John Nettles

John Vivian Drummond Nettles, OBE ( born October 11, 1943 in Manchester, England ) is a British actor. He plays both television and theater roles and is mostly known through his portrayal of the title roles in the police series Bergerac and Midsomer Murders.


Shortly after birth, was adopted John Nettles of the carpenter Eric Nettles and his wife Elsie. Nettles birth mother was an Irish nurse who worked during the Second World War in England. She was admitted shortly after birth in an insane asylum, where she died at the age of 28 from tuberculosis. About John Nettles biological father is not known. The early years of his childhood spent John Nettles with his adoptive parents in Roe Green, Greater Manchester before the family moved to St. Austell, Cornwall, moved.

Nettles attended St. Blazey Primary School and then the Grammar School of St. Austell. In 1962, he began a study of history and philosophy at the University of Southampton and wanted to be a teacher. At the University he came in contact with acting and began the drama. He played his first role on television in the BBC One sitcom The Liver Birds in the early 1970s.

In 1981, he won the role that would make him famous. In the 87 -part, settled on the Channel Island of Jersey police series he played the investigator Jim Bergerac. The series was a huge success with up to 10 million television viewers. " Determined Jim Bergerac " Under the title of 74 episodes were broadcast by the station DDR1 and adopted by the ARD, RTL, VOX and other stations. After the end of Bergerac, he was from 1991 for five seasons ensemble member of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

From 1997, John Nettles played the role of Detective Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby in the British detective film series Midsomer Murders ( Midsomer Murders ). The series was a huge success and sold in over 200 countries and territories, including the U.S., China, Spain, the Netherlands, Australia and Germany. 2002 Nettles played in the film adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's novel The Hound of the Baskervilles the esteemed physician Dr. James Mortimer, the Sherlock Holmes (played by Richard Roxburgh ) visits and asks him for help. In summer 2011, Nettles increased after the 13th season of the series of Midsomer Murders, as early as 2009 had been announced. Overall, he played in 81 episodes DCI Tom Barnaby the. Since the end of March 2012 found in England another " Barnaby " - Neil Dudgeon as Tom's cousin John moved with his wife Sarah and dog Sykes in the fictional Midsomer.

In November 2010, Queen Elizabeth II awarded him at Buckingham Palace the Order of Merit Officer of the Order of the British Empire ( OBE) for his services to drama. On September 21, 2012 Nettles got from Plymouth University awarded an honorary doctorate.


John Nettles was married from 1965 to 1979 with the casting director Joyce Nettles in his first marriage. From the marriage, born in 1970, daughter Emma came out. Since 1995 he has been with Cathryn Sealey, a former actress, who he met in Birmingham in 1987, married.

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