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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 28 November 1961Wimbledon, South London, England, UK
Birth NameAlexander Martin Clunes
Height 6' 2½" (1.9 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Martin Clunes was born on November 28, 1961 in Wimbledon, South London, England as Alexander Martin Clunes. He is an actor and director, known for Kipper (1997), Shakespeare in Love (1998) and Doc Martin (2004). He has been married to Philippa Braithwaite since 1997. They have one child. He was previously married to Lucy Aston.

Spouse (2)

Philippa Braithwaite (1997 - present) (1 child)
Lucy Aston (1990 - 1997) (divorced)

Trade Mark (1)

Prominent lips and ears that stick out

Trivia (10)

Son of actor Alec Clunes
One daughter, Emily (1999)
Lives opposite the Globe Theatre in London.
Is one of the young men in Gilbert and George's 1983 photo-sculpture 'The World'.
Attended kindergarten with Peter Morgan.
Cousin once-removed of Jeremy Brett.
Attended Royal Russell School.
Is a keen camper-van driver.
Lives near Beaminster in Dorset. [March 2008]
His early TV appearance playing a camp alien prince on Doctor Who (1963) in 1983 has frequently been ridiculed in comedy clips shows and was mocked by Sir Michael Parkinson and Jonathan Ross when Clunes appeared as a guest on their respective talk shows. Clunes has admitted he is somewhat embarrassed by his performance in the serial Doctor Who: Snakedance: Part One (1983) and declined to contribute to any special features for the BBC's DVD release.

Personal Quotes (9)

I think people need entertaining and they like being entertained. That's all I do. I don't do anything important, I just work in entertainment.
"Jug ears and child-bearing lips" - his description of himself, said in a documentary about the making of Doc Martin (2004) which was shown in 2006.
I don't do very well being away, and America starts to annoy me after a while. I just like the UK better - I couldn't go over there, it would drive me mad!
[on the popularity of 'Doc Martin'] It always seems like such a surprise when another country sort of chimes in wholeheartedly, in a kind of epicurean way. Especially in the way it has been picked up in Canada and the US in almost cultish fashion. You're not going to be a cult in England when you're on mainstream TV.
It's really such a liberating role. It's nice to be rough with the elderly, violent with children, and generally rude to everyone. But audiences seem to like it, wondering what kind of outrageous thing he will say or do next.
I must point out that no babies were hurt in the making of the program this season. At heart I'm really a bunny- hugger .
Honestly, as I get older, I find it really hard to remember words like 'polymyalgia'. Some of these medical terms I can't even get out of my mouth. Some have to be written on the walls behind the characters with the diseases.
[on Churchill Insurance, who dropped him from their commercials after he was banned from driving for six months] I was very surprised by their reaction. It was neurotic and very heavy-handed. Quite rude, actually. They never said goodbye. They never said thanks. They washed their hands of me completely.
[Doctor Who: Snakedance: Part One (1983)] They sort of disinvested in that programme..."It's successful, don't spend much on it." I was sort of top dog on that planet and I thought I was rather good but I was just rubbish.

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