The Info List - Martin Shaw

Martin Shaw (born 21 January 1945) is an English actor. He is known for his roles in the television series The Professionals, The Chief, Judge John Deed
Judge John Deed
and Inspector George Gently. He has also acted on stage and in film, and has narrated numerous audiobooks and presented various television series, including the 2006 series Martin Shaw: Aviators.


1 Early life 2 Stage 3 Television 4 Film 5 Narration and documentaries 6 Advertisements 7 Activism and charity work 8 Personal life 9 Awards and nominations 10 Appearances

10.1 Television 10.2 Theatre 10.3 Film

11 Notes 12 References 13 External links

Early life[edit] Shaw was born in Birmingham. His childhood was spent in Erdington
and Sutton Coldfield. According to him, his first stage appearance was at age three, during an amateur show in which his parents were performing. Shaw attended Great Barr School, where he excelled in English literature and drama lessons. At sixteen, he was offered a scholarship to a Birmingham
drama school. Declining the scholarship, he left school and, on the advice of his parents, he sought employment. One job was in the office of a brass foundry. In his youth, Shaw was involved in a drunken brawl with a friend, suffering broken teeth, injuries to his face and a fractured skull.[2] A mid-face fracture involving the right cheekbone required surgical rebuilding. At eighteen, Shaw moved to London to attend the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. He served his apprenticeship in repertory as an assistant stage manager at the Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch
Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch
and the Bristol Old Vic. Stage[edit] Shaw took key roles in the first revival of Look Back in Anger
Look Back in Anger
(Royal Court/Criterion, 1968); in the National Theatre's Saturday, Sunday, Monday opposite Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
(1973); and in A Streetcar Named Desire presented by the Piccadilly Theatre
Piccadilly Theatre
in 1974. He later acknowledged the role of Stanley Kowalski
Stanley Kowalski
in 'Streetcar' as a point of breakthrough in his career. In the 1980s, Shaw played Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley
in Alan Bleasdale's critically acclaimed Are You Lonesome Tonight?. It told the story of Presley's last few hours. After a long run in London, the production visited Sydney, Melbourne
and Adelaide
in Australia.[citation needed] Shaw's portrayal of Lord Goring in An Ideal Husband
An Ideal Husband
on Broadway earned him a Tony Award
Tony Award
nomination and a Drama Desk award. After filming finished on the TV series Judge John Deed, Shaw took the role of Thomas More
Thomas More
in Robert Bolt's play A Man for All Seasons. Shaw's daughter, Sophie, played opposite him as More's daughter, Margaret. The production toured Britain's cities before a run in London at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. In 2013 a new production of the classic play Twelve Angry Men at the Garrick Theatre
Garrick Theatre
London, Shaw played the part of the dissenting juror (identified as juror number 8.)[3] In 2016 Shaw toured and hit the West End again with a lively production of Hobson's Choice at the Vaudeville. After completing filming the final episode of George Gently, Shaw again toured in 2017 with the U.K. premier of Gore Vidal's 1960 political piece: The Best Man. Shaw played the part of William Russell, former US Secretary of State.[4] Television[edit]

