Tristan Sturrock

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Tristan Sturrock
Born1967 (age 52–53)
Years active1986 –present (theatre)
1996–present (film & television)
Notable work
Kneehigh Theatre
Poldark (2015–)
Spouse(s)Katy Carmichael (m. 2005)
Website[ Theatre Damfino

Tristan Sturrock (born 1967) is a British theatre, television and film actor. He has worked with internationally renowned theatre company Kneehigh for 30 years. He played the role of Zacky Martin in Poldark in all five seasons, which aired from 2015 to 2019 in the UK. He has performed in many critically acclaimed productions including Brief Encounter[1] on Broadway and Mayday, Mayday,[2] an autobiographical solo project which he wrote and performed internationally.

Early life and career[edit]

Tristan Sturrock was born in 1967 and raised Upton Cross, Cornwall.[1]

Sturrock's career commenced in theatre in 1986 when he joined the international touring theatre group, Truro-based Kneehigh Theatre. Throughout his stage career, he has played leading roles on Broadway, the West End and the National Theatre. He starred as Dr. Alec Harvey in Brief Encounter which is perhaps one of his most notable performance.[1][3] Sturrock has played leading roles in many productions including Peter Carter in A Matter of Life and Death, at the National Theatre (Olivier), The Riot (National). He played Tristan in the first cast of Emma Rice's acclaimed Tristan and Yseult, (National Theatre Cottesloe) which toured to Sydney and New Zealand and the USA. He played the title role in The King of Prussia (Donmar Warehouse) and in 2015 played Maxim De Winter in Rebecca also directed by Emma Rice.

Other Kneehigh work includes Tregeagle, Ship of Fools, Peer Gynt, The Ashmaid, Danger My Ally, Windfall and Don John. Other notable theatre work includes roles at the Royal Shakespeare Company including The Spanish Tragedy and The Mysteries. He played Orlando in As You Like It at The Royal Exchange Theatre directed by Marianne Elliot.

Sturrock first appeared on television in 1996 when he had a guest role on the British detective series Wycliffe. Following this, he made appearances on Liverpool 1, The New Adventures of Robin Hood, The Bill, Rescue Me, Holby City and The Royal. In 2002, Sturrock was cast in the role of Officer Colin Hedges on the ITV prison drama series Bad Girls (Seasons 5, 6 and 7). In 2000 he was cast as Harvey Sloggit in the feature film Saving Grace. He also played Harvey, Martin Clunes' sidekick in the spin-off movies for Sky Doc Martin and Doc Martin and the Legend of the Cloutie (2003), which were prequels to the TV series. He returned to Doc Martin to play Danny Steel, Louisa Glasson’s ex in 2005. The character returned in 2015. Roles followed in Garrow's Law, The Borgias, the television film The Best of Men and The Queen (Channel 4) where he played Peter Townsend. He played Doctor Bernard Gould in Endeavour (2016) and John Wheeler Bennet in The Crown (2017). In 2014 he was cast as Cornish miner and series regular Zacky Martin in Poldark[1].

Sturrock is an associate artist at Bristol Old Vic Theatre where he played Long John Silver in Sally Cookson's Treasure Island and in her critically acclaimed Peter in Peter Pan (Christmas 2012) He played Pongo in 101 Dalmations (Tobacco Factory). He also played the Friar in Tom Morris's Juliet and her Romeo.

Sturrock is the co-artistic director of Bristol-based company Theatre Damfino with his partner Katy Carmichael. His autobiographical solo piece Mayday Mayday which he wrote and performed; was based on the true events of an accident in which he broke his neck and the months it took him to recover (raising awareness for the spinal injury charity, Aspire). The first showing premiered in Edinburgh (2012) where it won the International Fringe Review Award and was selected by artistic director Susan Feldman to play at St Ann's Warehouse[4], New York (2013). It went on to play at the Spoleto International Theatre Festival, South Carolina. Mayday Mayday was also adapted as an afternoon play for BBC Radio 4 by Becky Ripley[2][5] and was broadcast on 1 May 2015. The Radio play won the International Third Coast award (USA) was nominated for two BBC Drama awards 2016 - best sound design and a finalist for best drama production. Other Damfino work includes The Table Of Delights (Bristol Old Vic) winner of an Off West End award 2016 in best production for families category[6]. (Print Room Theatre London).

