One To Watch – Anna Maxwell Martin

Words by Naomi Jeffreys

Anna Maxwell Martin, you may have heard of this name, she is an actor who is frequently in ground breaking dramas, such as Accused and Poppy Shakespeare.

Born in Beverley, near Hull in Yorkshire, she was in school plays and clearly had a talent for acting. She studied History at Liverpool University, and then went on to study at London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.


Her first job was as London’s acclaimed National Theatre in a stage adaptation of Phillip Pullman’s His Dark Materials as Lyra. She then went on to start her television career, starring in Doctor Who. 

Maxwell Martin is perhaps best known for her role as Esther in the BBC adaptation of Charles Dickens’ novel, A Bleak House. Which started her silver screen career.

She was then cast in 2007 in Becoming Jane, alongside Anne Hathway (Princess Diaries) and James McAvoy (Atonement).

From 2008 onwards, Maxwell Martin was frequently on our screens, starring in Poppy Shakespeare, Freefall, South Riding, The Night Watch. And, most recently she starred as Susan in The Bletchley Circle. 

This is an actor who has a great range and is not afraid to show it. Anna Maxwell Martin is one to watch, make sure you do.

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