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Shaw began television work in 1967. Parts in one-off plays for Granada Television led to his playing hippy student Robert Croft, Lucile Hewitt's boyfriend, in Coronation Street.[5] Another early role was booze and football-loving Welsh medical student Huw Evans in the television comedy series Doctor in the House. Huw Evans later returned in the Doctor at Large episode "Mother and Father Doing Well" as a nervous expectant father. Shaw appeared with future co-star Lewis Collins
Lewis Collins
in an episode of The New Avengers. Both played the roles of terrorists.[5] Shaw portrayed Ray Doyle ("Agent 4–5") in the British television series The Professionals (1977–1981), opposite Collins. Shaw played another law-enforcement role in the 1990s ITV production The Chief. In 1983, Shaw played Robert Falcon Scott
Robert Falcon Scott
in The Last Place on Earth. The series was filmed at Frobisher Bay
Frobisher Bay
near the city of Iqaluit
on Baffin Island, Canada. In interview at the time, Shaw commented that he generally responded well to the testing physical conditions, particularly when they enhanced the reality of the scene. In the same year he played Sir Henry Baskerville in The Hound of the Baskervilles, an adaptation of the novel by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. He acted opposite Ian Richardson's Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes
and Donald Churchill's Dr. Watson. He played Cecil Rhodes
Cecil Rhodes
in Rhodes, an eight-part serial that aired in 1996 and was filmed on location in South Africa. Shaw's younger son, Joe, took early leave of his drama school course to play the part of the youthful Rhodes.[citation needed] From 2007 he played the title role in the BBC
TV series Inspector George Gently with co-star Lee Ingleby. In 2001, he took the title role in the BBC
drama Judge John Deed. The character gave an editorial voice to the television writer and producer G.F. Newman's ideas about lifestyle choices such as vegetarianism and alternative medicine as well as issues of social justice. One episode about the safety of the MMR vaccine was banned.[6][7] Between seasons of Judge John Deed, Shaw took the role of poetic bespectacled forensic detective Adam Dalgliesh in P.D. James's Death in Holy Orders in 2003 and The Murder Room
The Murder Room
in 2005. After the sixth season of Judge John Deed
Judge John Deed
had been filmed, Shaw appeared in the series Apparitions broadcast by the BBC
in 2008. This was Shaw's first project as executive director. On 9 May 2015 he recited For the Fallen
For the Fallen
at VE Day 70: A Party to Remember in Horse Guards Parade, London which was broadcast on BBC
1. Film[edit] Although Shaw is not classified as a film actor he has had several roles over the years. His first film role was an Irish communist in Love on the Dole (1966). Better known is his '70s role of Banquo
in Roman Polanski's Macbeth. He has also been seen as an undercover Second World War
Second World War
operative in Operation Daybreak; a singing and dancing futuristic magician "Zax" in Facelift; the role of Rachid in the 1973 film The Golden Voyage of Sinbad, and a wanted villain leading a life on the run in a circus troop in Ladder of Swords. Narration and documentaries[edit] Shaw has narrated many audiobooks, including Tolkien's The Hobbit
The Hobbit
and The Silmarillion; Swift's Gulliver's Travels; and Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights. In 2006, Shaw narrated and appeared in a DVD chronicling the "Merlins over Malta" project. This featured the return of a Second World War Supermarine Spitfire
Supermarine Spitfire
and Hawker Hurricane
Hawker Hurricane
from Britain to Malta
for the first time in fifty years. In December 2006, Shaw presented the six-part Discovery Channel
Discovery Channel
Real Time TV series Martin Shaw: Aviators, produced by Twofour, which followed the two-year restoration of his Boeing Stearman
Boeing Stearman
biplane after it was crashed by another pilot at Old Buckenham
Old Buckenham
airfield in Norfolk. Shaw fulfilled a lifetime ambition to take the controls of a Spitfire (owned by Maurice Bayliss) and, though take-off was not permitted, he also powered an English Electric Lightning
English Electric Lightning
(owned by Russell Carpenter) to 150 mph in three seconds along the runway at Cranfield Airport. Shaw also compared notes with the nonagenarian builder and developer of the modern autogyro, Wing Cdr. Ken Wallis. In 2010 he presented a documentary for the BBC
titled Dambusters Declassified in which he investigated and debunked some of the myths of the dambusters raid known as Operation Chastise
Operation Chastise
story which had been portrayed in the books Enemy Coast Ahead and The Dambusters, and the film The Dam Busters. Advertisements[edit] Among several voiceovers and appearances, in 1974, Shaw starred in a three-minute advertisement for the Mk II Ford Capri[8] and in 1987, a TV advert for the Vauxhall Cavalier.[9] Activism and charity work[edit] Shaw is a celebrity activist for animal rights and animal welfare. He is the patron of the Hillside Animal Sanctuary in Norfolk, a charity organisation which provides a safe home for neglected and abused animals.[10] He also supports Viva! and Dr Hadwen Trust.[11] In March 2012, he also announced that he would become the official patron to the community organisation Stop Norwich UrBanisation
Stop Norwich UrBanisation
or SNUB, whose aim is to protect Norfolk's countryside from overdevelopment and excessive urbanisation. In the press release, he stated that he was "simply furious and upset by your plight and that of all of us who wish to live in quiet and peace. I will be your Patron and keep fighting".[12] Personal life[edit] In 1971, Shaw became a follower of Charan Singh, of the Sant Mat religion.[13] On 18 August 2010, Shaw collapsed during the first act of the matinee showing of A Country Girl
A Country Girl
at Shrewsbury's Theatre Severn. His agent, Roger Charteris, said he had been suffering from cracked ribs and was taking antibiotics for a severe chest infection. An understudy went on in his place.[14] Awards and nominations[edit] Shaw won two awards in 1996 for his performance as Lord Goring in the Broadway production of An Ideal Husband
An Ideal Husband
and was nominated for a third:

