Producers made the controversial decision to kill the character off, an act that Mc Cutcheon publicly criticised as she had hoped to return at some stage.
A book released in 1998, documenting Tiffany's time in the soap, was a number one bestseller.
Brought up in various parts of the UK as her mother attempted to flee her abusive husband, Martine was determined to triumph over adversity.
Born on May 14, 1976, at the Salvation Army Mothers Hospital when her mother Jenny was just 19, Martine learned early on that an appearance by her father, Thomas Hemmings, was not a cause to celebrate.
She also describes how her two brothers, Laurence and Chris (who died, aged 17, from sniffing glue), escaped the sexual abuse but not the beatings. Their dad never worked and they lived on benefits: no soap, no hot water, no heating, no toys, little food, no blankets, no money, Christmas presents that were bought for show then hocked the next day. Her father would insist she got into bed with him, both of them stark naked; he would then make her perform oral sex on him. He took her to his friend's house with the intention of shooting a pornographic film.
How to react." Then he adds: "It's just the irony of it was not lost on me or anybody else around me. The irony, to recap, is that Mc Cutcheon was indisposed for much of the run, and even her understudy fell ill, too.
She's all dropped consonants - "You 'avin' a larf, are ye? She smokes like a chimney and seems a round, jolly kind of a lady, as blonde as her daughter is dark."Do you think I look like Martine? She then looks at her entourage, for Jenny Tomlin now has an entourage which includes a manager, a publicist and a hair and make-up girl, and winks.
Until now, Tomlin has been known for nothing more than spawning the all-singing, dancing, acting former East Ender Martine Mc Cutcheon.
It's a wonder he plays so many fevered megalomaniacs and psychotics in everything from Tomorrow Never Dies to Mr Wroe's Virgins. A good thing that she did bring with her is a new audience, and that was very refreshing.
But, when reminiscing about My Fair Lady, his usual world-weariness has to budge up a make room for a sort of giggly delirium. "We've had the same Christmas card list for years, put it that way. There were elements of the show that were wonderful, but one could never ever settle down and strengthen it and make it better.
The star's earliest memory of dad is him dangling her over a balcony 30ft up in the air.