GREGORY PAUL MARTIN
Highly creative, ever curious, with an insatiable thirst for knowledge and new experiences, an innovator and a risk-taker imbued with fierce passion, perseverance, and self-discipline, the epitome of the Renaissance ideal, polymath actor/writer/director/producer in theater, film, television and literature, Gregory Paul Martin trained at London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, his early career as an actor in London including performances opposite Sir Daniel Day Lewis in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at The Old Vic and Sir Ian McKellen at The Royal Court in the world premiere of Bent. In 1981 he moved to New York, making his American stage debut opposite the notorious Kevin Spacey in Barry Keefe’s Barbarians at Soho Rep, going on to play the title role in Peer Gynt at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis.
Turning down an offer from producer Aaron Spelling to star in the biggest nighttime television series of the ‘80s, Dynasty, Gregory chose instead to play the starring role of Marco Santorelli in the CBS mini-series Ellis Island opposite Liam Neeson, Natasha Richardson, and the late, great Richard Burton, as a result of his compelling performance invited to screen test for the role of James Bond, losing out to Timothy Dalton because the producers considered him too young for Bond at the time. Accepting an offer from Universal Television to create his own TV series, in 1985 he moved to Hollywood, during his time under contract there guest starring in the hit Universal series, Murder She Wrote, opposite Angela Lansbury, commuting from LA to Atlanta to play the title role in Shakespeare’s Hamlet at The Alliance Theater.
While in LA Gregory sold his first screenplay to Sony/TriStar pictures, keeping his hand in with his always prolific stage work by creating, directing and producing a double bill of his own one man theater versions of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and Dylan Thomas’ A Child’s Christmas In Wales for inner city children, the countless movies and TV shows he appeared in during his time in LA including Warner Brothers’ A Walk In The Clouds starring Keanu Reeves and Anthony Quinn, Memoirs Of An Invisible Man with Darryl Hannah and Sam Neil, the Ellen Degeneres sitcom, Ellen, and guest starring roles on a host of other night time TV series and sitcoms.
In 2019 he launched his own production company, King of Kings Worldwide, in London, King of Kings' production slate abundant, rich, and diverse with over forty projects in his treasure trove, all of those projects authored by him — The Circus, the Mad Men of rock n roll for television; Tsar Lear, an adaptation of Shakespeare's King Lear set in Tsarist Russia, Werewolves of London, a spoof of the werewolf genre written for Ben Stiller and Steve Coogan; Strange Days, a dark comedy about Jim Morrison starring Joaquin Phoenix and Howard Stern; Redemption, a profound Dostoyevskian serial killer thriller he described as The Silence Of The Lambs meets The Shining; and Cabal, a dystopian, low-tech geopolitical thriller for our times, both the latter projects currently being completed as novels.
In 2021, he will be performing a self-penned one man show off Broadway and in London about Edward De Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford, the true author of the works of Shakespeare, later in the year producing a one man double bill of Harold Pinter’s One For The Road and Barry Collins’ Judgement, in addition publishing his memoir about his life growing up in the eye of the storm of The Beatles.
For most of his adulthood Gregory has led a double life as a master astrologer, in 2019 self-publishing a book titled Watch It Come Down in which he correctly predicted precisely what is happening in America today. Hosting webinars and podcasts on astrology whenever time permits, in the future he anticipates writing several books on the art, including one for children.
Gregory’s wife, Cherie Rose Martin, is a luxury lifestyle travel designer as well as the star of his upcoming blue sky reality television series, The Bubbly Bon Vivant.
He is the eldest son of The Beatles producer, Sir George Martin.