Martin Johnston

Martin Johnston

He/Him at MartinJohnston.com
Actor, Singer and Screenwriter

London, England

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About Martin

BA (Hons.) in Creative Arts from Newcastle.

Martin has most recently been seen on UK television in the "Very Christmas' ads.

Prior to this he filmed the lead role of Mike Richards in the feature film, Room 7. For which he won the Best Actor in a Feature Film Award at The BSIFF (Big Syn International Film Festival).

Theatre includes playing King Duncan, Old Man and the Doctor in the acclaimed production of Macbeth directed by Douglas Rintoul at The Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch and on tour.

An original cast member of the multi-award winning, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Parts I & II), at the Palace Theatre, London, where he played the role of; Station Master and regularly played the roles of Professor Dumbledore and Amos Diggory, as well as various Wizards and a Muggle!

His TV and film work includes BBC TV’s comedy drama Cradle To Grave playing Mr. Launchberry opposite Peter Kay. Two episodes of The Tudors IV (SW Productions/HBO) playing the Sergeant at Arms. Other TV includes; Criminal Justice 2 (BBC) and The Queen (A docudrama for Channel Four). Film; Room 7 (Mike), Love Tales (Dougla)s. His short films include; Scum, Ten Tiny Plays (Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch) For Daisy and the enchanting Born Yesterday.

Original West End cast of Footloose - The Musical (Novello Theatre) playing Principal Clark and Reverend Shaw Moore. Barlow and Cop and understudying the roles of Sackett and Kennedy in The Postman Always Rings Twice with Val Kilmer, (Playhouse Theatre, West End).

Martin originated the lead roles of Doctor Sir James Reid in the new British musicals; The Queen and I; Alan Darcy in the musical adaptation of 24/7 (TwentyFour Seven), based on the Shane Meadows film; Arthur Pemberton in the critically acclaimed promenade musical of the classic Ealing Comedy Passport To Pimlico!; Bert Baxter in the industry workshop staging of the musical The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole.

Martin has become a seasonal regular in Greenwich Theatre’s award winning pantomimes playing the roles of Tsar Ivan the Slightly Irritable in Sleeping Beauty; Herr Brush in Red Riding Hood and Mayor Boris in Jack and the Beanstalk.

On tour he has played Ben Weatherstaff in the U.K. Concert Tour of The Secret Garden. Eugene Krabs in the acclaimed UK production of SpongeBob SquarePants - The Musical - The Sponge Who Could Fly; Henry Potter in the musical It's A Wonderful Life. Principal Clark and Reverend Shaw Moore in the UK and Ireland touring productions of Footloose - The Musical. President Roosevelt and Bert Healy in Annie - The Musical, where he covered and played the role of Daddy Warbucks (Aberystwyth Arts Centre). Dr Conrad Fuller in the British Musical Premiere of On A Clear Day You Can See Forever (Bridewell Theatre, London). The leading role of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, in the critically acclaimed new musical adaptation of Jekyll & Hyde, for Major Road Theatre Company (Tour). Herbert Parchester, the Family Solicitor in Me and My Girl (Original UK National Tour). Wilcox the gardener in Sweethearts (Finborough Theatre).. Barnaby Castle in The Most Humane Wa Kill a Lobster by Duncan McMillan (Theatre503 at The Latchmere). Herman The Henchman in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Towngate Theatre, Basildon and The Millfield Theatre, London).

He has provided voice over character work for Tiny Plays (Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch), 100 Days in Lockdown, Finish Dishwasher and Audio Dialogue Replacement for the film Song For Marion.

He was invited to perform for Her Majesty the Queen at the inaugural ceremony for the launch of Heathrow Terminal 5.

Martin has worked extensively in drama, theatre-in-education and community theatre with companies such as Leicestershire Schools Theatre Company; Rent-a-Role Drama Service, Plymouth; Roundabout Theatre Company, Nottingham; Action Transport Theatre, Cheshire and Theatre Van, Harlow.

