Martha Jane Holden (née Stewart, previously MacKenzie) is a fictional character in the Australian soap opera Home and Away, portrayed by Jodi Gordon since her return in March 2005 but was originally played by Burcin Kapkin .
Martha is the product of an affair between Roo Stewart and Brett Macklin. She was born in the show's first year (1988) and named after Roo's mother, Martha Stewart. Roo, a teenager at the time, knew she couldn't give her baby the upbringing she deserved, and Brett's family refused to acknowlede her because she wasn't the boy they'd been hoping for. Roo gave her up for adoption. 18 years later she returned to the bay, having tracked down her birth mother and meeting her grandfather, Alf, in New York inspired her to move back to Summer Bay with him.
Martha and Jack
From the moment they met, Martha had an "instant attraction" to police constable Jack Holden
, but didn't want to show it, and persistently declined his proposals of dates. At one point, they played a game of pool, with the loser (Martha) having to do a naked run. Tony told Martha that Jack was afraid of spiders, so Martha decided to put a rubber one on his bed as a joke, not thinking that it could cost Jack his hearing. When Jack saw the spider, he jumped and hit his head on the cupboard, then fell unconscious. In hospital, Jack was told that he could be deaf in one ear. When Jack found out that it was Martha who put the spider there as a joke, he was furious and screamed at her to get out of his room. Martha was shattered and ran out crying. Tony told Jack that he saw Martha crying at the beach, and admitted that she likes him, reasoning that if she didn't, she wouldn't be crying. Jack went down to the beach to talk to Martha. He said it would be hard to forget, but she can make it up to him by facing her fears and jumping off a cliff (Martha is scared of heights). They went up to a cliff and Jack was shocked when he realised that Martha would jump off for him. Jack stopped her leap at the last moment, and told her that there is another way she can make it up to him. They began to kiss, and Jack and Martha became a couple.
The couple were "inseparable". Jack told everyone that he was starting to get his hearing back, but Martha found out he was lying. She told Tony, who then informed Jack's superiors at the police station; Jack was restricted to station duties until his hearing had fully recovered. Jack and Martha got into an argument, and he told Martha that it was her fault in the first place that he lost his hearing. Martha stormed out. Before leaving, she said that it was better if they broke up. Jack apologised, but it was too late for them to get back together because of what Jack said.
Martha & Corey
Martha then started dated Jack's working partner, Corey. On the night of Kim and Hayley's engagement party, Jack confessed to Martha how he really felt, stating "the way I fell for you, I have never felt for anyone before". Martha responded that it was too late, as she was with Corey now. Jack soon became suspicious of Corey as he kept his personal life shut and later found out he has a criminal record, he went to tell Martha but she told him Corey and her were going away together and he couldn't stop them, Corey then went physco and Martha found Jack was right and he came to the rescue.
Marriage & The Plane Crash
After Corey was jailed for poisoning Irene Roberts, Martha and Jack became "good friends", until Baby Noah's christening when they started flirting again, and Matilda and Lucas came up and said, "You two are hopeless; it's obvious you're meant to be together, so why don't you get your acts together?" Martha shrugged it off in denial, secretly having "strong feelings" for Jack. She went into Hayley's room and was followed by Jack, who sat down on the bed opposite her and said, "Maybe it is time we got our acts together." She smiled and then Jack kissed her. They were a couple again.
Jack and Martha got married, but their wedding was interrupted by Zoe McAllister, the Summer Bay stalker. She had opened gas canisters, and when the wedding cake, which was decorated with sparklers, was brought into the barn, it ignited the gas. Several people, including Jack, were injured. When taken to the hospital, it was discovered that Jack's liver was severely damaged. A transplant was quickly found; Peter Baker was thought to be the donor, but it was discovered that he wasn't the day he returned from witness protection. After the surgery, Dr. Rachel Armstrong arranged for a plastic surgeon in the city to have a look at Martha, Robbie, Kim, Kit and Belle's burns. The helicopter that would transfer them to the city got caught in a storm and dropped off the radar. Alf sent out a search party for them, but could not find them. The crash victims were eventually found alive, but during the time that they were lost, Jack and Tasha grew close, forming a co-dependency. They eventually discussed their feelings and agreed that they were nothing, Jack loves Martha.
