A former British Lions and England rugby player, broadcaster and winner of two Grand Slams, Martin Bayfield is one of the funniest after dinner speakers and awards hosts on the corporate circuit. Regaling entertaining rugby anecdotes, alongside his tales from the Police and his time as Robbie Coltrane’s body double in Harry Potter, Martin is an accomplished entertainer.
At 6'10" Martin Bayfield was one of the tallest players in rugby, a gift he used to full advantage as one of England's most potent forwards. Since retiring, his height has helped win him the part of Robbie Coltrane's body double as the giant Hagrid in the Harry Potter films.
On the field Martin enjoyed a successful international career, winning 31 England caps and two Grand Slams. He played in the World Cup in South Africa and was selected to represent the British Lions in New Zealand. He is now an established member of the BBC commentary team, as well as host of Channel Five's NFL coverage and The World's Strongest Man.
Martin joined the Metropolitan Police after leaving school in 1985, where he served for 4 years before transferring to the Bedfordshire Police. Whilst playing for the Bedford club, Martin was selected for the England tour to Australia and Fiji in the summer of 1991.
It was on this tour that Martin gained the first of his England Caps when he was called in to replace the then England 2nd Row, Wade Dooley, also a policeman, who had broken his hand on an Australian player’s particularly hard head. On his return to England, Martin transferred from Bedford to Northampton, a club he represented for the rest of his career.
Martin went on to win 31 England Caps between 1991 and 1996, winning two Grand Slams and playing in the 1995 World Cup. In 1993, he was selected to represent the British Lions in New Zealand and played in all three Tests, and in 1995 he was voted RFU Player of the Year.
A serious neck injury in 1998 ended his career though he still maintains a close link with Rugby and sport in general, and is currently working on various schemes to encourage the participation and education of sport amongst children and young adults.
Martin is a popular after-dinner speaker and since retirement has moved into broadcasting, commentating for the BBC, hosting Channel Five's NFL coverage and “The World's Strongest Man” and most recently covering the Rugby World Cup 2011 for ITV. In addition, Martin has appeared on BBC Radio 5 Live as a Rugby Correspondent.
Martin is a presenter on BBC's Crimewatch.
At 6 foot 10, former British Lion and England International Martin, is unquestionably one of the biggest people on the after dinner circuit - a hugely talented host and speaker!
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