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Full name Martin Christopher Bayfield
Date of birth
21 December 1966
Place of birth
2.08 m (6 ft 10 in)
106 kg (234 lb)
Rugby union career
Professional / senior clubs
Club / team
Club / team
Martin Christopher Bayfield (born 21 December 1966) is an English former rugby union footballer who played lock forward for Northampton Saints, Bedford Blues and England, gaining 31 England and 3 Lions caps.
Early life and career [ edit ]
Bayfield was born in
Bedford and was educated at Bedford School. He served in the Metropolitan Police from 1985 to 1989, when he transferred to Bedfordshire Police. The 208 cm (6 ft 10in) tall Bayfield made his England debut in 1991, and although he was omitted from the 1991 World Cup squad, was a part of the 1992 Five Nations Grand Slam winning side. He went on the 1993 British Lions tour to New Zealand and was part of the 1995 World Cup squad. He would play 18 times partnering Martin Johnson. His final appearance for England came in the 1996 Five Nations match against Wales.
His last game was against
Gloucester in February 1998; a neck injury sustained in training a few days later forced him to retire.
Television career [ edit ]
Since retirement, Bayfield has worked as a journalist, an
after-dinner speaker and has since appeared in all of the Harry Potter films playing the half-giant Hagrid, as Robbie Coltrane's body and stunt double. He also appeared in , as a young Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Rubeus Hagrid. Continuing the acting theme, he also played a cyclops in Jonathan Liebesman's Wrath of the Titans,the sequel to 2010 movie Clash of the Titans. Bayfield also played Rugby Player 2 in an episode of New Tricks on BBC1 (first shown on 1 September 2008)
In his broadcasting career he has presented the
NFL and coverage on UK Channel World's Strongest Man Five and worked as a rugby correspondent on BBC Radio 5 Live. He has also been involved as a presenter in ITV's coverage of the 2007 and 2011 Rugby World Cups as well as presenting ITV's Guinness Premiership highlights. Since March 2012 he now also co-presents Crimewatch BBC.
In 2013 BT Sport acquired the exclusive rights to the Aviva Premiership. Bayfield, along with his ITV Co presenter Craig Doyle, moved to the new channel and he now works as a presenter, pundit and pitchside reporter.
Personal life [ edit ]
He is actively involved with charity, and is an Honorary President of the
Wooden Spoon Society, the rugby charity that supports disadvantaged children and young people. He has three daughters.
In August 2014, Bayfield was one of 200 public figures who were signatories to a letter to
opposing The Guardian Scottish independence in the run-up to September's referendum on that issue. [2 ]
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