Meet the cast of Doc Martin series 8

Martin Clunes and Caroline Catz return with a host of guest stars, including Sigourney Weaver, Caroline Quentin and new series star Art Malik

Eileen Atkins as Aunt Ruth

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Martin’s formidable aunt is beginning to doubt the wisdom of going into business with Bert Large and his son Al.

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Where do I recognise her from?

Dame Eileen Atkins has had a prolific acting career – from her Bafta-winning performance in Cranford to Upstairs Downstairs, Psychoville and, most recently, her depiction of Queen Mary in The Crown.

Ian McNeice as Bert Large

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Plumber-turned-restaurateur Bert is desperate to make his home distilled whisky a success, but there’s a shortage of customers willing to buy.

Where do I recognise him from?

McNeice is best known for his roles in Edge of Darkness and Rome – but you might have also spotted him playing Winston Churchill in Doctor Who back in 2010.

Joe Absolom as Al Large

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Al is Bert’s son. He is going through a very stressful time in this series – fearing he may have to close the doors of his bed and breakfast for good.

Where do I recognise him from?

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Absolom is perhaps best known for playing Matthew Rose in EastEnders and for appearing in The Bill and Casualty.