Martin Bashir (born January 19, 1963, London, England, UK) is a British journalist of Pakistani descent.
Bashir was born in South London to Pakistani Christian parents and grew up in Wandsworth. He was educated at King Alfred's College of Higher Education, Winchester (since 2004 the University of Winchester), studying English & History from 1982-1985, and at King's College London. He still keeps a house in Winchester.
He started work as a journalist in 1986. He worked for the BBC until 1999 on programmes including Songs of Praise, Public Eye and Panorama and then he joined ITV, working on special documentary programmes and features for Tonight with Trevor McDonald.