Martin Challinor

ACTOR

Introduction

​Martin Challinor is a professional actor who is seeking further opportunities to both demonstrate and develop his talent. He has experience in Film (feature and short), TV and Theatre.

As an actor, Martin has been described as professional, reliable, enthusiastic, easy to work with/direct and one hundred percent committed to any project he undertakes.

Film

Martin has had a number of significant roles in both short and feature length films. Additionally, he was the lead actor in a  short film which won "best short film" at a UK film festival (2012).

Television

Martin has had featured appearances in a number of well known TV programmes in the UK, including BBC and ITV productions. 

Theatre

Martin has undertaken a number of theatre roles including 'Glengarry Glen Ross' (Moss), 'Les Liaisons Dangereuses' (Valmont) and 'On An Average Day' (Jack).

Training

Martin is about to complete advanced training at Brian Timoney's Acting Studio, London. This included method acting, improvisation, voice classes, physical acting,  scene study and TV/Film technique. This intensive course also included a Los Angeles Masterclass with top casting agents and acting coaches for one week in January 2013. 

Background

Martin grew up on the North Welsh border near Shrewsbury. He had always had an interest in acting and performed in many productions whilst at school. After graduating from Cardiff University with a degree in Astrophysics, Martin gained experience in both military and business environments, achieving an MBA along the way. However, Martin always maintained his enthusiasm for acting and was actively involved in a number of theatre groups, in addition to taking on a number of modelling assignments. Having decided to pursue his ambition to become a professional actor, Martin enrolled in drama school and gained experience in a number of independent films, as both a leading and a featured supporting actor. Working tirelessly to develop, utilise and promote his talent, Martin has already achieved a number of aims, including a UK film festival award and roles in primetime television shows. 

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"Challinor is a strong lead, coping with the tumultuous character journey well especially during the heavily emotive scenes"

Positive Result | UK Film Review

There is a wonderful performance by Martin Challinor as Declan, a hairdresser who steals a lot of scenes.

Scareycrows |  UK Film Review

UK-Offline Web Fest - Best UK Actor

UK-Offline Web Fest - Best UK Actor

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Physical Details

  • Playing Age: 30 - 45

  • Height: 175 cm / 5ft 9in

  • Weight: 70 kg / 154 lbs

  • Chest: 96 cm / 38 in

  • Waist: 76 cm / 30 in

  • Leg: 81 cm / 32 in

  • Build: Athletic / Muscular

  • Ethnicity: White / Caucasian

  • Hair colour: Blonde

  • Hair length: Medium

  • Eye colour: Blue

Special Skills and Experiences

  • Car and motorcycle license

  • Black belt in Taekwondo

  • PADI Scuba Diving Instructor

  • Personal Trainer

  • Horse rider

  • Whitewater kayaking

  • Skydiving / Parachuting

  • Military experience (Territorial Army and Royal Navy)

  • Fully trained in Method Acting

  • Scientifically trained (BSc Astrophysics)

  • Business background (inc. MBA)

  • French and German (Basic)

Areas of Interest

  • Film (Feature and Short)

  • Television

  • Theatre (Professional and Fringe)

  • Commercials

  • Music Videos

  • Presenting

  • Corporate

  • Radio

Introduction

Martin Challinor is an award winning professional actor with experience in Film (feature and short), Television, Commercials, Music Videos and Theatre

As an actor, Martin has been described as professional, reliable, enthusiastic, easy to work with/direct and one hundred percent committed to any project he undertakes. He is always eager to explore new opportunities that create compelling stories in which he can bring intriguing characters to life in a genuine and realistic way.

Martin is a versatile actor and a wonderful asset to every shoot. We were extremely pleased with his performance on our drama re-enactment for the documentary “Inside Windsor Castle”.
— Marcella Gasche, Producer, Red Planet Pictures

Film

Martin has had a number of significant roles in both short and feature length films, including as the lead in the tudor drama 'Where Thunder Reigns' as Sir Thomas Wyatt, a film he also co-produced. Other feature film credits include ‘Scareycrows’, ‘Conspiracy of Dark Falls’ and ‘Winter Ridge’.

In terms of awards on the festival circuit, Martin was the lead actor in the short film 'Dead Meat' which won 'Best Short Film' in 2014 and won 'Best UK Actor' for the short film 'Mark' in 2016.

Television

Martin has had featured appearances in a number of well known TV programmes in the UK, including BBC, ITV and Channel 5 productions such as ‘Casualty’, ‘Cucumber’, ‘Doctor Who’, ‘Switch’ and ‘Inside Windsor Castle’.

Commercials

Commercials include major brands such as Truefitt & Hill, Morgan Motors, Honda Motorcycles, Microsoft and the Number 6 Music Festival

Theatre

Martin has undertaken a number of theatre roles including lead role and antagonist in ‘A Cape Coast Story’ as Captain Nick Murrey. He was also in a lead role as Henry Jones in the West End production of ‘Home: For a Lost Soldier’.

Other credits include 'Glengarry Glen Ross' (Moss), 'Les Liaisons Dangereuses' (Valmont) and 'On An Average Day' (Jack).

Martin has also been on tour around the UK with Doctor Who.

Training

Martin completed advanced training at Brian Timoney's Acting Studio, London in 2013. This included method acting, improvisation, voice classes, physical acting,  scene study and TV/Film technique. This intensive course also included a Los Angeles Masterclass with top casting agents and acting coaches for one week in January 2013.

Challinor does a fantastic job in his performance as Billy, an everyday man so overtly thrown into the fire when a purely accidental moment upends his life with harsh intent. Watching from the moment Billy learns he’s contracted ZNP, to the unnerved state of being he exudes while being tested and somewhat generically “encouraged” by public health officials, to the jarring emotional strife he faces when being bullied at work, spurned at home, and left with no sense of optimism, it’s a rollercoaster ride that almost leads him to end it all until the right instance comes along and saves the day. The relief Billy feels when having actual certainty he isn’t friendless or abandoned is deeply sincere, and Challinor channels all of this raw sentiment very, very well.

Positive Result | Kirk Fernwood, One Film Fan

Background

Martin grew up on the North Welsh border near Shrewsbury. He had always had an interest in acting and performed in many productions whilst at school. After graduating from Cardiff University with a degree in Astrophysics, Martin gained experience in both military and business environments, achieving an MBA along the way. However, Martin always maintained his enthusiasm for acting and was actively involved in a number of theatre groups, in addition to taking on a number of modelling assignments. Having decided to pursue his ambition to become a professional actor, Martin enrolled in drama school and gained experience in a number of independent films, as both a leading and a featured supporting actor. Working tirelessly to develop, utilise and promote his talent, Martin has already achieved a number of aims, including UK film festival awards, roles in primetime television shows and lead roles in West End theatre productions. 

From day 1 Martin was a pleasure to work with. He arrived on set with a clear understanding of the script, and of his character, and with a genuine desire to develop the character and bring depth and reality to the role. He wasn’t afraid to ask questions, and explore some of the unwritten story behind and around the character, using this to inform the decision he was making as the character in his scenes. This wasn’t a pretentious exercise, but an authentic process of discovery as we discussed and agreed new aspects of the character’s life and personality. As well as his technical skills and acting ability, he was also a great cast member to have on set, and was great fun to have around between takes. I honestly can’t recommend Martin highly enough
— Alasdair McWilliams, Director, Positive Result