In the Spotlight... Martin Clunes
There are some actors whose body of work really catches our eye. But you may not know what other films that person has been in - and we don't want to leave you in the dark... So we thought we'd look at the past highlights of these talented people and bring them to your attention. You can visit our In the Spotlight... page to see who else we're raving about.
Martin Clunes In the Spotlight
One of Britain’s best loved comedy actors, Martin Clunes has been a star of the small screen since his first notable role, in an early 80s Doctor Who story, Snakedance. And while clips of him in that are amusingly rolled out from time to time, it proved to be a real springboard for Clunes.
It took some time to break through, with small roles in the likes of Boon and The Paradise Club, although his comedy skills really shone through in the early 90s, when he popped up in Harry Enfield’s Television Programme (and subsequently Harry Enfield And Chums). This working relationship with Enfield was continued when the pair joined forces to star in Men Behaving Badly in 1992, and when Enfield left the programme, in came Neil Morrissey to replace him, and a classic comedy duo was formed.
Men Behaving Badly ignited Clunes’ career, and he did plenty off the back of it. He directed a feature film, Staggered, and took on a series of TV and movie roles (including three series of the hugely enjoyable William and Mary). But he’d get a second major career role in the shape of the wonderful Doc Martin, which demonstrated Clunes’ acting range as well as his broad appeal. As the Doctor who shies away from blood, he brings plenty to the role, and has helped cement the show as one of the most popular on British television today.
Clunes will be returning, thankfully, to the role of Doc Martin in the future, but in the meantime, he’s put together an impressive body of work, that’s testament to the breadth and sheer talent of the man. --Simon Brew
He's Great In...
Doc Martin: An outstanding mix of drama and comedy, and Clunes is quite brilliant in the title role as the Doctor who can’t stand blood, and has little fear in getting straight to the point…!
William and Mary: A wonderful slice of drama this, with Clunes playing a widowed undertaker who falls for a potential new love of his life. The show ran for three series.
Men Behaving Badly: Gary Strang was a 90s icon for many a British male, a lager-swilling, bilge-spouting, intensely funny creation. Across six series and a handful of specials, Clunes frequently hit the funny bone, dead centre.
Staggered: Well worth digging out. It’s a patchy affair, but Clunes translates his then TV-persona effortlessly to the big screen canvas. And he directed it as well…
Saving Grace: Clunes notches up another strong big screen role, as Dr Bamford in this sleeper hit comedy, with Brenda Blethyn in the lead role.
Yes, That Was Martin Clunes in...
Shakespeare In Love: A small role in this sumptuous, Oscar-winning movie.
Carry On Columbus: A film that wasn’t the finest hour for anyone concerned, but it did give the young Martin Clunes an early movie role.
Doctor Who: Snakedance: One of his very first performances, in this adventure from Peter Davison’s era in the Tardis.
Clunes’ cousin is the late Jeremy Brett, who played Sherlock Holmes in the ITV long-running series.
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