About Martin

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’

Music Box

Graphical image of Music Box LogoIn 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 then delighted to be offered a show with Radio Luxembourg. After a spell in the Grand Duchy he headed back to London joining Tony Blackburn, David Hamilton, Kenny Everett and the rest of the presenting team on Capital Gold. His commanding voice could also be heard on Sky TV’s ‘Sale of the Century’ and BBC 1’s daily quiz ‘Going for Gold’.

He appeared in front of the camera again on United Artists TV presenting the nightly news magazine show.

In the nineties Martin wrote and voiced live continuity for Channel 4 becoming the voice of C4 schools programmes and wrote and recorded continuity for Discovery Home & leisure.

He voiced promos for Disney Channel and Sky Movies and freelanced with BBC World service radio – providing live continuity and reading the news.

At the end of the decade, following two years at London’s Melody FM, Martin stayed on when the station became Magic 105.4 and went on to present the drivetime show for five years. While at Magic he regularly hosted Disney live events including the ‘Disney on Ice’ spectaculars at Wembley.

Acting credits around the time included playing the lead role in the maritime training video ‘Pilot on Board’, appearing in a TV commercial for Sky Sports and performing in acclaimed comedy sketches for Virgin Mobile. He was also part of a UK & European poster and Internet campaign for Visa International.

In the late noughties Martin joined BBC Radio Kent starting a five year tenure presenting Sunday Breakfast and ad hoc programmes throughout the week.

In 2013 he was the voice of the Barclays ATP world tennis finals at the 02 in London gaining his biggest live audience to date with over 100 million viewers around the world hearing his dulcet tones via Sky and the BBC.

Most recently Martin is one of the voices of Noa (News over Audio) recording newspaper articles taken from The Independent, The Telegraph, Bloomberg, Unherd and the Harvard Business Review among others.

In 2023 he extended his acting credits with a role in the Sky TV comedy ‘Romantic Getaway’ starring Romesh Ranganathan and Katherine Ryan.

Alongside his voice, acting and presenting work Martin runs his own digital media production company Play It By Ear Ltd specialising in audio and video productions for broadcast and corporate clients and has his own home studio for production and voice work.

He has produced a number of documentaries for BBC World Service, the most recent in 2022 being a ‘choice’ in the Radio Times – ‘Forest Fear’ takes a look at the potential for zoonotic diseases to spread from the Amazon to the human population.

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