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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 the son of the noted Shakespearean actor Alec Clunes. 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) (director Fiona Cumming later said she cast him because she was struck by his unusual looks and "Mick Jagger lips"). He then won a regular role in No Place Like Home (1983), a fairly traditional middle-class BBC sitcom starring William Gaunt.

Clunes' greatest breakthrough came with starring in British Men Behaving Badly (1992), an anarchic sitcom which proved to be one of the most popular series of the 1990s. He has since established himself as one of the UK's most consistently popular television actors, starring in the long-running Doc Martin (2004), recreating Leonard Rossiter's famous role in a new version of Reggie Perrin (2009) and playing Arthur Conan Doyle in Arthur & George (2015).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Spouse (2)

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

Trade Mark (1)

Prominent lips and ears that stick out

Trivia (14)

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.
He was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2015 Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to drama and community in Dorset.
He was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2015 Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to Drama, Charity, and to the community in Dorset. He lives in Beaminster, Dorset, England.
He was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2015 Queen's Birthday Honours List for services to drama, charity and the community in Dorset.
Both he and his father Alec Clunes worked with Claire Bloom: Alec in Richard III (1955) and Martin in Doc Martin (2004).

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.
[on his frequently ridiculed television debut in 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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