Played by: Michael Howe, Matthew Simpson
Throughout his entire adult life Martin Willis has been driven by two emotions: love for Beatrice Murray and hatred for her husband, Robert Murray. Neither of these emotions is healthy; together they have turned him into a miserable maniac.
Martin fell in love with Beatrice when he worked as a truck driver in Old Berry. He was 20-something at that time, while she was not yet an adult in legal terms. He came from an underprivileged, working-class family with a history of alcohol abuse, while her parents were well-off aristocrats. And yet Martin and Beatrice had many things in common and they believed they were destined to be together.
When Beatrice was taken from Martin as a result of the scheme devised by her parents and Robert Murray, Martin broke down. However he realised very quickly that he had good reasons to stand back on his feet, namely getting even with Murray. Martin knew that the man who had stolen the love of his life was out of his league, so he had to join that league to get him. To achieve that Martin became a self-taught expert in finance and business. By investing money – initially the small amounts he earned and later the substantial sum he inherited after his uncle’s death – he began to accumulate more and more wealth.
When his good financial standing was assured, he could afford hiring private detectives and reporters to observe Murray and his family. For years he collected every bit of information about his nemesis and about Beatrice who looked increasingly unhappy on every subsequent photo.
At some point, Martin had enough information to suspect that Murray was involved in some illegal activity. And yet the conclusive proof was out of his reach. That is why he has decided to get in touch with Olive Green and send her on a mission to Old Berry.
Martin is a tragic figure. In some way, to destroy Robert Murray he had to become his exact copy – just as manipulative and cynical. However, the time will show that Martin is not a bad man.