John Nettles

Born Oct 11, 1943

John Vivian Drummond Nettles, OBE (born 11 October 1943) is an English actor and writer who is best known for playing the lead roles in Bergerac and Midsomer Murders.

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of John Nettles.


1943 Birth John Nettles was born in St Austell, Cornwall in 1943. … Read More


1966 22 Years Old He married his first wife, Joyce, in 1966, a casting director, who worked on 23 episodes of Midsomer Murders. They had a daughter Emma (born 1970) and divorced in 1979.
1969 25 Years Old 1 More Event
Nettles played Laertes to Tom Courtenay's Hamlet in 1969 at the University Theatre for 69 Theatre Company in Manchester.
1972 28 Years Old The following year he played Dr. Ian Mackenzie in the period drama A Family at War, a role he continued until 1972.


1978 34 Years Old 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", first broadcast in March 1978. … Read More
1981 37 Years Old In 1981, Nettles won the role that made him a household name, that of Jim Bergerac in the Jersey-set crime drama Bergerac. … Read More


1992 48 Years Old In 1992, he appeared in an episode of Boon and in 1993, Nettles appeared as Jim Bergerac in the spoof police comedy The Detectives.


1995 51 Years Old 1 More Event
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. … Read More
2001 57 Years Old Nettles appeared in a 2001 episode of Heartbeat.


2007 63 Years Old In 2007, he appeared in the BBC Radio 4 comedy series Will Smith Presents the Tao of Bergerac alongside comedian Will Smith about an obsessive fan of the series.
2009 65 Years Old In February 2009, it was announced that Nettles would be leaving Midsomer Murders after two further series were made. … Read More
2010 66 Years Old 1 More Event
In early 2010, Nettles wrote, presented and produced a three-part documentary, Channel Islands at War, to mark the 70th anniversary of the German invasion and subsequent occupation of the Channel Islands. … Read More
2012 68 Years Old On 21 September 2012 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Plymouth.
2014 70 Years Old He also agreed to be patron of Devon charity The Mare and Foal Sanctuary in July 2014.
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