Martin Bayfield

FORMER NORTHAMPTON AND ENGLAND LEGEND WHO IS THE CURRENT BT RUGBY HOST

Martin Bayfield is a TV presenter and former England International Rugby Player.

Between 1985 and 1989 Martin served with the Metropolitan Police before transferring to Bedfordshire Police where he juggled playing rugby and serving in the forces. He made the transition into his fulltime rugby career in 1990.

At 6’10″ Martin was one of the tallest rugby players of his generation, which he used to his full advantage as one of England’s forwards. He enjoyed a successful international career, winning 31 England caps and 2 Five/Six Nations Grand Slams from 1991 to 1996, as well as being selected to represent the British and Irish Lions in New Zealand in 1993.

Injury prematurely ended Martin’s rugby career in 1998, but his charismatic personality and natural stage presence enabled him to easily transition into TV Presenting and speaking at corporate events.

In 2012 Martin was confirmed as a regular presenter on BBC1’s long-running show Crimewatch. In his broadcasting career, Martin has also presented the NFL and World’s Strongest Man and worked as a rugby correspondent on BBC Radio 5 Live.

Martin was involved in ITV’s coverage of the 2011 and 2015 Rugby World Cup; initially as their England reporter but then supported more widely as a pitch-side reporter across all major tournament fixtures. Martin was then the main presenter for the BT World Wheelchair Rugby Challenge 2015 , which was broadcast live on ITV.

Martin is currently a presenter for BT Sport’s Premiership Rugby and European Rugby Union tournaments, as well as being involved in popular shows such as Rugby Tonight for the channel. Martin has also been a key member of ITV’s broadcast team since 2016, being a regular presenter during the RBS/Guinness Six Nations.

Martin was a finalist in BBC One’s Celebrity MasterChef 2018, continuously wowing the judges, John Torode and Gregg Wallace, with his imaginative dishes and culinary knowledge.

Martin is actively involved with charities; he is the Honorary President of the Wooden Spoon Society, a rugby charity that supports disadvantaged children and young people, as well as Vice President of London Playing Fields Foundation.

Martin is also well known for serving as the body and stunt double of the much-loved giant Rubeus Hagrid, played by Robbie Coltrane, in the entire Harry Potter franchise. He has also appeared as a cyclops in the film Wrath of the Titans.

To book Martin Bayfield as the rugby speaker for your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency by emailing agent@championsukplc.com or by calling a booking agent directly on 0207 1010 553.

When at corporate events, Martin is known to cover the following topics:

  • Rugby Speaking
  • Sporting Success
  • TV Presenting & Journalism
  • Overcoming Adversity
  • Peak Performance
  • Drive & Determination

Watch Martin discussing sport and sustainability on BT Sport here:

“Martin was absolutely the lynch pin that held the audience together; he was amusing and engaging and was an absolute treat to listen to.” – Nicola Harrison, Commercial Projects Manager, MTA

“Dear Martin, Thank you so much for hosting the INCA Awards last night. The feedback from the event has been excellent with members commenting on what an engaging and interesting speaker you were. It was lovely that you joined us for dinner and we were especially pleased at the way you engaged with our members, taking the time to sign autographs and pose for photographs. This was over and above what we expected and added real value to our event. Thank you once again for your time and I hope we have the opportunity to work together again in future.” – Alice INCA