Martine McCutcheon

Martine McCutcheon

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Martine McCutcheon
Born Martine Kimberley Sherrie Ponting
(1976-05-14) 14 May 1976 (age 41)
Hackney, London, England, United Kingdom
Nationality English
Occupation Actress, singer
Years active 1988–present
Spouse(s) Jack McManus (m. 2012)
Children 1
Musical career
Genres Pop
Years active 1992–2002, 2017–present
Labels Innocent, Virgin, Liberty, BMG

Martine Kimberley Sherrie McCutcheon (born Martine Kimberley Sherrie Ponting, 14 May 1976), is an English singer, television personality and actress. McCutcheon’s first television role was the role of Mandy in the TV show Bluebirds in 1989. She also had minor success as one third of the pop group Milan in the early 1990s, but it was her role as Tiffany Mitchell in the BBC‘s EastEnders that she is best remembered for, as well has her role in the 2003 romantic comedy Love Actually. For the former she won the 1997 National Television Award, while for the latter she received the 2004 Empire Award and the 2004 MTV Movie Award. She was written out of EastEnders at the end of 1998 and then embarked on a pop career, this time as a solo artist.

McCutcheon’s debut studio album You Me & Us (1999) peaked at No. 2 in the UK, was certified platinum and spawned the UK No. 1 single “Perfect Moment” and two other top 10 hits. Her second studio album, Wishing (2000), was less successful, peaking at No. 25. However, it produced two top 10 singles and was certified gold. Her pop career stalled because of the poor reception of her third album, Musicality in 2002, which only reached No. 55 in the UK and received silver certification. She has since appeared on various television programmes, in films and on stage in My Fair Lady, where her portrayal of Eliza Doolittle won her a Laurence Olivier Award in 2002. She released her autobiography Who Does She Think She Is? in 2000. In 2017, she returned to music with the album Lost and Found, which peaked at No. 17 in the UK, becoming her highest-charting album since her debut.

Early life[edit]

Martine Kimberley Sherrie Ponting[1] was born on 14 May 1976 at the Salvation Army Mothers’ Hospital in the London Borough of Hackney[2] to Jenny Ponting and Thomas “Keith” Hemmings.[3] While in a relationship with Keith, Jenny experienced domestic violence, which continued for many years after their split.[4] After one of many incidents in which he attempted to kill both Jenny and Martine, he was arrested and later charged and remanded in custody for six months.[5] Jenny then met John McCutcheon, whom she later married.[6] [7] When Martine was nine, Keith contacted Jenny and asked for access to her. Jenny refused prompting him to seek sole custody of Martine through the courts. He eventually lost the case, was denied any access to Martine until she was 18, and told that he could not apply for it again due to his past behavior.[7] Shortly after, her surname was changed to her stepfather’s, McCutcheon.[8] When Martine was sixteen, her mother gave birth to her half-brother, Laurence “LJ”.[9] Jenny and John eventually divorced, and she married Alan Tomlin in 2000.[10][11]

McCutcheon attended a nursery school in Colchester, Essex,[12] and later the Shacklewell Infants’ School in Hackney, where she performed in her first play Away in a Manger, before progressing to the Shacklewell Juniors’ School at the age of six, where she appeared in more plays, including Noah’s Ark.[13] At the age of five, she began to attend extra dance classes, and later enrolled in a dance school in Stoke Newington.[14] Shortly before her tenth birthday, she successfully auditioned for a place at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts.[15] However, due to the changing policy of the Inner London Education Authority (ILEA) she was no longer eligible for the grant she was supposed to receive for coming second in the audition, and with no financial support she was forced to withdraw.[16] Instead, she began to attend Italia Conti’s Saturday lessons.[17] Later, the Reeves Foundation, a Church of England charity based in Moorgate, offered McCutchon a grant, and she was able to enrol at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts.[18] She finished school with nine GCSEs.[19]

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

At the age of 12, McCutcheon obtained her first acting role and was paid £350 to appear in an American television commercial for the drink Kool-Aid, which was followed by modelling assignments and bit parts in TV shows.[20] She was given the part of Mandy in the TV series Bluebirds (1989) alongside Barbara Windsor, and played Susan, Jane’s sister (played by Denise van Outen), in the Anthony Newly directed production of Stop the World – I Want to Get Off, at the Churchill Theatre in Bromley, London, later transferred to the West End Lyric Theatre in Shaftesbury Avenue.[21] This was followed by two guest appearances on the ITV police drama The Bill in 1991 and 1992. McCutcheon also appeared in the music video for the song “Caribbean Blue” by Irish singer Enya. By the time she was 15, she was part of an all-girl group, Milan, with two fellow pupils, and landed a record contract with Polydor and a gig touring as the warm-up act for the British boyband, East 17. Milan were reasonably successful. Three of their singles: “Is It Love You’re After“, “Affectionately Mine” and “Lead Me On”, charted in the top ten of the dance charts, with the latter also making it to the top 100 of the UK Singles Chart.[22] However, they were not successful enough to make a living and disbanded.[23][20]

EastEnders[edit]

In 1994, McCutcheon was offered the small part of Tiffany Raymond on the popular BBC soap opera EastEnders. The role of Tiffany grew as did McCutcheon’s popularity and 22 million viewers tuned in to see her final scenes in Albert Square in 1998 when her character was killed off in a special episode screened on New Years Eve.[24] In reality, McCutcheon had decided to leave the soap in order to embark on a pop career and the death of her character was not viewed favourably by the actress as she had intended to return.[25] Since leaving the show, McCutcheon has publicly slammed the BBC’s “Controller of Continuing Drama Series”, Mal Young, who made the decision to kill her character. She accused him of treating her unfairly and bringing her role in the soap to an end so irrevocably, merely as punishment for leaving.[20] In turn, Young has hit back at McCutcheon, saying her anger only arose because she wanted him to keep her role in EastEnders open as a “safety net”, in case her pop career failed, and he was not prepared to do this.[20]

For her portrayal of the character she received the 1997 National Television Award for Most Popular Actress and the 1998 TV Quick Award for Best Actress.[26]

Pop career[edit]

McCutcheon’s first appearance on the charts occurred in 1995 on a minor dance song “Are You Man Enough” with the dance producers Uno Clio. A promotional video was also produced. In 1999, she debuted as a solo pop artist with Virgin Records and scored a number one on the UK Singles Chart with the ballad “Perfect Moment” (originally recorded by Edyta Górniak in 1997). Also that year, she had two more top 10 entries, reaching number six with two singles: “I’ve Got You” and later with “Talking in Your Sleep“, which featured the double A-sideLove Me“, an album track that was re-recorded for the Children in Need appeal with all proceeds being donated to that cause. The three singles were taken from her debut album, You Me & Us, which peaked at number two on the UK Albums Chart and was certified platinum by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI).

In 2000, McCutcheon released her second album, Wishing, which was less successful, charting at number 25 in the UK. The album spawned two singles – the number two hit “I’m Over You” and the follow-up song, a cover of the Donna Summer classic “On the Radio” which peaked at number seven. Despite peaking at only number 25, the album still managed to sell around 250,000 copies, and received a gold certification from BPI. McCutcheon released her third album, Musicality, a Broadway-influenced cover album, in 2002. It reached number 55 in the UK and was certified silver by BPI, however her pop career stalled when her recording contract was cancelled due to poor sales.[20] Her two-CD best-of-album called The Collection was released in September 2012.[27]

McCutcheon returned to music in 2017 with her fourth studio album, Lost and Found, released in August by BMG. Its lead single, “Say I’m Not Alone” was released on 30 May 2017.[28] The album peaked at number 17 in the UK, becoming McCutcheon’s highest-charting album since the release of You Me & Us.[29]

Film, stage and television[edit]

McCutcheon appears in pantomines regularly.[30] She appeared in ITV’s The Knock as well as the British film Kiss Kiss (Bang Bang) in 2000. She went on to play Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady at the National Theatre in London. Despite missing many performances (citing health problems) and withdrawing nearly five months early from the production’s transfer to the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane,[31] she won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical at the 2002 ceremony.

In 2002, McCutcheon presented the National Music Awards for ITV1 and in 2003 she featured in her only major film role. She appeared as tea-lady Natalie in the Richard Curtis romantic comedy Love Actually, where the British Prime Minister (played by Hugh Grant) falls in love with McCutcheon’s character. The film received good reviews and was a box office success. McCutcheon went to America in the wake of the film’s success, but a Hollywood career did not materialise. However, she did win the MTV Movie Award for Best Trans-Atlantic Breakthrough Performer. She also won the Empire Award for Best Newcomer at the 9th Empire Awards 2004 ceremony.

