Martine Mccutcheon Biography
Born Martine Kimberley Sherri Ponting on May 14, 1976 in Hackney east London, Martine McCutcheon grew in a family where violence and fear were always observed. Her drug-addict father almost drops her from their 30 ft apartment unless her mother gives him what he wanted. Despite her father leaving them when she was 2, her early years were only spent running and hiding from his abusive father who periodically visit and threat her mother Jenny. Her mother won a sole custody of young Martine and an order was made against her father seeing Martine until she turns 18.
Her mother married window cleaner John McCutcheon which led Martine to take her step-fathers last name when she was 10. Martine McCutcheon knew that she wanted to perform but her family cannot afford to send her to drama school so Martine had to do something to learn her trade. Through her letter, she was able to convince the Church of England to sponsor her study in Italia Conti stage school where she learned tap, ballet, jazz and drama.
She appeared in a commercial for Kool-Aid as her first acting role followed by numerous modeling assignments. She has a bit part in the ITV police drama The Bill. At age 15, she was part of the hot band Milan and was able to perform in East 17. However, Martine McCutcheon left the group to focus on her acting career. She was offered to play Tiffany Raymond on BBC soap opera EastEnders. Her viewers loved her role and 22 millions of them watch her final scenes in Albert Squares (1998) when her character was killed in a special episode screened on New Years Eve.
In 1999, Martine McCutcheon surprised her critics when she launcher her hot solo album with Virgin Records which hit number 1 in the UK, Israel, Italy, Switzerland and Ireland. She was able to release two more albums before her pop career ceded after terminating her contracts due to poor sales.
Martine McCutcheons first major role in the world of films is in the movie called Love Actually (2003) playing the character Natalie, where the British Prime Minister (played by Hugh Grant) fall in love with. The movie turned out to be a box office hit. Martine McCutcheon is also part of the 2006 film Withdrawal which won NFB Online Short Films Competition - Cannes Special in 2007. Her other films include Jump (2007) and has a cameo role in Telstar to be released in 2008.
In television screen, she was seen in TV musicale blubirds (1989), The Bill (1991-1992). After several years she then played Jane Cooper in Marple: At Bertrans Hotel and has a part in the show Echo Beach to be aired in 2008.
The sexy actress Martine McCutcheon has a very colorful love life. She was engaged with DJ Gareth Cooke but the couple split up in 1996. She was then linked to Jonathan Barnham and actor John Shepherd. Finally, she settled with property developer James Tanner but eventually ended their relationship in 2004.