Jessica Martin

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Jessica Martin (born 25 August 1962 in Fulham, London) is a British actress, singer and impressionist whose career has diversified to include comic writing and illustrating. She graduated with a B.A Honours degree in English and Drama from Westfield College, London University and Central School of Speech and Drama. Soon after graduating she became an impressionist on the Fringe circuit, performing alongside Rory Bremner and Harry Enfield. She was given a regular slot on "Spitting Image" and became the only female member of London Weekend's impressionist show "Copycats". Fellow team members included Bobby Davro with whom she partnered for three series of his weekly show "Bobby Davro's TV Weekly". Jessica and Gary Wilmot ( another "Copycat") went on to find musical theatre stardom in the West End hit show "Me and My Girl". They performed for two years at the Adelphi Theatre and did a highly successful national tour. Jessica went on to play many leading musical roles including Mabel in the 1996 production of "Mack and Mabel" st the Piccadilly Theatre, Nellie Forbush ,"South Pacific" Churchill Theatre and national tour, Mrs Lovett "Sweeney Todd" Bridewell Theatre and Norma Desmond "Sunset Boulevard" Comedy Theatre. Jessica also guest starred in "Doctor Who" starring Sylvester McCoy as the Doctor. She played Mags in "The Greatest Show in the Galaxy". The episodes were released on DVD in 2012. She also provided the voice of the Queen in the "Voyage of the Damned" with David Tennant as the Doctor in the 2007 Christmas special. She has made numerous radio appearances including a specially written one off special for Radio 2 "Cybill Liberty" written by Mark Brisenden featuring a 1940's female radio detective Cybill Liberty and all star cast including Judy Garland and Carmen Miranda all played by Jessica.

She has maintained an extensive career as a voice over artiste, performing in animations and commercials. She has also recorded several audio books including "Mary Wollstonecraft's "Vindication of the Rights of Men".

Martin provides voice acting for the English-language version of the PlayStation 2 game Dragon Quest VIII, most notably as Empyrea.

In 2004 Jessica recorded a song for the CD Weird & Wonderful - A Collection Of Songs by Alexander S. Bermange celebrating weirdos and weirdness, featuring sixteen West End stars (released on Dress Circle Records). In 2008, she joined author and columnist Mark Steyn to release a cover of It's a Marshmallow World, a holiday song first popularized by Bing Crosby.[1]

She played the Lady of the Lake in the national tour of "Spamalot" in 2011, Lottie Ames in the award winning production of "Mack and Mabel" Southwark Playhouse and Lottie Lacey in the revival of William Inge's "Dark at the Top of the Stairs" Belgrade Theatre Coventry 2012.

In the last two years Jessica has successfully transitioned into the comic book industry. She has merged her passion for film history with narrative art. Her first published work was a story illustrated by her 'mentor' Mark Buckingham, leading artist on Vertigo's "Fables" series which was included in the Thought Bubble Anthology 2013. Her first comic "It Girl" about silent film superstar Clara Bow was self published in November 2013 and has been an ongoing success. It has sold out several times over in London comic shops Orbital and Gosh as well as Foyles and BFI bookstores. It was selected as one of the "Ten Must Own Comics 2013" by Broken Frontier's Small Press website. It is available on the comics website Comixology in digital format. Her first graphic novel "Elsie Harris Picture Palace" set in the 1930's British film industry was shortlisted in the Myriad First Graphic Novel Prize 2014. The ceremony took place at the British Library in May 2014 as part of the "Comics Unmasked" exhibition season. It will be published in Spring 2015.

Jessica Martin is a patron of the Music Hall Guild of Great Britain and America and performed at the 50th anniversary Memorial Service for Lupino Lane at St Paul's, Covent Garden.

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Television[edit]

Games[edit]

Film[edit]

  • Shalom dir. Martin Kerem 2005
  • The Garden dir. Derek Jarman 1990

Cabaret & one-woman show[edit]

Radio roles[edit]

Theatre roles[edit]

Lost musicals[edit]

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