In September 2005, she appeared in two episodes of BBC drama series Spooks. Screened on the UK television network ITV1 in December 2005, McCutcheon appeared in The English Harem, playing a woman in love with a Muslim man (Art Malik), who marries him, despite knowing he already has two wives. That same year she presented and performed on ITV’s entertainment programme, Moviemusic Mania. In 2007, McCutcheon was seen in two independent films, Withdrawal and Jump!, as well as the Agatha Christie’s Marple television series episode “At Bertram’s Hotel”. She was also a judge for the second series of ITV1’s Soapstar Superstar. Her appearance on the show drew criticism, with reports alleging that she was becoming a hate figure for the contestants, who were said to have found her comments relentlessly critical and at times patronising.[32] She performed in an Art Plus fundraising event at the Whitechapel Art Gallery opposite Natalie Press, Samantha Morton and Rhys Ifans, and in January 2008 she featured in the ITV soap Echo Beach as the character Susan Penwarden.[33]

In September 2016, McCutcheon was announced as a regular panellist on the ITV daytime show Loose Women, after making a few guest appearances on the show earlier in the year.[34] She left the show in 2017 after one season.

Other work[edit]

McCutcheon released her autobiography, Who Does She Think She Is? in 2000, and in 2003 Martine McCutcheon: Behind the Scenes – A Personal Diary, was published by HarperCollins. McCutcheon was one of many celebrities who featured in a 2004 promotional film for London’s successful bid for the 2012 Summer Olympics. A fitness DVD, Martine McCutcheon: Dance Body, was released in December 2005.

In 2006, the supermarket chain, Tesco, announced that they would be using McCutcheon in a series of adverts to promote a new green scheme for recycling used plastic carrier bags.[35] In 2009, her first novel, The Mistress, was published by Pan MacMillan.[36] From 2010 until 2011, she was the face on Danone‘s UK advertising campaign for its Activia yogurt brand.[37]

Personal life[edit]

McCutcheon was engaged to DJ Gareth Cooke, but broke off the relationship in 1996.[38] She was also in a relationship with Jonathan Barnham,[39] with whom she fell pregnant in 1999, however she miscarried.[40] McCutcheon married singer Jack McManus[41] at Lake Como in September 2012.[42] The couple had been dating since 2009.[43] On 4 February 2015, she gave birth to a son, Rafferty Jack McManus.[44]

In 2013, she was declared bankrupt by the Kingston upon Thames County Court with creditors including HM Revenue and Customs.[45]

In July 2014, she was awarded an Honorary Degree by the University of Bolton for her services to entertainment.[46]

Filmography[edit]

Films
Year Title Role Notes
1999 Martine McCutcheon: This Is My Moment Herself TV movie documentary
2001 Kiss Kiss (Bang Bang) Mia
2002 Martine Herself TV movie
2003 Love Actually Natalie 2004 Empire Award for Best Newcomer
2004 MTV Movie Award for Best Trans-Atlantic Breakthrough Performer
2005 The English Harem Tracy Pringle TV movie
2006 Withdrawal Bonnie Short
2008 Jump! Liuba Halsman
2013 The Home Office Jane TV movie
2017 Red Nose Day Actually Natalie Television short film
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1989 Bluebirds Mandy 6 episodes
1991 The Bill Paper Girls Season 7, Episode 53 “Skeletons”
1992 Amanda Jones Season 8, Episode 57 “A Scandalous Act”
1995–1998 EastEnders Tiffany Mitchell 364 episodes
1997 National Television Award for Most Popular Actress
1998 TV Quick Award for Best Actress[26]
Nominated—1999 British Soap Award for Best Exit
2000 The Knock Jenny Foster Season 5, Episode 2
2005 Spooks Tash Season 4, 2 episodes (uncredited)
2007 Agatha Christie’s Marple Jane Cooper Season 3, Episode 1 “At Bertram’s Hotel”
Soapstar Superstar Herself/Judge Series 2
2008 Echo Beach Susan Penwarden Season 1, 12 episodes
Moving Wallpaper Herself Season 1, 4 episodes (uncredited)
Moving Wallpaper: The Mole Herself Short, Season 1, 2 episodes (uncredited)
2012 Let’s Get Gold Herself/Judge
2013 Midsomer Murders Debbie Moffett Season 15, Episode 6 “Schooled in Murder”
2016–2017 Loose Women Herself/Panellist Series 21
Video
Year Title Role Notes
2005 Martine McCutcheon: Dance Body Herself Fitness DVD

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions Certifications
UK
[47]
You Me & Us
  • Released: 6 September 1999
  • Label: Innocent, Virgin
  • Formats: CD, digital download
2
Wishing
  • Released: 13 November 2000
  • Label: Innocent, Virgin
  • Formats: CD, digital download
25
Musicality
  • Released: 2 December 2002
  • Label: Liberty
  • Formats: CD, digital download
55
Lost and Found
  • Released: 11 August 2017
  • Label: BMG
  • Formats: CD, digital download
17

Compilation albums[edit]

Title Details
The Collection[27]
  • Released: 18 September 2012
  • Label: Music Club Deluxe
  • Formats: CD, digital download

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
UK
[47]
GER
[49]
IRL
[50]
Perfect Moment 1999 1 100 3 You Me & Us
“I’ve Got You” 6 17
Talking in Your Sleep“/”Love Me 6 26
“I’m Over You” 2000 2 23 Wishing
On the Radio 2001 7 18
“Say I’m Not Alone” 2017 Lost and Found
“Any Sign of Life”
“Maybe I Should Run”
“—” denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
UK
[47]
“Are You Man Enough”
(Uno Clio featuring Martine McCutcheon)
1995 62 Non-album single

Other appearances[edit]

Title Year Album
Mamma Mia 1999 ABBAmania
I Could Have Danced All Night 2001 My Fair Lady (2001 London Cast Recording)
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Martine McCutcheon

Martine McCutcheon

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Martine McCutcheon
Born Martine Kimberley Sherrie Ponting
(1976-05-14) 14 May 1976 (age 41)
Hackney, London, England, United Kingdom
Nationality English
Occupation Actress, singer
Years active 1988–present
Spouse(s) Jack McManus (m. 2012)
Children 1
Musical career
Genres Pop
Years active 1992–2002, 2017–present
Labels Innocent, Virgin, Liberty, BMG

Martine Kimberley Sherrie McCutcheon (born Martine Kimberley Sherrie Ponting, 14 May 1976), is an English singer, television personality and actress. McCutcheon’s first television role was the role of Mandy in the TV show Bluebirds in 1989. She also had minor success as one third of the pop group Milan in the early 1990s, but it was her role as Tiffany Mitchell in the BBC‘s EastEnders that she is best remembered for, as well has her role in the 2003 romantic comedy Love Actually. For the former she won the 1997 National Television Award, while for the latter she received the 2004 Empire Award and the 2004 MTV Movie Award. She was written out of EastEnders at the end of 1998 and then embarked on a pop career, this time as a solo artist.

McCutcheon’s debut studio album You Me & Us (1999) peaked at No. 2 in the UK, was certified platinum and spawned the UK No. 1 single “Perfect Moment” and two other top 10 hits. Her second studio album, Wishing (2000), was less successful, peaking at No. 25. However, it produced two top 10 singles and was certified gold. Her pop career stalled because of the poor reception of her third album, Musicality in 2002, which only reached No. 55 in the UK and received silver certification. She has since appeared on various television programmes, in films and on stage in My Fair Lady, where her portrayal of Eliza Doolittle won her a Laurence Olivier Award in 2002. She released her autobiography Who Does She Think She Is? in 2000. In 2017, she returned to music with the album Lost and Found, which peaked at No. 17 in the UK, becoming her highest-charting album since her debut.

