Martin Clunes Biography
Martin Clunes (Alexander Martin Clunes) is an English actor born on 28th November 1961 in Wimbledon, London, United Kingdom. He is popularly known for his role as Martin Ellingham in Doc Martin.
Clunes was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2015 Birthday Honours for services to drama, charity and the community.
Martin Clunes Age
He was born on 28th November 1961 in Wimbledon, London, United Kingdom (56 years as of 2017)
Martin Clunes Height
Clunes is 1.89 m/ 6 feet 2 inches tall
He was educated at the Royal Russell School in Surrey and the Arts Educational School in Chiswick, London. He made his television debut playing an alien prince opposite Peter Davison in Doctor Who: Snakedance: Part One (1983). The director said that he was cast due to his unusual looks and “Mick Jagger lips”
Martin Clunes Net Worth
Clunes has an estimated net worth of $15 million dollars.
Martin Clunes Family
His parents are classical actor Alec Clunes, who died of lung cancer when Clunes was eight years old and Daphne Acott. He has an older sister Amanda Clunes. He is the nephew of the actor Jeremy Brett.
Martin Clunes Wife – Martin Clunes Wife’s Name
In 1990 he married actress Lucy Aston but they divorced in 1997. In 1997, he married Philippa Braithwaite who is the producer of Doc Martin.
Martin Clunes Daughter/ Children
His second wife, Philippa Braithwaite gave birth to their daughter Emily Clunes in 1998.
Martin Clunes Weight Loss
The actor lost a considerable amount of weight in 2012 thanks to following the 5:2 diet. He’s said: “I was getting heavy, I had tired knees”. He lost three stone in three months with the diet, which involves fasting for two days a week and eating as normal on the other five. Now that he’s down to a weight he’s happy with, he follows a 6:1 diet (the same, but only one day’s fast per week.) Working on his farm keeps him fit too, with horse riding in particular.
In 2014 he lost over 30 pounds which was as a result of a viral infection.‘I had a virus and lost a stone. They had to remake my clothing to fit.’ he said.
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Martin Clunes Career
Clunes served his first role in rep at the Mercury Theatre, Colchester, and his first television appearance came in the 1983 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.
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.
Hary Enfield, who had came to see him on stage at the Hampstead Theatre and later became his friend with Clunes playing characters in Enfield’s sketch shows (most notably one of the Rugby Players), recommended Clunes for the role of Gary in the sitcom Men Behaving Badly. His role earned a BAFTA television award for Best Comedy Performance in 1996.
Since 1994, Clunes has frequently appeared on the BBC One panel show ‘Have I Got News for You’ as a panelist or a guest presenter.
Clunes is a regular voice over artist and is the voice of Kipper in the animated children’s series Kipper the Dog. For six years (1993–1999) he also did voice acting for Safeway adverts; he provided the voice of Harry in Safeway’s ‘When Harry Met Molly’ advertising campaign during said years.
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. In 2015, Martin played the role of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in the ITV mini-series Arthur & George. In 2018, Clunes will play the role of DCI Colin Sutton in the ITV drama Manhunt.
Martin Clunes Movies and TV Shows
- 2000: Saving Grace
- 1998: Shakespeare in Love
- 1994: Staggered
- 2014: Nativity 3: Dude, Where’s My Donkey?
- 2000: Lorna Doone
- 2003: The Booze Cruise
- 2012: Room on the Broom
- 2000: Dirty Tricks
- 1998: Sweet Revenge
- 1990: The Russia House
- 2002: Global Heresy
- 2002: A Is for Acid
- 1993: Swing Kids
- 1998: The Acid House
- 1999: Hunting Venus
- 2002: Goodbye, Mr. Chips
- 1992: Carry On Columbus
- 2007: The Man Who Lost His Head
- 2004: Fungus the Bogeyman
- 1998: Neville’s Island
- 1993: Dancing Queen
- Doc Martin and the Legend of the Cloutie
- 2004: Kipper: Kipper Helps Out
- 1995: Jeremy Hardy Gives Good Sex
- 2004: Kipper: Cuddly Critters
- 2005: Kipper: Tiger Tales
- 1998: Touch and Go
- Doc Martin
- 2011: Me or the Dog
- Sex ‘n’ Death
- 2003: Little Robots: Big Adventures
- 1994: An Evening with Gary Lineker
- 1996: Lord Of Misrule
- 2005: Kipper: Amazing Discoveries
- 2012: Service Man
- The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2014: Animated
- 2004 – 2018: Doc Martin
- 1992 – 1998: Men Behaving Badly
- Since 2016: Martin Clunes: Islands of Australia
- 2003 – 2005: William and Mary
- 2009: Islands of Britain
- Man & Beast with Martin Clunes
- 1983 – 1987: No Place Like Home
- Since 2010: Martin Clunes Horsepower
- 2009 – 2010: Reggie Perrin
- 2012: A Mother’s Son
- 1993: Demob
- 1986 – 1987: All at No 20
- 1996 – 2000: Roger and the Rottentrolls
- 2015: Arthur & George
- 1996: Over Here
- Since 1996: Where’s Elvis This Week?
