TWO lucky fans of a popular TV series have the chance to star in the show.

Actor Martin Clunes is offering two walk-on parts in series nine of Doc Martin to the highest bidder.

The money he raises will all go towards helping TheHorseCourse charity and the online auction bids already top more than £1,500.

Martin has been a patron of the Dorset-based mental health charity since the early days, when chief executive Harriet Laurie was working with young offenders in Portland prison.

Harriet, from Askerswell, said: “Our celebrity patron Martin Clunes has seen the life-changing results for himself with young people who find hope and belief in themselves after talk-based options just couldn't help them.

“Our specially-trained horses and highly-skilled facilitators teach calmness, among other important life skills, when all else has failed. Multiple academic studies validate our award-winning work.

“But clearly looking after our herd of 13 horses takes money and we are so grateful to Martin for helping us. At Christmas he drew us a doodle of a horse which we also auctioned and that was very successful.

“This time we are hoping that with the lure of being involved in the filming of the very popular Doc Martin series will really spur people to bid as much as possible – not only will they be immortalised on the small screen but they’ll know that their money will have helped someone learn how to be calm, focused, assertive, persistent, to have more empathy, to take responsibility for what they do and how they feel and to be able to communicate clearly.

“It may seem incredible that after only five days working with our amazing horses our participants can learn all these skills but week after week we prove they can and the academic studies back up our claims.

“When we first approached Martin to help, we showed him a DVD our work with prisoners and he was so impressed he came to see for himself and immediately agreed to be our patron. Since then he’s been unstinting in his support.”

The eBay auction ends on Monday, May 20, and filming finishes at the end of July.

To bid, visit