Personal life[edit]

Sturrock is married to actress and director Katy Carmichael, with whom he has three children; a son (born 2004) and two daughters (born 2006 and 2010).[1]

In May 2004, Sturrock broke his neck after falling from a wall during the 'Obby 'Oss festival in Padstow, Cornwall. He was airlifted to the Derriford Hospital in Plymouth. He underwent an operation three weeks following the accident and took him several weeks to learn how to walk again. After a three-month duration in hospital, Sturrock was discharged to his parents' home in Bodmin Moor and attended physiotherapy sessions as an outpatient and twelve months later, he made a remarkable improvement, however, nerve damage left him with permanent numbness in his fingers, arms, shoulders, and feet.[2][5]


Year Title Role Notes
1996 Wycliffe Paul Mawnan Series 3, Episode 4 - "Total Loss"
1998 Liverpool 1 Will Timmer Series 1 - 5 episodes
1998 The New Adventures of Robin Hood Assassin Season 3, Episode 10 - "The Assassin"
2000 Saving Grace Harvey Feature film
2001 Doc Martin Harvey Television film prequel to Saving Grace
2001 The Bill Jamie Ross Series 17 - 5 episodes
2002 Rescue Me Rev. Simon McDonald Series 1, Episode 3
2002 Holby City John Baxter Series 4, Episode 45 - "New Hearts, Old Scores"
2002 Menace Peter Jackson Miniseries
2002 The Project Sean Sealey Two-part television film
2003 Doc Martin and the Legend of the Cloutie Harvey Television film prequel to Saving Grace
2003 The Royal Charles Dodds Series 2, Episode 1 -"All at Sea"
2003–05 Bad Girls Colin Hedges Series 5–7 - 32 episodes
2007 The Bill David Pritchard Series 23, Episodes 27 - "Pride Before a Fall"
2009 Garrow's Law Thomas Rawlings Series 1 - 2 episodes
2009 The Queen Peter Townsend Miniseries - Episode 5 - "Margaret"
2010 The Boy Who Wanted to Be a Lion Father Short film
2012 The Best of Men Sergeant 'Q' Hills Television film
2013 The Borgias Doctor Season 3, Episode 5 - "The Wolf and the Lamb"
2014 Jamaica Inn Eli Brown Miniseries - 3 episodes
2005–15 Doc Martin Danny Steel Series 2 & Series 7 - 8 episodes


Poldark Zacky Martin Series 1 - 8 episodes
Series 2 - 10 episodes
series 3 - 8 episodes

series 4 - 8 episodes

series 5 - 8 episodes

2016 Endeavor Dr Bernard Gould ITV
2016 Three Girls CPS Lawyer BBC mini-series
2017 The Crown Wheeler Bennet Netflix
2017 Strike Back Dr Stern Sky
2018 Christopher Robin Christopher's father Disney film


  1. ^ a b c d e "Cornish actor Tristan Sturrock returns to county to film Poldark and tread the boards in Rebecca". Western Morning News. September 2, 2015. Retrieved February 9, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c "I just thought, what a stupid way to die". July 30, 2012. Retrieved February 9, 2016.
  3. ^ "Broadway's Hannah Yelland and Tristan Sturrock Lead Kneehigh's Brief Encounter at the Wallis, Beg. Tonight". February 15, 2014. Retrieved February 9, 2016.
  4. ^ Desk, BWW News. "St. Ann's Warehouse 2012-13 Season Begins With Mies Julie". Retrieved 2017-09-19.
  5. ^ a b "Poldark actor Tristan Sturrock's real-life brush with death in new Radio 4 play". Western Daily Press. April 29, 2015. Retrieved February 9, 2016.
  6. ^ "Winners of the 2016 Offies announced". Retrieved 2017-09-19.

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