Peter Martin (actor)

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Peter Martin
Born1934 (age 87–88)
Years active1967–present

Peter Martin is an English actor (born 1934, in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire) best known for playing Joe Carroll in The Royle Family (1998—2012) and Len Reynolds in Emmerdale (2001—2007). As well as this, he has appeared in many other productions on both screen and stage.


He became known in the 1980s for his appearances in TV ads for the Jewson hardware chain. His acting works includes playing the fish shop man in First of the Summer Wine. He also played 'Charlie the moonlighting gravedigger' in the Beiderbecke Tapes. He was in The Royle Family as Joe Carroll,.[1] He also starred in the film Brassed Off, the television series All Creatures Great and Small, Chucklevision, Coronation Street, Playing the Field, Victoria Wood and Last of the Summer Wine.

In 2001, Martin began playing Len Reynolds in the ITV soap opera Emmerdale. In May 2007, it was announced that Martin's character Len would be killed off in Emmerdale Village's 500th anniversary episode, as Martin had accepted the role of Captain Mainwaring in a stage production of Dad's Army.[2] In 2018, Martin had a role in the comedy film Walk like a Panther.



Year Title Role Notes
1967 Pretty Polly Sailor
1979 The Brontë Sisters Minor role
1985 Wetherby Helpful Parent
1989 Ladder of Swords Policeman
1995 Funny Bones Skipper
1996 Brassed Off Ernie
2001 The Parole Officer Tom
2018 Walk Like a Panther Harry


  1. ^ Newcomb, Horace (2004). Encyclopedia of television. CRC Press. p. 1974. ISBN 9781579583941. Retrieved 7 September 2010.
  2. ^ Roberts, Brian (12 May 2007). "LEN'S A GONER". Daily Mirror. Trinity Mirror. Retrieved 11 March 2021.

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