Not such a perfect moment for Martine McCutcheon, who has been declared bankrupt. Despite having had a successful music career, a successful acting career, a successful stint as the face of Activia yoghurts and having successfully authored a top ten novel, it would appear that Martine has not successfully remembered to pay her taxes, over the years.
“We are now responsible for administering her estate,” said David Standish of KPMG, the firm appointed as her trustee “and are in the process of establishing the individual's assets and liabilities; the largest creditor being Her Majesty's Revenue & Customs.” Martine, perhaps most famous for playing Tiffany Mitchell in EastEnders and for her number one hit ‘Perfect Moment’ made the petition for bankruptcy at Kingston-Upon-Thames County Court, under her given name, Martine Kimberley Sherri Ponting.
Yesterday, the 36 year-old actress’ agent did not respond to calls and her website gave no news of the bankruptcy. Ed Thomas, an insolvency practitioner at the accountancy firm Mazars told The Sun that it’s not the first time he’s been aware of a celebrity failing to meet their duties and pay their taxes, as they should by law. “we are seeing several celebrities failing in their obligation to ensure that their financial affairs are dealt with properly… it has to be the responsibility of the individual to make sure their financial affairs are up to date, particularly their income tax affairs… any abrogation by the celebrity of their responsibility to deal with income tax and other debt issues, is no real defence.”