Martin Bayfield is a Former British Lions and England Rugby Player, Broadcaster and leading After-Dinner Speaker.
Bayfs made his rugby debut for England in 1991 and played for the first team for 7 years, until a serious neck injury forced him to retire from the game.
During his 7 playing years, he earned 31 international caps including playing in the 1992 and 1995 Grand Slam sides.
He was a member of the 1995 World Cup Squad and was selected for five out of six tests. Martin also played in all three tests on the British Lions tour to New Zealand.
He had won the Rugby Football Player of the Year title in his career span.
Bayfield has also represented the Barbarians, Midlands and British Police sides and previous clubs include the Metropolitan Police RUFC, Northampton Saints and Bedford RUFC.
After retiring from the filed, Martin moved seamlessly into broadcasting – commentating for the BBC and Radio 5 Live, hosting Five’s NFL coverage as well as The World’s Strongest Man and covering the Rugby World Cup for ITV.
In March 2012, Martin was confirmed as a regular presenter on BBC1’s long-running Crimewatch, thus cementing his reputation as an accomplished and trusted studio presenter.
However, possibly Martin’s most famous achievement to date, is his involvement in the Harry Potter films, where he played Robbie Coltrane’s body double as the giant Rubeus Hagrid.
Standing at 6 feet 10 inches and weighing around 20 stones, Martin Bayfield makes an excellent addition to any top table with his entertaining rugby related anecdotes.
Aside from being a very in-demand after dinner speaker, Martin is a fantatsic host, MC and auctioneer.