(19 April 1944 - December 1998) Hungary
Gardener, landscape architect
Martin Hensler was a chef, secretary, gardner, and was long-term lover of Sir John Gielgud from 1975 to Martin's death in 1998. Sir John bought his house in Wotton Underwood in Buckinghamshire and lived there with Martin Hensler, for over 25 years, even if their relationship has begun in 1962, when Gielgud picked up Martin, a designer exiled from Hungary, at an art exhibition.
Martin died 16 months before Gielgud's own death in 2000. Sir John Gielgud publicly acknowledged Hensler as his lover only in 1988, in the programme notes for "The Best of Friends", which was his final stage performance.
Martin Hensler was cremated, and his ashes were scattered in the rose garden of his and John Gielgud's home.