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Also Known As: Alexander Martin Clunes Died:
Born: November 28, 1961 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Wimbledon, South London, England, GB Profession:

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Martin Clunes rose to the top of the U.K.'s comedy scene in the 1990s on the groundbreaking situation comedy "Men Behaving Badly" (ITV/BBC, 1992-99) and went on to equal his success as the title character of the network's light drama "Doc Martin" (2004- ). A third-generation thespian, the London-born Clunes cut his teeth in the theater and on some short-lived sitcoms in the 1980s before beginning a running collaboration with comic mainstay Harry Enfield. In 1992, he and Enfield were paired on ITV's comedy of ne'er-do-wells, "Men Behaving Badly," and the show kicked into more ribald gear once picked up by the BBC in 1994, with Neil Morrissey taking over as his flatmate. It made Clunes a crossover star, expanding his CV with dramatic turns in telefilms such as "Goodbye, Mr. Chips" (ITV, 2002) and periodic supporting parts, as with his turn as small-town doctor in the sleeper indie hit "Saving Grace" (2002). The film spawned two spin-off telefilms prefiguring his character, Doc Martin, as a London physician simplifying his life; he would reinvent the character as an inveterate curmudgeon for ITV in 2004 in what would become the long-running series franchised into international phenomenon. He kept his...

Martin Clunes rose to the top of the U.K.'s comedy scene in the 1990s on the groundbreaking situation comedy "Men Behaving Badly" (ITV/BBC, 1992-99) and went on to equal his success as the title character of the network's light drama "Doc Martin" (2004- ). A third-generation thespian, the London-born Clunes cut his teeth in the theater and on some short-lived sitcoms in the 1980s before beginning a running collaboration with comic mainstay Harry Enfield. In 1992, he and Enfield were paired on ITV's comedy of ne'er-do-wells, "Men Behaving Badly," and the show kicked into more ribald gear once picked up by the BBC in 1994, with Neil Morrissey taking over as his flatmate. It made Clunes a crossover star, expanding his CV with dramatic turns in telefilms such as "Goodbye, Mr. Chips" (ITV, 2002) and periodic supporting parts, as with his turn as small-town doctor in the sleeper indie hit "Saving Grace" (2002). The film spawned two spin-off telefilms prefiguring his character, Doc Martin, as a London physician simplifying his life; he would reinvent the character as an inveterate curmudgeon for ITV in 2004 in what would become the long-running series franchised into international phenomenon. He kept his hand in series comedy with the well-regarded sitcom "William and Mary" (ITV, 2003-05) and the less successful outing "Reggie Perrin" (BBC, 2009-2010). From behaving badly to being one of his country's better regarded personalities, Clunes made a career spinning ratings gold for U.K. broadcasters.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Staggered (1994) Director

CAST: (feature film)

2.
 Rock My World (2002) James Chancellor
3.
 SAVING GRACE (2000) Doctor Bamford
4.
 Shakespeare in Love (1998) Richard Burbage
5.
 Acid House, The (1998) Rory ("The Acid House")
6.
 Revengers' Comedies, The (1997) Anthony Staxton-Billing
7.
 Staggered (1994) Neil Price
8.
9.
 Swing Kids (1993) Bannfuhrer
10.
 The Russia House (1990) Brock
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1982:
Made British TV debut in the "BBC Play of the Month" presentation of "The White Guard"
1983:
Appeared on four-part episode "Snakedance" of long-running adventure series "Doctor Who" (BBC)
1990:
Made feature film debut in "The Russia House," starring Sean Connery and Michelle Pfeiffer
1993:
Cast as the Bannf├╝hrer in the Nazi Germany period drama "Swing Kids"
1998:
Portrayed English actor and theater owner Richard Burbage in Oscar-winning film "Shakespeare in Love"
2003:
Co-starred on the romantic comedy series "William and Mary" (ITV)
2004:
Starred as the socially challenged title character on ITV series "Doc Martin"
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