Martin Shaw is an English actor best known for his leading television roles as Doyle in The Professionals (1977-1983), as the title character in Judge John Deed (2001-2007) and as the title character in Inspector George Gently, since 2007.
One of England's most popular actors for more than two decades, Martin is noted for his versatility. He has starred in more than 100 TV roles, his long TV career beginning in 1967 with Love On The Dole.
His theatrical career has been very distinguished with a string of West End successes, with the first revival of Look Back In Anger, and on Broadway as Lord Goring in An Ideal Husband which won him a Tony nomination and a Drama Desk award for Best Actor. He also had a West End run in Clifford Odets's The Country Girl.
The Professionals was an international hit and Martin has starred in The Scarlet Pimpernel, Always And Everyone, Judge John Deed and Apparitions.
He also starred as Cecil John Rhodes in the mini-series Rhodes, in 2006, which was shot on location in South Africa.
He lives in a beautiful Quaker house (once owned by an ancestor of Abraham Lincoln) in Norfolk, with his wife, Vicky. He is a pilot, and owns and flies two vintage bi-planes, including a Piper L4 Cub.