Early life[edit]

Martine Kimberley Sherrie Ponting[1] was born on 14 May 1976 at the Salvation Army Mothers’ Hospital in the London Borough of Hackney[2] to Jenny Ponting and Thomas “Keith” Hemmings.[3] While in a relationship with Keith, Jenny experienced domestic violence, which continued for many years after their split.[4] After one of many incidents in which he attempted to kill both Jenny and Martine, he was arrested and later charged and remanded in custody for six months.[5] Jenny then met John McCutcheon, whom she later married.[6] [7] When Martine was nine, Keith contacted Jenny and asked for access to her. Jenny refused prompting him to seek sole custody of Martine through the courts. He eventually lost the case, was denied any access to Martine until she was 18, and told that he could not apply for it again due to his past behavior.[7] Shortly after, her surname was changed to her stepfather’s, McCutcheon.[8] When Martine was sixteen, her mother gave birth to her half-brother, Laurence “LJ”.[9] Jenny and John eventually divorced, and she married Alan Tomlin in 2000.[10][11]

McCutcheon attended a nursery school in Colchester, Essex,[12] and later the Shacklewell Infants’ School in Hackney, where she performed in her first play Away in a Manger, before progressing to the Shacklewell Juniors’ School at the age of six, where she appeared in more plays, including Noah’s Ark.[13] At the age of five, she began to attend extra dance classes, and later enrolled in a dance school in Stoke Newington.[14] Shortly before her tenth birthday, she successfully auditioned for a place at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts.[15] However, due to the changing policy of the Inner London Education Authority (ILEA) she was no longer eligible for the grant she was supposed to receive for coming second in the audition, and with no financial support she was forced to withdraw.[16] Instead, she began to attend Italia Conti’s Saturday lessons.[17] Later, the Reeves Foundation, a Church of England charity based in Moorgate, offered McCutchon a grant, and she was able to enrol at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts.[18] She finished school with nine GCSEs.[19]

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

At the age of 12, McCutcheon obtained her first acting role and was paid £350 to appear in an American television commercial for the drink Kool-Aid, which was followed by modelling assignments and bit parts in TV shows.[20] She was given the part of Mandy in the TV series Bluebirds (1989) alongside Barbara Windsor, and played Susan, Jane’s sister (played by Denise van Outen), in the Anthony Newly directed production of Stop the World – I Want to Get Off, at the Churchill Theatre in Bromley, London, later transferred to the West End Lyric Theatre in Shaftesbury Avenue.[21] This was followed by two guest appearances on the ITV police drama The Bill in 1991 and 1992. McCutcheon also appeared in the music video for the song “Caribbean Blue” by Irish singer Enya. By the time she was 15, she was part of an all-girl group, Milan, with two fellow pupils, and landed a record contract with Polydor and a gig touring as the warm-up act for the British boyband, East 17. Milan were reasonably successful. Three of their singles: “Is It Love You’re After“, “Affectionately Mine” and “Lead Me On”, charted in the top ten of the dance charts, with the latter also making it to the top 100 of the UK Singles Chart.[22] However, they were not successful enough to make a living and disbanded.[23][20]

EastEnders[edit]

In 1994, McCutcheon was offered the small part of Tiffany Raymond on the popular BBC soap opera EastEnders. The role of Tiffany grew as did McCutcheon’s popularity and 22 million viewers tuned in to see her final scenes in Albert Square in 1998 when her character was killed off in a special episode screened on New Years Eve.[24] In reality, McCutcheon had decided to leave the soap in order to embark on a pop career and the death of her character was not viewed favourably by the actress as she had intended to return.[25] Since leaving the show, McCutcheon has publicly slammed the BBC’s “Controller of Continuing Drama Series”, Mal Young, who made the decision to kill her character. She accused him of treating her unfairly and bringing her role in the soap to an end so irrevocably, merely as punishment for leaving.[20] In turn, Young has hit back at McCutcheon, saying her anger only arose because she wanted him to keep her role in EastEnders open as a “safety net”, in case her pop career failed, and he was not prepared to do this.[20]

For her portrayal of the character she received the 1997 National Television Award for Most Popular Actress and the 1998 TV Quick Award for Best Actress.[26]

Pop career[edit]

McCutcheon’s first appearance on the charts occurred in 1995 on a minor dance song “Are You Man Enough” with the dance producers Uno Clio. A promotional video was also produced. In 1999, she debuted as a solo pop artist with Virgin Records and scored a number one on the UK Singles Chart with the ballad “Perfect Moment” (originally recorded by Edyta Górniak in 1997). Also that year, she had two more top 10 entries, reaching number six with two singles: “I’ve Got You” and later with “Talking in Your Sleep“, which featured the double A-sideLove Me“, an album track that was re-recorded for the Children in Need appeal with all proceeds being donated to that cause. The three singles were taken from her debut album, You Me & Us, which peaked at number two on the UK Albums Chart and was certified platinum by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI).

In 2000, McCutcheon released her second album, Wishing, which was less successful, charting at number 25 in the UK. The album spawned two singles – the number two hit “I’m Over You” and the follow-up song, a cover of the Donna Summer classic “On the Radio” which peaked at number seven. Despite peaking at only number 25, the album still managed to sell around 250,000 copies, and received a gold certification from BPI. McCutcheon released her third album, Musicality, a Broadway-influenced cover album, in 2002. It reached number 55 in the UK and was certified silver by BPI, however her pop career stalled when her recording contract was cancelled due to poor sales.[20] Her two-CD best-of-album called The Collection was released in September 2012.[27]

McCutcheon returned to music in 2017 with her fourth studio album, Lost and Found, released in August by BMG. Its lead single, “Say I’m Not Alone” was released on 30 May 2017.[28] The album peaked at number 17 in the UK, becoming McCutcheon’s highest-charting album since the release of You Me & Us.[29]

Film, stage and television[edit]

McCutcheon appears in pantomines regularly.[30] She appeared in ITV’s The Knock as well as the British film Kiss Kiss (Bang Bang) in 2000. She went on to play Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady at the National Theatre in London. Despite missing many performances (citing health problems) and withdrawing nearly five months early from the production’s transfer to the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane,[31] she won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical at the 2002 ceremony.

In 2002, McCutcheon presented the National Music Awards for ITV1 and in 2003 she featured in her only major film role. She appeared as tea-lady Natalie in the Richard Curtis romantic comedy Love Actually, where the British Prime Minister (played by Hugh Grant) falls in love with McCutcheon’s character. The film received good reviews and was a box office success. McCutcheon went to America in the wake of the film’s success, but a Hollywood career did not materialise. However, she did win the MTV Movie Award for Best Trans-Atlantic Breakthrough Performer. She also won the Empire Award for Best Newcomer at the 9th Empire Awards 2004 ceremony.

In September 2005, she appeared in two episodes of BBC drama series Spooks. Screened on the UK television network ITV1 in December 2005, McCutcheon appeared in The English Harem, playing a woman in love with a Muslim man (Art Malik), who marries him, despite knowing he already has two wives. That same year she presented and performed on ITV’s entertainment programme, Moviemusic Mania. In 2007, McCutcheon was seen in two independent films, Withdrawal and Jump!, as well as the Agatha Christie’s Marple television series episode “At Bertram’s Hotel”. She was also a judge for the second series of ITV1’s Soapstar Superstar. Her appearance on the show drew criticism, with reports alleging that she was becoming a hate figure for the contestants, who were said to have found her comments relentlessly critical and at times patronising.[32] She performed in an Art Plus fundraising event at the Whitechapel Art Gallery opposite Natalie Press, Samantha Morton and Rhys Ifans, and in January 2008 she featured in the ITV soap Echo Beach as the character Susan Penwarden.[33]

In September 2016, McCutcheon was announced as a regular panellist on the ITV daytime show Loose Women, after making a few guest appearances on the show earlier in the year.[34] She left the show in 2017 after one season.

Other work[edit]

McCutcheon released her autobiography, Who Does She Think She Is? in 2000, and in 2003 Martine McCutcheon: Behind the Scenes – A Personal Diary, was published by HarperCollins. McCutcheon was one of many celebrities who featured in a 2004 promotional film for London’s successful bid for the 2012 Summer Olympics. A fitness DVD, Martine McCutcheon: Dance Body, was released in December 2005.

In 2006, the supermarket chain, Tesco, announced that they would be using McCutcheon in a series of adverts to promote a new green scheme for recycling used plastic carrier bags.[35] In 2009, her first novel, The Mistress, was published by Pan MacMillan.[36] From 2010 until 2011, she was the face on Danone‘s UK advertising campaign for its Activia yogurt brand.[37]

Personal life[edit]

McCutcheon was engaged to DJ Gareth Cooke, but broke off the relationship in 1996.[38] She was also in a relationship with Jonathan Barnham,[39] with whom she fell pregnant in 1999, however she miscarried.[40] McCutcheon married singer Jack McManus[41] at Lake Como in September 2012.[42] The couple had been dating since 2009.[43] On 4 February 2015, she gave birth to a son, Rafferty Jack McManus.[44]

In 2013, she was declared bankrupt by the Kingston upon Thames County Court with creditors including HM Revenue and Customs.[45]

In July 2014, she was awarded an Honorary Degree by the University of Bolton for her services to entertainment.[46]

Filmography[edit]

