Millicent Martin Biography

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Birth Name: Millicent Martin
Born: 06/08/1934
Birth Place: Romford, England, GB


Millicent Mary Lillian Martin (born 8 June 1934) is an English actress, singer and comedian.

Martin was born in Romford, England. She made her Broadway debut opposite Julie Andrews in ''The Boy Friend'' in 1954. Her additional New York City theatre credits include ''42nd Street'', ''Side by Side by Sondheim'', and ''King of Hearts'' (she was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for the latter two). In London's West End, she starred opposite Jim Dale in ''The Card'' in 1975.



During the early 1960s, Martin became known to television audiences as the resident singer of topical songs on the weekly satire show ''That Was The Week That Was''. One of the songs she sang on the show, the John F. Kennedy tribute "In the Summer of His Years," was released as a single and "bubbled under" the Billboard Hot 100 chart at #104 in 1963 (but was outcharted by a cover version by Connie Francis, which reached #46). She also appeared in the 1966 film ''Alfie''.

Martin had her own BBC television series between 1964 and 1966, titled ''Mainly Millicent'' for the first two series, and shortened to ''Millicent'' for the third and final series. In one episode, Martin and guest-star Roger Moore performed a comedy skit in which Moore played secret agent James Bond prior to his casting in that role.

In 1988 Martin joined the London production of the Sondheim musical ''Follies'' starring with Eartha Kitt.

Martin appeared as Gladys Moon in 13 episodes of ''Moon And Son'', a 1992 BBC detective series created by Robert Banks Stewart, and co-starring John Michie.

In 2005 she had a small part in the film, ''Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont'' which starred Joan Plowright.

Her later television roles include Gertrude Moon, Daphne Moon's Mancunian mother, in the American sit-com ''Frasier''. She has worked for the Disney Channel, starring in the shows ''The Suite Life of Zack & Cody'', ''JONAS'', and in the movie ''Return to Halloweentown''. Other performances include guest roles in ''The Drew Carey Show'', ''Will & Grace'', and ''Days of our Lives''. She also had a small role on an episode of Gilmore Girls.

In 2008, she appeared at the Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park with Topol, Linda Thorson and Lisa O'Hare in the Lerner & Lowe musical, ''Gigi''.

Martin was married to the pop singer Ronnie Carroll from 1958 until 1965, and to the actor Norman Eshley, but both marriages ended in divorce. She has been married to an American, Marc Alexander, since 1978, and is now a permanent resident of the United States.




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