Martin Clunes breaks down in tears as Doc Martin airs last ever series after 18 years | The Sun

MARTIN Clunes has revealed he broke down in floods of tears as Doc Martin comes to an end after 18 years.

The hit ITV medical comedy-drama has been on air since 2004 but will come to an end when the current series finishes up.

Clunes, 60, has starred as local doctor Martin Ellingham who has a severe phobia of blood and his lack of social skills.

The show has been a roaring success, amassing millions of viewers and being aired in over 100 countries.

Speaking about the series coming to an end, Martin said it was a "bittersweet" moment which left him and his co-stars "in tears" once the final scene was filmed.

"Filming the ­final scenes was very much a bitter-sweet experience for me," he told The Mirror.

"On set, we were all in tears towards the end.

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"When we started shooting back in February, we were so busy I didn’t have time to dwell on this series being the last. I think I was in a kind of numb denial."

Martin's wife, Philippa Braithwaite is involved in the programme as a producer.

The star went on to say how the crew and their families are linked with the show, with their children – including Martin's daughter Emily – attending local nurseries and holidaying in the area.

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"I’ve spent so much of my life down here – we all have," he said.

"Doc Martin aside, we’ve had real-life marriages here, babies being born, our kids going to local nurseries and spending their school holidays here.

"My daughter Emily, who’s now 23, came down for a visit and when she was ­driving away, she said she was in tears because she was thinking it was the last time she’d do that."

He added: "I hadn’t realised the impact it would have on her and I felt quite guilty about it."

Series 10 of Doc Martin kicked off last last week on ITV and continues this Wednesday at 9pm on ITV and ITV Hub.

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