Martin Shaw : The Biography Hardback
After making his name as Doyle in "The Professionals" in the 1970s, Martin Shaw's career has gone from strength to strength.
Now the star of the BBC hit drama, "Judge John Deed", Martin is also currently treading the boards on the London stage in "A Man for All Seasons".
One of Britain's most popular and versatile actors, Martin has played over one hundred television roles as well as a host of distinguished and critically acclaimed lead theatrical parts.
Based on a series of interviews and recollections from famous friends, relatives and co-stars of both stage and screen, this is a revealing and honest portrait of the notoriously reluctant but hugely popular star.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 288 pages, 2X8 b/w illustrations
- Publisher: John Blake Publishing Ltd
- Publication Date: 29/09/2006
- Category: Theatre studies
- ISBN: 9781844542956
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Review by mstrust
Shaw became mega-famous in the 70's show, The Professionals (check out the thousands of clips and music compilations on youtube), then came a two-year run in a play about Elvis' last hours, big budget mini-series on Captain Scott, Cecil Rhodes and The Scarlet Pimpernel, the Judge John Deed series, then having P.D. James herself approve him for the role of Adam Dalgliesh... the guy has had a long and successful career.This bio would be good for anyone wanting the basics of Shaw's life, and it was clearly written with his cooperation, which means that there are plenty of quotes directly from him, but also means that this bio can read like it's Shaw's own cheerleading squad in places. Three marriages come to an end with barely a blip, television shows that are on the top of the ratings suddenly aren't mentioned again, and dates are given on what seems to be a need-to-know-basis. This certainly isn't the most professional (oh, ha ha) job I've seen, but it isn't the worst either, and it does have some info I hadn't seen elsewhere. Recommended for fans.