Martha Ross

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Martha Ross
Born(1939-03-24)24 March 1939
Died14 January 2019(2019-01-14) (aged 79)
ResidenceHitchin, Hertfordshire, England, UK
OccupationActress and radio presenter
ChildrenPaul Ross
Simon Ross
Jonathan Ross
Miles Ross
Adam Ross
Liza Ross

Martha Ross (24 March 1939 - 14 January 2019)[1] was a British actress and radio presenter.


Ross was the mother of television presenters Jonathan and Paul Ross. She also had three other sons named Simon Ross, Miles and Adam, and a daughter named Liza, who works in the media.[2][3] She was married to actor Tony Phillips since 1992.[4]


Ross worked as an extra in EastEnders from its inception[5] until November 2006, when her contract was terminated because she told her son Paul an EastEnders Christmas storyline, which he leaked on his LBC radio show.[6]

She also appeared in Grange Hill, The Sean Hughes Show, Space Virgins and Barrymore, and hosted a current affairs show on Liberty Radio.[5] Ross wrote a weekly agony aunt column for Real People magazine. She appeared in many theatre roles, including The Last Game, Atlantis, The Firm's Big Night Out and Stained Glass.[5]


  1. ^ "Martha Ross-Phillips obituary". The Comet (UK). 24 January 2019 – via
  2. ^ "The magic ingredient of Channel X". The Independent. 31 October 1990.
  3. ^ Ross, Paul (20 May 2012). "What it feels grow up five to a room". The Sunday Times.
  4. ^ "Tony takes a look at the end of an era". The Comet. Retrieved 2019-01-31.
  5. ^ a b c "Is Jonathan Ross's mum in the show?". BBC. Archived from the original on 30 September 2005. Retrieved 14 January 2010.
  6. ^ Green, Kris (18 November 2006). "Jonathan Ross's mum fired after 'Enders leak". Digital Spy. Retrieved 14 January 2010.