Films
Year Title Role Notes
1999 Martine McCutcheon: This Is My Moment Herself TV movie documentary
2001 Kiss Kiss (Bang Bang) Mia
2002 Martine Herself TV movie
2003 Love Actually Natalie 2004 Empire Award for Best Newcomer
2004 MTV Movie Award for Best Trans-Atlantic Breakthrough Performer
2005 The English Harem Tracy Pringle TV movie
2006 Withdrawal Bonnie Short
2008 Jump! Liuba Halsman
2013 The Home Office Jane TV movie
2017 Red Nose Day Actually Natalie Television short film
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1989 Bluebirds Mandy 6 episodes
1991 The Bill Paper Girls Season 7, Episode 53 “Skeletons”
1992 Amanda Jones Season 8, Episode 57 “A Scandalous Act”
1995–1998 EastEnders Tiffany Mitchell 364 episodes
1997 National Television Award for Most Popular Actress
1998 TV Quick Award for Best Actress[26]
Nominated—1999 British Soap Award for Best Exit
2000 The Knock Jenny Foster Season 5, Episode 2
2005 Spooks Tash Season 4, 2 episodes (uncredited)
2007 Agatha Christie’s Marple Jane Cooper Season 3, Episode 1 “At Bertram’s Hotel”
Soapstar Superstar Herself/Judge Series 2
2008 Echo Beach Susan Penwarden Season 1, 12 episodes
Moving Wallpaper Herself Season 1, 4 episodes (uncredited)
Moving Wallpaper: The Mole Herself Short, Season 1, 2 episodes (uncredited)
2012 Let’s Get Gold Herself/Judge
2013 Midsomer Murders Debbie Moffett Season 15, Episode 6 “Schooled in Murder”
2016–2017 Loose Women Herself/Panellist Series 21
Video
Year Title Role Notes
2005 Martine McCutcheon: Dance Body Herself Fitness DVD

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions Certifications
UK
[47]
You Me & Us
  • Released: 6 September 1999
  • Label: Innocent, Virgin
  • Formats: CD, digital download
2
Wishing
  • Released: 13 November 2000
  • Label: Innocent, Virgin
  • Formats: CD, digital download
25
Musicality
  • Released: 2 December 2002
  • Label: Liberty
  • Formats: CD, digital download
55
Lost and Found
  • Released: 11 August 2017
  • Label: BMG
  • Formats: CD, digital download
17

Compilation albums[edit]

Title Details
The Collection[27]
  • Released: 18 September 2012
  • Label: Music Club Deluxe
  • Formats: CD, digital download

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
UK
[47]
GER
[49]
IRL
[50]
Perfect Moment 1999 1 100 3 You Me & Us
“I’ve Got You” 6 17
Talking in Your Sleep“/”Love Me 6 26
“I’m Over You” 2000 2 23 Wishing
On the Radio 2001 7 18
“Say I’m Not Alone” 2017 Lost and Found
“Any Sign of Life”
“Maybe I Should Run”
“—” denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
UK
[47]
“Are You Man Enough”
(Uno Clio featuring Martine McCutcheon)
1995 62 Non-album single

Other appearances[edit]

Title Year Album
Mamma Mia 1999 ABBAmania
I Could Have Danced All Night 2001 My Fair Lady (2001 London Cast Recording)

MARTINE McCUTCHEON

Martine McCutcheon was born Martine Kimberley Sherri Ponting on the 14th of May 1976 in Hackney, East London, to Jenny Tomlin (née Jeanette Lilian Ponting) and Thomas Hemmings. She has a little brother called L.J. She studied at the renowned Italia Conti stage school in London from the age of 10. She appeared in several billboard ads as a child, …
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Actress (18 credits)
  The Bromley Boys (completed)
Gertie Roberts
 2017 Red Nose Day Actually (TV Short)
Natalie
 2013 Midsomer Murders (TV Series)
Debbie Moffett

Schooled in Murder (2013) … Debbie Moffett
 2013 The Home Office (TV Movie)
Jane
 2008 Echo Beach (TV Series)
Susan Penwarden

Episode #1.12 (2008) … Susan Penwarden
Episode #1.11 (2008) … Susan Penwarden
Episode #1.10 (2008) … Susan Penwarden
Episode #1.9 (2008) … Susan Penwarden
Episode #1.8 (2008) … Susan Penwarden
 2008 Moving Wallpaper (TV Series)
Martine McCutcheon

Episode #1.12 (2008) … Martine McCutcheon (uncredited)
Episode #1.8 (2008) … Martine McCutcheon (voice, uncredited)
Episode #1.4 (2008) … Martine McCutcheon (uncredited)
Episode #1.3 (2008) … Martine McCutcheon (uncredited)
 2008 Moving Wallpaper: The Mole (TV Series short)
Martine McCutcheon

Episode #1.11 (2008) … Martine McCutcheon (uncredited)
Episode #1.7 (2008) … Martine McCutcheon (uncredited)
 2008 Jump!
Liuba Halsman
 2007 Agatha Christie’s Marple (TV Series)
Jane Cooper

At Bertram’s Hotel (2007) … Jane Cooper
 2006 Withdrawal (Short)
Bonnie
 2005 The English Harem (TV Movie)
Tracy Pringle
 2005 MI-5 (TV Series)
Tash

Episode #4.2 (2005) … Tash (uncredited)
Episode #4.1 (2005) … Tash (uncredited)
 2003 Love Actually
Natalie
 2000 The Knock (TV Series)
Jenny Foster

Episode #5.2 (2000) … Jenny Foster
 1995-1998 EastEnders (TV Series)
Tiffany

Episode dated 31 December 1998 (1998) … Tiffany
Episode dated 28 December 1998 (1998) … Tiffany
Christmas Day 1998: Part 2 (1998) … Tiffany
Christmas Day 1998: Part 1 (1998) … Tiffany
Episode dated 24 December 1998 (1998) … Tiffany
 1991-1992 The Bill (TV Series)
Amanda Jones / Paper Girl

A Scandalous Act (1992) … Amanda Jones
Skeletons (1991) … Paper Girl
 1989 Bluebirds (TV Series)
Mandy

Trapped (1989) … Mandy
Hostages (1989) … Mandy
Fire (1989) … Mandy
Betrayal (1989) … Mandy
Soundtrack (7 credits)
 2017 Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two (TV Series documentary) (performer – 1 episode)

Episode #14.30 (2017) … (performer: “Say I’m Not Alone”)
 2017 Cannonball (TV Series) (performer – 1 episode)

Episode #1.2 (2017) … (performer: “Perfect Moment” – uncredited)
 2017 Car Share (TV Series) (performer – 1 episode)

Episode #2.2 (2017) … (performer: “Perfect Moment”)
 2005 Movie Music Mania (TV Movie documentary) (performer: “Show Me Heaven”)
 2002 Martine (TV Movie) (performer: “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend”, “Maybe This Time”, “The Lady is a Tramp”, “There Are Worse Things I Could Do”, “Nobody Does it Like Me’, “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown”, “Zing Went the Strings of My Heart”, “Out Here on my Own”, “The Man that Got Away”, “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly?”, “Don’t Rain on My Parade”)
 2002 The Art Show (TV Series documentary) (performer – 1 episode)

Stepford Lives (2002) … (performer: “Perfect Moment” – uncredited)
 2001 Top of the Pops (TV Series) (performer – 1 episode)

Episode dated 2 February 2001 (2001) … (performer: “On The Radio”)
Hide Hide Show Show Self (91 credits)
 2017 Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two (TV Series documentary)
Herself – Friday Panel

Episode #14.30 (2017) … Herself – Friday Panel
 2017 Saturday Morning with James Martin (TV Series)
Herself

 1999-2017 Loose Women (TV Series)
Herself – Presenter / Herself / Herself – Performer

Episode #21.235 (2017) … Herself – Performer
Episode #21.204 (2017) … Herself – Presenter
Episode #21.189 (2017) … Herself – Presenter
Episode #21.152 (2017) … Herself
Episode #21.147 (2017) … Herself – Presenter
 2017 The Barbara Windsor Story (TV Movie documentary)
Herself
 2017 Breakfast (TV Series)
Herself

Episode dated 17 March 2017 (2017) … Herself
 2017 Saturday Kitchen (TV Series)
Herself – Special Guest

Episode dated 11 March 2017 (2017) … Herself – Special Guest
 2016 There’s Something About Romcoms (TV Movie documentary)
Herself
 2016 It’s Not Me, It’s You (TV Series)
Herself – Panellist

Episode #1.2 (2016) … Herself – Panellist
 2008-2016 The One Show (TV Series)
Herself – Guest / Herself

A Tribute to Sir Terry Wogan (2016) … Herself (uncredited)
Episode dated 27 January 2010 (2010) … Herself – Guest
Episode #3.8 (2008) … Herself – Guest
 2015 All Star Mr & Mrs (TV Series)
Herself – Contestant

Christmas Special (2015) … Herself – Contestant
 2015 Britain’s Got More Talent (TV Series)
Herself – Special Guest