- 2012: The Town
- 1995: Chiller
- 1993: Bonjour la Classe
- Never Mind the Horrocks
- Since 1998: Kipper
- Secret Life of Dogs
- Dirty Tricks
Martin Clunes Interview on the hit series Doc Martin
Interviewer: Are you aware of how popular the show is all over the world?
Martin Clunes: Yes, and it’s very gratifying. We’ve had fans from Australia, the US, Canada, New Zealand and South Africa coming to Port Isaac in Cornwall, where the series is filmed, as a result of the show. People have really taken the show to their hearts.
Interviewer: So what do you think is the secret to the show’s success?
Martin Clunes: It’s funny, well observed and beautifully played – and all against a glorious Cornish backdrop. But most of all I think it’s the quality of the scripts. I don’t think we’ve ever shot from the first draft. The scripts are revised and changed, sometime even while we’re shooting. Plus we make a series every other year and perhaps that helps, because we have a year to plan.
Interviewer: Given you’re now into the Season 8 (Season 5 starts on ITV Choice on Wednesday 13 July at 20:00), how have the people of Port Isaac adapted to having you in their town for so many years?
Martin Clunes: We’ve got a good relationship with Port Isaac I think, plus we’ve kept the Co-op alive. The Port Isaac Co-op was going to shut because it was such seasonal income, but now they get visitors year round so I think we’ve got a good relationship with that community.
Interviewer: Last year it was reported that you had lost a considerable amount of weight, through illness. How are you feeling these days?
Martin Clunes: Much better thanks. The illness was a while ago and is all sorted now, but I did lose quite a bit of weight. But it wasn’t the only reason for my slimmer form. I also discovered a new fitness regimen… if you want to get fit, buy a farm. On a hill! I acquired some land in Dorset, where the flatland was saturated, so we had to feed the animals by hand, which is hard work. So yes, if you want to get in shape, buy a farm, diet a bit, get ill – that’s the magic formula…
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Doc Martin stars Sigourney Weaver and Selina Cadell reveal their 40-year friendship.
Updated on: 19 September 2018
Ian McKellen took a minor role in Coronation Street when he had already played Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings. Johnny Depp still thinks his appearance in The Fast Show is his best performance ever. Neither, however, is quite up there with Sigourney Weaver’s cameo in Doc Martin. In 2015, Weaver turned up in Portwenn as a stubborn American tourist, in a jungle hat, denim shirt and rucksack. Feeling unwell, the American Tourist (as she was billed) breezed into the chemist’s and demanded prescription-only medicine. Mrs Tishell, behind the counter, refused to comply.
So the American went to see Doc Martin, handed his long-suffering receptionist a copy of The Assertive Female and was surprised by the doctor’s forthright manner. When she suggested he might feel better if he smiled, he pretended her accent was impenetrable. None of Doc Martin’s seven million viewers could quite believe their eyes. What on earth was the star of Alien, Ghostbusters and Avatar doing in the sleepy village of Portwenn? The answer, in fact, is simple: she has been best friends with Selina Cadell, who plays Mrs Tishell, since they met in 1974.
So how did the guest role come about? By chance, Weaver was on The Jonathan Ross Show with Martin Clunes and told him she had always meant to visit Cadell in Cornwall – whereupon Clunes’s producer wife Philippa Braithwaite asked her if she’d like a cameo. It was so successful that Weaver is back in the jungle hat for this week’s final episode. It’s initially a little strange to see Weaver, 68, and Cadell, 64, chatting in a break from filming. The former is a nearly 6ft, three-times Oscar-nominated film star; the latter, a comparatively diminutive 5ft 5in, is a versatile TV and theatre actor and director. Yet the two women get on famously.
