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Martin Clunes

Martin Clunes
Clunes on location for Doc Martin in 2007.
Born Alexander Martin Clunes
(1961-11-28) 28 November 1961
Wimbledon, London, England
Education Royal Russell School
The Arts Educational Schools
Occupation Actor, Television presenter, Director, Musician
Years active 1982–present
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)[1]
Spouse(s) Lucy Aston (1990–1997; divorced)
Philippa Braithwaite (m. 1997)
Children Emily Clunes (b. 1999)
Parent(s) Alec Clunes (deceased)
Daphne Acott
from the BBC programme Desert Island Discs, 18 September 2011.[2]

Alexander Martin Clunes, OBE (born 28 November 1961) is a British actor, best known for portraying Martin Ellingham in the ITV drama series Doc Martin and Gary Strang in Men Behaving Badly. Clunes has narrated a number of documentaries for ITV, the first of which was Islands of Britain in 2009. He has since presented a number of documentaries centred around animals.

Clunes was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2015 Birthday Honours for services to drama, charity and the community.


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
    • Film 2.1
    • Documentaries 2.2
  • Filmography 3
  • Personal life 4
    • Charity 4.1
  • Awards and honours 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Early life

Clunes was educated at the Royal Russell School in Croydon, London and later at the Arts Educational School. He is the son of classical actor Alec Clunes, who died of lung cancer when Clunes was eight years old. He has an older sister Amanda.[3] He is a cousin of the late actor Jeremy Brett.[4]


Clunes served his first role in rep at the

External links

  1. ^ This was revealed on an episode of 'The Jonathan Ross Show, dated 28 February 2015.
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  3. ^ Chips Off The Old Bloke; He made his name behaving badly – Page1 Sunday Herald – 15 December 2002
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  5. ^ a b Between The Sheets – No More Mr Nice Guy National Theatre
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  7. ^ Martin Clunes Playlist
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  9. ^ Martin Clunes - Drinking Songs on YouTube
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  14. ^ Chips Off The Old Bloke; He made his name behaving badly – Page3 Sunday Herald – 15 December 2002
  15. ^ Dirty Tricks (2000) (TV)
  16. ^ "Doc Martin" (2004) – Episode list
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  19. ^ "Horsepower With Martin Clunes" ITV web site, 22 August 2010
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  28. ^ A Mother's Son at the Internet Movie Database
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  32. ^ Chloe Scott-Moncrieff in conversation with… Martin Clunes.(Interview) Geographical, April 2005 by Scott-Moncrieff, Chloe
  33. ^ Celebrity interview: Martin Clunes – Page2
  34. ^ Around Dorset: Martin Clunes BBC Dorset – 11 October 2004
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  36. ^ Martin Clunes to be next BHS President BHS
  37. ^ Weldmar Hospicecare Trust web site
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  39. ^ Animal Care in Egypt web site
  40. ^ Terrence Higgins Trust – Gloves Off – Video – Stephen Fry and Martin Clunes – The Scale of Mimsy
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Awards and honours

A sponsor of numerous charities, Clunes made a short on-line film with Maasai on indigenous land rights issues. [41] Clunes is also a celebrity supporter of The Dog Rescue Federation.[42]


Clunes supports Weldmar Hospicecare Trust in Dorset.[37] The Buckham Fair is organised in support of the charity.[38] In January 2011, Clunes also became Patron of Animal Care in Egypt.[39] He enjoys the music of Frank Zappa, as stated on his episode of Desert Island Discs, wherein one of his selections was "Doreen" from Zappa's album You Are What You Is.

Clunes' first marriage was to actress Lucy Aston in 1990.[30] They divorced in 1997 and Clunes married future Doc Martin producer Philippa Braithwaite late that year.[31] In 1999, Braithwaite gave birth to their daughter Emily.[32][33] Clunes lives with his family in Beaminster, Dorset[34] where they run a farm with heavy horses.[35]He became President of the British Horse Society on 1 June 2011.[36]

Personal life

Year Title Role Awards
1990 The Russia House Brock
1992 Carry On Columbus Martin
1993 Dancing Queen Donald
1994 Staggered Neil
1998 The Acid House Rory
Shakespeare in Love Richard Burbage
The Revengers' Comedies Anthony Staxton-Billing
2000 Saving Grace Dr. Martin Bamford
2001 Global Heresy James Chancellor
2002 Goodbye, Mr. Chips Mr. Chipping
2014 Nativity 3: Dude, Where's My Donkey?[29] Jeremy Shepherd
Year Title Role Awards
1983 Doctor Who Lon Serial: Snakedance
1990-92 Harry Enfield's Television Programme Various characters
1991 Jeeves and Wooster Barmy Fotheringay Phipps
1992 Inspector Morse James Balcombe
1992–1998 Men Behaving Badly Gary Strang British Comedy Award for Top TV Comedy Actor (1995)

BAFTA Award for Best Comedy Performance (1996)

1994— Have I Got News for You Guest presenter/panellist
1997-2000 Kipper Kipper
2003–2005 William and Mary William Shawcross
2004— Doc Martin Dr. Martin Ellingham British Comedy Award for Best TV Comedy Actor (2004)
2007 The Man Who Lost His Head British Lawyer
2008 Martin Clunes: A Man and His Dogs Presenter
2009 Islands of Britain Presenter Three-part series
2009–2010 Reggie Perrin Reginald "Reggie" Perrin
2010 Martin Clunes: Horsepower Presenter Mini-series
2011 Martin Clunes: Man to Manta Presenter
2012 Martin Clunes: The Lemurs of Madagascar Presenter Mini-series
A Mother's Son Ben [28]
The Town Len Robson
2012 Room on the Broom Dog (voice)
2013 Strike Back: Shadow Warfare Sebastian Grey
Martin Clunes: Heavy Horsepower Presenter One-off episode
Secret Life of Dogs Narrator One-off episode
2014 Martin Clunes & A Lion Called Mugie Presenter One-off episode
Secret Life of Cats Narrator One-off episode
Secret Life of Babies Narrator One-off episode
Kids with Cameras: Diary of a Children's Ward Narrator Three-part series
Islands of Oz Presenter Mini-series
2015 Arthur & George Arthur Conan Doyle Three-part drama series
Carry on Forever Narrator Three-part series
Man & Beast with Martin Clunes Presenter Two-part series
Secret Life of Twins Narrator One-off episode


