• Interviewee

    Jessica Martin

  • Portrayed

    Mags in Doctor Who, 1988-1989

Jessica Martin has been an entertainer for most of her adult life. She was singing professionally with her father, jazz pianist Ido Martin, from the tender age of sixteen.

After graduating from London University, she found herself performing on the comedy fringe circuit as an impressionist with the likes of Rory Bremner and Harry Enfield. This quickly led to a successful television career as an impressionist on shows such as Copycats and Spitting Image.

Jessica crossed over to the world of theatre where she scored great success playing Sally Smith opposite Gary Wilmot in the musical Me and My Girl in a two year run at the Adelphi Theatre and UK tour. She has continued playing leading roles in musical theatre and most recently played Emily in the West End premiere of Elf: The Musical at the Dominion Theatre.

Television credits include Bobby Davro’s TV Weekly, Best Ever Spitting Image (ITV), The Astonished Heart (BBC), and regular characters in Spitting Image (ITV) for four years. She also appeared famously as Mags in the highly acclaimed Doctor Who story The Great Show in the Galaxy (BBC).

Jessica is now enjoying a burgeoning extra career as a comic writer and artist. Her main themes are film history and stories with a strong female protagonist. Her first graphic novel Elsie Harris Picture Palace, set in the Thirties film industry was published in 2015.

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