2015: Live Semi-Final 1 (2015) … Herself – Special Guest
 2006-2014 This Morning (TV Series)
Herself – Guest

Episode dated 7 March 2014 (2014) … Herself – Guest
Episode dated 24 January 2014 (2014) … Herself – Guest
Episode dated 12 January 2007 (2007) … Herself – Guest
Episode dated 5 January 2006 (2006) … Herself – Guest
 2013 Through the Keyhole (TV Series)
Herself – Panelist

Episode #1.1 (2013) … Herself – Panelist
 2013 I Love My Country (TV Series)
Herself – Panelist

Episode 4 (2013) … Herself – Panelist
 2013 The Best Films Ever! (TV Mini-Series documentary)
Herself
 2012 Let’s Get Gold (TV Series)
Herself – Judge

Episode #1.1 (2012) … Herself – Judge
 2012 All Star Family Fortunes (TV Series)
Herself

Episode #7.11 (2012) … Herself
 2011 Daybreak (TV Series)
Herself

Episode dated 13 May 2011 (2011) … Herself
 2010 30 Years of ‘An Audience With…’ (TV Series documentary)
Herself

Episode #1.5 (2010) … Herself
Episode #1.4 (2010) … Herself
 2009 The Alan Titchmarsh Show (TV Series)
Herself

Episode dated 7 December 2009 (2009) … Herself
 2004-2009 The New Paul O’Grady Show (TV Series)
Herself – Guest

Episode dated 10 November 2009 (2009) … Herself – Guest
Episode #4.23 (2006) … Herself – Guest
Episode #1.3 (2004) … Herself – Guest
 2009 Pride of Britain Awards 2009 (TV Special)
Herself
 2008 Ant and Dec: Where Did It All Go Right? (TV Movie documentary)
Herself
 2008 Celebrity Ding Dong (TV Series)
Herself

Episode #2.1 (2008) … Herself
 2008 Are You Smarter Than a 10 Year Old? (TV Series)
Herself

Celebrity Edition 1 (2008) … Herself
 2008 Brit Awards 2008 (TV Special)
Herself
 2007 This Is David Gest (TV Series documentary)
Herself

 2007 Greatest Ever Romantic Movies (TV Movie documentary)
Herself
 2007 Soapstar Superstar (TV Series)
Judge / Herself – Judge

Episode #2.9 (2007) … Judge
Episode #2.10 (2007) … Judge
Episode #2.8 (2007) … Judge
Episode #2.7 (2007) … Judge
Episode #2.6 (2007) … Judge
 2007 Soapstar Superstar: Bonus Tracks (TV Series)
Herself

Episode #2.9 (2007) … Herself
Episode #2.10 (2007) … Herself
Episode #2.8 (2007) … Herself
Episode #2.7 (2007) … Herself
Episode #2.5 (2007) … Herself
 2006 Gumball 3000: Around the World in 8 Days (TV Series)
Herself
 2006 You Can’t Fire Me, I’m Famous (TV Series documentary)
Herself

Martine McCutcheon (2006) … Herself
 2005 Martine McCutcheon: Dance Body (Video)
Herself
 2001-2005 Parkinson (TV Series)
Herself – Guest

Episode dated 24 December 2005 (2005) … Herself – Guest
Episode dated 24 December 2002 (2002) … Herself – Guest
Episode dated 24 November 2001 (2001) … Herself – Guest
 2005 The F Word (TV Series documentary)
Herself / Herself – Guest

Episode #1.8 (2005) … Herself
Episode #1.1 (2005) … Herself – Guest
 2005 Movie Music Mania (TV Movie documentary)
Herself – Host
 2005 Death of Celebrity (TV Movie documentary)
Herself
 2005 Sport at Heart (Short)
Herself
 2004 The Celebrity Awards 2004 (TV Special)
Herself – Host
 2004 Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (TV Series)
Herself

Episode dated 18 September 2004 (2004) … Herself
 2003 The Dunphy Show (TV Series)
Herself

Episode #1.15 (2003) … Herself
 2002-2003 Friday Night with Jonathan Ross (TV Series)
Herself – Guest

Episode #5.7 (2003) … Herself – Guest
Episode #2.10 (2002) … Herself – Guest
 2003 Today with Des and Mel (TV Series)
Herself – Guest

Episode dated 20 October 2003 (2003) … Herself – Guest
 2003 What Not to Wear on the Red Carpet (TV Special documentary)
Herself
 2003 The Storytellers (Video documentary short)
Herself / Natalie
 2002 Kelly (TV Series)
Herself

Episode dated 6 December 2002 (2002) … Herself
 2002 Martine (TV Movie)
Herself
 2002 The National Music Awards 2002 (TV Special documentary)
Herself – Host
 2002 The Frank Skinner Show (TV Series)
Herself

Episode #6.8 (2002) … Herself
 2002 The ELLE Style Awards (TV Special)
Herself
 2002 Patrick Kielty… Live! (TV Series)
Herself

Episode #4.2 (2002) … Herself
 2002 Party in the Park 1999 (Video documentary)
Herself
 2002 The Laurence Olivier Awards 2002 (TV Special)
Herself – Best Actress in a Musical or Entertainment
 2002 A Celebrity Audience with Jimmy Jones (Video)
Herself – Audience Memeber (uncredited)
 2001 So Graham Norton (TV Series)
Herself

Episode #5.8 (2001) … Herself
 2001 Omnibus (TV Series documentary)
Herself

My Fair Lady: Loverly (2001) … Herself
 2000-2001 Top of the Pops (TV Series)
Herself

Episode dated 2 February 2001 (2001) … Herself
Episode dated 3 November 2000 (2000) … Herself
 2001 An Audience with Des O’Connor (TV Special)
Herself
 2000 Party in the Park 2000 (TV Special)
Performer
 2000 Winton’s Wonderland (TV Series documentary)
Herself

Episode #1.3 (2000) … Herself
 2000 Open House with Gloria Hunniford (TV Series documentary)
Herself

Episode dated 23 October 2000 (2000) … Herself
 2000 Elizabeth Taylor: A Musical Celebration (TV Movie)
Herself
 2000 BBC Hall of Fame: Barbara Windsor (TV Special)
Herself
 2000 Dale’s All Stars (TV Series)
Herself

Episode #1.1 (2000) … Herself
 2000 Brit Awards 2000 (TV Special)
Herself
 1999 Wicked Women
Herself
 1999 Never Mind the Buzzcocks (TV Series)
Herself

Episode #6.8 (1999) … Herself
 1999 An Audience with Diana Ross (TV Special)
Herself
 1999 Abbamania (TV Movie documentary)
Performer
 1999 TFI Friday (TV Series)
Herself

Episode dated 29 October 1999 (1999) … Herself
Episode dated 19 March 1999 (1999) … Herself
 1999 The National Lottery Stars (TV Series documentary)
Herself – Performer

Episode dated 16 October 1999 (1999) … Herself – Performer
 1999 Jerry Springer on Sunday (TV Movie)
Herself
 1999 The Pop Zone (TV Series)
Herself

Episode #2.2 (1999) … Herself
 1999 Martine McCutcheon: This Is My Moment (TV Movie documentary)
Herself
 1999 Live & Kicking (TV Series)
Herself

Episode dated 27 March 1999 (1999) … Herself
 1999 Surprise Surprise! (TV Series)
Herself

1999 Mother’s Day Special (1999) … Herself
 1999 The British Soap Awards (TV Special)
Herself – Audience Member
 1998 Royal Variety Performance 1998 (TV Special)
Herself
 1998 Late Lunch (TV Series)
Herself

Episode #2.6 (1998) … Herself
 1996-1998 Children in Need (TV Series)
Herself / Herself – Performer

Episode #1.19 (1998) … Herself
Episode #1.17 (1996) … Herself – Performer
 1998 Best of British (TV Series)
Herself

Barbara Windsor (1998) … Herself
 1998 The Adventure Starts Here (Video short)
Herself
 1997 Auntie’s Bloomers (TV Series documentary)
Herself / Tiffany

Auntie’s New Festive Bloomers (1997) … Herself / Tiffany (uncredited)
 1996-1997 Noel’s House Party (TV Series)
Herself

Episode #6.4 (1996) … Herself
 1997 National Television Awards (TV Special)
Herself
 1997 The Girlie Show (TV Series documentary)
Herself

Episode #2.12 (1997) … Herself
 1995-1996 That’s Showbusiness (TV Series)
Herself – Panelist

Episode #8.7 (1996) … Herself – Panelist
Episode #7.22 (1995) … Herself – Panelist
 1996 The Bob Downe Special! (TV Movie)
Herself
 1995 Saturday Disney (TV Series)
Herself

