John Nettles Biography
John Nettles (John Vivian Drummond Nettles) is an English actor and writer born on 11th October 1943 in St Austell, Cornwall, England. He is popular for his roles in the television series Bergerac and Midsomer Murders. He was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2010 Birthday Honours.
He was born to an Irish mother who had emigrated to the United Kingdom during the Second World War. He was adopted at birth by carpenter Eric Nettles and his wife Elsie.
He attended St Austell Grammar School and later joined University of Southampton in 1962 where he studied history and philosophy. While at the university, he discovered acting and played mostly small parts in Royal Court Theatre productions. He left school to pursue a career in the theater and became a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon.
John Nettles Age
John was born on 11 October 1943 in St Austell, Cornwall (74 years as of 2017)
John Nettles Net Worth
- He has an estimated net worth of $700,000
John Nettles Wife
John Nettles married his first wife, Joyce, in 1966. Their daughter Emma was born in 1970 and they divorced in 1979. He married his second wife, Cathryn Sealey, in July 1995 in Evesham, Worcestershire.
John Nettles Daughter
- In 1970 his wife then, Joyce, gave birth to their daughter Emma.
John Nettles Career
Nettles played Laertes to Tom Courtenay’s Hamlet in 1969 at the University Theatre for 69 Theatre Company in Manchester. From 1969 to 1970, he was in repertory at the Northcott Theatre in Exeter, and in the latter year had his first screen role in the film One More Time. The following year he played Dr. Ian Mackenzie in the period drama A Family at War, a role he continued until 1972.
Following that he had small parts in many TV programmes including The Liver Birds, Dickens of London, Robin of Sherwood and an episode of Enemy at the Door called “Officers of the Law.” He played fraudster Giles Sutton in ITV’s Heartbeat.
In 1981, John Nettles won the role that made him a household name in the UK, that of Jim Bergerac in the Jersey-set crime drama Bergerac.
Following the end of Bergerac in 1991, Nettles did five seasons with the Royal Shakespeare Company, appearing in The Winter’s Tale, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Julius Caesar, Richard III and The Devil is an Ass. In 1992, he appeared in an episode of Boon, and in 1993 appeared as Jim Bergerac in the spoof police comedy The Detectives.
In 1995, Nettles was approached by Brian True-May to play Tom Barnaby in a new murder mystery series he was to produce called Midsomer Murders. Midsomer Murders made him a household name across the world. In 2003, he played Barnaby in the Boxing Day episode of French & Saunders. Nettles appeared in a 2001 episode of Heartbeat. In 2007, he appeared in the BBC Radio 4 comedy series Will Smith Presents the Tao of Bergerac. In 2016 and 2017, Nettles had a recurring role as Ray Penvenen in the second and third seasons of the popular historical drama Poldark.
During the filming of Bergerac, filmed on the island of Jersey, he wrote Bergerac’s Jersey, a travel guide to filming locations in the series. He followed up with John Nettles’ Jersey: A Personal View of the People and Places about the island’s landscape, personalities and history. In 1991, he wrote the semi-autobiographical Nudity in a Public Place: Confessions of a Mini Celebrity. In 2012 Nettles wrote Jewels and Jackboots.
John Nettles Books
- He wrote ‘Bergerac’s Jersey’ (BBC Books, 1988) during the filming of Bergerac, filmed on the island of Jersey, a travel guide to filming locations in the series.
- He later wrote ‘John Nettles’ Jersey: A Personal View of the People and Places’ (BBC Books, 1992) about the island’s landscape, personalities and history.
- In 1991 he wrote the semi-autobiographical Nudity in a Public Place: Confessions of a Mini Celebrity (Robson Books; ISBN 0-7451-1961-1) about becoming a “reluctant heartthrob” to female viewers of Bergerac. This was re-released as a Kindle version on Amazon in 2014 following the reruns of Bergerac on BBC2 as part of their afternoon nostalgia collection.
- In 2012 Nettles wrote ‘Jewels and Jackboots’ about the German occupation of the Channel Islands. It sold out in a matter of weeks, and was republished in 2013 as a paperback and on Kindle.
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John Nettles Tv Shows
- 1996 – 2008: Airport
- 1981 – 1991: Bergerac
- 1969 – 1979: The Liver Birds
- 1970 – 1972: A Family at War
- 1997 – : Midsomer Murders
- Since 2015: Poldark
- Since 1976: Dickens of London
- Since 1993: The Skipper
John Nettles Movies
- 2002: The Hound of the Baskervilles
- 2004: Midsomer Murders: Ghosts of Christmas Past
- 1980: The Merchant of Venice
- 1995: All Men Are Mortal
- 2016: Never Land
- The Killings at Badger’s Drift
- Electric Vendetta
- Midsomer Murders: Written in Blood
- Midsomer Murders: Strangler’s Wood
- Midsomer Murders: Faithful Unto Death
- Midsomer Murders: Death in Disguise
- Midsomer Murders: Beyond the Grave
- Midsomer Murders: Dead Man’s Eleven
- Midsomer Murders: Blood Will Out