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Derek Martin

Derek Martin has been one of the most authentic working class voices in British film and television since the 1970s. Born Derek William Rapp in 1933, Martin was in the RAF for his National Service and took up a series of jobs including road worker, Smithfield Meat Market porter, and professional gambler, before entering showbusiness as an extra and stunt performer in a variety of programmes including Doctor Who. He retired from stunt work following an injury on Elizabeth I in 1971 and moved into acting. His most famous break out role was as the corrupt detective Fred Pyle in GF Newman's controversial 1978 drama Law & Order. In the following decade Martin had major roles in TV dramas such as The Chinese Detective and King & Castle, and played James Cagney's aide in milos Forman's epic 1981 film Ragtime. In 2000, Martin joined the cast of EastEnders as Charlie, the patriarch of the Slater family, a role he continued to play on and off for sixteen years.

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Apr 11, 1933 In Bow, London, England, UK
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Dixon of Dock Green 1955-07-09
Latest Project:
Series Surface 2005-09-19
Known For
Poster of Surface
Poster of Minder
Poster of Survivors
Poster of Doctor Who
Series Surface Museum Guard 2005-09-19
Series Little Britain Unknown 2003-09-16
Series Celebrity Mastermind Unknown 2003-12-26
Movie Boston Kickout Ray Saunders 1996-10-18
Series GMTV Unknown 1993-01-01
Series The Detectives Groom's Father 1993-01-27
Movie Indecent Proposal 1993-04-07
Movie The Cutter 1992-08-10
Movie Flashback Unknown 1990-02-02
Movie The Police D.I. Russell 1990-09-16
Series Six Fifty-Five Unknown 1983-07-04
Movie The Aerodrome Provo Sgt. Peters 1983-12-13
Movie Spaghetti House 1982-10-21
Series The Chinese Detective 1981-04-30
Movie Ragtime Waldo's Aide 1981-11-20
Series Private Schulz Unknown 1981-05-06
Series The Gentle Touch Unknown 1980-04-11
Series The Enigma Files Unknown 1980-04-15
Series Hart to Hart Unknown 1979-09-22
Series Shoestring Unknown 1979-09-30
Series Minder Unknown 1979-10-29
Movie Law & Order DI Fred Pyle 1978-04-06
Series Law & Order 1978-04-06
Movie Adventures of a Plumber's Mate Motorcycle Dealer 1978-07-01
Series Target Unknown 1977-09-09
Movie Doctor Who: Image of the Fendahl David Mitchell 1977-10-29
Movie Victory at Entebbe Unknown 1976-12-13
Series Survivors Unknown 1975-04-16
Series The Zoo Gang Unknown 1974-04-05
Series The Regiment Unknown 1972-02-21
Series Elizabeth R Unknown 1971-02-17
Series Play for Today Unknown 1970-10-15
Series The First Churchills Unknown 1969-09-27
Series Paul Temple Unknown 1969-11-23
Series Softly, Softly Unknown 1966-01-05
Movie Fantomas Unknown 1964-11-04
Series Doctor Who David Mitchell 1963-11-23
Series Z-Cars Unknown 1962-01-02
Series No Hiding Place Unknown 1959-09-16
Series Dixon of Dock Green Unknown 1955-07-09