Martin Shaw has multiple stage and screen credits to his name. Television work spans pieces such as Love’s Labours Lost and Classic Two: Exiles, both of which won BBC...Read More
Martin Shaw has multiple stage and screen credits to his name. Television work spans pieces such as Love’s Labours Lost and Classic Two: Exiles, both of which won BBC Play of the Month. He has made regular appearances as Robert Kingsford on Granada’s Always and Everyone between 2000 and 2002. With an extensive history of working in television, in 2004 and 2007, Shaw played Com. Adam Dagelish in The Murder Room and Judge John Deed. In 2007, he played Peter Jenkyns in the BBC’s renowned adaptation of Elizabeth Gaskell’s Cranford. In 2008 he played Father Jacob in Apparition, and in 2010 gained the part of Sir Charles in ITV’s Poirot. 2011 saw him play the title role in the BBC’s Inspector George Gently.
Shaw’s stage career started off at Watford Palace Theatre and the Bristol Old Vic. In 1968, he made his professional debut in London, appearing in Look Back in Anger at the Royal Court Theatre and in its transfer to the West End’s Criterion Theatre. The subsequent two years, he performed in The Contractor and Cancer at the Court, interspersing these with a part in The Battle of Shrivings at the West End’s Lyric Theatre, and in The Bacchae at the National. In 1974, he played Stanley Kowalski in Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire, first at the Piccadilly Theatre and next at the Lyric Theatre. After this West End stint, in 1975 he took to Greenwich Theatre to play Jean in Miss Julie, before returning to the West End with The Duchess of Malfi at Wyndhams, and Are You Lonesome Tonight? at the Phoenix. Subsequent work includes Betrayal at the Almeida (1991), Sienna Red at the Liverpool Playhouse and on tour (1992), and the part of Lord Goring in An Ideal Husband at the Globe, on its UK tour, at the Theatre Royal Haymarket and Gielgud Theatres in the West End, and at the Barrymore Theatre on Broadway (between 1992 and 1996).
Much more recently, in productions that went on tour and played in the West End, he performed the roles of Thomas More in A Man of All Seasons (2006) and Frank Elgin in The Country Girl (2011).
Film work includes Seven Men at Daybreak, Macbeth, Sinbad’s Golden Voyage, and Ladder of Swords.Read Less
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