Who is Martin Bashir, Princess Diana’s Panorama interviewer? – The Sun

WE take a look at the life of journalist Martin Bashir, who shot to fame with his high-profile interviews with some of the world's biggest stars.

Here's the lowdown on his personal life and controversial career so far – including THAT Princess Diana interview…

Who is Martin Bashir?

Martin is a 57-year-old English journalist who has worked for the BBC, NBC and MSNBC.

His career as a journalist began in 1986 and he worked for the BBC until 1999 on Songs of Praise, Public Eye and Panorama.

He then moved over to ITV and worked on special documentary programmes and on features for Tonight with Trevor McDonald and also spent time working in the US for both ABC and NBC news.

Other notable high profile interviews include the disgraced Tory peer Lord Archer, Tony Martin the Norfolk farmer who was jailed for killing a burglar, and former footballer George Best.

Why is Martin Bashir famous?

He shot to fame in the 90s when he interviewed Princess Diana about her failed marriage to Prince Charles.

Since then he has conducted many high profile interviews with controversial people.

This includes Louise Woodward (who as a teenager was famously accused of murdering a baby in her care), the five suspects in the Stephen Lawrence case, Michael Barrymore, Jeffrey Archer, Major Charles Ingram, and of course Michael Jackson.

When did Martin Bashir interview Princess Diana?

In 1995 Martin famously interviewed Princess Diana about the downfall of her marriage to Prince Charles.

This was a first for the Royal family and seen as a very controversial move by the late princess.

One famous quote from the interview was when Martin asked Di about Charles' relationship with Camilla Parker-Bowles, and if it was a factor in the breakdown of her marriage to which Diana replied: "Well, there were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded."

A documentary titled Diana: The Truth Behind the Interview, airs TONIGHT (October 21) at 9pm on Channel 4.

When was Martin Bashir's controversial Michael Jackson documentary?

In 2003, Martin conducted a series of interviews with Michael Jackson, as part of an ITV documentary Living with Michael Jackson.

There were was an outcry following the show, mainly to do with Michael's relationship with a teenage cancer patient called Gavin Arvizo.

In response, Jackson and his personal cameraman released a rebuttal interview, which showed Martin complimenting Jackson for the "spiritual" quality of the Neverland Ranch.

At the time Martin defended the documentary, stating: "I don't believe that I've betrayed Michael Jackson at all. I agreed that we would make an honest film about his life.

"The film was fair to his musical achievement and gave him every opportunity to explain himself. I'm not accusing anybody of being a child molester or a paedophile."

After Jackson's death in 2009, Jackson's former manager Dieter Wiesner said of Martin's documentary: "It broke [Jackson]. It killed him. He took a long time to die, but it started that night. Previously the drugs were a crutch, but after that they became a necessity."

Is Martin Bashir married and does he have children?

Martin is married to his wife Deborah.

He and his wife Deborah have three children.

They are called Samuel, Phoebe and Eliza.

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