Martha was later disappointed at the fact that she felt she was the only person contributing to the marriage - Jack was going about his life as though nothing had changed, and as if marriage meant nothing to him. After Jack discovered that Peter was still alive, he was severely beaten by somebody in his office. At the hospital, Rachel discovered that the liver Jack has is not Peter's because they both have different blood types. Jack's blood type is O-, and this is a rare blood type. Jack needed urgent surgery to repair the damage caused by the attacker, and it was discovered that Martha had a compatible blood type. She readily donated blood for Jack's surgery, but later was reluctant to visit him in recovery.
Martha & Ash
In the surf club, Martha met Ash Nader. Being vulnerable, she spent the night with him, and the following day discovered that he is a friend of Jack's. Before she made this discovery, Jack told her he wanted give her marriage yet another go. She and Ash later confessed the truth to Jack and although their marriage has since ended the two have "remained friends".
Martha began seeing Ash against the wishes of her great aunt Morag Bellingham who insists that Ash is keeping something from her. It was revealed that Ash has a wife and two children. When Martha discovered the truth she was disgusted. Ash begged her not to leave him so she gave him a choice, leave his wife or it was over with her for good. Ash eventually told her he had left his wife, but Jack discovered this was not the case. When he told Martha she confronted Ash, and discovered not only had he not left his wife, she was also pregnant with their third child. Devastated, Martha ended the affair, only to find out a week later that she too was pregnant. In the episode that aired on February 13, Martha tells Jack about her pregnancy and is seen arriving home and crying. It was eventually revealed that Martha had had an abortion which sent her into a downward spiral. Her behaviour became reckless and her drinking was out of control.
Martha's abortion and downward spiral
Martha's decision to have an abortion was quick and spurred on by her hurt from the Ash affair. She deeplyy regreted it and as a result she turned to a new world of drinking and partying. Soon after the abortion she met a man called Cam who owned a pole dancing club. From the moment he saw Martha he knew she would be his star attraction. Taking advantage of her vulnerability, he seduced her and alienated her from her family and friends, and eventually succeeded in getting her to dance at his club.
When Jack found out about her new job he was instantly worried, and set about getting her away from Cam. He planted drugs in his club in an attempt to get it closed down, but that backfired when Cam caught on and placed the drugs in Martha's bag. The damage was done though, and investors pulled out of his club, forcing him to turn to local buisness man Lou Bains for money. Lou wanted Martha but she was not interested. One night he tried to assult her in the club's dressing room but Cam saved her just in time, resulting in Lou pulling out of investing and Martha finally quitting. In the end a desperate Cam set fire to his own club, unaware that Martha was trapped inside. She was saved from the burning building by Jack. In an emotional scene Martha bust into tears and forced herself to admit to Jack and herself how much she regretted her abortion.
Martha and Michael/Jonah
Martha met Jonah for the first time when he was part of Mumma Rose's cult, "The Believers". He was accused of raping Tasha and getting her pregnant and was sent to Jail. The next year he was released when it was revealed he was sterile, and therefore couldn't have raped her. He was a victim of the believers cult as well.When he got out of Jail he went back to Summer Bay to sell his mothers farm. When he ran into Martha he tried to explain that he was innocent, but she refused to listen. Martha, along with Alf and Colleen, tried to run him out of town, but their efforts were foiled when Bruce Campbell hired him to work for his farm. Still intent on getting rid of him, Martha went to the farm and decided to vandalise his van. He chased her into the bush,and they both fell into an abandoned mine which collapsed. While in there, Jonah explained everything to Martha, and their relationship thawed. That cold night, both were freezing so they hold onto each other as they go to sleep. After their rescue they both had dreams about each other in the mine, which Jonah revealed to Martha, as she did to him. Although she gives him mixed signals (she explained why, saying "I don't want to feel like this"), she helps him out, and they kissed at the farm, just before Bruce died. The town was against their relationship at first, but eventually softened when they realised Michael had changed. The pair shared a loving and meaningful relationship.
