Mark Olly was born in 1962 in Warrington, England and educated at Appleton Hall County Grammer School, Warrington College of Art & Design, the University of Liverpool Institute of Extention Studies Field Archaeology Unit, various business schools, and El-Shaddai College of Advanced Ministry UK Manchester where he obtained a Certificate of Ministry (Ct Min AP) and Diploma of Biblical Studies (Dip BS AP).
For over 22 years he worked as a professional musician, live DJ, compare, and in music management, founding Angelharp Music, Unicorn Entertainments Agency Ltd and Legendthink Ltd (one of the first ‘multi-media’ companies in the world) before moving on to pursue a solo career as a writer, archaeologist and television presenter. This career has so far taken him to all parts of the UK, France, Egypt, Norway, Italy, Bulgaria, Cyprus, South America, Turkey, North Africa, Malta and Gozo in search of the ancient and the mysterious.
His hobbies include collecting antiques and geological specimens, Dark Age, Celtic and Medieval costumed re-enactment, staging occasional exhibitions, public speaking and investigating ancient sites.
He has six major books in print, appeared on Carlton Television’s The History Detective, wrote and presented all three seasons (22 episodes) of ITV Granada’s award nominated Lost Treasures adventure archaeology series, has presented for Sky History Channel, writes, presents and directs DVDs for US media giant Reality Entertainments / Reality Films, wrote and directed four music videos for International US band Hayseed Dixie and three for Sacred Wind’s 2014/15 Christmas charity single, occasionally appears in movies and recently played sessions with bands Soul Path, Stone Cold Nero and Sacred Wind.
Mark is visiting lecturer at Wilmslow Guild and the University of Chester, and exam invigilator, occasionally heads up his own archaeological unit and runs his own DVD producation and props company.
Books and Publications include:
Celtic Warrington & Other Mysteries Book 1 (N-E) 1997, Celtic Warrington & Other Mysteries Book 2 (E-S) 1999, Celtic Warrington & Other Mysteries Book 3 (S-W) 2002 (Published by Churnet Valley Books, Leek. Signed for 3 more books including Book 4). Consultant on The Keys to Avalon (Lloyd & Blake / Element 2000) & Pendragon. The Origins of Arthur (Lloyd & Blake / Rider 2002). Featured in Living Edge Magazine and all local and regional newspapers / Community News (Cheshire County Newspapers writer 2000-2017) and various Internet sites. The Disappearing Ninth Legion (with John Aspin) 2011 (published by O-Books / John Hunt Publishing Ltd) and Revealing the Green Man 2016 (published by Moon Books / John Hunt Publishing Ltd)
Film and television appearances include:
Excavations at Hendre Farm Corwen (BBC/ITV/S4C News 1999), Divine Energies – Angels (Independent 2001), Granada News North West (Heritage Centre 2001), The History Detectives – Sir Gawain & The Green Knight (Carlton Television 2003), Hidden Treasures of Britain, Pilot Programme ‘Downing’ (Primary Team Member/Planet X 2004), Lost Treasures’ Series 1 (Writer/Presenter/Co-Director – 6 episodes ITV Granada/Planet X 2005/6 and The History Channel 2006/7), Roads to the Past – Church Street Warrington (Merseyside Internet Station 2006), Britain’s Lost Mega-Fortress’ (Presenter/Consultant – Sky: The History Channel/Planet X 2006/7/8/9/10/11), Lost Treasures’ Series 2 & Lost Treasures’ Series 3 (Writer/Presenter/Co-Director – 2 x 8 episodes ITV Granada/Planet X 2006/7 and 2007/8 & The History Channel 2006/7/8/9/10/11), Mark Olly’s Untold Tales 1 – Europes Roswell (Writer/Presenter/Director – DVD Release MythCo/Reality Films 2009), The Adventures of Warrington Market (6 x Adverts as a character – In The Loft TV/Channel M 2009), Warrington Market Car Show (Presenter – In The Loft TV/Internet 2009), Alien Abduction Probe (Writer/Director/Actor – Hayseed Dixie Song Video 2009/10), King Arthur’s Real Round Table Revealed (Interview – Planet X/Sky History Channel 2009/10/11), Market Musketeers’ Pilor Programme ‘Time’ (Presenter – In The Loft TV 2010/11), Blue Day – David Lynch Music Video (Charactor Actor – DNA Productions/Internet 2010/11), Warrington Medieval Market Advert (In The Loft TV/ITV Granada 2012), Molly Crows The Movie (Character Actor and supplied period costumes – Flashgun Films 2012/13), Warrington Medieval Market Advert (In The Loft TV/ITV Granada 2013), Sacred Wind ‘Windy Xmas’ 3 x Music Videos (Drummer – Lomax Pictures/MythCo 2013), Warrington Medieval Market Advert (In The Loft TV/ITV Granada 2014), The Life & Times of the Real Robyn Hoode (Lomax Productions/MythCo 2013/14/15), Peruvian Alien Mummies Documentary (Interview – Steve Mera/Zohar Entertainment Group 2017)