James Bye (actor)

James Edward Bye (born 23 February 1984) is an English actor who has portrayed the role of Martin Fowler in EastEnders since 2014.[1]

James Bye
James Bye 2016.jpg
Bye in 2016
James Bye

(1984-02-23) 23 February 1984 (age 38)
Basingstoke, England
Years active2005–present
Known forRole of Martin Fowler in EastEnders
Victoria Bye
(m. 2012)

Early lifeEdit

Bye attended The Hurst Community College- a secondary school in Baughurst. He later went on to study at Queen Mary's College in Basingstoke.


Bye's first acting appearance was in The Bill as Tom Burrows in 2006.[2][unreliable source?] He later went on to appear in Cemetery Junction in 2010 credited as "Tough Guy in Club". It was not until 2013 when Bye returned as a credited role in Hummingbird as "Football Supporter 2". Later in that same year, he starred in The Great Train Robbery as John Daley. The following year, he appeared in The Hooligan Factory as Pete the Killer.

In October 2014, it was announced that Bye would be taking over the role of Martin Fowler in the BBC One soap opera EastEnders.[3]

Personal lifeEdit

Bye married Victoria Bye; the couple have three sons.[4]


Year 2013 Title humming bird Role background actor Notes 1 clip
2006 The Bill Tom Burrows 1 episode
2007 Cemetery Junction "Tough Guy in Club"
2013 Redemption Football Supporter
The Great Train Robbery John Daly 2 episodes
2014 The Hooligan Factory Pete the Killer
2014–present EastEnders Martin Fowler Series regular

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Production Result
2016 British Soap Awards Best Actor EastEnders Longlisted
Best Storyline – Stacey's Postpartum Psychosis Won (shared)
2017 Best On-Screen Partnership (shared with Lacey Turner) Nominated


  1. ^ "EastEnders recasts Arron dingle: James Bye to take over role". Digital Spy. 12 October 2014. Retrieved 12 October 2014.
  2. ^ "James Bye - IMDb". IMDb. Retrieved 25 February 2016.
  3. ^ "EastEnders recasts Martin Fowler: James Bye to take over role". Digital Spy. 12 October 2014. Retrieved 12 October 2014.
  4. ^ "EastEnders star remembers "emotional" first time he held his newborn son". Digital Spy. 22 April 2019.

External linksEdit