Starlight Express and Blood Brothers actor Graham Martin has died
Tributes poured in online for the actor
Actor Graham Martin died this week, his agents Savages Management have announced.
Revealing the news in a post online, the agency said: "Our beloved client Graham Martin has passed away. G was one of the nicest, kindest and most talented performers, much loved by all who knew him. We are devastated at the news and send love and condolences to his family. Rest in Peace G. It was a privilege. We will miss you xxx."
Martin, who trained at Arts Ed in London, played the role of Dustin in Starlight Express for a number of years between 1992 to 2000 at Apollo Victoria. Other roles included Simeon in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (UK tour), Tommy (UK tour) and most recently he appeared in the touring production of Blood Brothers.
A number of tributes came in for Martin online:
Gutted to hear this news , what a top bloke he was ...shine on G— Shane Richie (@realshanerichie) May 1, 2020
A truly sad day, but incredible to see all the love for @gramartin . The kindest man & with a bloody good sense of humour too. "Now Shaun, what you havin for your tea?".— Shaun McCourt (@shaunmc1986) May 1, 2020
A true gent. You will he missed G. Thanks for the smiles and the Jellicle dance moves. pic.twitter.com/TZzoVMmQX7
Heartbroken over the news of Graham Martin passing, I had the privilege of seeing him perform 3 times in Blood Brothers. He was so incredibly talented. Rest In Peace— c (@favestanz) May 1, 2020
Incredibly sad news about the passing of G, a wonderfully kind man and a fine talent. It was a pleasure to get to work with you on a show that was a big part of your life.— Scott Alder (@Scott_Alder) May 1, 2020
RIP @gramartin x
devastated to hear the news about my friend and colleague gramartin passing away. Was an honour to share the stage with you!!!! You was so loved my mate!! RIP https://t.co/jrH7rEW0Wk— Alex Patmore (@Alex_Patmore20) May 1, 2020
Just learnt of the passing of an old Blood Brothers colleague of mine. @gramartin was a brilliant actor who taught me so much. Shocked and saddened to learn he's no longer with us. Sleep well, G-Dog x pic.twitter.com/Smn6e7qcNY— Adam Stevens (@adamstevensacts) May 1, 2020
Absolutely crushed by the news that @gramartin is no longer with us, I'm sure many will feel the same. He was loved, respected and admired by all those who knew him, an absolute gem of a guy and someone I looked forward to seeing every day at work! We love you G, sleep well mate pic.twitter.com/Cux3Cf86WJ— Josh Capper (@Joshcapper) May 1, 2020
Devasted at the news of @gramartin ‘s passing. A true gent, a lovely man & the most consistent professional I ever had the pleasure of working with. So sad that he's gone. Not decided what I'm gonna have for tea tonight yet G-Dog, but I'll let you know. pic.twitter.com/whEIc5I9o6— Karl Greenwood (@_KarlGreenwood_) May 1, 2020
I cherish every moment spent with my dear friend. Every memory vivid. Graham Martin https://t.co/r5xlYEpZHF— Richard Mylan (@RichardMylan) May 1, 2020
Raising a glass to the incomparable Graham Martin this evening. So sad. Rest easy, Graham.— Kim Shepherd (@KimShepherd_) May 1, 2020
I'm really sad to hear about Graham Martin. Always a highlight of the Blood Brothers tour.— Dawn Jones (@the_lilrunaway) May 1, 2020
It gives me great sadness, with a very heavy heart to announce the passing of Graham this week.— Ian reid (@Ianreid9) May 1, 2020
He will be sadly missed by his family at home. And also his vast stage family and friends.
Take mam dancing kidda.
Your broken hearted family.
Dad, Ian, Winnie and Ethan. XXXX https://t.co/On0lXhBXkZ
Me & Graham Martin in 1992. We played Flat Top & Dustin in Starlight Express London for 2 years. He taught me so so much, on & off stage. Thank you Ham. pic.twitter.com/8uAvWQL3PF— Richard Mylan (@RichardMylan) May 1, 2020
It is with deep pain and regret that I write this post to inform you all that the dear Graham Martin has passed away.— BloodBrothersTour (@TourBlood) May 1, 2020
Graham was an amazing man, so kind and caring and he will be missed dearly.
I'll post a proper tribute when the time is right.
Rest in Paradise Graham
I am heartbroken to let you know that Graham Martin has passed away.— Ethan Redmond (@EthanRedmond500) May 1, 2020
Many will have known him for many years as the man with the million costumes, the ultimate Policeman/Teacher, & other roles.
One of the kindest and generous people off stage.
RIP Graham, GBNF@gohbelfast pic.twitter.com/9kW7hwppGL
Terrible to hear of the passing of Boro actor Graham Martin. A fantastic performer and one of the nicest blokes you could wish to meet. Sending love to all his family and friends. Rest in peace Martin x— Neil Grainger (@GraingerNeil) May 1, 2020
You beautiful man @gramartin. One of the kindest, most talented and funniest people I have ever known. Heartbroken you've gone. I'll miss you so much. RIP and sleep tight. x pic.twitter.com/5MeBx1y3iq— Louisa Hannan (@louhannan) May 1, 2020
Oh @gramartin , I wish I could jump into this photo & tell you how much you inspired me as a young actor. Your professionalism is something I aspire to & sharing nearly 100 dressing rooms with you is a privilege I will always cherish. I'll have a nice tea tonight, just for you x pic.twitter.com/71ReUjWuJc— Jonny Vickers (@jonnyvickers) May 1, 2020