Mark Olly was born in 1962 in Warrington, England, and educated at Appleton Hall County Grammar School, Warrington College Of Art & Design, the University Of Liverpool Institute Of Extension Studies field archaeology unit, various business schools, and El-Shaddai College Of Advanced Ministry U.K. 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, and North Africa 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 several books in print, appeared on Carlton Television's 'The History Detectives', wrote and presented all three seasons of ITV Granada's award nominated 'Lost Treasures' adventure archaeology series, is a regular presenter on Sky History Channel, writes, presents and directs DVD's 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.
He is lecturer in archaeology at West Cheshire College Chester, visiting lecturer at Wilsmlow Guild and the University Of Chester, an exam invigilator, occasionally heads up his own archaeological unit, and runs his own DVD production and props company 'Mythco'.
Books & 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, Staffordshire. 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 2000-2005) and various Internet sites. The Disappearing Ninth Legion (With John Aspin) 2011 (Published by O-Books / John Hunt Publishing Ltd.). The Life & Times Of The Real Robyn Hood 2015 (Published by Cronos 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 & 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 & 2007/8 & The History Channel 2006/7/8/9/10/11), Mark Olly's Untold Tales 1 – 'Europe's 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' Pilot Programme 'Time' (Presenter – In The Loft TV 2010/11), 'Blue Day' David Lynch Music Video (Character Actor – DNA Productions/Internet 2010/11). Warrington Medieval Market Advert (In The Loft TV/ITV Granada 1st Wk Sept 2012). 'Molly Crows' The Movie (Character Actor & Supplied Period Costumes – Flashgun Films Oct 2012/Jan 2013), Warrington Medieval Market Advert (In The Loft TV/ITV Granada 1st Wk Sept 2013), Sacred Wind 'Windy Xmas' 3 X Music Videos (Drummer – Lomax Pictures/MythCo 2013), Warrington Medieval Market Advert (In The Loft TV/ITV Granada 1st Wk Sept 2014), The Life & Times Of The Real Robyn Hood (Lomax Productions/ MythCo 2013/14/15).