Martin Clunes

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Martin Clunes
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Clunes on location for Doc Martin in 2007.
Born Alexander Martin Clunes
(1961-11-28) November 28, 1961 (age 52)
Wimbledon, Surrey, England
Education Royal Russell School
The Arts Educational Schools
Occupation Actor, broadcaster, film director, musician, television personality
Years active 1982–present
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 12 in)
Spouse(s) Lucy Aston (1990–1997; divorced)
Philippa Braithwaite (m. 1997)
Children Emily Clunes (born 1999)
Parents Alec Clunes (deceased)
Daphne Acott
from the BBC programme Desert Island Discs, 18 September 2011.[1]

Alexander Martin Clunes (born 28 November 1961) is an English actor known for portraying Martin Ellingham in the hit ITV comedy drama series Doc Martin and Gary Strang in Men Behaving Badly. 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.

Early life[edit]

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.[2] His mother Daphne, later a board member of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, once worked for Orson Welles.[3] Clunes was educated at two independent secondary schools, the Royal Russell School in Croydon and the Arts Educational Schools, in Chiswick, London.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

Clunes served his first role in rep at the Mercury Theatre, Colchester,[4] and his first television appearance came in the 1980s Doctor Who story Snakedance.[4] 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.[5] 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,[6] and then starred in two series of the sitcom All at No 20.[7]

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).[8] Enfield then recommended Clunes for the role of Gary in the sitcom Men Behaving Badly,[citation needed] 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.[citation needed] 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.

Since 1994, Clunes has frequently appeared on the hit BBC One panel show Have I Got News for You as a panelist or a guest presenter.[9][10]

He has since appeared in films and television shows such as An Evening with Gary Lineker,[citation needed] Staggered (starred and directed),[citation needed] 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.

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

In 2002, he played serial killer John George Haigh in a Yorkshire TV production A Is for Acid, and took the lead in ITV's production of Goodbye Mr Chips.[11]

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).[12]

He plays the leading role of Doctor Martin Ellingham in the ITV comedy drama series Doc Martin, a role in which he has starred since 2004.[13]

In August 2007 he starred in ITV's The Man Who Lost His Head.[14]

Clunes is a regular voice over artist and is the voice of Kipper in the animated children's series Kipper the Dog.

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

Between 2009 and 2010, Clunes starred on BBC One television in the title role of Reggie Perrin, a re-make of classic 1970s British situation comedy The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin.

Film[edit]

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.

Documentaries[edit]

In 2008, Martin presented Martin Clunes: A Man and his Dogs, which was aired on 24 August 2008.[15] 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 2010, he presented ITV mini-series Horsepower about man's relationship over time with the horse. This was followed by Heavy Horsepower which aired in 2013.[16][17]

In January 2011, Martin presented documentary Martin Clunes: Man to Manta.[18]

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

On 31 January 2013, he narrated ITV documentary Secret Life of Dogs. Then, on 2 and 3 June 2014, Martin narrated two more follow-up documentaries, Secret Life of (2013 TV programme)|Secret Life of Cats]] and Secret Life of Babies.[19]

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.[20]

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".[21]

Filmography[edit]

Television
Year Title Role Awards
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)

1994— Have I Got News For You Panellist/Guest presenter
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 [22]
The Town Len Robson
2013 Strike Back: Shadow Warfare Sebastian Grey
2014 Arthur & George Arthur Conan Doyle
TV documentaries
Year Title Role Notes
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
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
Islands of Oz Presenter Mini-series
Film
Year Title Role Awards
1990 The Russia House Brock
1998 The Acid House Rory
1998 Shakespeare in Love Richard Burbage
2000 Saving Grace Dr. Martin Bamford
2001 Global Heresy James Chancellor
2014 ' Nativity 3: Dude Where's My Donkey?[23]

Personal life[edit]

Clunes' first marriage was to the actress Lucy Aston in 1990. [24] They divorced in 1997 and Clunes married future Doc Martin television producer Philippa Braithwaite that same year.[25] In 1999, Braithwaite gave birth to their daughter, Emily.[26][27] Clunes lives with his family in Beaminster, Dorset.[28] In 2010, Clunes was named president of the Royal International Horse Show.[citation needed] He was also named President of the British Horse Society from 1 June 2011.[29]

Clunes supports Weldmar Hospicecare Trust in Dorset.[30] In January 2011, Clunes also became Patron of Animal Care in Egypt.[31][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.

Charity[edit]

A sponsor of numerous charities, he has made a short online film with Stephen Fry about HIV discrimination for the Terrence Higgins Trust.[32] 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] [33] He is also a celebrity supporter of The Dog Rescue Federation.[34]

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Martin Clunes". Desert Island Discs. 18 September 2011. BBC Radio 4. http://bbc.co.uk/programmes/b014m6rc. Retrieved 18 January 2014.
  2. ^ Chips Off The Old Bloke; He made his name behaving badly – Page1 Sunday Herald – 15 December 2002
  3. ^ Weathers, Helen (14 April 1997). "Exclusive: My cocaine and booze marriage to a man behaving very badly". The Mirror. Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Between The Sheets – No More Mr Nice Guy National Theatre
  5. ^ "DVD247 - The World". dvd247.tripod.com. 2013. Retrieved 6 June 2013. 
  6. ^ Martin Clunes Playlist itv.com
  7. ^ TV.com – All at No 20 cast list
  8. ^ Martin Clunes - Drinking Songs on YouTube
  9. ^ [1]
  10. ^ [2]
  11. ^ Chips Off The Old Bloke; He made his name behaving badly – Page3 Sunday Herald – 15 December 2002
  12. ^ Dirty Tricks (2000) (TV)
  13. ^ "Doc Martin" (2004) – Episode list
  14. ^ "A close encounter with Martin Clunes". The Sunday Star-Times. 28 August 2007. Retrieved 20 October 2011. 
  15. ^ [3]
  16. ^ "Horsepower With Martin Clunes" ITV web site, 22 August 2010
  17. ^ Martin Clunes' admits work worries - News, Entertainment - Belfasttelegraph.co.uk
  18. ^ [4]
  19. ^ [5]
  20. ^ [6]
  21. ^ Knox, David (3 December 2013). http://www.example.org/ "Martin Clunes to front Seven doco series". TV Tonight. David Knox. Retrieved 3 December 2013. 
  22. ^ A Mother's Son at the Internet Movie Database
  23. ^ [7]
  24. ^ England & Wales, Marriage Index, 1916-2005: Marriage of Clunes to Aston 1990 - Ancestry.co.uk
  25. ^ "Telly talk: Clunes enjoys affairs of the heart". Manchester Evening News. 16 February 2007. 
  26. ^ Chloe Scott-Moncrieff in conversation with… Martin Clunes.(Interview) Geographical, April, 2005 by Scott-Moncrieff, Chloe
  27. ^ Celebrity interview: Martin Clunes – Page2 SouthwestTrains.com
  28. ^ Around Dorset: Martin Clunes BBC Dorset – 11 October 2004
  29. ^ Martin Clunes to be next BHS President BHS
  30. ^ Weldmar Hospicecare Trust web site
  31. ^ Animal Care in Egypt web site
  32. ^ Terrence Higgins Trust – Gloves Off – Video – Stephen Fry and Martin Clunes – The Scale of Mimsy
  33. ^ "Celeb appeal". developments magazine. Retrieved 2007-07-18. 
  34. ^ [8]

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