(Space Gypsy narrator)
Leicester, England, Earth.
Favourite Space Gypsy Character -
"As a voice artist I find them all unspeakable! (not really)"
Mini Biography -
After leaving school John worked in a bookshop, and then as a porter at Leicester Royal Infirmary. He joined the Leicester Dramatic Society and then applied for and ultimately won a place at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. After leaving RADA he worked extensively in repertory and in West End theatre productions.
During his time in the theatre John appeared in;'The Chiltern Hundreds', 'Ten Little Indians', 'Miss Carraway Investigates', 'The Hollow Crown', 'The Taming of The Shrew', 'Wuthering Heights', 'Give A Dog A Bone', 'As You Like It', 'A Winter's Tale', 'Hay Fever', 'The Rivals', 'MacBeth', 'Hindle Wakes', 'The Deep Blue Sea', 'Diary of Anne Frank', 'A Doll's House', 'That Scoundrel Scapin', 'Measure for Measure', 'Hobson's Choice', 'Julius Caesar', 'The Hostage', 'Much Ado About Nothing', 'Plaza Suite', 'Flint', 'Don't Start Without Me', 'See How They Run', 'Sweet Wine of Youth', 'Bedroom Farce', and 'Hamlet'.
It was while he was understudying as 'Mole' in the London production of 'Toad of Toad Hall' he met his future wife, Judy.
John's first television role was a walk-on part in a BBC play called 'The Wedding Feast'. He appeared in the 1968 presentation 'The Spanish Farm' before going on to appear in numerous situation comedies including; 'Dad's Army','My Wife Next Door','Sorry' and ''Allo,'Allo'. TV dramas 'Take Three Girls', 'The Barretts of Wimpole Street', 'Tucker's Luck', 'Crown Court', 'Crossroads', 'The Bill', 'Oscar' and 'Bugs'. Costume Dramas 'Vanity Fair' and 'Longitude'. He played the original Bungle Bear in the children's tv series 'Rainbow' and the voices of 'Jig' and 'Biggum' in the BBC kid's show 'Jigsaw'.
John also helped Jeremy Beadle play pranks on the unsuspecting public in the 'Candid-Camera'-type show, 'Beadle's About'.
When not appearing before the camera John has provided questions for 'Mastermind' and voice-overs for Channel 4 Television.
As a playwright John has collaborated with Anthony Marriott (author of 'No Sex Please We're British') on stage comedies 'Under The Bench' and 'Nipped In The Bud' as well as the drama 'What'll The Neighbours Say?'. He also co-scripted the pilot situation comedies 'We Never Closed' and 'Rosalind & Julie'.
In 1977 he joined the regular cast of 'Dr. Who' and became the voice of K-9, the Doctor's computerised robot dog - the part for which he is probably best known today. Also, at the same time as appearing in 'Who' he also made a couple of appearances in the BBC's other cult sci-fi show of the time, 'Blake's 7'.
In 1979, during some time off from Dr. Who, John appeared in the controversial film 'Tarka The Otter' playing the Secretary of The Hunt. Other film roles have included cameos in 'Whoops Apocalypse' and 'Miami Connection'.
Since his time as a regular on Dr. Who John has continued to act and provide voiceovers for many TV companies including The BBC. He has provided the voices of our Space Gypsy characters on an intermittent basis since 1986.
In 1995 he appeared in the independently produced Dr. Who spinoff drama 'Downtime', playing a disc jockey. More recently he has been involved with The Big Finish Productions' audiobooks revising his role of K-9.
In July 2005 John played the part of The Prosecutor in The Hyde Fundraisers' Dr. Who spin-off stage drama 'The Trial of Davros' For more details look here.
In April 2006 John returned to the world of Dr. Who to revise his role of K-9 once again in the story 'School Reunion', (Check here for details). He also worked with ex-Dr. Who assistant the late Elizabeth Sladen on the Children's BBC serial 'The Sarah Jane Adventures'. More recently K-9 helped to save the universe again in the 'Doctor Who' episode 'Journey's End', and was given his own series in 2009 when one of his original creators, Bob Baker, produced the Australian-backed series, 'K-9'.
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