Martin Savage

Martin Savage was a prolific British stage and screen actor who was best known for his work in several movies directed by Academy Award nominee Mike Leigh. Savage's screen acting career began in the late '90s when he ... Read more »
Born: in England

Filmography

Actor (16)

Mr. Turner 2014 (Movie)

Benjamin Robert Haydon (Actor)

Rush 2013 (Movie)

McLaren Mechanic (Actor)

Romola Garai 2012 (Movie)

(Actor)

Another Year 2010 (Movie)

Carl (Actor)

Sixty Six 2008 (Movie)

Doctor (Actor)

Extras 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Elizabeth I 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Family Guy 2006 (Tv Show)

Voice

Keen Eddie 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Vera Drake 2004 (Movie)

(Actor)

All or Nothing 2002 (Movie)

Silent Passenger (Actor)

Born Romantic 2001 (Movie)

Wayne (Actor)

The Tailor of Panama 2001 (Movie)

Stormont (Actor)

Topsy-Turvy 1999 (Movie)

George Grossmith (Actor)

Britannic (TV Show)

Actor

Dirty War (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Martin Savage was a prolific British stage and screen actor who was best known for his work in several movies directed by Academy Award nominee Mike Leigh. Savage's screen acting career began in the late '90s when he landed a major role in the Leigh-directed biographical comedy "Topsy-Turvy" (1999). Savage played the real life Victorian stage actor George Grossmith, giving a rousing performance that was lauded by both audiences and critics. The role catapulted Savage into the national spotlight in his native Britain, and throughout the 2000s, he made a name for himself by appearing in dozens of high-profile movies and TV shows, including "Extras" (2005-07) and "The Thick of It" (2005-12), both of which aired on the BBC. Having worked with the famed director on several of his films, in 2014 Savage appeared in his fifth Mike Leigh movie, "Mr. Turner." In the film, which chronicles the life of the eccentric British artist J.M.W. Turner, Savage played a friend of the painter's who later commits suicide. The film received unanimous praise upon its release, with Savage and the rest of the ensemble cast being singled out for their noteworthy performances. Martin Savage proved to be an accomplished character actor who could effortlessly drift between comedic and dramatic roles in both TV and movies.

Milestones

2014

Appeared in his fourth Mike Leigh film, "Mr. Turner"

2005

Recurring role on "Extras"

1999

Acting debut in "Topsy-Turvy"

Bonus Trivia

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On TV, Savage is best known for his portrayol of the nebbishy screenwriter, Damen Beesley, on the BBC comedy series, "Extras."

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In addition to his film and television work, Savage is also an accomplished stage actor, having appeared in a West End production of "Midsummer's Night Dream," among other noteworthy plays.

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