Martin Clunes

Last updated on the 27 March 2024 by Evandrus

Martin Clunes

Mini Biography

Born: 28 November 1961, Wimbledon, London, England. 

Martin Clunes studied at the Royal Russell School and later attended the Arts Educational School in London. Clunes embarked on his acting career with notable early roles in television dramas such as “The Professionals” and “Doctor Who.” However, it was his portrayal of Gary Strang in the popular sitcom “Men Behaving Badly” that catapulted him to widespread recognition.

Clunes continued to showcase his range as an actor by taking on diverse roles throughout his career. From playing Doc Martin Ellingham in the eponymous series to embodying Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s iconic detective Sherlock Holmes in “Arthur & George,” he has demonstrated impeccable versatility and depth.

Beyond acting, Clunes’ love for animals led him to host several wildlife documentaries such as “Martin Clunes: Islands of Britain” and “Martin Clunes: A Man and His Dogs,” showcasing both his passion for nature conservation and innate curiosity about the animal kingdom.

Throughout his journey, Clunes has received numerous accolades including BAFTA nominations for Best Comedy Performance. He is admired not only for his exceptional talent but also for being a dedicated philanthropist supporting charities like Riding for Disabled Association (RDA) and British Heart Foundation.

Off-screen, Martin enjoys spending time with family – married to producer Philippa Braithwaite since 1997 – while indulging in hobbies like horse riding. His affable personality combined with genuine humility continues to make him one of Britain’s most beloved actors today.


Suggested viewing


Manhunt (2019)


Bftv 9.0 / IMDb 7.6

A gripping true-crime drama, “Manhunt” follows the relentless pursuit of Detective Chief Inspector Colin Sutton as he hunts down a notorious serial killer. Facing skepticism and challenges from within the force, he meticulously pieces together evidence to bring justice to the victims and unmask the elusive murderer lurking in plain sight.

Top cast: Martin Clunes, Katie Lyons, Claudie Blakley, Stephen Wight, Steve Furst, Celyn Jones, David Maybrick, Sule Rimi.

A Is for Acid (2002)

A Is for Acid

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 7.0

In this chilling true crime story, a seemingly ordinary man named John George Haigh harbours a dark secret. As he carries out a series of brutal murders and dissolves his victims in acid, detective Herbert “Jack” Ridgway must unravel the twisted mind behind these heinous crimes before more lives are lost.

Top cast: Martin Clunes, Victoria Hamilton, Conleth Hill, Patrick Malahide, Paul Brooke, John Woodvine, Joanna David.

Men Behaving Badly (1992)

Men Behaving Badly

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 7.7

Two friends, Gary and Tony, live the ups and downs of bachelorhood in a London flat. Their misadventures involve irresponsible behavior, hilarious mishaps, and questionable decisions as they try to fathom relationships, work-life balance, and the complexities of being grown men who sometimes struggle to behave like responsible adults.

Top cast: Martin Clunes, Neil Morrissey, Leslie Ash, Caroline Quentin.

Arthur & George (2015)

Arthur & George

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 7.1

Set in late 19th-century England, “Arthur & George” follows the remarkable true story of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes. When accused murderer George Edalji seeks his help, Doyle embarks on a quest for justice that uncovers racial prejudice and challenges his own beliefs in this gripping tale of crime and redemption.

Top cast: Martin Clunes, Arsher Ali, Art Malik, Emma Fielding, Charles Edwards, Hattie Morahan, Sandra Voe, Pearl Chanda.

Goodbye, Mr. Chips (2002)

Goodbye, Mr. Chips

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 7.5

In the year 1939, Mr. Chipping, a dedicated and beloved schoolteacher at Brookfield School, reflects on his life as he nears retirement. Through flashbacks and poignant moments with students, he reminisces about the transformative power of education and leaves an indelible mark on generations of young minds.

Top cast: Martin Clunes, Victoria Hamilton, Conleth Hill, Patrick Malahide, Paul Brooke, John Woodvine, Joanna David.

Doc Martin (2004)

Doc Martin

Bftv 9.0 / IMDb 8.4

In the picturesque village of Portwenn, socially awkward and brilliant surgeon Dr. Martin Ellingham is forced to become the local general practitioner. As he grapples with eccentric patients and a quirky community, his journey unfolds as one of personal growth, self-discovery, and unexpected connections that challenge him both personally and professionally.

Top cast: Martin Clunes, Caroline Catz, Ian McNeice, Joe Absolom, John Marquez, Selina Cadell, Eileen Atkinson.

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