judged, but became popular with the public for her stance. The band only lasted fifteen months but had more than a little success and now her face was well known to the general public, she was a star in the making.