Episode dated 21 October 1995 (1995) … Herself
 1995 Shooting Stars (TV Series)
Herself

Episode #1.1 (1995) … Herself
Hide Hide Show Show Archive footage (8 credits)
 2017 Loose Women (TV Series)
Herself – Presenter

Episode #21.150 (2017) … Herself – Presenter
 2010 EastEnders Revealed (TV Series documentary)
Tiffany Mitchell

Peggy Mitchell: Queen of the Vic (2010) … Tiffany Mitchell (uncredited)
 2010 EastEnders: Last Tango in Walford (Video)
Tiffeny Mitchell (uncredited)
 2009 Almost Famous II (TV Movie documentary)
 2007 Would I Lie to You? (TV Series)
Tiffany Mitchell

Episode #1.2 (2007) … Tiffany Mitchell (uncredited)
 2000 Eastenders: 15 Years of EastEnders (Video)
Tiffeny Mitchell
 1999 The Way They Were (TV Movie)

MARTINE McCUTCHEON

Martine McCutcheon was born Martine Kimberley Sherri Ponting on the 14th of May 1976 in Hackney, East London, to Jenny Tomlin (née Jeanette Lilian Ponting) and Thomas Hemmings. She has a little brother called L.J. She studied at the renowned Italia Conti stage school in London from the age of 10. She appeared in several billboard ads as a child,

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Filmography

  Actress (18 credits)
  The Bromley Boys (post-production)
Gertie Roberts
 2017 Red Nose Day Actually (TV Short)
Natalie
 2013 Midsomer Murders (TV Series)
Debbie Moffett

Schooled in Murder (2013) … Debbie Moffett
 2013 The Home Office (TV Movie)
Jane
 2008 Moving Wallpaper (TV Series)
Martine McCutcheon

Episode #1.12 (2008) … Martine McCutcheon (uncredited)
Episode #1.8 (2008) … Martine McCutcheon (voice, uncredited)
Episode #1.4 (2008) … Martine McCutcheon (uncredited)
Episode #1.3 (2008) … Martine McCutcheon (uncredited)
 2008 Moving Wallpaper: The Mole (TV Series short)
Martine McCutcheon

Episode #1.11 (2008) … Martine McCutcheon (uncredited)
Episode #1.7 (2008) … Martine McCutcheon (uncredited)
 2008 Jump!
Liuba Halsman
 2006 Withdrawal (Short)
Bonnie
 2005 The English Harem (TV Movie)
Tracy Pringle
 2005 MI-5 (TV Series)
Tash

Episode #4.2 (2005) … Tash (uncredited)
Episode #4.1 (2005) … Tash (uncredited)
 2000 The Knock (TV Series)
Jenny Foster

Episode #5.2 (2000) … Jenny Foster
 1991-1992 The Bill (TV Series)
Amanda Jones / Paper Girl

A Scandalous Act (1992) … Amanda Jones
Skeletons (1991) … Paper Girl
 1989 Bluebirds (TV Series)
Mandy

Trapped (1989) … Mandy
Hostages (1989) … Mandy
Fire (1989) … Mandy
Betrayal (1989) … Mandy

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Martine McCutcheon was born Martine Kimberley Sherri Ponting on the 14th of May 1976 in Hackney, East London, to Jenny Tomlin (née Jeanette Lilian Ponting) and Thomas Hemmings. She has a little brother called L.J. She studied at the renowned Italia Conti stage school in London from the age of 10. She appeared in several billboard ads as a child,
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Filmography

Actress (18 credits)
  The Bromley Boys (post-production)
Gertie Roberts
 2017 Red Nose Day Actually (TV Short)
Natalie
 2013 Midsomer Murders (TV Series)
Debbie Moffett

Schooled in Murder (2013) … Debbie Moffett
 2013 The Home Office (TV Movie)
Jane
 2008 Moving Wallpaper (TV Series)
Martine McCutcheon

Episode #1.12 (2008) … Martine McCutcheon (uncredited)
Episode #1.8 (2008) … Martine McCutcheon (voice, uncredited)
Episode #1.4 (2008) … Martine McCutcheon (uncredited)
Episode #1.3 (2008) … Martine McCutcheon (uncredited)
 2008 Moving Wallpaper: The Mole (TV Series short)
Martine McCutcheon

Episode #1.11 (2008) … Martine McCutcheon (uncredited)
Episode #1.7 (2008) … Martine McCutcheon (uncredited)
 2008 Jump!
Liuba Halsman
 2006 Withdrawal (Short)
Bonnie
 2005 The English Harem (TV Movie)
Tracy Pringle
 2005 MI-5 (TV Series)
Tash

Episode #4.2 (2005) … Tash (uncredited)
Episode #4.1 (2005) … Tash (uncredited)
 2000 The Knock (TV Series)
Jenny Foster

Episode #5.2 (2000) … Jenny Foster
 1991-1992 The Bill (TV Series)
Amanda Jones / Paper Girl

A Scandalous Act (1992) … Amanda Jones
Skeletons (1991) … Paper Girl
 1989 Bluebirds (TV Series)
Mandy

Trapped (1989) … Mandy
Hostages (1989) … Mandy
Fire (1989) … Mandy
Betrayal (1989) … Mandy

Martine McCutcheon

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Martine McCutcheon
Born Martine Kimberley Sherri Ponting
(1976-05-14) 14 May 1976 (age 41)
Hackney, London, England
Occupation Actress, singer
Years active 1988–present
Spouse(s) Jack McManus (m. 2012)
Children 1
Musical career
Genres Pop
Years active 1992–2002, 2017–present
Labels Innocent, Virgin, Liberty, BMG

Martine Kimberley Sherri Ponting (born 14 May 1976), known professionally as Martine McCutcheon, is an English singer, television personality, actress and occasional radio presenter. McCutcheon had minor success as one third of the pop group Milan in the early 1990s, but it was her role as Tiffany Mitchell in the BBC‘s EastEnders that she is best remembered for, as well has her role in the 2003 romantic comedy Love Actually. McCutcheon was written out of the series at the end of 1998 to embark on a pop career, this time as a solo artist.

She had success with her No. 1 single “Perfect Moment“. She released three albums to varying degrees of success, but her pop career stalled due to the poor reception of her third album in 2002. She has since appeared in various television programmes, in films such as Love Actually as Natalie, and on stage in My Fair Lady, where her portrayal of Eliza Doolittle won her a Laurence Olivier Award in 2002. She released her autobiography, Who Does She Think She Is? in 2000. McCutcheon is currently a regular panelist on the ITV daytime show Loose Women.

Early life[edit]

McCutcheon was born Martine Kimberley Sherri Ponting[1] at the Salvation Army Mothers’ Hospital in Hackney, London, when her mother, Jenny Tomlin, was 19.

At the age of 10, Martine took her stepfather’s surname when her mother met and married window cleaner John McCutcheon. Martine McCutcheon has a younger half-brother LJ.

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

At the age of 12, McCutcheon obtained her first acting role and was paid £350 to appear in an American television commercial for the drink Kool-Aid, which was followed by modelling assignments and bit parts in TV shows such as in the ITV police drama The Bill.[2] She also appeared in the music video for the song “Caribbean Blue” by Irish singer Enya. By the time she was 15, she was part of an all-girl group, Milan, with two fellow pupils and landed a record contract and a gig touring as the warm-up act for the British boyband, East 17. Milan were reasonably successful, they entered the dance charts three times, but not successful enough to make a living and they disbanded.[2]

EastEnders[edit]

In 1994, while working as a shopgirl at Knickerbox, McCutcheon was offered the role of Tiffany Raymond on the popular BBC soap opera EastEnders. McCutcheon took inspiration and advice from her mother on how to play the part.[2] The role of Tiffany grew, as did McCutcheon’s popularity, and 22 million viewers tuned in to see her final scenes in Albert Square in 1998 when her character was killed in a special episode screened on New Year’s Eve.[3]

Pop career[edit]

McCutcheon’s first appearance in the charts occurred in 1995 on a minor dance song “Are You Man Enough” with the dance producers Uno Clio. A promotional video was produced. In 1999, McCutcheon debuted as a solo pop artist with Virgin Records and scored a No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart with the ballad “Perfect Moment” (originally recorded by Edyta Górniak in 1997). That same year she had two more Top 10 entries, reaching No. 6 with two singles: “I’ve Got You” and later with “Talking in Your Sleep“, which featured the double A-sideLove Me“, an album track that was re-recorded for the Children in Need appeal with all proceeds being donated to that cause. All three singles were taken from her debut album, You Me & Us, which peaked at No. 2 in the UK Albums Chart and was certified platinum.[citation needed]

In 2000, McCutcheon released her second album, Wishing, which was less successful, charting at No. 25 in the UK Albums Chart. The album spawned two singles – the No. 2 hit “I’m Over You” and the follow up song, a cover of the Donna Summer classic “On the Radio”. Despite peaking at only No. 25, the album still managed to sell around 250,000 copies. McCutcheon released her third album, Musicality, a Broadway influenced cover album, in 2002. It reached No. 55 in the albums charts, however her pop career stalled when, due to poor sales, her recording contract was cancelled.[2]

A 2CD best of album called The Collection was released in September 2012.[4]

McCutcheon will release her fourth studio album, ‘Lost & Found’ on August 11, 2017 under BMG. The lead single, ‘Say I’m Not Alone’ was released on May 30, 2017.

