About me

Martin Williams was born in Wales, grew up in the Cotswolds, and studied History at the University of Bangor. After studying for an MA in Bristol, his first job was running the recruitment for bookclubs such as SF & Fantasy and QPD. He then moved to LEGO Software, and looked after product development for games including LEGO Racers 2 and LEGO Creator: Harry Potter. He devised and directed what was probably the first Harry Potter CGI animation, and the first image the world saw of Harry in LEGO form was one he commissioned.

Martin then moved on to the brick side of the business and ran partnerships for LEGO UK, before managing the Make & Create product lines for Northern Europe, including LEGO Technic. He met his wife Tania, who was LEGO’s PR Manager, when they worked together to secure permission for Michel Gondry to use LEGO bricks in a music video for The White Stripes; it was for the song ‘Fell In Love With A Girl’, and it went on to win an MTV Music Award.

Following that, Martin spent five years at LEGOLAND Windsor, and introduced Star Wars and Batman events to the park. While there, he co-wrote an original LEGO Indiana Jones audio adventure, which was recorded by actor John Rhys-Davies, reprising his film role as Sallah. He worked with Apple and greenlit a Spinal Tap comedy short, filmed at LEGOLAND exclusively for iTunes. He also introduced new queue-line entertainments featuring artists such as Brian Blessed, ex-Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen and Cbeebies’ Justin Fletcher.

His newspaper cartoon strip GSOH was picked up by Knight Features, but despite strong interest from Metro and the Daily Express, it remains unpublished. After three years of working for the Eden Project, Martin now lives near Truro, Cornwall with his family, where he works as a freelance marketing consultant (find out more here.)