Martin Clunes, star of ITV’s hit series Doc Martin, has given in interview in The Times in which he shares his thoughts on weight loss, country living and his latest acting role.
The 53 year old actor, who flew to fame while playing Gary in Men Behaving Badly, has recently landed a new role as Sherlock Holmes.
Playing the detective in adaptation of Julian Barnes’s novel Arthur & George, Clunes says getting to grips with the Scottish accent was “hard work and a worry”.
The series was produced by his wife, Philippa Braithwaite, who he married 1997. Talking of the production, he says: “It was all her idea, completely her fault”.
Brathwaite is also the producer of Doc Martin, the popular drama filmed on location in our very own Port Isaac. It has recently been commissioned for a seventh series, of which Clunes says: “I love it. It’s really liberating.”
For the seventh series he will be showing off his new slim-line figure. He has been on the Fast Diet for the past two years and has managed to shed three stone. “It’s good for the cholesterol and blood pressure, and it feels quite nice to be hungry.”
His fitness regime is complemented by his outdoors lifestyle. Living on a 130 acre farm in West Dorset with his wife and their daughter Emily is hard work, not least because they share it with three horses, four dogs, two cats, 200 sheep, 25 cows and various chickens.
“When I’m filming, I’ve literally got people in my face, touching it, measuring it. When I get home and I take the dogs out for a walk, I’ve got so much space in front of me and nobody in my face”, he says.
“I can see for miles, from the top of our farm right across Lyme Bay to the eastern tip of Exmouth about 50 miles away.”
See the Doc Martin locations for yourself!
To see the fictional town of Port Wenn for yourself, head to the real-life location of Port Isaac where Doc Martin is filmed. The filming of the seventh series is about to begin and will continue throughout the summer months.