Martin Shaw

Martin Shaw was born in Birmingham in 1945. At 18 he moved to London, attending the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.  Shaw started his career in 1968 where he appeared in Look Back in Anger at The Royal Court. Later he performed in Saturday, Sunday, Monday at the National Theatre opposite Laurence Olivier and in A Streetcar Named Desire at the Piccadilly Theatre. His breakthrough came where he was cast as the role of Stanley Kowalski in Streetcar.

In 1996 Shaw won Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play and the Theatre World Special Award for Ensemble Performance for his role as Lord Goring in the Broadway production of An Ideal Husband. He was also nominated for the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play. Shaw also played the role of Thomas More alongside his daughter who played Margaret More in A Man for All Seasons at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. Following this he played the Juror in Twelve Angry Men at the Garrick Theatre.

Outside the theatre world Shaw has appeared in many television series, more famously in The Professionals, as Ray Doyle (1977-1981), The Chief as Chief constable Alan Case (1993- 1995), title character in  Judge John Deed (2001-2007) and title role in Inspector George Gently.

Martin Shaw returns to the West End, playing the title role in Hobson’s Choice at the Vaudeville Theatre. The show is set to run from 8 June until 10 September 2016 and is directed by Jonathan Church.

London & West End Stage Appearances

Show Role Theatre Year Link
Hobson's Choice Henry Horatio Hobson Vaudeville  2016




Twelve Angry Men Juror 8 Garrick  2013  
The Country Girl Frank Elgin Apollo 2010 Review
Man of All Seasons Sir Thomas More Haymarket 2005  
An Ideal Husband Lord Goring Haymarket 1996  


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