She joined the cast aged just 18 and was unsuspecting just what a big deal it would be.
“I remember one of the writers saying to me that my life would never be the same again and that I’d never be able to go back to working in a supermarket,” she recalls.
“But I was only initially employed for 17 episodes.
I thought in 15 of those I’ll probably only have a line, so it’s not going to change my life.
“I’m still so grateful that I was in it at that time because you had Top of the Pops being filmed, all the Britpop stars hanging out, Oasis, Blur, even Meat Loaf was once there, and we were all hanging out in the bar,” laughs Martine.
“And weirdly they were just as keen to meet us as we were them.
Martine had already decided to leave the soap to pursue a pop career.
It was a bonkers but brilliant time.” Her subsequent solo music may have struggled to escape Albert Square but it did open doors.
“That show was a massive turning point for me because despite a bit of a backlash from the press, winning the Olivier just seemed to put me in a different bracket, a different sphere.