|Portrayed by|| Jon Peyton-Price (1985–96)|
James Alexandrou (1996–2007)
James Bye (2014–)
|Introduced by|| Julia Smith (1985) |
Dominic Treadwell-Collins (2014)
|First Appearance||6th August 1985|
|Address||3C Albert Square|
|Age||32 Years Old|
|Date of Birth||30th July 1985|
|Occupation||Fruit & Veg stall holder|
Jamie Mitchell-December 2002 - Died from a ruptured spleen after being ran down by Martin.
Michelle Fowler and her friend Rachel took Martin Fowler and Vicki Fowler to the seaside for paddling, to visit the pier, for ice cream and to build sandcastles. When it was time to go home Michelle asked if they wanted to say another day and she'd secretly booked a caravan. Martin and Vicki slept in bunk beds are Martin told Michelle that he wished she was his mum.
Teenage tearaway Martin Fowler was the spoiled spawn of Arthur and Pauline. The surprise baby of the Fowler clan (Pauline was in her forties when she conceived him) and the first tot to be born in EastEnders. Martin proved to be a bad boy, just like his brother – wouldn't you feel the need to rebel if you had to live with Pauline Fowler?
In spite of his special status as baby of the Fowler family, Martin wasn't cushioned from the harsh realities of life. He grew up in the shadow of his father's mental breakdown and imprisonment, his parents' temporary separation, the premature death of his father and later his brother's death from a AIDS related illness. Indeed, it was Arthur's death that sent Martin over the edge, taking him down the path of petty crime.
Martin lost his virginity to Sonia Jackson. Their tryst left her pregnant with baby Chloe – a fact that Sonia didn't realise until she was in the throes of labour. Too young for parenthood, the pair put Chloe up for adoption.
In a cruel twist of fate, it was Martin, the father of her child, who knocked down and killed Sonia's one true love, Jamie Mitchell. Fortunately, Martin proved to be her second true love. In spite of his mother's opposition, his love for Sonia reformed Martin. However, the path of their love was bumpy to say the least. The pair eloped and Martin involuntarily got involved with a barmaid called Sarah who lied about them sleeping together then stalked and stabbed him... Sonia had a lesbian lover... they got their daughter back (now named Rebecca) and they went through a divorce then got back together again.
Pauline faked a brain tumour to keep them apart… Martin accused Sonia of killing his mother… and finally they reconciled and moved to Manchester with Rebecca, where they continue their turbulent relationship until Sonia left him and moved to Dagenham with Rebecca.
In December 2014, Sonia collapses in The Queen Victoria after having a gastric band operation. As she is loaded into the ambulance, Martin arrives.
In 2015, Stacey gives birth to a baby boy named Arthur Brian Fowler, born on the 24th December 2015, conceived after a one-night stand with Kush Kazemi a month before Stacey slept with Martin. It was believed his father was Martin until Stacey was told during one of her scans that she was 4 weeks more pregnant than she thought she was, meaning that she was already pregnant by the time she was dating Martin. When she found out that Martin wasn't the father of her baby and Kush was she told Shabnam Masood, but not that Kush was the father, as Shabnam was dating him. Shabnam confides in Kush before their wedding that Martin isn't the father to Stacey's baby, this leads Kush to realise that he must be the father to Stacey's baby. On his wedding day, Kush confronts Stacey demanding to know who the father is; she denies it's him, making up that it was someone else - even going so far as to say that she met the father in Stratford and that he had "2 arms and 2 legs, 1 of those things that you call a head." Kush sees through her lies and begs to know the truth. Stacey doesn't answer him, confirming that he is the father to her baby. She tells a shocked Kush that it's just DNA and doesn't mean anything and that Martin is going to be her son's father. Kush demands to know why he wasn't told and Stacey answers by telling him that he had made his choice when he had chosen Shabnam over her, and she didn't want this to change his mind and force him to be with her. Furthermore, she didn't want to upset Shabnam because she had lost Zaair Kazemi (Kush and Shabnam's still born son). Stacey explains that she had to move on, admitting at first her relationship with Martin was a rebound to distract her from the fact she couldn't have Kush, but it developed into a real relationship. Kush questions that Stacey would be lying to both Martin and the baby for the rest of their lives, but she argues that as soon as Martin holds the baby he'll love him and raise him as his own. Kush and Stacey agree that they'll keep it a secret to protect Shabnam and Martin. When Martin found out the baby wasn't his, he decided to adopt him and he and Stacey named him after their fathers Arthur Fowler and Brian Slater.
Stacey is once sectioned once again and her daughter Lily is left in the care of Martin, whom has been acting as a father figure to her. At this time Lily's auntie Whitney Dean calls Lily's dad Ryan Malloy who returns to Walford to try and reconnect with his daughter. However, this doesn't go according to plan when Ryan tries to kidnap her. Lily and Ryan quickly bond and Lily is happy to have her daddy back in her life but Ryan wants what's best for his daughter so he tells her he has to go away for a little while and finally decides to hand himself into the police and leaves Lily with Martin.
Stacey then recovers and her and Martin look after Lily and Arthur together. Stacey then decides to change Lily's name from "Branning" to "Fowler" as Martin is the main father figure in Lily's life. Lily gets upset when Arthur gets to give his Dad a card for Father’s Day. Her mother Stacey thinks she is upset because she heard her and Martin talking about the new baby. However, this was not the case Lily just wanted to send her Dad a card. Later she gets to phone him.
In December 2017, at Lily's Christmas play, Stacey goes home as she claims she has "forgotten something" and this leads her to sleeping with Max Branning. In the morning, Martin sees Stacey's lost phone, which contains evidence of Max killing Steven Beale, charging on the table and asks where it came from. Stacey explains it came through the door. Martin notices the abundance of messages, and notifies Stacey, who says she will listen to them later.
Martin is alarmed when Stacey leaves the house and he hears sirens in the Square. He phones Stacey, only to discover her phone in the kitchen. Distressed, he leaves the house to find Stacey. Martin is even more alarmed as he sees a stretcher being wheeled across the Square, however he sees Max's youngest daughter Abi Branning's face in the stretcher and he is relieved Stacey is okay. Later that night, he tries to soothe Stacey, however she is being incredibly shifty. She repeatedly tells him she wants to talk, however he shushes her and tells her to relax.
In 2018, Martin and Stacey have a huge fall out as Stacey cheeted on Martin with Max Branning. She then went to visit her mum in Brighton, taking the kids with her, however she returned two weeks later with Martin telling her that he wants custody of the kids. Martin then throws Stacey out of the house and refuses to give her any access to the children. A couple of days later, Lily goes upstairs as she can hear Hope crying, she then picks Hope out of her cot and holds her out of the window shouting of Stacey and saying to her "Hope wants you Mummy". Martin then talks Lily away from the window and tells her she did a good job of staying calm. Lily then runs outside to see Stacey along with Martin, who is carrying Hope. Stacey then phones Ryan who plans to help Stacey by sending someone out to change the locks on her doors. When Martin goes to work, he leaves Whitney and her younger sister Tiffany to look after the kids, however Whitney allows Stacey to come in just as Martin's daughter Bex realises what Stacey is doing and shouts of her Dad, Stacey then locks all the doors in the house as the locks have been changed and tells an angry and devastated Martin that he isn't allowed to see the kids, however she decides to let Martin have access Lily and her siblings as she can see just how much they mean to him. A few days later, Stacey's cousin Hayley Slater arrives on the square and she flirts with Martin in front of Lily and her siblings although Martin doesn't know that she is a member of the Slater Family.