Film, stage and television[edit]

McCutcheon appeared in ITV’s The Knock as well as the British film Kiss Kiss in 2000. She went on to play Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady at the National Theatre in London. Despite missing many performances (citing health problems) and withdrawing nearly five months early from the production’s transfer to the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane,[5] she won Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical at the 2002 ceremony.

In 2002, McCutcheon presented the National Music Awards for ITV1 and in 2003 she featured in her only major film role. She appeared as tea-lady Natalie in the Richard Curtis romantic comedy Love Actually, where the British Prime Minister (played by Hugh Grant) falls in love with McCutcheon’s character. The film received good reviews and was a box office success. McCutcheon went to America in the wake of the film’s success, but a Hollywood career did not materialise. She did however, win MTV Movie Award for Best Trans-Atlantic Breakthrough Performer.[citation needed]

In September 2005, she appeared in two episodes of hit BBC drama series Spooks. Screened on the UK television station ITV1 in December 2005, McCutcheon appeared in The English Harem, playing a woman in love with a Muslim man (Art Malik), who marries him despite knowing he already has two wives. That same year she presented and performed on ITV’s entertainment programme, Moviemusic Mania. In 2007, McCutcheon was seen in two independent films, Withdrawal opposite Patrick Swayze and Jump!, as well as the Agatha Christie’s Marple television series episode “At Bertram’s Hotel”,.. She was also a judge in the second series of ITV1’s Soapstar Superstar. Her appearance on the show drew criticism, with reports alleging that she was becoming a hate figure for the contestants, who were said to have found her comments relentlessly critical and at times patronising.[6] She performed in an Art Plus fundraising event at the Whitechapel Art Gallery opposite Natalie Press, Samantha Morton and Rhys Ifans and in January 2008 she starred alongside actor Jason Donovan, in the ITV soap Echo Beach as character Susan Penwarden.[7]

Other work[edit]

McCutcheon released her autobiography, Who Does She Think She Is? in 2000, and in 2003 Martine McCutcheon: Behind the Scenes – A Personal Diary, was published by HarperCollins. McCutcheon was one of many celebrities that featured in a promotional film for London’s successful bid for the 2012 Summer Olympics, in 2004. A fitness DVD, Martine McCutcheon: Dance Body, was released in December 2005.

In August 2006, the supermarket chain, Tesco, announced that they would be using McCutcheon in a series of adverts to promote a new green scheme for recycling used plastic carrier bags.[8] In 2009, she had her first novel, The Mistress, published by Pan MacMillan.[9] In January 2010, she became the face on Danone‘s UK advertising campaign for its Activia yogurt brand.[10]

In Autumn 2016, McCutcheon was announced as one of the new guest panelists for series 21 of Loose Women. McCutcheon made her debut as a regular panelist on 8 September.

Personal life[edit]

McCutcheon was engaged to DJ Gareth Cooke, but broke off the relationship in 1996.[11] She married singer Jack McManus[12] at Lake Como in September 2012.[13] The couple had been dating since 2009.[14] On 4 February 2015, McCutcheon gave birth to a son, Rafferty Jack McManus.[15]

In July 2014, she was awarded an Honorary Degree by the University of Bolton for her services to entertainment.[16]

Filmography[edit]

Films
Year Title Role Notes
1999 Martine McCutcheon: This Is My Moment Herself TV movie documentary
2001 Kiss Kiss Mia
2002 Martine Herself TV movie
2003 Love Actually Natalie 2004 Empire Award for Best Newcomer
2004 MTV Movie Award for Best Trans-Atlantic Breakthrough Performer
2005 The English Harem Tracy Pringle TV movie
2006 Withdrawal Bonnie Short
2008 Jump! Liuba Halsman
2013 The Home Office Jane TV movie
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1989 Bluebirds Mandy 6 episodes
1991 The Bill Paper Girls Season 7, Episode 53 “Skeletons”
1992 Amanda Jones Season 8, Episode 57 “A Scandalous Act”
1995–1998 EastEnders Tiffany Mitchell 364 episodes
1997 National Television Award for Most Popular Actress
1999 British Soap Award for Best Storyline (shared with Matthew Robinson)
Nominated – 1999 British Soap Award for Best Exit
2000 The Knock Jenny Foster Season 5, Episode 2
2005 Spooks Tash Season 4, 2 episodes (uncredited)
2007 Agatha Christie’s Marple Jane Cooper Season 3, Episode 1 “At Bertram’s Hotel”
Soapstar Superstar Herself/Judge Series 2
2008 Echo Beach Susan Penwarden Season 1, 12 episodes
Moving Wallpaper Herself Season 1, 4 episodes (uncredited)
Moving Wallpaper: The Mole Herself Short, Season 1, 2 episodes (uncredited)
2012 Let’s Get Gold Herself/Judge
2013 Midsomer Murders Debbie Moffett Season 15, Episode 6 “Schooled in Murder”
2016–present Loose Women Herself/Panelist Since series 21
2017 Red Nose Day Actually Natalie Television short film
Video
Year Title Role Notes
2005 Martine McCutcheon: Dance Body Herself Fitness DVD

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions Certifications
UK
[17]
You Me & Us
  • Released: 6 September 1999
  • Label: Innocent, Virgin
  • Formats: CD, digital download
2
Wishing
  • Released: 13 November 2000
  • Label: Innocent, Virgin
  • Formats: CD, digital download
25
Musicality
  • Released: 2 December 2002
  • Label: Liberty
  • Formats: CD, digital download
55
Lost and Found
  • Released: 11 August 2017
  • Label: BMG
  • Formats: Digital download
To be released

Compilation albums[edit]

Title Details
The Collection[19]
  • Released: 18 September 2012
  • Label: Music Club Deluxe
  • Formats: CD, digital download

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
UK
[17]
GER
[20]
IRL
[21]
Perfect Moment 1999 1 100 3 You Me & Us
“I’ve Got You” 6 17
Talking in Your Sleep“/”Love Me 6 26
“I’m Over You” 2000 2 23 Wishing
On the Radio 2001 7 18
Say I’m Not Alone 2017 Lost and Found
“—” denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Other appearances[edit]

Title Year Album
Mamma Mia 1999 ABBAmania
Wouldn’t It Be Loverly 2001 My Fair Lady (2001 London Cast Recording)
I Could Have Danced All Night
I Dreamed a Dream 2002 101 Songs From The Musicals

Martine McCutcheon

 

Martine McCutcheon

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Martine McCutcheon
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Martine McCutcheon in 2010
Born Martine Kimberley Sherri Ponting
(1976-05-14) 14 May 1976 (age 40)
Hackney, London, England
Occupation Actress, singer.
Years active 1988–present
Spouse(s) Jack McManus (m. 2012)
Children 1
Musical career
Genres Pop
Years active 1992–2002
Labels Innocent, Virgin, Liberty

Martine Kimberley Sherri Ponting (born 14 May 1976), known professionally as Martine McCutcheon, is an English singer, television personality, actress and occasional radio presenter. McCutcheon had minor success as one third of the pop group Milan in the early 1990s, but it was her role as Tiffany Mitchell in the BBC‘s EastEnders that she is best remembered for. McCutcheon was written out of the series at the end of 1998 to embark on a pop career, this time as a solo artist.

She had success with her No. 1 single “Perfect Moment“. She released three albums to varying degrees of success, but her pop career stalled due to the poor reception of her third album in 2002. She has since appeared in various television programmes, in films such as Love Actually as Natalie, and on stage in My Fair Lady, where her portrayal of Eliza Doolittle won her a Laurence Olivier Award in 2002. She released her autobiography, Who Does She Think She Is? in 2000. McCutcheon is now regular panelist on the ITV daytime show Loose Women.

Early life[edit]

McCutcheon was born as Martine Kimberley Sherri Ponting[1] at the Salvation Army Mothers’ Hospital in Hackney, London, when her mother, Jenny Tomlin, was 19.

