Martin has been a performer all of his life. As a toddler he played DJ for family and friends putting records on to the deck, introducing them and dancing around the front room to his favourites. Apart from music, acting was his foremost passion. At the age of 16 he joined the prestigious National Youth Theatre where he stayed for 6 summer seasons, performing at London’s Shaw Theatre. Major roles included Danforth in The Crucible, Quince in A Midsummer Nights Dream and Baptista in Taming of the Shrew played, according to The Guardian, with
‘Unaccustomed weight and substance’
In the eighties he becomes one of the country’s first video jockeys when for several years, he presented his own show on the Pan European pop satellite TV channel Musicbox. Filming both in the studio and on location, Martin made a name for himself finding particular favour in Holland and Scandinavia. Along the way he interviewed plenty of pop celebrities including Kate Bush, Robert Plant, Billy Ocean and a fledgling Wet, Wet,Wet.
On the back of his TV work he played the lead role of TV Presenter Tony King in two series of the German produced TV comedy ‘Rock Power’ which was syndicated across Europe.
As an avid listener in his teens Martin was pleased to be offered a show with Radio Luxembourg. After a spell in the Grand Duchy he headed back to London and joined Tony Blackburn, David Hamilton Kenny Everett and the rest of the presenting team on the brand new Capital Gold. He could also be heard on Sky TV’s ‘Sale of the Century’ and BBC 1’s daily quiz ‘Going for Gold’. He regularly voiced promos for BBC 1 & 2 and freelanced for radio Syndication Company ‘Two Ten productions’ recording interviews and compiling audio features. Martin then spent time at Radio Mercury’s ‘County Sound’ hosting the music and chat breakfast show. He appeared in front of the camera again on United Artists TV presenting the nightly news magazine show.
Corporate work has included voice sessions for Safeway, COI and various multimedia companies, and he reversioned a series of wildlife and social documentaries for Explore International, some of which were broadcast on National Geographic Channel.
In the nineties Martin provided live continuity for Channel 4, (becoming the voice of C4 schools programmes)
Discovery Home & leisure (five years – writing and voicing) Disney Channel and Sky Movies. He also freelanced with BBC World service radio – providing continuity and reading the news. The latter included special half speed reads for China! While there he also compiled environmental features for the BBC Science unit broadcast as part of the weekly show ‘Science today’.
Following two years at London’s Melody FM Martin stayed on when the station became Magic 105.4. He went on to present drivetime for five years – it became the second most listened to commercial show in town. While at Magic he regularly hosted Disney live events including the ‘Disney on Ice’ spectaculars at Wembley.
In 2006 he played the lead role in the maritime training video ‘Pilot on Board’ and acted in comedy sketches for Virgin Mobile. Recent TV commercial clients include finance company Millfield and Ikea and he appeared in a UK & European poster and Internet campaign for Visa International.
Most recently Martin presented the Sunday breakfast show at BBC Radio Kent and in July 2016 joined the presenting team at the new DAB service for London Thames Radio. Hear him at the weekend presenting Totally 80’s and Totally 90’s. His voice work includes corporate reads and commercials that he records from his home studio. In 2013 he was the voice of the ATP world tennis finals at the 02 in London with lots of exposure on Sky, BBC and around the world. 2016 has seen Martin voicing the competition info for Deal or No Deal and he can often be heard on Food Network. Along side his voice and presenting work Martin runs his own production company producing audio and video for corporate clients.
Away from broadcasting Martin also has an Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Counselling and counsels privately. His other interests include gadgetry, photography and tennis.