Martin Hirigoyen Kelly

Martin Hirigoyen Kelly was a plastic surgeon specializing in craniofacial work. He is also known as the husband of actress Natascha McElhone. Read further to find out more about his profession, successful life so far, bio, relationships, and much more.

Quick Bio

Martin Hirigoyen Kelly was born on 7 May 1965, in London, United Kingdom. He was born to Bernard Hirigoyen and Diane Kelly. He was raised in London. There is no information available regarding his siblings, early childhood, and other related things.


Martin was educated in Paris. He attended Winchester College. He then enrolled in the St. Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical School, London. He became a graduate in 1989. While studying at medical school, he showed his interest in plastic surgery, a career which he ultimately followed and rose to the very top. Martin gained knowledge about basic surgical procedures at hospitals in Oxford and London. He then joined the Royal College of Surgeons of England as a fellow in 1993.


Martin Hirigoyen Kelly was in a relationship with actress Natascha McElhone who starred in the ABC political drama “Designated Survivor” from 2016 to 2017. On 19 May 1998, the duo got married. The couple resided in Fulham, south-west London, with their sons. Martin had three sons with Natascha, Theodore Kelly, born in 2000, Otis Kelly, born in May 2003, and the youngest one, Rex Kelly, was born in October 2008 five months after Martin’s death. He could not see his child. Rex never knew who his father was, just saw him in photos and videos. They were happily married until he died in 2008.


By profession, Martin Hirigoyen Kelly was a plastic surgeon. He was a leading reconstructive surgeon and part of London Plastic Surgery Associates (LPSA). Peter Butler, the renowned doctor who carried out Britain’s first face transplant was his colleague there.

Successful Life So Far

Although Martin Hirigoyen Kelly died at an early age, he had a successful life. He had significantly contributed to the medical field of Plastic Surgery. During his death, he was a consultant plastic surgeon at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and the Royal Marsden Hospital. According to the LPSA, “He was a gifted plastic and reconstructive surgeon, a dynamic member of our practice, a devoted husband and father to his family, and a dear friend and colleague.”

Unfortunate Death

On May 20, 2008, Martin was found leaning on his doorway at Fulham by one of his colleagues. He was rushed to Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. He was declared dead one day after his 10th wedding anniversary. He was 43 years old at that time. When this happened, Natascha was in Los Angeles where she was filming the TV drama Californication. The news devastated Natascha who was pregnant with his third child at that time. According to a postmortem report, he died of dilated cardiomyopathy. Martin was survived by his wife and three sons.


Martin Hirigoyen Kelly was a truly magnificent man as a surgeon, as a husband, and as a father. In addition, he was a great sportsman, a painter, and a composer. He was a true golden man. He will be remembered for generations.