Winner of the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play Winner of the Theatre World Special
Award for Ensemble Performance Nominated for the Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Actor in a Play

Appearances[edit] Television[edit]

Coronation Street
Coronation Street
as Robert Croft On the Move (1975–1976) as Martin Helen: A Woman of Today (1973) as Jack Tully The Duchess of Duke Street
The Duchess of Duke Street
"Family Matters" (1976) as Arthur The Professionals (1977–1981) as Ray Doyle Eleven episodes of Doctor at Large (1971) as Huw Evans Cream in My Coffee (by Dennis Potter) (1980) as Jack Butcher East Lynne (1982) as Archibald Carlyle The Hound of the Baskervilles (1983) as Sir Henry Baskerville The Last Place on Earth (1985) as Robert Falcon Scott The Chief (1993–1995) as Chief Constable Alan Cade Rhodes (1996) as Cecil Rhodes The Scarlet Pimpernel
The Scarlet Pimpernel
(1999-2000) as Chauvelin A&E (1999–2002) as Robert Kingsford P.D. James's Death in Holy Orders
Death in Holy Orders
(2003) as Adam Dalgliesh P.D. James's The Murder Room
The Murder Room
(2004) as Adam Dalgliesh. Judge John Deed
Judge John Deed
(2001–2007) as Judge John Deed Martin Shaw: Aviators. Cranford (2007) as Peter Jenkyns Inspector George Gently
Inspector George Gently
(2007–2017) as George Gently Lemur Street
Lemur Street
(2007) Apparitions (2008) as Father Jacob Agatha Christie's Poirot
Agatha Christie's Poirot
Three Act Tragedy (2010) as Charles Cartwright Dambusters Declassified (2010) as presenter


Look Back in Anger
Look Back in Anger
(Royal Court transferring to the Criterion Theatre, 1968) as "Cliff Lewis". The Contractor (Royal Court, 1969; transferring to the Fortune Theatre, 1970) as "Paul". The Battle of Shrivings (Lyric Theatre, 1970) as "David". Cancer (in the United States, Moon Children; Royal Court, 1970) as "Bob". The Bacchae
The Bacchae
(National Theatre at the Old Vic, 1973) as "Dionysus". Saturday, Sunday, Monday (National Theatre at the Old Vic, 1973) as "Attilio" opposite Laurence Olivier. A Streetcar Named Desire (Piccadilly Theatre, 1974) as "Stanley Kowalski". Miss Julie
Miss Julie
(Greenwich Theatre, 1975) as "Jean". Teeth 'n' Smiles (Wyndham's Theatre, 1976) as "Arthur". They're Playing Our Song
They're Playing Our Song
(Shaftesbury Theatre, 1981) as "Vernon Gersch". The Country Girl (Apollo Theatre, 1983). Are You Lonesome Tonight? (Phoenix Theatre, 1985) as 'The Older Elvis Presley' (also Sydney, New South Wales, Australia) The Big Knife
The Big Knife
(Albery Theatre, 1987) as Charles Castle Other People's Money
Other People's Money
(Lyric Theatre, 1990) as "Garfinkel". Betrayal (Almeida Theatre, 1991) as "Robert". Sienna Red, by Stephen Poliakoff
Stephen Poliakoff
and co-starring Francesca Annis (Richmond Theatre, May 1992). An Ideal Husband
An Ideal Husband
(Globe Theatre, 1992) as "Lord Goring". Rough Justice by Terence Frisby (Apollo Theatre, 1994) as "James Highwood". An Ideal Husband
An Ideal Husband
( Haymarket Theatre
Haymarket Theatre
transferring to the Old Vic, 1996; revived at the Haymarket in 1997 then transferred to the Gielgud Theatre). Vertigo (Theatre Royal Windsor, October 1998) as "Roger Flaviares" alongside his subsequent co-star Jenny Seagrove
Jenny Seagrove
in Judge John Deed. A Man For All Seasons
A Man For All Seasons
(Haymarket, 2005/6) as Sir Thomas More. The Country Girl (Apollo Theatre, October 2010) co-starring Jenny Seagrove, following a tour.


