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Martin Bayfield

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. 

Former international rugby player Martin Bayfield is an accomplished awards host and a hugely entertaining after dinner speaker, with impeccable comic timing.

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.

Extremely personable; a natural raconteur and very engaging. The highlight of the afternoon and provided some well earned, light relief for all attending the event. Feedback from delegates was extremely positive and complimentary.
The NCC

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.

Speaking Topics

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!

  • Motivation & Teamwork
  • Sport

For further information or to book Martin Bayfield, call us at Speakers Corner on +44 (0)20 7607 7070 or email info@speakerscorner.co.uk

What people said about Martin Bayfield

Fantastic for our event and I am so happy we held on for him. He engaged with the audience well and dominated the dancefloor. It was also nice that he stayed for the duration of the dinner, I know the Directors appreciated that and it gave way for photo opportunities.
Coca Cola Enterprises Ltd
Martin was highly entertaining. We received some very positive feedback
De Montfort University
Martin achieved what we had hoped for — he engaged the audience and delivered an excellent speech. This had the right blend of humour, business messages and a fascinating insight into his own personality and career.
Cubiks Limited
Really engaged the audience & was very funny and professional
Event Exchange ltd
Martin was entertaining, motivational, and frank regarding the challenges faced by the corporation. Employees were sending in complimentary emails days after the event. We are very happy with the response we received.
Bank of New York Mellon
I would like to personally thank Martin Bayfield for being such a wonderful guest speaker and auctioneer at our event. Our guests thoroughly enjoyed the evening and are recalling Martin's hilarious tales
Openwork Foundation
Martin really entertained the room. He joined us for dinner and his table was the place to be. He will be remembered for a long time!
Howdens Joinery
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