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Sean Martin Michael Maguire (born 18 April 1976 in Ilford, Essex) is an English actor and singer, who rose to fame in 1988 when at the age of eleven he took on the role of "Tegs" Ratcliffe on the BBC children's drama Grange Hill, in which he remained until 1992. For a short time after leaving Grange Hill, he played Aidan Brosnan in EastEnders.
He has appeared in several feature films and had moderate success as a singer. He is known in the US for his roles as Donovan Brink on the UPN sitcom Eve, and as Kyle Lendo in the CBS sitcom The Class. Sean recently appeared in the 2nd series of Scott & Bailey as P.C. Sean McCartney.
Maguire's family were prominent in the London Irish community in the late 1970s as Irish dancers and the whole family performed regularly at events and in competitions. Sean Maguire danced traditional Irish dances alongside his family.
His first role was at the age of five, opposite Laurence Olivier in A Voyage Round My Father. At age seven, he played one of the many children in the "Every Sperm is Sacred" musical number in the 1983 film Monty Python's The Meaning of Life. In 1993, he joined the cast of the British soap opera EastEnders playing Aidan Brosnan, a young Irish footballer playing for fictional side Walford F.C. In 1994, Sean left the show to take a starring role in the BBC drama series Dangerfield, playing Marty Dangerfield. He has also appeared in Holby City and Sunburn. In 1995, Sean was voted "3rd person you'd most like to see get messy" by CBBC viewers and famously received a custard pie in his face from presenter Chris Jarvis dressed as "The Anorak."
Like many soap actors, Maguire then pursued a career in music, releasing three albums: his self-titled debut album in 1994, Spirit in 1996, and Greatest Hits in 1998. Sean's biggest hit was Good Day, which reached number 12 in May 1996. During this time, Maguire appeared on the Childliners record The Gift Of Christmas alongside acts such as the Backstreet Boys, Boyzone, E.Y.C., MN8, Deuce, Ultimate Kaos, Let Loose, East 17, Peter Andre, Michelle Gayle, Dannii Minogue and many more. Maguire announced his retirement from the music industry during his final performance at Maesteg Town Hall. Not content with acting on TV, Sean has recently branched out into films. In the early 1990s, he appeared in Waterland alongside Ethan Hawke and Jeremy Irons, and has also allegedly been credited as having a part in A Kiss Before Dying, but his part may have ended up on the cutting room floor as he did not appear to be in this film after all.
In 2001, Maguire played the title role in the TV-film Prince Charming, alongside Bernadette Peters, Christina Applegate and Billy Connolly - with Martin Short as his assistant, Rodney. In 2005, he also made The Third Wish - which co-starred actors Jenna Mattison, Armand Assante, Betty White and James Avery. He also appeared as "Euan" in the defunct WB Network sitcom Off Centre (which also co-starred actors Eddie Kaye Thomas from the American Pie films and Jason George from also defunct US soap Sunset Beach).
Maguire played one of the main characters, Donovan Brink, on the television series Eve. He was starring in the CBS sitcom The Class, playing gay character Kyle Lendo, but the show was cancelled in May 2007. He completed filming in 2006-07 for a US comedy film LA Blues. He played a character called Jack Davis.
His film Meet the Spartans went to No. 1 in the US box office chart in 2008, although the film was panned by critics, and was voted 2nd worst film of 2008 by The Times newspaper, and he starred in Mr Eleven on ITV1 in autumn 2008. Maguire also signed on to a guest spot in Cupid for ABC, portraying an Irish musician.
Maguire played the lead role in Kröd Mändoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire, a comedy fantasy series in which he plays a "sensitive, but clueless freedom fighter". The show premiered in the US on Comedy Central on 9 April 2009, in Canada on Citytv on 8 June, and in the UK on BBC Two on 11 June.