In his youth his first theatrical work was appearing for several seasons with the Royal Opera Company at Covent Garden in productions of Turandot, Boris Godunof, Tosca, Rigoletto and Peter Grimes, in which he had a role specifically created for him, Hobson's Apprentice, and one which he repeated at La Scala Opera House, Milan.

Martin was an Associate Director of Human Resources for a London based recruitment company, a position he held for 9 years. He has previously been employed as a social worker/drama therapist in Newcastle and London, where he worked with emotionally and behaviourally disadvantaged young people and their families. As an employment counsellor he developed training programmes for and worked with the long term unemployed in London's east end. 

Credits

  • Room 7

    Room 7 (2021)
    Film by Blind Pictures/Nihat Seven Mike Richards

  • One Last Laugh

    One Last Laugh (2021)
    Film (short) by LFS/Gavin O’Herily Granddad

  • Sleeping Beauty

    Sleeping Beauty (2019 - 2020)
    Theater by Greenwich Theatre/ Andrew Pollard Tsar Ivan Greenwich Theatre, London acclaimed pantomimes.

  • Macbeth

    Macbeth (2020)
    Theater by Queens Theatre/Derby Theatre King Duncan/OldMan/Doctor Shakespeare's darkest and most sinister thriller

  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I & II

    Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I & II (2016 - 2019)
    Theater by Sonia Friedman Productions/John Tiffany Station Master/ u/s Amos & Dumbledore

  • Red Riding Hood

    Red Riding Hood (2015 - 2016)
    Theater by Greenwich Theatre/Andrew Pollard Herr Brush

  • The Queen and I

    The Queen and I (2015)
    Theater by Kate Golledge Dr. Sir James Reid A new musical drama that tells the lesser known story of Queen Victoria's relationship with her Indian manservant, Abdul Karim.

  • Jack and the Beanstalk

    Jack and the Beanstalk (2014 - 2015)
    Theater by Greenwich Theatre/Andrew Pollard Mayor Boris

  • Cradle To The Grave

    Cradle To The Grave (2015)
    Television by ITV Studios/BBC TV Sandy Johnson Mr. Launchberry

  • Passport To Pimlico - The Musical

    Passport To Pimlico - The Musical (2013)
    Theater by Grass Roots Productions/Kate Golledge Arthur Pemberton ( Lead Character)

  • 24/7 (TwentyFour Seven) A Play with Music

    24/7 (TwentyFour Seven) A Play with Music (2013)
    Theater by DreamArts.org.uk/Nathan Curry Alan Darcy (Principle Lead)

  • The Secret Garden - Musical

    The Secret Garden - Musical (2013)
    Theater by Aria Entertainment/Matthew Gould Ben Weatherstaff

  • Adrian Mole The Musical (Workshop)

    Adrian Mole The Musical (Workshop) (2013)
    Theater by Curve Theatre/Luke Sheppard Bert Baxter

  • Song For Marion

    Song For Marion (2012)
    Voice-over by Steel Mill Productions/Paul Andrew Williams Additional Dialogue Replacement

  • It's A Wonderful Life - The Musical

    It's A Wonderful Life - The Musical (2011)
    Theater by Bruce James Productions Henry Potter

  • Love Tales

    Love Tales (2010)
    Film by Red Frame Films/Nihat Seven Douglas

  • The Tudors IV

    The Tudors IV (2009)
    Television by Ciaran Donnelly - HBO Productions Sergeant-at-Arms

  • Criminal Justice II

    Criminal Justice II (2009)
    Television by BBC TV/Mark Jobst Juror

  • SpongeBob SquarePants - The Musical

    SpongeBob SquarePants - The Musical (2009)
    Theater by Nickleodeon/Alson Pollard Mr Eugene Krabs

  • Born Yesterday

    Born Yesterday (2008)
    Film (short) by Kate Golledge Police Sergeant

  • Footloose - The Musical

    Footloose - The Musical (2008)
    Theater by Mark Groucher Productions/Karen Bruce Reverened Shaw Moore


Education

  • Newcastle Polytechnic - B.A. (Hons)
    (1981-1984)

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