Martin Clunes, 59, is a hugely popular actor and comedian with decades of experience on both stage and screen.
Martin is perhaps best known for portraying protagonist Martin Ellingham on the ITV comedy-drama Doc Martin and as Gary Strang in Men Behaving Badly.
Over his long and successful career, Martin has demonstrated his versatility through his ability to play a variety of different roles.
After starting out as a drama student in London, Martin’s first big break on our screens was when he was 22 in the 1983 sitcom No Place Like Home.
Martin appeared on the show for three years in the role of Nigel Crabtree.
This role was a real springboard for Martin’s career, and he was spotted by fellow comedy actor Harry Enfield, with whom he went on to appear in a number of sketch shows.
The pair had a natural charisma while performing, and before long Martin landed his legendary gig on British sitcom Men Behaving Badly.
Martin has opened up about the fact that he does not believe the beloved sitcom would be made in the modern day.
Speaking to the Radio Times, Martin described the show as being very much “of its time.”
“These days, it’d have to be People of No Particular Gender Behaving Badly,” Martin joked.
Martin also admitted that, even in the 1990s the show struggled to find its feet. Martin said a pilot for the show was so “s***” that the laddish comedy almost never made it to our screens.
“They kept saying, ‘They’ve got to be chalk and cheese, these two. Gary and Tony have got to keep arguing.
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“That pilot never got shown. We remade it – and if you look at the way the show went, it was completely the opposite.
“Gary forgave Tony for sleeping with his girlfriend, that’s how close they were – and that’s why it was funny.
“But at the time there were these very rigid ideas, and I think that’s what killed sitcoms.”
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