Martha's new feelings for Jack
Once again Martha's feelings for Jack came into play when Jack was shot. He was in a coma and woke up only when Martha was by his side. Jack realised he was still in love with Martha. When he confessed his feelings to her, she refused to leave Michael, convinced that Jack was just confused after his injury. Jack arranged to meet Martha on the beach before his wedding rehearsal one day. If Martha was there, he would leave Sam and get back together with her. However, as Martha was on the way to meet him Tony intervened and talked Martha out of seeing Jack.
Martha and Michael decided to leave town, and with the best efforts of Michael, Sam and Tony, she and Jack never got to say goodbye to each other and possibly work things out. After being on the road for a week Michael realised he was only second best in Martha's heart and he took her back to Summer Bay on the day of Jack's wedding to sort her feelings out. Martha realised she should go after what she wanted, so she ran to the church to win Jack back, but was too late, as he had already married Sam.
Jack and Martha's reunion
On the day of Sam's funeral Jack discovered he wasn't invited. He went to the beach instead,where he was later found by Martha. They talked for ages and Jack revealed he was thinking about quitting the force. Martha was shocked, but understood. Jack revealed his other big decision, Martha. He invited her around for dinner that night, where they talked and admitted they still loved each other after all they'd been through. They agreed to stop wasting time and shared a passionate kiss, insisting that this time, they would be together for ever.
Not everyone was happy about their reunion. Tony thought Jack was out of his mind, but later came round. Morag refused to speak to Martha for weeks and thought she should have stayed with Roman. Leah judged Jack for moving on so soon after Sam's death, despite the fact that that she was developing feelings for Miles so soon after her own husband's death, and ignored everything Sam had done to Jack and Martha. Alf supported the couple though, which Martha appreciated.
Martha and Jack's engagement
A few weeks after their reunion Martha sensed Jack wanted his job back. Jack was reluctant, because his job was what cost him his marriage with Martha, and if he had to choose again, it would be her. Martha insisted that she was more mature this time round and if he wanted his job back he should go for it. The next morning she asked him to marry her again, as she was tired of wasting time. They kissed and he later gave her their old engagement ring, stating that he secretly kept it in the hope she would wear it again one day.
Martha's pregnancy, cancer and second wedding to Jack
Things took a turn for the worse when Martha discovered she was pregnant and wasn't sure who the father was, Roman or Jack. The trio decided to wait until the baby was born to do the paternity test but soon after, Martha was diagnosed with an agressive form of breast cancer. Her doctors and Jack advised her to terminate her pregnancy so she could undergo life saving treatment, however, still deeply affected by her abortion, Martha refused, leading to tension between her and Jack. To relieve some of the stress on Martha she and Jack decided to go ahead with the paternity test. The paternity test revealed that Roman and not Jack, is the father of Martha's baby. Jack decided that by telling Roman the results of the test, Roman could change Martha's mind about the termination. Roman is reluctant to do so but tries to talk to Martha about it to which she refuses; telling Roman about the first abortion, and that she feels that the birth of their baby will, to her, be a symbol of repentance. Roman is understanding and supports Martha in her decision although he is still worried about her health. Jack found out that Roman is now supportive of Martha's decision and storms over to Roman's apartment; angrily telling him that if Martha dies, it's his fault. On The 7th Aug 2008 Martha and Jack married again but her heart stops on their wedding day.They are able to get Martha stable and then only do they know that Martha has lost her baby. It is really painful for martha but she goes through .......Martha is currently weraing a bandana and a wig much to her dismay as she would much rather have real hair.Martha is now fighting the cancer and is determined to live.