Karl Ude-Martinez can ride like the wind and spear a napkin ring at full gallop! – He has bags of charisma and charm and always strives to meet any new challenges.

Actor & TV Presenter Karl has the presentation skills of a true professional. Working within Countryside, Equine, Sports, History & Fashion media, he is familiar to viewers of Channel 5, Sky Sports, “Instruments of Death” (UKTV Yesterday Channel), Horsetails (Discovery/Animal Planet), Ancient Discoveries (History Channel), Polo Masters (Sky Sports) & Horse & Country TV (Sky 280). With his acting experience and strong persona he simply buzzes on screen. His passionate enthusiasm and have-a-go personality has earned him an international fan base across all ages and genders within the acting and presenting world.

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Karl presents forthcoming 6-part TV series – “Instruments of Death”

From the Gulf War onwards, computer-guided missiles and drone strikes have made death on the battlefield a world away from the hand-to-hand combat of early 20th century warfare. For centuries soldiers stood toe-to-toe with their enemies, hacking at each other with hand-held weapons until one of them yielded. On history’s battlefields, there was no hiding place. It was kill, or be killed ….

This brand new and exclusive series starts Monday 12th November 9pm on the UKTV Yesterday Channel (available on Freeview 19, Sky 537 and Virgin 203), and goes back to a time before precise, pin-point weapons took out specific targets, explores the effects of blades and bullets on a human body and reveals how battlefield wounds were treated by surgeons on the frontlines.

Karl looks at how weapons and body armour were developed and why some instruments of war were created to inflict the most untreatable, bloody and mortal wounds possible. He will also learn how the wounds they inflicted were treated and some of the brutal methods used in attempt to save soldiers.

Through war re-enactments, first-hand tests with battle experts and modern experiments, Karl will explore along with the viewer and discover the effects of gladius swords to vickers machine guns, blades, bullets, arrows and spears on a human being. Each episode focuses on a famous battle from history, The English Civil War, Battle of Naseby (1645) or battles such as The Battle of Towton (1461), known as the single bloodiest battle ever fought on English soil, with over 28,000 men hacked to death by Falchion swords and Pole axes in a single day.

Instruments of Death, is a fresh take on history, fascinating, modern and with an immersive look at the stark realities of battle, new and exclusive to “Yesterday” – Make sure you check it out and gain an exciting insight on some of history’s most deadliest weapons!!

Click here for the Episode Guide to the series!

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Champagne jobs for Karl this July!

Presenting Racing & Fashion at the Piper Heidsieck July Festival to hosting at the Veuve Clicquot Polo Gold Cup Final – Karl has had a busy July so far! Top class racing & stunning fashions over this 3 day race festival. He also hosted the “Fashion at the Festival” where over the three days he judged alongside Frankii Dettori & wife Catherine, the best dressed Lady for Goldsmiths Ladies Day and Best Dressed couple for Darley Cup Day. Despite the weather it proved to be 3 days of top racing and on day 1, over 1000 ladies walked the catwalk to win the Best Dressed Lady 2012 in an array of stunning fashions! Sunday then saw Karl move from Racing to his usual Polo work where he worked for Sky and Veuve Clicquot for the prestigious Gold Cup Final at Cowdray Park in Sussex. He presented the final prize giving ceremony along with the president of Veuve Clicquot Jean Marc Le Cave and MD of Moet Hennessy, Jo Thorton. He also was given the task of chatting to many of the VIP guests including actors, Billie Piper & husband Laurence Fox, singer and song writer Tinie Tempah and Katherine Jenkins – bringing an insight of the world of polo to many of the Veuve Clicquot guests!

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Karl wins the “Face of Akuma Polo” competition!

Karl got down to the last 10 finalists in the face of Akuma Polo competition – then the last 2 – then with the help of all of you he was chosen to be the “Face of Akuma Polo 2012!” A MASSIVE BIG THANK YOU!! To all of you who voted for him to WIN! – “The support was huge and i really appreciated all your help – i’m really looking forward to working with the Akuma Team! Thanks again everyone!…”
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