ITV’s Manhunt: Martin Clunes’ family tragedy and opening up about his weight loss journey


Martin Clunes is set to make a return to our screens (September 20) as Detective inspector Collin Sutton in the latest and gripping drama Manhunt: The Night Stalker.

The new ITV drama is the sequel to Manhunt that aired back in 2019 that followed the investigation into the death of student Amelie Delagrange which was based on a true story.

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The actor, 59, is a famous for his serious acting from playing a doctor to a detective, however, it was his first role that was the polar opposite to this that got him to where he is today.

Martin’s first breakout role playing the foolish but kind-hearted Gary Strang in 90s hit show Men Behaving Badly.

Martin Clunes on Men Behaving Badly

A few years after the sitcom concluded, he went onto star in his title role of the long running, popular comedy drama Doc Martin since 2004.

Growing up, Martin’s father, Alec Clunes, died of cancer when the young and soon-to-be actor was just eight years old.

Speaking on the memory of that time in The Guardian, the actor said: “He is very much there in my childhood memories. He was an actor and away from home a bit. I remember him being quite a strong, silent type – quite serious.

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“Unlike my mother, who was unashamedly delighted when I decided to become an actor, I always feel that my father, had he lived longer, might have been a touch disapproving of some of my career – I think he might have tutted a bit at Men Behaving Badly.

“About a year after my father’s death, I was packed off to boarding school. Life there seemed to be all about waiting for some adult or classmate to be beastly or thwack you. School was a weekly agony to be borne, cemented by my chronic bedwetting.”

Sadly the actor’s dad died when he was eight

Martin went to Royal Russell School, Croydon, where he was a boarding student.

Many years on and with now being in the spotlight, the star is very open about how he looks in front of the cameras.

In 2013, the British actor revealed that the wardrobe department on one of his dramas had to adjust his clothes due to his one-stone weight loss.

“I had a virus and lost a stone. They had to remake my wardrobe to fit,” he told Radio Times at the time.

“I was fat – and while I was getting heavy, I had tired knees and stuff,” he told the Mail on Sunday in 2017.

“So I thought I’d try that diet and the weight came off. I lost about three stone in as many months. It’s great – and it’s supposed to be good for cholesterol, too,” which he attributes to his 5:2 diet.

Manhunt The Night Stalker airs on ITV at 9pm.





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