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


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


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


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


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?


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