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    Doc Martin star Joe Absolom’s love of Cornwall means he has no plans to leave – Cornwall Live

    Doc Martin star Joe Absolom has confirmed he has no intention of leaving Cornwall as the ITV series comes to an end. Joe, 43, moved to the county 14 years ago while filming the show.

    The actor has played plumber-turned-restaurateur Al Large in the comedy-drama series since it began 18 years ago. He took the decision to leave his native London when his eldest daughter was just five.

    As reported by The Mirror, the father-of-three said: “I remember sitting on the beach in Cornwall with [Lyla] on a day off from filming. She was asking where the tide had gone. I made up some sort of hare-brained father’s explanation.

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    “We drove back to London the next day and unfortunately a teenager had just been murdered outside our local supermarket.

    “There were lots of floral tributes and my daughter said, ‘what does RIP mean?’ Within hours we’d gone from talking about where the tide goes to what RIP means.”

    Joe, who played Matthew Rose in EastEnders for three years, adds: “I began to think that maybe there was more to life than city life.”

    In 2013, the family’s South London home was burgled by a gang of teenagers. Joe was away filming in Romania, meaning his wife was home alone with their two eldest children – Lyla and Casper.

    He says: “She told me and I said, ‘We live in London, it happens’. When I was a kid, people would come into our house and nick things. It didn’t bother me, but Liz was really affected by it.”

    The incident triggered their move to Cornwall a year later. They moved to Port Isaac, where Doc Martin was filmed.

    Joe says: “I’m not saying London is awful and that there’s no crime in Cornwall, but the idea of going to the beach and jumping in the sea whenever I want, or going for a run along the coast path, really appealed.” And now he does not want to leave.

    He says: “My children’s lives are in Cornwall now. Daisy was born here – she’s got clotted cream in the blood.”

    The final episode of Doc Martin’s last series airs tomorrow night, ahead of a special Christmas special farewell. Joe admits it was emotional filming the ending with star Martin Clunes.

    “We made a list of all the things we wanted to do together as a cast,” he says. “We agreed we’d jump in the sea and have a pint of a very strong local cider, Rattler. Me and Jess Ransom, who plays my wife Morwenna, were filming by the sea.

    “It was a lovely way to finish – a sunny day, in a rock pool, by a cliff. Martin was there with his wife and it was emotional, because we realised it was the last summer that we’d all be together in Cornwall. For days afterwards I couldn’t think about it because I’d get sad.”

    Joe is now playing prisoner Andy Dufresne in a stage version of 1994 film The Shawshank Redemption. He admits his early struggles in the role, saying: “I fumbled my lines, because I had this little devil on my shoulder saying, ‘You don’t know this bit’.

    “I kept thinking, ‘Why have I done this?’ We start the play naked with just our belongings to hide our modesty; nerves do a strange thing to the body!”

    Unlike his role in Doc Martin, Joe had to learn 120 pages of script. He said: “That’s really easy, I usually stand at the back and say, ‘The fun run starts at 11, Doc!’ or, ‘Oh, come on, Doc!'”

    Joe began acting when he was nine. He first appeared in a peanut butter ad and the video for Paul McCartney song Birthday.

    He went on to roles in police drama The Bill before in 1997 he landed the EastEnders role. But he insists: “Nothing in my life really changed. I didn’t get seduced by the bright lights.”

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