Francesca Martinez is not only a comedian, but an actress and motivational speaker also. She received a nomination for the UK’s Motivator of the Year award, alongside the likes of Matthew Pinsent, and Sir Bob Geldof. She won the 2011 Fringe Media Network Award, and was an ambassador for the London 2012 Olympics.
Francesca has toured internationally, including sell-out runs at the Edinburgh Festival, the Melbourne Comedy Festival and the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal. She has completed a 33-date UK tour and two off-West End London runs at the Tricycle Theatre and the Hackney Empire. She has cerebral palsy but prefers to describe herself as “wobbly”.
Before becoming a stand-up, Martinez appeared in the BBC children’s drama serial Grange Hill for several years, and has acted in other drama series such as Casualty. She has also appeared as a guest on The Frank Skinner Show, and in Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant’s comedy series Extras. In 2008, Francesca made global headlines when (live on Channel 4 News) she became the first Olympic torch bearer to pull out of the London relay in protest over China’s treatment of Tibet. She is an avid campaigner and her good work has seen her be nominated for Red Magazine’s Woman of the Year Award in 2014 and for a European Diversity ‘Hero of the Year’ Award in 2014.
A stand-up comic, actress and inspirational speaker, Francesca Martinez is a passionate speaker, who can talk about facing your fears, the power of positive thinking and defying expectations.