Macbeth (1971) as Banquo. The Golden Voyage of Sinbad
The Golden Voyage of Sinbad
(1973) as Rachid. Operation Daybreak
Operation Daybreak
(1975) as Sergeant Karel Čurda. Facelift (1984) as Zax. Intrigue (1988) As Roskov Ladder of Swords (1989). Oilman (short film).


^ Before 1 April 1974 Birmingham
was in Warwickshire


^ Carter, Claire (19 September 2014). "Martin Shaw: living apart is key to happy relationship". Telegraph. Retrieved 9 October 2016.  ^ "Desert Island Discs". Desert Island Discs. 2009-06-21. BBC. Radio 4.  ^ Fiona Mountford (12 November 2013). "Twelve Angry Men, Garrick Theatre – review". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 24 January 2014.  ^ " Martin Shaw to lead stellar cast in The Best Man at Bath's Theatre Royal". Bath Echo. 4 October 2017. Retrieved 24 October 2017.  ^ a b "Martin Shaw" BBC. ^ Furness, Hannah. " BBC
'too anxious about offending', says Judge John Deed producer". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 9 October 2016.  ^ Leigh Holmwood. " BBC
shows that broke the impartiality rules". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 October 2016.  ^ Martin Shaw – Capri Advert on YouTube ^ Video on YouTube. ^ [1]. Hillside Animal Sanctuary. Retrieved 7 November 2007. ^ "Celebrity support". Dr Hadwen Trust. Archived from the original on 28 November 2013. Retrieved 9 October 2016.  ^ " Martin Shaw to become SNUB
patron". Retrieved 14 March 2012.  ^ BBC
Interview (Real Media video). ^ "Actor Martin Shaw Taken Ill During Play". BBC

External links[edit]

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Martin Shaw at the Internet Broadway Database
Internet Broadway Database
Martin Shaw on IMDb

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Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play


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Frank Langella
(1975) Judd Hirsch
Judd Hirsch
(1976) Bob Dishy (1977) Jeffrey DeMunn
Jeffrey DeMunn
(1978) George Rose (1979) David Rounds (1980) Brian Backer (1981) Željko Ivanek / Adolph Caesar (1982) Alan Feinstein (1983) John Malkovich
John Malkovich
(1984) Barry Miller / Charles S. Dutton
Charles S. Dutton
(1985) Joseph Maher (1986) John Randolph (1987) B. D. Wong
B. D. Wong
(1988) Peter Frechette (1989) Charles Durning
Charles Durning
(1990) Kevin Spacey
Kevin Spacey
(1991) Laurence Fishburne
Laurence Fishburne
(1992) Joe Mantello
Joe Mantello
/ Stephen Spinella (1993) Jeffrey Wright
Jeffrey Wright
(1994) Nathan Lane
Nathan Lane
(1995) Martin Shaw (1996) Brian Murray (1997) Alfred Molina
Alfred Molina
(1998) Kevin Anderson (1999) Roy Dotrice
Roy Dotrice


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Frank Langella
(2002) Denis O'Hare
Denis O'Hare
(2003) Ned Beatty
Ned Beatty
(2004) Michael Stuhlbarg
Michael Stuhlbarg
(2005) Samuel Barnett (2006) Boyd Gaines
Boyd Gaines
(2007) Conleth Hill
Conleth Hill
(2008) Pablo Schreiber
Pablo Schreiber
(2009) Santino Fontana
Santino Fontana
(2010) Brian Bedford
Brian Bedford
(2011) Tom Edden (2012) Richard Kind
Richard Kind
(2013) Reed Birney (2014) K. Todd Freeman (2015) Michael Shannon
Michael Shannon
(2016) Danny DeVito
Danny DeVito

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