Clunes on location for Doc Martin in 2007.
|Born||Alexander Martin Clunes
November 28, 1961
Wimbledon, London, England, UK
|Education||Royal Russell School
The Arts Educational Schools
|Occupation||Actor, broadcaster, film director, musician, television personality|
|Height||1.89 m (6 ft 2 1⁄2 in)|
|Spouse(s)||Lucy Aston (1990–1997; divorced)
Philippa Braithwaite (m. 1997)
|Children||Emily Clunes (born 1999)|
Martin 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 about animals, such as Horsepower, and its follow-up Heavy Horsepower. In 2013, he narrated The Secret Life of Dogs on ITV.
Clunes is the son of the classical actor Alec Clunes, who died of lung cancer when Clunes was eight years old. He has an older sister, Amanda. His mother Daphne, later a board member of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, once worked for Orson Welles. Clunes was educated at two independent secondary schools, the Royal Russell School in Croydon and the Arts Educational Schools, in Chiswick, London.
Clunes served his first role in rep at the Mercury Theatre, Colchester, and his first television appearance came in the 1980s Doctor Who story Snakedance. But a sporadic career led to his supplementing his income as a photo model for Gilbert and George, and he can be seen in their 1983 work World. The highlight of his career was the appearance of his name in a popular song named 'Martin Clunes' as performed by Matt Lucas and David Walliams. He got his first regular television role as one of the sons in the BBC sitcom No Place Like Home, and then starred in two series of the sitcom All at No 20.
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). Enfield then recommended Clunes for the role of Gary in the sitcom Men Behaving Badly, written for Enfield by Simon Nye, bringing Clunes his best-known role to date and for which he won a BAFTA television award in 1996. 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 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.
Clunes was one of the eponymous leads in the 2004 ITV romantic comedy-drama William and Mary, which ran for three series, with Julie Graham. Clunes had worked with Julie Graham previously on Dirty Tricks (2000).
Clunes appeared in a television dramatisation of Fungus the Bogeyman playing Jessica White's father.
Martin played Brock in the 1990 film The Russia House. He played Richard Burbage in the 1998 film Shakespeare in Love. 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.
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 is also set to star in the 2014 film Nativity 3: Dude Where's My Donkey?, which is currently in the post-production stage.
In 2008, Martin presented Martin Clunes: A Man and his Dogs, which was aired on 24 August 2008. 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 January 2011, Martin presented documentary Martin Clunes: Man to Manta.
In 2013, he narrated ITV documentary The Secret Life of Dogs.
Filmed over three years and aired 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 and tracking the progress of a Lion called Mugie.
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 the Australia's Seven Network television 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".
- Television acting
|1983||Doctor Who||Lon||Serial: Snakedance|
|1992-1998||Men Behaving Badly||Gary Strang||British Comedy Award for Top TV Comedy Actor (1995)
BAFTA Award for Best Comedy Performance (1996)
|2003-2005||William and Mary||William Shawcross|
|2004—||Doc Martin||Dr. Martin Ellingham||British Comedy Award for Best TV Comedy Actor (2004)|
|2009-2010||Reggie Perrin||Reginald "Reggie" Perrin|
|2012||A Mother's Son||Ben |
|The Town||Len Robson|
|2013||Strike Back: Shadow Warfare||Sebastian Grey|
- Television documentaries
|2008||Martin Clunes: A Man and His Dogs||Presenter|
|2009||Islands of Britain||Presenter||Three-part series|
|2010||Martin Clunes: Horsepower||Presenter||Mini-series|
|2011||Martin Clunes: Man to Manta||Presenter|
|2012||Martin Clunes: The Lemurs of Madagascar||Presenter||Mini-series|
|2013||Martin Clunes: Heavy Horsepower||Presenter||One-off episode|
|The Secret Life of Dogs||Narrator||One-off episode|
|2014||Martin Clunes & A Lion Called Mugie||Presenter||One-off episode|
|Islands of Oz||Presenter||Mini-series|
|1990||The Russia House||Brock|
|1998||Shakespeare in Love||Richard Burbage|
|2000||Saving Grace||Dr. Martin Bamford|
|2001||Global Heresy||James Chancellor|
|2014 (post production)||Nativity 3: Dude Where's My Donkey?||Currently Unknown|
Clunes' first marriage was to the actress Lucy Aston in 1990.  They divorced in 1997 and Clunes married future Doc Martin television producer Philippa Braithwaite that same year. In 1999, Braithwaite gave birth to their daughter, Emily. Clunes lives with his family in Beaminster, Dorset. In 2010, Clunes was named president of the Royal International Horse Show. He was also named President of the British Horse Society from 1 June 2011.
