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All you need to know about My Mum, Your Dad star Martin H

The 56-year-old sports presenter was nominated for the show by his daughter Jessica

Martin H on My Mum Your Dad
Nicky Morris
Nicky MorrisTV and film writer
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ITV's brand new dating show, My Mum, Your Dad, is well underway, with the line-up of single parents and their matchmaking children returning to our screens on Monday night for another week of heartwarming romance. 

For those unfamiliar with the show, which is hosted by Davina McCall, it follows a group of single mums and dads as they head to a country house retreat in the English countryside for a second chance at love. 

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Unbeknownst to them, their children are watching from a surveillance room in a nearby location and get to play cupid in their parents' love lives. 

One of the contestants who has been nominated by their offspring is Martin H. His 23-year-old daughter Jessica is keen for her dad to put himself out there and get back into the dating world. But who exactly is Martin H and what has he said about his relationship history? Here's all we know…

Who is Martin H and what is his job? 

Martin H is a 56-year-old retired professional basketball player, sports presenter and MD.

Martin played basketball for 15 years, representing England and Great Britain, before pursuing his media career. He has provided basketball commentary for Sky Sports, Channel 4, the BBC and Eurosport. He is also a member of the board of trustees for the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust.

Martin H and daughter Jess on My Mum Your Dad© ITV
Martin H and his daughter Jessica

Martin, who hails from Birmingham but lives in Epsom, was nominated for the show by his daughter Jessica, who works in modelling, mental health coaching and sales/marketing. 

Opening up about his dating life, Martin said he's reluctant to have his heart broken. "I used to fall head over heels in love, skin my knees, dust myself off, get up, have my heart broken and go and try again," he explained. "Now, I'm very reluctant to share, I don’t find it easy to throw myself into it.

Martin and Monique on My Mum Your Dad
Martin hit it off with Monique on My Mum Your Dad

"I'm very cautious. I've had enough of being hurt. I'm more self-protective."

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Summing up his dating history, he continued: "Using the old-fashioned marking system, I'd have got a C for effort and a D for delivery. I've dated. 

"I was a professional sportsperson for 15 years, I studied in the US on a basketball scholarship, so I’ve been exposed to the dating life for a long time, but I've never been very good at it. I'm a serial monogamist."

Jess and dad Martin on My Mum Your Dad© ITV
Martin is a former professional basketball player

As for what he's looking for in a partner, Martin said he's impressed by someone who "smiles and also isn't noticeably put off by my size". 

"I don't have much of a social life," he added. "So to realise there's more to life than doing the next basketball commentary or taking my kids on holiday.

"I'm big, I'm fun, I'm outgoing and I consider myself to be a likeable sort of bloke. I've spent 90% of my life in the friendzone… I'm everyone's best friend."

The full cast of My Mum, Your Dad

  • Janey, who is a 47-year-old recruitment manager and singer, and 19-year-old son Will
  • Tolullah, 50, who is a design consultant, and her 28-year-old daughter, Georgia-Blu
  • Roger, 58, and his 28-year-old daughter, Jess
  • Martin M, a 53-year-old property developer and his 18-year-old son, Luke
  • Retired basketball player Martin H, 56, from Birmingham and his 23-year-old daughter, Jessica
  •  Monique, 50, a therapist, and her 21-year-old daughter Taiya
  • Sharon, 53, and her 24-year-old daughter, Tia
  • Caroline, 51, from South Lanarkshire and her 20-year-old daughter Karli
  • Natalie, 44, and her 20-year-old son, Kaliel
  • Paul, 47, from London and his 21-year-old daughter Mazey
  • Clayton, 57, and his 35-year-old son Christian
  • Elliott, 53 from Essex, and 21-year-old Zachary
Luke, Christian, Tia, Georgia, Karli, William, and Jessica in My Mum, Your Dad      © ITV
Luke, Christian, Tia, Georgia, Karli, William, and Jessica in My Mum, Your Dad

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