In May 2015, Clunes presented Man & Beast with Martin Clunes, a two-part factual series for ITV, which looked at the relationship between humans and animals.[27]

In April 2015, Clunes narrated Carry on Forever, a three part documentary series for ITV3. It was shown over the Easter weekend.[26]

On 3 December 2013, it was announced that Clunes will narrate a three-part documentary series called Islands of Oz, to be filmed in Australia in 2014, for Australia's Seven Network. Production company, Prospero Productions, explained that the series "follows acclaimed actor and comedian Martin Clunes as he explores the most diverse, intriguing, remote and spectacular islands that surround Australia".[25]

In August 2014, Clunes narrated ITV's three-part documentary series Kids with Cameras: Diary of a Children's Ward which saw Newcastle's children's ward through the eyes of its patients.[24]

On 4 April 2014, Clunes hosted a one-off ITV documentary called Martin Clunes & A Lion Called Mugie, following the work of conservationists in Kenya as well as tracking the progress of a lion called Mugie. The documentary was filmed over a period of three years.[23]

On 31 January 2013, Clunes narrated ITV documentary Secret Life of Dogs. Then, on 2 and 3 June 2014, he narrated two more follow-up documentaries, Secret Life of Cats and Secret Life of Babies.[22]

In June 2012, Clunes presented a documentary series on ITV about the lemurs of Madagascar called Martin Clunes: The Lemurs of Madagascar.

In January 2011, Clunes presented documentary Martin Clunes: Man to Manta.[21]

In 2010, Clunes presented ITV mini-series Horsepower about man's relationship over time with the horse. This was followed by Heavy Horsepower which aired in 2013.[19][20]

In 2008, Clunes presented Martin Clunes: A Man and his Dogs, which was aired on 24 August 2008.[18] In 2009, Clunes presented a three-part ITV series Islands of Britain, which saw him travelling around several of the country's lesser known islands.


In 2011, Clunes voiced the mischievous dog Dudley in the short film Me or the Dog, starring Edward Hogg and directed by Abner Pastoll. Clunes then starred in the 2014 film Nativity 3: Dude, Where's My Donkey?.

Clunes played Brock in the 1990 film The Russia House. He played Richard Burbage in the 1998 film Shakespeare in Love, and Anthony Staxton-Billing in The Revengers' Comedies the same year. In 2000, Clunes played the role of Dr. Martin Bamford in the film Saving Grace. The following year (2001), he played James Chancellor in Global Heresy.


Between 2009 and 2010, Clunes starred on Arthur & George.

Clunes appeared in a television dramatisation of Fungus the Bogeyman playing Jessica White's father.

Clunes is a regular voice over artist and is the voice of Kipper in the animated children's series Kipper the Dog. For six years (1993-1999) he also did voice acting for Safeway adverts; he provided the voice of Harry in Safeway's 'When Harry Met Molly' advertising campaign during said years.

In August 2007, Clunes starred in the ITV/TVNZ co-production The Man Who Lost His Head.[17]

Since 2004, Clunes has played the lead role of Doctor Martin Ellingham in the ITV comedy drama series Doc Martin.[16]

Clunes was one of the eponymous leads in the 2004 ITV comedy-drama William and Mary, with Julie Graham. Clunes had worked with Julie Graham previously on Dirty Tricks (2000).[15]

In 2002, Clunes played A Is for Acid, and took the lead in ITV's production of Goodbye Mr Chips.[14]

In 2001, he played Captain Stickles in the BBC adaptation of R. D. Blackmore's Lorna Doone.

Clunes has since appeared in films and television shows such as An Evening with Gary Lineker, Staggered (starred and directed), Hunting Venus, The Booze Cruise, Saving Grace and Jeeves and Wooster. In 1998, he was featured in Sweet Revenge and appeared as Richard Burbage in the Oscar-winning film Shakespeare in Love. Clunes has also acted frequently for the radio, including a guest appearance in the BBC Radio 4 series Baldi.

Since 1994, Clunes has frequently appeared on the BBC One panel show Have I Got News for You as a panelist or a guest presenter.[12][13]

While Clunes was appearing on stage at the Hampstead Theatre, Harry Enfield came to see him; the acquaintanceship developed into a friendship where Clunes played characters in Enfield's sketch shows (most notably one of the Rugby Players).[9] Enfield then recommended Clunes for the role of Gary in the sitcom Men Behaving Badly,[10] written for Enfield by Simon Nye, bringing Clunes his best-known role to date and for which he won a BAFTA television award for Best Comedy Performance in 1996.[11] He played the part of Group Captain Barker in the 2-part TV mini-series Over Here that same year. In 1993, he played Dick Dobson in Demob about a pair of demobilized soldiers who had to adjust to civilian life after entertaining World War II troops with a raunchy cabaret act.

He got his first regular television role as one of the sons in the BBC sitcom No Place Like Home,[7] and then starred in two series of the sitcom All at No 20.[8]


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