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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 11 April 1933Bow, London, England, UK
Birth NameDerek William Rapp
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Derek Martin has been in demand as one of the most authentic working class voices in British acting since the 1970s, despite never taking the traditional route of training formally as an actor and performing on stage.

He did National Service in the Royal Air Force and was employed in a host of jobs, including digging roads, working in factories, motor racing, professional gambling and working at Smithfield Meat Market. He got into television as an extra on Z Cars (1962) in 1962 and went on to become a stuntman, performing in many Doctor Who (1963) serials, especially during the action-packed Jon Pertwee era of the early 1970s.

After an injury on Elizabeth R (1971), Martin decided to retire from stunts and pursue his dream of becoming an actor. He returned to Doctor Who (1963), this time as an actor, in a small part in Doctor Who: Image of the Fendahl: Part One (1977), starring Tom Baker as the Doctor, but his breakthrough was as a corrupt policeman in the controversial Law & Order (1978). His greatest fame with the British public came with his long-running role as Charlie Slater in EastEnders (1985).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Spouse (2)

Christine Ann Rigg (1971 - ?) (divorced)
Gloria J. Mitchell (1961 - ?) (divorced)

Trivia (10)

Was offered the roles of Den Watts and Frank Butcher in EastEnders (1985), but he turned both down. Leslie Grantham (Den) and Mike Reid (Frank) were cast instead.
Began his career in show business as a stunt man, but after breaking his collar bone during a horse-riding stunt in Elizabeth R (1971) he quit and decided to become an actor.
Is an avid supporter of Chelsea Football Club.
His hobbies include bowling, cricket and golf.
Was in attendance at the funeral of his former EastEnders (1985) co-star Wendy Richard (9 March 2009).
Father to twin sons David and Jonathan.
Son of William George (1908-1976) and Christina (née Jarvis) (1915-1999).
Member of the Grand Order of Water Rats.
As of 2016 he is the 7th-longest serving actor in the history of EastEnders (1985) (tied with Bill Treacher and James Alexandrou, and behind only Adam Woodyatt, Steve McFadden, a tied Sid Owen and Perry Fenwick, Rudolph Walker, a tied Mike Reid and Todd Carty, and John Bardon), having played the character Charlie Slater intermittently for 11 years (initially from 2000 to 2011 and then briefly in 2013 and 2016).
Ranked #77 in The 100 Greatest EastEnders (1985) Characters of All Time for his performance as Charlie Slater (2015).

Personal Quotes (3)

[on Tom Baker's reputation for being difficult in Doctor Who (1963)] I know of the rumour and I know of the talk about that, but I think if he was awkward with me I would have chinned him.
Regardless of whether you've got gold medals from RADA or any other things, I know blokes who've had that and they've been out of work for 18 months, and there's me come along off the street and got a job.
[on EastEnders (1985)] It's like working in a factory. We turn out a two hour movie every ten days.

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