Martin Bayfield

Ex Rugby Player, After Dinner Speaker, Host

Larger than life [ literally], Martin is a charismatic host, auctioneer and after dinner speaker with plenty of anecdotes and witty repartee to keep guests entertained throughout the evening. Formerly a professional rugby player (where at 6’10’ he was one of the tallest players in rugby!) he was also an England forward for 5 years competing internationally. When his career ended through injury Martin successfully moved into the broadcasting and corporate arena where he is a natural and humorous reporter, pundit, presenter and host.


Martin enjoyed a successful international career in Rugby as an England forward, winning 31 England caps and 2 Five/Six Nations Grand Slams from 1991 to 1996, as well as being selected to represent the British & Irish Lions in New Zealand in 1993.

Injury prematurely ended Martin’s rugby career in 1998, but his charismatic personality and natural stage presence helped him move into broadcasting and corporate hosting – with a side-line in films – a few of his more unique accomplishments include serving as Rubeus Hagrid’s body and stunt double in the Harry Potter franchise, as well as appearing as a Cyclops in the film Wrath of the Titans!

Since his retirement from rugby, Martin has been involved in the ITV coverage of the Rugby World Cups in 2011 and 2015 as a presenter (he was also one of the rugby ambassadors for the Official Logistics Partner DHL and held an ambassadorial role for insurance company QBE alongside his role as England reporter). He is a key presenter of BT Sport’s rugby coverage, contributing as a presenter, pitch side reporter and pundit as well as being involved in popular shows such as Rugby Tonight for the channel. He was also the main presenter for the BT World Wheelchair Rugby Challenge 2015 which was broadcast live on ITV4. From 2012-2016 Martin was also a regular presenter on BBC1’s long-running show Crimewatch.

Martin also moved seamlessly into the corporate events and functions sector. He is a popular after-dinner speaker, MC and auctioneer, with a reputation of exceptionally funny speeches. He is experienced at a range of corporate events including gala and sports dinners, award ceremonies, company conferences and away-days.

Martin is an Honorary President of Wooden Spoon, the rugby charity that supports disadvantaged children and young people. He splits his time between London and Northampton.


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