Sara Martins

Sara Martins (born 19 August 1977) is a Portuguese-born French actress of Cape Verdean descent.[1] She is known in France for her roles on television and in film and theatre.[2] She also appeared as Detective Sergeant Camille Bordey in the joint British-French crime comedy-drama Death in Paradise, filmed in Guadeloupe, a French overseas department. She left the show halfway through series 4 (January 2015).

Sara Martins
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Born (1977-08-19) August 19, 1977 (age 43)
Years active2000–present
Known forDeath in Paradise

Early lifeEdit

Martins was born in Faro, Portugal, and is of Cape Verdean descent.[3] She moved to France at the age of three.[4] She studied ballet in her youth and was the first person of African descent to join the Lyon Opera. She learned that she would be unable to advance to the Paris Opera, where the corps was expected to look alike and there were no other black dancers. Instead, she received her Baccalauréat with a theatre option.[4] After receiving a DEUG in law,[4] at age 20 she studied at the École de théâtre Les Enfants Terribles in Paris.[5] Then, she completed an acting degree at the extremely selective French National Academy of Dramatic Arts.[1][4] She learned English through U2 lyrics as a teenager.[6]


Early workEdit

[needs update] Shortly after graduating from high school, Martins was hired by Roger Planchon for a local production of Le Radeau de la Méduse at the Théâtre National Populaire in Villeurbanne.[4] She appeared in a play at the Young Vic in London called Le Costume (The Suit) and in a French-language production of David Mamet’s Race.[6]

Martins' television debut was in 2001, in the French police series Police District.[1] She appeared in the series Pigalle, la nuit as Fleur. While filming Death in Paradise, Martins worked on the French TV crime series Détectives as Nora Abadie.[6]

Death in ParadiseEdit

In April 2011, BBC One announced that Martins would appear in the crime comedy-drama Death in Paradise, co-produced with France Télévisions.[7] The series was Martins' debut in both comedy and on British television.[8] Martins did have experience playing a police officer.[9] Death in Paradise premiered on 25 October 2011. Martins played Camille Bordey, a detective sergeant on the fictional Caribbean island of Saint-Marie. Camille and other local officers help British Detective Inspector Richard Poole (played by Ben Miller in the first two series) solve murders. During a stunt for a first series episode, Martins tore her achilles tendon.[8] She has said that during the production of Death in Paradise she discovered that some of her mannerisms are distinctly French.[10]

The third series killed off Inspector Poole in the first episode and he was replaced by another British Detective Inspector, Humphrey Goodman (played by Kris Marshall). The fourth episode of the fourth series "Until Death Do You Part", was Martins' last; her character was written out as moving to Paris. Of her departure from the show, she is quoted as saying: "I’ve loved everything about the show. But the only way to grow in life is to take risks, even if it means losing something you love, or leaving a place that’s comfortable".[11]

Selected filmographyEdit


Year Title Role Notes
2002 Les Amateurs (Amateurs) Maya Feature Film
Merguez, panini, kebab, jambon-beurre Short Film
2004 ne quittez pas! (Local Call) Feature Film
Dans tes rêves Feature Film
2006 Tell No One L'amie de Bruno Feature Film
Beyond the Ocean Olga
Paris, je t'aime Sara Feature Film
Girlfriends Shaheen Feature Film
J'invente rien Feature Film
Fragile(s) (By the Way) Sara Feature Film
2007 Rumeurs, commérages, on dit que Short Film
La Solution Short Film
2008 l"Heure d'été (Summer Hours) Press agent Feature Film
Après l'océan Olga Feature Film
Orpailleur (Garimpeiro, The Gold Forest) Yann Feature Film
2009 Mensch Helena Feature Film
2010 Les Petits Mouchoirs (Little White Lies) Marie's girlfriend Feature Film
Last Blood Short Film
Non Compliant Profile Short Film
The Marquis Feature Film
2013 Une Ideé en l'air (Just an Idea) Short Film


Year Title Role Notes
2001 & 2003 Police district Julie season 1 and 3
2001 Maigret Jojo season 10: episode 2
2003 Par amour Maria TV movie
2005 Disparition Karine TV movie
Le Proc Virginie Desplat season 2: episode 3
2006 Les Tricheurs Sophie season 1: episode 1; season 2: episode 1, season 3: episode 1
Les bleus: premiers pas dans la police Mathilde Forestier season 1: episode 1
Les Secrets du volcan Jasmine Mahé season 1: 4 episodes
2006–07 P.J. (C.I.D.) Estelle seasons 10–12: 9 episodes
2007 Merci, les enfants vont bien! Jeanne season 4: episodes 1, 2, 3, 4
2008 La Veuve tatouée Sylvie TV movie
Les tricheurs Sophie Devailly season 1: episode 1, season 2: episode 1, season 3: episode 1
2009 Pigalle, la nuit Fleur season 1: 8 episodes (as regular)
2011 Caïn Barbara Simon season 1: episode 2
Signature Hélène season 1: episodes 1, 3, 4, 5, 6
Insoupçonnable Julie TV movie
2013–14 Détectives Nora Abadie seasons 1–2: 16 episodes (as regular)
2011–15, 2021 Death in Paradise Camille Bordey seasons 1–4: 28 episodes (as regular)
2015 American Odyssey Serena season 1: episodes 5, 6, 11
The law of Alexandre Sonia Dubois season 2: episode 1
2017 Capitaine Marleau Irène Ruff season 2: episode 3
2018 Father Brown Lisandra Flambeau Episode 6.10 "The Two Deaths of Hercule Flambeau"


  1. ^ a b c "Sara Martins Bio". Premiere. 10 May 2010. Retrieved 6 June 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Camille – Death in Paradise". BBC One. Archived from the original on 7 November 2012. Retrieved 6 June 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Sara Martins: du Cap Vert à la France star sans frontières" (in French). United Fashion for Peace. 19 April 2012. Retrieved 6 June 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ a b c d e Ahanda, Danielle (22 February 2012). "Rencontre avec Sara Martins" (in French). Archived from the original on 4 August 2017. Retrieved 9 May 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "Biographie de Sara Martins". Télé Loisirs (in French). Prisma Media. Retrieved 9 May 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ a b c "My France Interview – Sara Martins". Complete France. Retrieved 31 March 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ Catriona Wightman (5 April 2011). "Ben Miller, Sara Martins join BBC drama". Digital Spy. Retrieved 4 June 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ a b Morgan Jeffery (24 October 2011). "'Death in Paradise' Sara Martins interview: 'Ben Miller is my hero'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 4 June 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ "Sara Martins: 'I'd love to do more Death in Paradise'". What's on TV. 5 February 2013. Retrieved 4 June 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ "Interview with Sara Martins". BBC. 20 October 2011. Retrieved 4 June 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ "Sara Martins Interview". whatsontvuk. whatsontvuk. Retrieved 30 March 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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