Born on the Isle of Wight, his father left when he was two years old and of an outbreak of polio and all businesses took a turn for the worst. All the hardships Martin Rayner faced took him down the path of acting. He began his career cleaning the brass in a West End theater, where he appeared a couple performances before he want onto London and made his way into the acting world where he was successful.
He was nominated for a 2012 Equity Joseph Jefferson Award for Actor in a Principal Role in a Play for "Freud's Last Session" at the Barrington Stage Production in Chicago, Illinois.
Playing King Charles VI of France in the Shakespeare in the Park series performance of "Henry V" starring Liev Schreiber by Public Theater in New York. [July 2003]
Performing in Washington DC's Ford's Theatre as Ebenezer Scrooge in "A Christmas Carol; A Ghost story of Christmas" [December 2005]
Playing Sigmund Freud in NYC. [December 2010]
New York City, New York [December 2010]
Personal Quotes (2)
(On his role of Scrooge for the second consecutive year)"...no two performances are ever the same. I think I will also be aware that many people have seen last year's show, so I will sometimes deliberately make a chance simply for the sake of change."
On collapsing during a performance of the play, "Freud's Last Session," in November 2010: I'll be back; I'll do the show tonight.