She is known in France for her roles on television and in film and theatre. She appeared as Detective Sergeant Camille Bordey in the joint British-French crime comedy-drama Death in Paradise, filmed in Guadeloupe, a French overseas department. She left the show halfway through season 4 (January 2015).
She moved to France to study at the French National Academy of Dramatic Arts.
She is fluent in Portuguese, French and English. Early work Martins trained at the Conservatoire de Paris, France’s main theatre school.
She is committed to theatre and enjoys being a stage actor. She appeared in a play at the Young Vic in London called Le Costume (The Suit) and in a French-language production of David Mamet’s Race.
Martins" television debut was in 2001, in the French police series Police District.
She appeared in the series Pigalle, la nuit as Fleur. While filming Death in Paradise, Martins worked on the French television crime series Détectives as Nora Abadie. Death in Paradise In April 2011, British Broadcasting Corporation One announced that Martins would star in the crime comedy-drama Death in Paradise, co-produced with France Télévisions.
The series was Martins" debut in both comedy and on British television
Martins did have experience playing a cop. Death in Paradise premiered on 25 October 2011.
Martins played Camille Bordey, a detective sergeant on the fictional Caribbean island of Saint-Marie. Camille and other local officers help British Detective Inspector Richard Poole (played by Ben Miller in seasons 1 and 2) solve murders.
During a stunt for a first-season episode, Martins tore her achilles tendon.
She has said that during the production of Death in Paradise she discovered that some of her mannerisms are distinctly French. Season 3 killed off Inspector Poole in the first episode and he was replaced by another British Detective Inspector, Humphrey Goodman (played by Kris Marshall). The fourth episode of season 4, "Until Death Do You Participant", was Martins" last.
Her character was written out as moving to Paris.
Of her departure from the show, she is quoted as saying: "I’ve loved everything about the show. But the only way to grow in life is to take risks, even if it means losing something you love, or leaving a place that’s comfortable".