Martin Bayfield

TV Presenter & Former International Rugby Player

Former British Lion & England International Rugby Player, Broadcaster & Renowned Live Event Host, Auctioneer & Speaker

Martin is one of the funniest after dinner speakers, awards hosts and established auctioneers on the corporate circuit. Regaling incredibly entertaining rugby anecdotes with impeccable comic timing, alongside his tales from the Police and his time as Robbie Coltrane’s body double in Harry Potter, Martin is an all-round accomplished entertainer.

Between 1985 and 1989 Martin served with the Metropolitan Police before transferring to Bedfordshire Police where he juggled playing rugby and serving in the forces. He made the transition into his fulltime rugby career in 1990.

At 6’10” Martin was one of the tallest rugby players of his generation, which he used to his full advantage as one of England’s forwards. He enjoyed a successful international career, winning 31 England caps and 2 Five/Six Nations Grand Slams from 1991 to 1996, as well as being selected to represent the British & Irish Lions in New Zealand in 1993. Injury prematurely ended Martin’s rugby career in 1998, but his charismatic personality and natural stage presence enabled him to easily transition into TV Presenting and speaking, hosting and auctioneering at corporate events.

In 2012 Martin was confirmed as a regular presenter on BBC1’s long-running show Crimewatch. In his broadcasting career Martin has also presented the NFL and World’s Strongest Man and worked as a rugby correspondent on BBC Radio 5 Live.

Martin is involved in ITV’s rugby coverage; initially as their England reporter in 2011, but now supports more widely as a pitch-side reporter across all major tournament fixtures for both Rugby World Cup and RBS / Guinness Six Nations. Martin was also ITV’s live presenter for the BT World Wheelchair Rugby Challenge 2015.

Martin is currently a Presenter for BT Sport’s Premiership Rugby and European Rugby Union tournaments, as well as being involved in popular shows such as Rugby Tonight for the channel.

Martin is also well known for serving as the body and stunt double of the much-loved giant Rubeus Hagrid, played by Robbie Coltrane, in the entire Harry Potter franchise. He also appeared as a cyclops in the film Wrath of the Titans and was offered the role of ‘The Mountain’ in HBO’s popular hit show Game of Thrones.

Martin was a finalist in BBC One’s Celebrity MasterChef 2018, continuously wowing the judges, John Torode and Gregg Wallace, with his imaginative dishes and culinary knowledge.

Martin is actively involved with charities; he is the Honorary President of the Wooden Spoon Society, a rugby charity that supports disadvantaged children and young people, as well as Vice President of London Playing Fields Foundation.

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This former Police Officer juggled walking the beat with playing rugby for England and the British and Irish Lions.


Injury ended that little journey so off he went into the world of TV, Radio and the movies.


As the body double for Hagrid the Giant in all the Harry Potter films, time was also spent pitch side for ITV rugby at World Cups and 6 Nations whilst also keeping his law enforcing eye in with Crimewatch.

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Martin now presents for BT Sport and ITV.

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