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Overview (3)

Born in St. Austell, Cornwall, England, UK
Birth NameJohn Vivian Drummond Nettles
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

John Nettles has been a familiar face on British and International television screens for over thirty years.

From his early beginnings in the UK hit comedy The Liver Birds (1969), he became a household name overnight playing the Jersey detective "Jim Bergerac". The series, Bergerac (1981), was a huge hit in Britain and was exported to many countries across the world including France, Spain and Greece, gaining him thousands of fans.

His new found fame as Bergerac gave him almost film-star-like fame and fortune, not to mention thousands of female admirers!

Despite Bergerac (1981) being mothballed in the early 1990s, the series still has a considerable fan base and lingering popularity abroad, especially in Jersey, where images of John Nettles are still used for advertising tourist attractions and other services on the island.

Nettles' polished Shakesperean performances have won him critical acclaim and many consider him to rival fellow British stalwarts of theatre such as Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellen.

Oddly enough, however, he has never really ventured onto the big screen and has seemed happy to stick to stage and television throughout his successful career.

Most recently he has enjoying continued success playing the straightforward DCI Tom Barnaby in ITV's _"Midsomer Murders" (1997). He is on record as wanting to create a TV detective without any of the usual tics, and consequently Tom Barnaby is a happy family man, who just happens to live in the most murderous part of an otherwise stereotypically idyllic English countryside.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: A J Lewis

Spouse (2)

Cathryn Sealey (July 1995 - present)
Joyce Nettles (1966 - 1979) ( divorced) ( 1 child)

Trivia (7)

One daughter, Emma.
Two grandchildren - grandson Nathan John and granddaughter Sophie.
He was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2010 Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to drama.
An animal lover, his household contains cats, chickens, a dog, and a donkey.
Ullington, Evesham, Hereford and Worcester, England [June 2010]
Considered for Col. Colin Caine, Roger Derebridge, Lamson and Kelly in Lifeforce (1985).
John is also the Patron of well known Devon horse rescue and rehoming charity the Mare & Foal Sanctuary where he regularly attends events and helps to raise funds.

Personal Quotes (1)

[talking about a national newspaper story which wrongly alleged that he and Liza Goddard were having an affair, because their characters Jim Bergerac and Philippa Vale in Bergerac (1981) were romantically linked] She sued a newspaper for the allegation, which wasn't true, and got a lot of money for it. And I thought "She's getting paid money for *not* having an affair with me" - I felt a little demeaned!

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