Mel Martin

Mel Martin (born 1947) is an English actor. Her breakthrough role was as the star of LWT's Love For Lydia (1977), adapted from the novel by H E Bates.[1] She has appeared in British television programmes beginning with Special Branch (1969), Mystery and Imagination: Sweeney Todd (1970), then The Pallisers, Love For Lydia, Bergerac, Cover Her Face, Lovejoy, Cadfael, When the Boat Comes In, as well as films such as Quincy's Quest (1979), Business As Usual (1987), White Hunter Black Heart (1990) and Tom's Midnight Garden (1999).[2]

Mel Martin
Born1947 (age 72–73)
Spouse(s)Paul Ridley (1980-1982, divorced)
John Duttine (1998 - present)

She starred as Fiona Samson, the double agent and wife of Bernard Samson (played by Ian Holm) in the television adaptation of Len Deighton's trilogy Berlin Game, Mexico Set and London Match (broadcast as Game, Set and Match). She portrayed Vivien Leigh opposite Anthony Higgins as Laurence Olivier in the TV biopic Darlings of the Gods. in 2004, she portrayed Dorothy Huber in “They Understand Me in Paris” episode of Rosemary and Thyme, Dorothy was the wife of millionaire Casper Hubert.

Martin and her real-life husband actor John Duttine have appeared together on screen several times. In the Casualty episode "Branded" from February 1995, she played Mrs Jackson, whose transvestite former husband was played by Duttine. In the Heartbeat episode entitled "Troubled Waters", broadcast on 22 July 2007, Martin made a guest appearance alongside Duttine who was playing his regular role of Sergeant George Miller. She played Emily Merryweather, a widow who took a big shine to local garage owner Bernie Scripps played by Peter Benson. No scenes were shown of the married couple together. In 1997 she played Dawn Langley in “Daughter of the Regiment“, Hetty Wainthropp Investigates (S3:E2). She has also appeared in the 1993 Christmas Special episode of Only Fools and Horses ‘Fatal Extraction’ as ‘Beverley’.

Personal lifeEdit

Her father was the artist Frank Vernon Martin, who died 2005.[3]

Martin was married to Paul Ridley from 1980 to 1982. Her second marriage is to John Duttine, whom she met while filming the TV adaptation of Ruth Rendell's Talking to Strange Men.


  1. ^ O'Connor, John J. (1979-10-07). "Tv View". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-10-08.
  2. ^ "Mel Martin". BFI. Retrieved 2019-10-08.
  3. ^ Fenwick, Simon (2005-08-23). "Obituary: Frank Martin". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2019-10-08.

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