Clunes supports Weldmar Hospicecare Trust in Dorset. In January 2011, Clunes also became Patron of Animal Care in Egypt.[clarification needed] He also enjoys the music of Frank Zappa as he said in his episode of Desert Island Discs, in which one of his selections was "Doreen" from Zappa's album You Are What You Is.
A sponsor of numerous charities, he has made a short online film with Stephen Fry about HIV discrimination for the Terrence Higgins Trust. He is also a patron of the Born Free Foundation and has filmed several adverts for the wildlife charity. He has been involved in the Comic Relief charity which funds Survival International and African Initiatives, two organisations working with the Maasai on indigenous land rights issues.[dead link]  He is also a celebrity supporter of The Dog Rescue Federation.
- 1995 – British Comedy Awards, Top TV Comedy Actor : Men Behaving Badly – Gary Strang
- 1996 – BAFTA Awards, Best Comedy Performance : Men Behaving Badly – Gary Strang
- 1999 – Screen Actors Guild Awards, Outstanding Performance by a Cast : Shakespeare in Love – Richard Burbage
- 2007 – Honorary Doctorate from Bournemouth University
- "Martin Clunes". Desert Island Discs. 18 September 2011. BBC Radio 4. http://bbc.co.uk/programmes/b014m6rc. Retrieved 18 January 2014.
- Chips Off The Old Bloke; He made his name behaving badly – Page1 Sunday Herald – 15 December 2002
- Weathers, Helen (14 April 1997). "Exclusive: My cocaine and booze marriage to a man behaving very badly". The Mirror. Retrieved 22 April 2013.
- Between The Sheets – No More Mr Nice Guy National Theatre
- "DVD247 - The World". dvd247.tripod.com. 2013. Retrieved 6 June 2013.
- Martin Clunes Playlist itv.com
- TV.com – All at No 20 cast list
- Martin Clunes - Drinking Songs on YouTube
- Chips Off The Old Bloke; He made his name behaving badly – Page3 Sunday Herald – 15 December 2002
- Dirty Tricks (2000) (TV)
- "Doc Martin" (2004) – Episode list
- "A close encounter with Martin Clunes". The Sunday Star-Times. 28 August 2007. Retrieved 20 October 2011.
- "Horsepower With Martin Clunes" ITV web site, 22 August 2010
- Martin Clunes' admits work worries - News, Entertainment - Belfasttelegraph.co.uk
- Knox, David (3 December 2013). http://www.example.org/ "Martin Clunes to front Seven doco series". TV Tonight. David Knox. Retrieved 3 December 2013.
- A Mother's Son at the Internet Movie Database
- England & Wales, Marriage Index, 1916-2005: Marriage of Clunes to Aston 1990 - Ancestry.co.uk
- "Telly talk: Clunes enjoys affairs of the heart". Manchester Evening News. 16 February 2007.
- Chloe Scott-Moncrieff in conversation with… Martin Clunes.(Interview) Geographical, April, 2005 by Scott-Moncrieff, Chloe
- Celebrity interview: Martin Clunes – Page2 SouthwestTrains.com
- Around Dorset: Martin Clunes BBC Dorset – 11 October 2004
- Martin Clunes to be next BHS President BHS
- Weldmar Hospicecare Trust web site
- Animal Care in Egypt web site
- Terrence Higgins Trust – Gloves Off – Video – Stephen Fry and Martin Clunes – The Scale of Mimsy
- "Celeb appeal". developments magazine. Retrieved 2007-07-18.