John was born in Gravesend, Kent in 1984.
When playing Farmer McGregor in a school production of Peter Rabbit at the age of eight he decided despite the itchy woolen beard he quite liked this acting thing.
Going on to star in school productions at Saint George’s CE School as far ranging as The Little Shop of Horrors and The Royal Hunt of the Sun. He also trained in Dance here gaining an A at AS-Level studied during his second year of 6th Form.
He was accepted to East 15 Acting School in 2002 to the BA Acting course and graduated with merit in 2005 after having tackled such roles as Falstaff in Henry IV part 1 in an open air production, the Marquis de Sade in Marat/Sade and the parson in Edward Bond’s The Fool at Wilton’s Music Hall. During his graduating year he was also selected to compete as part of the college’s team for the Carleton Hobbes radio award, for which he gained a commendation for best prepared duologue as well as commendation for group sight-reading.
After a first forray into film with Palapable Production’s How Does It Make You Feel? John reappeared at Wilton’s Music Hall playing the “domineering giantess” Lady Would-Be, in pink snake skin and a fabulous wig for Present Moment‘s Volpone. During this time he also shot his cameo role in Are You Ready For Love, which is now available to buy on DVD from amazon and other good retailers.
He then went into panto at the Rose’s Theatre in Tewkesbury for Robert Hamlin’s final production as the theatre’s artistic director.
After completing 3 short films and participating in an evening of new monologues in Notting Hill he began his period of time collaborating with Tax Deductible Theatre Company.
He created the dual role of Sigmund Freud/Sigmund Archer, in the post-apocolyptic comedy Carbon Fever (previewed at RAMPArt, Hen & Chickens & Theatre 503 before doing Edinburgh Fringe at Zoo venues) for the company and went on to compere their sketch show for the festival and King’s Head Theatre the following year playing the deliciously dark ‘Cad’, which performed to sell out audiences and gained John considerable critical acclaim.
In between festivals John found time to appear as both Nana the dog and Smee in The King’s Head Theatre Islington’s return to producing shows in house, Peter Pan, from the original Barrie play and a rarely performed score by Bernstein, appearing on Radio 3′s In Tune to promote the show. He also completed 3 more short films and a rehearsed reading at the Tristian Bates Theatre.
During 2007 he completed two stills ad campaigns for MasterCard Cinema Pass recreating the Reservoir Dogs poster and for EuroStar riding a scooter and being very European!
John then shot Cornered for Rare Pictures LLP, which went on to win a spot as the ident film for issue 105 of the advertising industry magazine, Shots. Entertained children for interactive children’s theatre (for both Boo Productions and M*O*D Productions). Shot a few more short films. And appeared to promote Channel 4‘s Kubrick season and Rock Band’s release on the XBox 360, stage diving in a fantastic climactic sequence.
And if you’re still managing to get through this oversized biography you’ll be pleased to note it ends on a bizarre and slightly surreal note. His latest roles have been: Santa Claus and Patrick Star (of Spongebob Squarepants notoriety).
In the words of his agent (or rather a close approximation thereof) “Well… that was different to anything I’ve seen you do before.”