Jessica Martin

Jessica Martin

Jessica MartinJessica first came to prominence in the 1980s as a comedy impressionist in shows such as Spitting Image, Copy Cats and Bobby Davro’s TV Weekly. She went on to star in the West End hit show Me and My Girl and to play many leading musical roles including Mabel in the 1996 production of Mack and Mabel at the Piccadilly Theatre, Nellie Forbush in South Pacific, Mrs Lovett in Sweeney Todd and Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard. She played the Lady of the Lake in the national tour of Spamalot in 2011, Lottie Ames in the award-winning production of Mack and Mabel and Lottie Lacey in the revival of William Inge’s Dark at the Top of the Stairs.

1988 Jessica was cast as the werewolf Mags in the Seventh Doctor story, The Greatest Show in the Galaxy, she returned to the series in 2007, providing the voice of the Queen in the Christmas special Voyage of the Damned.

In recent years, Jessica has developed a second career as a comics writer. Her first published work was a story illustrated by her ‘mentor’ Mark Buckingham, leading artist on Vertigo’s “Fables” series which was included in the Thought Bubble Anthology 2013. Her first comic written and drawn by herself was “It Girl” about silent film superstar Clara Bow. It was self-published in November 2013 and was selected as one of the “Ten Must Own Comics 2013″ by Broken Frontier’s Small Press website.

Her first graphic novel Elsie Harris Picture Palace set in the 1930s British film industry was short listed in the Myriad First Graphic Novel Prize 2014. It was published in Spring 2015.

We look forward to welcoming Jessica to Whooverville at Derby QUAD on Saturday September 2nd, and also to a special Whoovers meeting, An Evening with Jessica Martin on Friday July 7th.