Why I’m a Fan of Martin Clunes

Why I’m a Fan of Martin Clunes

It is no secret that I’m a big-time fan of Martin Clunes.  For those who don’t know (there are lots of you, no doubt), Martin Clunes is an accomplished actor who’s  practiced his craft for a few decades now.  Much of his work can be found on British television, and lately he’s best known for Doc Martin, a ridiculously popular comedy drama that has aired in Great Britain for nearly 15 yea12185454_970029023040726_77162566738904240_ors.  As an actor, Martin Clunes is a master of physical comedy and subtle facial expression, and he’s a joy to watch on Doc Martin.  He’s portrayed a cartoon puppy, a swinger, a sad bachelor, and a serial killer (chillingly) and lots of other things.   I admire his tremendous talent, but also his professionalism.  His long career didn’t just fall in his lap.

Doc Martin is produced by Buffalo Pictures, which is a partnership between Martin and his wife, Philippa Braithwaite.  He says she’s the brains and details.  I think this man is slightly more savvy than many think, and the work he and his wife have done together is first class.  I’m hoping to see more documentaries, even though I’m sure they’re not huge money-makers and may be hard sell to networks focused on the bottom line.  Regardless, these two people work clearly compliment one another professionally.  As far as I can tell, their personal life is far more normal than some of our celebrities here.  I admire the groundedness of this family. Its cool that they don’t seek the spotlight.

My friends say he’s not the most attractive man.  Those who’ve met him tell me he’s incredibly charismatic.  Pretty standard for an actor – that presence is kind of necessary on the screen, isn’t it?  Well, he’s tall and has green eyes and graying blond hair, neither of which I’d complain about. The man loves dogs and horses and children and has a silly streak – how could anybody not like that? And yes, he’s got those ears and self-proclaimed “child-bearing lips” (remember I said savvy…?).

But, well, I’ve always been taken by the doing rather than the being.  Martin and Philippa hold an annual fair on their property, raising huge amounts of money for three charities.  Two of those charities are hospices.  Those who know me well are aware that hospice has a special place in my heart.  I’ve volunteered with a local hospice for years.  My dog was a therapy dog and wagged her tail through all kinds of places and solicited pats and hugs and smiles and joyful eyes from all kinds of folks.

Take a look at these photos, recently taken at Julia’s House Children’s Hospice in Dorset. Martin Clunes brought Heidi, Arthur, Penny and Jim by for a visit with some of of the residents.

Martin and his Dogs Visit Julia’s House

So, I know, you’re saying yeah, yeah, what celebrity doesn’t support charity – they need the tax write-off and the PR.  I get that.  So here’s the deal… I get to decide whether I think Martin Clunes does all this just for the photo-op (and yes, there was a photographer there) or because he genuinely enjoys what he’s doing.  I’ve  decided to go with… both.   Yes, the reality is that his job requires him to be visible. But hey folks, he showed up at the Julia’s House Children’s Hospice (one of the charities he and Philippa support) with his four dogs in tow, wearing ordinary-people clothing and a smile.  And the photos we see show the kind of interaction I would love to manage when I visit patients.  Even naysayers who claim he’s a talented actor and that’s what he’s doing – even they cannot tell me those kids aren’t engaged and exited and enjoying themselves.  The man brings joy to sick children.

How can I not love that?

Now you know why I am aMartin Clunes fan.

Gabrielle V Brown

Gabrielle resides in the Rocky Mountains where she makes websites, plays with food, does church things, and writes stories. Gabrielle studies at a seminary in the upper midwest.

4 thoughts on “Why I’m a Fan of Martin Clunes

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    When I was helping gather information for the person nominating Martin for his OBE I contacted his wife Philippa. She provided me with information I asked for but she also made an additional comment. She has listed the charities he was formally involved in. She said when he is not working at home or on tv he is helping someone else and only half of the work he does for others gets reported on. So you see he doesn’t do it for glory. He uses his position to bring attention to causes sure, because he realizes he is in a great position to do so but he also does it because he wants to and knows how lucky as a man he is. He is also incredibly savvy but humble about it. He often gives all the praise away to the others around him.

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      I am not in the least surprised Adele, and yet another reason to bolster my admiration for Martin Clunes!

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    Gabaroo, You are so right! I love Martin too, because he’s down-to-earth. The world could use more people like him. Great blog post!

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      Thanks! Those photos from Julia’s House just touched my heart and I had to share. Even my friends who aren’t fans can appreciate his good work here.

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