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Trained at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, John’s professional career started in the spring of 1964, playing in Shakespeare at Regent’s Park and on tour in Pakistan, India and the Far East.
Feature films include Michelangelo Antonioni’s BLOW UP with Vanessa Redgrave, THE LION IN WINTER with Katherine Hepburn and Peter O’Toole, MAN OF LA MANCHA with Sophia Loren and Peter O’Toole, KING DAVID with Richard Gere, ANTHONY AND CLEOPATRA with Charlton Heston, ROBOCOP 2 and Franco Zeffirelli’s THE SPARROW.
Theatre credits include BLOODY SUNDAY at The Tricycle Theatre directed by Nick Kent. Claudius in HAMLET for Richard Eyre at The Royal National Theatre, Tom in Tom Kempinski’s WHEN THE PAST IS YET TO COME at The Finborough Arms, ZANNA at The Greenwich Theatre, RAT IN THE SKULL at The Duke of York’s, and END GAME at The Tron Theatre, Glasgow. Shylock in THE MERCHANT OF VENICE for the London Shakespeare Group, Sean Mathias’s INFIDELITIES with Jill Bennett at The Boulevard Theatre, Alan Turing in Hugh Whitemore’s BREAKING THE CODE at The Comedy Theatre, Bolingbroke, Henry IV, Pistol, The Duke of York and James Tyrell in the English Shakespeare Company’s productions of THE WAR OF THE ROSES.
John’s extensive television credits include leading roles in TRACTATE MIDDOTH, directed by Mark Gatiss for the BBC, THE FIXER, SPOOKS, POIROT for LWT directed by Brian Farnham, Catherine Cookson’s DINNER OF HERBS directed by Alan Grint, HORNBLOWER, SILENT WITNESS, David Irving in HOLOCAUST ON TRIAL for the BBC, MURDER CITY, CASUALTY, and PRINCES IN THE TOWER for director Justin Hardy and GODS AND GENERALS playing Old Penn for director Ronald Maxwell. THE FIGHT AGAINST SLAVERY, BEN HALL, I CLAUDIUS, THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE, THE PROFESSIONALS, LILLIE, TRAVELS WITH A DONKEY, THE WINGS OF THE DOVE, THE THREE HOSTAGES, TALES OF THE UNEXPECTED, REILLY ACE OF SPIES, SHERLOCK HOLMES, MISS MARPLE, LOST EMPIRES, TECS, INSPECTOR MORSE, LITTLE LORD FAUNTLEROY, LOVEJOY, BRAMWELL, DARK BLUE PERFUME and THE HEART SURGEON, THE THIEFTAKERS, a running character in the THE VANISHING MAN starring Neil Morrisey for Harbour Pictures, WYCLIFFE, THE PROFESSIONALS, and THE CATER STREET HANGMAN for Ardent Productions.