We talk first in Weaver’s trailer, a minute’s walk from the converted barn that acts as an interior studio, and later at the St Enodoc Hotel in nearby Rock, where they often have dinner together. They do what all old friends do: talk easily and warmly, touch each other on the shoulder to show empathy – and laugh uproariously. I had to walk up to the roundabout to find a phone box, which I fed a never ending pile of coins because it was an international call. I was thrilled that she’d got the part of Ripley. My friend was going to be in a Hollywood movie! Plus it meant she would be filming at Shepperton and I’d see more of her.
Sig married six months before me in 1984 and asked me to be her best woman in Hawaii, where her husband Jim [Simpson] is from, but I’d been cast in Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple: A Pocket Full of Rye and couldn’t go. I was so upset. Then she couldn’t come to my wedding because she was at the César Awards in Paris. My husband and I passed through Paris on our honeymoon. I noticed this woman at the station who was a vision in a midnight-blue floaty sequinned dress with some kind of duffel coat around it.
I thought, “What an extraordinary woman.” As we got closer, I realised it was Sig. She bombarded us with cooked rice, because it was the closest thing to confetti she could find. She thrust a small Fortnam & Mason hamper into our hands that contained a little bit of everything delicious you can imagine. I have kept the crepe paper adorned with red hearts and the little champagne glasses. I keep my Christmas decorations in the hamper now.
I don’t want to get sentimental about Sig, but… I love visiting Sig in her house in the Adirondacks in upstate New York. When our kids were younger we spent holidays and Christmasses together, but now we mostly discuss work. We admit our fears to each other, which is probably rare among actors. I’ve spent quite of lot of time reminding Sig that she’s a famous, brilliant, wonderful actress. Filming Doc Martin together is a joy, but we’d love to work together properly, perhaps on a comedy. We still have such a giggle and she’s still the girl who jumped over the pub wall all those years ago. We’ve grown up together.
Sigourney Weaver on Selina Cadell
I loved Selina as soon as we met in that London pub. We stayed in touch the old-fashioned way after that first summer in London, sending letters and postcards. When I found out I’d got the part of Ripley in Alien, I phoned my parents and then Selina. I was thrilled that I was going to be filming in London. When you have a friend who’s also an actress, but is as generous and as well-balanced as Selina, then you can call them up and tell them about a great job. There were plenty of friends I wouldn’t have been able to call, because their first instinct would’ve been, “Why am I not getting a movie?” But I knew she’d be happy for me.
Selina says that people don’t see me as she’d like them to. But Ripley didn’t have time to be mischievous – one person dies after the other in Alien – and often people’s perceptions of you are based on the first few films you do. I’ve been very lucky to be in high-profile films, but I’m always looking for comedies. I’d love to do a comedy with Selina; we have stories that we work on periodically. But she is very busy directing and writing and I’m filming Avatar 2 and 3, taking a break, then filming 4 and 5.
In the meantime, I’m so happy to be working on Doc Martin. She often talked about it, but I hadn’t realised it was a comedy. I kept trying to visit Selina here in Cornwall, but it never worked out. Then, wonderfully, I was on The Jonathan Ross Show with Martin Clunes. He’s such a lovely guy and he beams with bonhomie. I had a drink with him and his wife Philippa in the green room and she suggested I come on the show.
I said, “Are you kidding? I’d love to!” They sent messages via Selina asking if I’d appear in series seven and again in series eight. Of course I did! I made Avatar rework their schedules so I could be here.
People expect me to behave in a grand manner, but it’s not like I’m John Travolta. Having a cameo in Doc Martin is a dream job for me. Cornwall is the most beautiful place. I’ve read every novel about it I can and I watch Poldark on my iPad. I identify strongly with my British heritage. I was sent on a plane on my own to meet my maternal grandmother when I was 11, which was thrilling. I remember saying to this sweet woman who’d had nine children, “You’re my bloody relation!” I thought it was so funny. She just shook her head and muttered, “This half-American child…”
I also spent a lot of time in Europe with my mother and we lived in France for a few years when I was 12. I’ve always been grateful to have had the chance to live somewhere other than America. My husband and I have watched every single episode of Escape to the Country and I’ve seen pretty much all of England while travelling to see Selina in various plays. Some day we might move here. I hear so much laughter around me in Cornwall. In America we’re not laughing nearly as much.
I admire you British: when things get tough, you reach for humour. Not firearms. I’d love to live closer to Selina, but however far away she might be, she is always with me. When I’m working I start each day by listening to a tape she recorded for me ten years ago. She tells me how to relax, how to catch my breath. It’s my safe place.