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Martin Clunes

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Martin Clunes
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Alexander Martin Clunes

Born: Tue 28th November 1961 (age: 52)

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Martin Clunes is an English actor and comedian, best known for his roles as Gary Strang in Men Behaving Badly and Doctor Martin Ellingham in Doc Martin.

Clunes is the son of the classical actor Alec Clunes. He served his first role in rep at the Mercury Theatre, Colchester,and his first television appearance was in the Doctor Who story Snakedance.

Harry Enfield recommended Clunes for the role of Gary in the sitcom Men Behaving Badly, written for Enfield by Simon Nye, bringing Clunes his best-known role to date and for which he won a BAFTA television award in 1996.

He has since appeared in films and television shows such as An Evening With Gary Lineker,Staggered, Hunting Venus, The Booze Cruise, Saving Grace, and Jeeves and Wooster. In 1998, he was featured in Sweet Revenge and appeared as Richard Burbage in the Oscar-winning film Shakespeare in Love. Clunes has also acted frequently for the radio, including a guest appearance in the BBC Radio 4 series Baldi.

n 2001, he played Captain Stickles in the BBC adaptation of R. D. Blackmore's Lorna Doone.

In 2002, he played serial killer John George Haigh in A Is for Acid, and took the lead in ITV's production of Goodbye Mr Chips.

His leading role in the ITV comedy drama series Doc Martin from 2004 marked a successful change of direction for Clunes. In 2005, his portrayal of the ornery vascular surgeon turned cranky general practitioner won him a nomination for Most Popular Actor in the National Television Awards. 

In August 2007 he starred in ITV's The Man Who Lost His Head.

Clunes is a regular voice over artist and is the voice of Kipper in the animated children's series Kipper the Dog.

From 24 April 2009, Clunes starred on BBC One television in the title role of Reggie Perrin, a re-make of classic 1970s British situation comedy The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin. In the same year he appeared in a 3 part ITV series Islands of Britain in which he travelled around several of the country's lesser known islands.






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