Martin Clunes

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Martin Clunes (born 28 November 1961) is a British actor. The son of actor Alec Clunes, he is best known as Gary in the sitcom Men Behaving Badly which was broadcast from 1992 to 1998.

His first television appearance came a decade earlier in Doctor Who, and he also got a role as one of the sons in the BBC sitcom No Place Like Home.

Clunes is an established dramatic actor too, starring in the films An Evening With Gary Lineker, Staggered and Saving Grace. In 2002 he played serial killer John George Haigh in A Is for Acid, and four years earlier he starred as Richard Burbage in Shakespeare in Love.

When Angus Deayton was sacked as host of Have I Got News For You, Clunes was one of several people recruited to guest host the topical news quiz, having been an extremely successful panellist and stand-in captain in the past (he joked that, as he had been a contestant on the show so many times that there was now only one chair on the set that he had not sat in, before dropping a spotlight and dramatic music on Ian Hislop). Clunes won much acclaim for his role and was a popular choice for a permanent role before the decision was made for the programme to have a different guest presenter each week.

Clunes was also frequently recruited by his friend and former Men Behaving Badly co-star Harry Enfield to play charcaters in his sketch shows.

A keen camper van driver, Clunes is married to producer Philippa Braithwaite and has a daughter, Emily.

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