At the age of 10, Martine took her stepfather’s surname when her mother met and married window cleaner John McCutcheon. Martine McCutcheon has a younger half-brother LJ.

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

At the age of 12, McCutcheon obtained her first acting role and was paid £350 to appear in an American television commercial for the drink Kool-Aid, which was followed by modelling assignments and bit parts in TV shows such as in the ITV police drama The Bill.[2] She also appeared in the music video for the song “Caribbean Blue” by Irish singer Enya. By the time she was 15, she was part of an all-girl group, Milan, with two fellow pupils and landed a record contract and a gig touring as the warm-up act for the British boyband, East 17. Milan were reasonably successful, they entered the dance charts three times, but not successful enough to make a living and they disbanded.[2]

EastEnders[edit]

In 1994, while working as a shopgirl at Knickerbox, McCutcheon was offered the role of Tiffany Raymond on the popular BBC soap opera EastEnders. McCutcheon took inspiration and advice from her mother on how to play the part.[2] The role of Tiffany grew, as did McCutcheon’s popularity, and 22 million viewers tuned in to see her final scenes in Albert Square in 1998 when her character was killed in a special episode screened on New Year’s Eve.[3]

Pop career[edit]

McCutcheon’s first appearance in the charts occurred in 1995 on a minor dance song “Are You Man Enough” with the dance producers Uno Clio. A promotional video was produced. In 1999, McCutcheon debuted as a solo pop artist with Virgin Records and scored a No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart with the ballad “Perfect Moment” (originally recorded by Edyta Górniak in 1997). That same year she had two more Top 10 entries, reaching No. 6 with two singles: “I’ve Got You” and later with “Talking in Your Sleep“, which featured the double A-sideLove Me“, an album track that was re-recorded for the Children in Need appeal with all proceeds being donated to that cause. All three singles were taken from her debut album, You Me & Us, which peaked at No. 2 in the UK Albums Chart and was certified platinum.[citation needed]

In 2000, McCutcheon released her second album, Wishing, which was less successful, charting at No. 25 in the UK Albums Chart. The album spawned two singles – the No. 2 hit “I’m Over You” and the follow up song, a cover of the Donna Summer classic “On the Radio”. Despite peaking at only No. 25, the album still managed to sell around 250,000 copies. McCutcheon released her third album, Musicality, a Broadway influenced cover album, in 2002. It reached No. 55 in the albums charts, however her pop career stalled when, due to poor sales, her recording contract was cancelled.[2]

A 2CD best of album called The Collection was released in September 2012. [4]

Film, stage and television[edit]

McCutcheon film an Activia advert (2010)

McCutcheon appeared in ITV’s The Knock as well as the British film Kiss Kiss (Bang Bang) in 2000. She went on to play Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady at the National Theatre in London. Despite missing many performances (citing health problems) and withdrawing nearly five months early from the production’s transfer to the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane,[5] she won Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical at the 2002 ceremony.

In 2002, McCutcheon presented the National Music Awards for ITV1 and in 2003 she featured in her only major film role. She appeared as tea-lady Natalie in the Richard Curtis romantic comedy Love Actually, where the British Prime Minister (played by Hugh Grant) falls in love with McCutcheon’s character. The film received good reviews and was a box office success. McCutcheon went to America in the wake of the film’s success, but a Hollywood career did not materialise. She did however, win MTV Movie Award for Best Trans-Atlantic Breakthrough Performer.[citation needed]

In September 2005, she appeared in two episodes of hit BBC drama series Spooks. Screened on the UK television station ITV1 in December 2005, McCutcheon appeared in The English Harem, playing a woman in love with a Muslim man (Art Malik), who marries him despite knowing he already has two wives. That same year she presented and performed on ITV’s entertainment programme, Moviemusic Mania. In 2007, McCutcheon was seen in two independent films, Withdrawal opposite Patrick Swayze and Jump!, as well as the Agatha Christie’s Marple television series episode “At Bertram’s Hotel”,.. She was also a judge in the second series of ITV1’s Soapstar Superstar. Her appearance on the show drew criticism, with reports alleging that she was becoming a hate figure for the contestants, who were said to have found her comments relentlessly critical and at times patronising.[6] She performed in an Art Plus fundraising event at the Whitechapel Art Gallery opposite Natalie Press, Samantha Morton and Rhys Ifans and in January 2008 she starred alongside actor Jason Donovan, in the ITV soap Echo Beach as character Susan Penwarden.[7]

Other work[edit]

McCutcheon released her autobiography, Who Does She Think She Is? in 2000, and in 2003 Martine McCutcheon: Behind the Scenes – A Personal Diary, was published by HarperCollins. McCutcheon was one of many celebrities that featured in a promotional film for London’s successful bid for the 2012 Summer Olympics, in 2004. A fitness DVD, Martine McCutcheon: Dance Body, was released in December 2005.

In August 2006, the supermarket chain, Tesco, announced that they would be using McCutcheon in a series of adverts to promote a new green scheme for recycling used plastic carrier bags.[8] In 2009, she had her first novel, The Mistress, published by Pan MacMillan.[9] In January 2010, she became the face on Danone‘s UK advertising campaign for its Activia yogurt brand.[10]

In Autumn 2016, McCutcheon was announced as one of the new guest panelists for series 21 of Loose Women. McCutcheon made her debut as a regular panelist on 8 September.

Personal life[edit]

McCutcheon was engaged to DJ Gareth Cooke, but broke off the relationship in 1996.[11] She married singer Jack McManus[12] at Lake Como in September 2012.[13] The couple had been dating since 2009.[14] On 4 February 2015, McCutcheon gave birth to a son, Rafferty Jack McManus.[15]

In July 2014, she was awarded an Honorary Degree by the University of Bolton for her services to entertainment.[16]

Filmography[edit]

Films
Year Title Role Notes
1999 Martine McCutcheon: This Is My Moment Herself TV movie documentary
2001 Kiss Kiss (Bang Bang) Mia
2002 Martine Herself TV movie
2003 Love Actually Natalie 2004 Empire Award for Best Newcomer
2004 MTV Movie Award for Best Trans-Atlantic Breakthrough Performer
2005 The English Harem Tracy Pringle TV movie
2006 Withdrawal Bonnie Short
2008 Jump! Liuba Halsman
2013 The Home Office Jane TV movie
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1989 Bluebirds Mandy 6 episodes
1991 The Bill Paper Girls Season 7, Episode 53 “Skeletons”
1992 Amanda Jones Season 8, Episode 57 “A Scandalous Act”
1995–1998 EastEnders Tiffany Mitchell 364 episodes
1997 National Television Award for Most Popular Actress
1999 British Soap Award for Best Storyline (shared with Matthew Robinson)
Nominated – 1999 British Soap Award for Best Exit
2000 The Knock Jenny Foster Season 5, Episode 2
2005 Spooks Tash Season 4, 2 episodes (uncredited)
2007 Agatha Christie’s Marple Jane Cooper Season 3, Episode 1 “At Bertram’s Hotel”
Soapstar Superstar Herself/Judge Series 2
2008 Echo Beach Susan Penwarden Season 1, 12 episodes
Moving Wallpaper Herself Season 1, 4 episodes (uncredited)
Moving Wallpaper: The Mole Herself Short, Season 1, 2 episodes (uncredited)
2012 Let’s Get Gold Herself/Judge
2013 Midsomer Murders Debbie Moffett Season 15, Episode 6 “Schooled in Murder”
2016– Loose Women Herself/panelist Series 21- present
Video
Year Title Role Notes
2005 Martine McCutcheon: Dance Body Herself Fitness DVD

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions Sales Certifications
UK
[17]
You Me & Us 2
  • UK: 600,000
  • WW: 800,000
Wishing
  • Released: 13 November 2000
  • Label: Innocent, Virgin
  • Formats: CD, digital download
25
  • UK: 250,000
  • WW: 300,000
Musicality
  • Released: 2 December 2002
  • Label: Liberty
  • Formats: CD, digital download
55
  • UK: 60,000
  • WW: 60,000

Compilation albums[edit]

Title Details
The Collection[19]

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
UK
[17]
GER
[20]
IRL
[21]
Perfect Moment 1999 1 100 3 You Me & Us
“I’ve Got You” 6 17
Talking in Your Sleep“/”Love Me 6 26
“I’m Over You” 2000 2 23 Wishing
On the Radio 2001 7 18
“—” denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Other appearances[edit]

Title Year Album
Mamma Mia 1999 ABBAmania
Wouldn’t It Be Loverly 2001 My Fair Lady (2001 London Cast Recording)
I Could Have Danced All Night
I Dreamed a Dream 2002 101 Songs From The Musicals