JAMES Martin has revealed his shock cancer diagnosis – the star is receiving ‘regular treatment’.
Here’s everything you need to know about the TV chef and his secret health struggle.
Who is James Martin?
James, 51, was born in Malton, North Yorkshire in June 1972 to parents who worked on the Castle Howard estate.
He struggled at school due to dyslexia and later studied gastronomy at Scarborough Technical College.
James continued his culinary training in France where he worked in three Michelin starred restaurants before moving to Antony Worrall Thompson’s restaurant in Kensington.
At the age of 22 he became head chef at the Hotel du Vin in Winchester before embarking on a television career on Ready Steady Cook and The Big Breakfast.
In July 2023, James revealed he underwent surgery for facial cancer in 2018 – before it recurred “multiple times”.
He said: “I was diagnosed with cancer of the face and needed surgery, which I wasn’t able to do until two days before Christmas, when we were done filming.”
“Since then it has come back several times and I have to have regular treatments.”
He shared his shock diagnosis after leaked audio footage emerged showing him ranting at staff for ten minutes.
Martin cursed 42 times while raging about a clogged drain at his home while filming James Martin’s “Saturday Morning.”
In response, Martin said the time was “one of the most tense and difficult times of my life.”
A whistleblower shared a recording of the tirade with The Sun after the 51-year-old star was accused of bullying his crew following a series of on-set incidents.
Martin vented his anger at staff in a tense Zoom call after the drain at his home became clogged while filming James Martin’s ‘Saturday Morning’ – which he says caused £30,000 in damage.
In the violent 10-minute tirade, the TV favorite swears 42 times while berating the squad, saying they should be “f**king fried” and punishing them by ordering them to spend their lunch break standing. it’s raining”.
He rarely talks about his private life, but in early 2018 James announced he was in a long-term relationship with Louise Davies.
The two met on the set of Celebrity Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, spend all their free time together and lead a relaxed life with their beloved dog, Ralph.
Speaking on Good Morning Britain in February 2017, the chef gushed about how pleased he said he was “happy for the first time in his life”.
A source told The Sun Online: “James is keen to keep his personal life out of the spotlight.
“It’s easy with Louise, because she likes it reserved too.”
He has been spotted with a handful of high-profile women on his arm in the past, including FHM model Claire Goose and American Barbara Broccoli, whom he split from in 2005.
What is James Martin’s net worth?
James Martin is believed to be worth around £4million, according to Celebrity Net Worth estimates.
The star has built his fortune through presenting successes and a string of cookbook deals.
What TV shows has James Martin hosted?
From 2006 to 2016, Martin hosted the BBC food show Saturday Kitchen.
He later moved to ITV and has hosted Saturday Morning with James Martin since 2017.
The chef was also the face of gourmet travelogues James Martin’s French Adventure and James Martin’s American Adventure.
Martin placed fourth on Strictly Come Dancing in 2005 and was a guest host on The One Show and This Morning.