Dec 12, 2012 00:00 By Claire Donnelly
With his Toby jug ears, fleshy lips and wide, wonky grin, his is one of the most recognisable faces on British TV.
But, as actor Martin Clunes readily admits, there was a time when he worried that his unconventional looks would prevent him being a success.
Decades later – with hugely popular roles in Men Behaving Badly and Doc Martin under his belt – he’s finally come to love the “odd” face that’s turned him into a national treasure as well as made his fortune.
He has carved a career out of playing interesting rather than romantic leads and he says he wouldn’t have it any other way. “I never intended to be a leading man because I’m tall and odd-looking,” he laughs. “And I’m certainly no sex symbol, no, no, no.
“I’ve never been a leading man in the Brad Pitt, Hugh Grant way, that kind of traditional romantic lead.
“I’m no Martin Shaw if you know what I mean, I’m not that kind of hero.
“But I don’t want to watch me being a hero, frankly. No, I’ve always played oddballs or an undertaker or a nasty doctor or a silly flatmate – but not Mr Handsome Saves The Day.”
At the start of Martin’s career, his cousin, the actor Jeremy Brett, even offered to pay for his cosmetic surgery – to have his ears pinned back.
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