John Nettles

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  • John Nettles: Barnaby is no sleuth. I see him as the most ordinary plod in the world. That's the point of him, he doesn't have wonderful powers like Columbo or Morse.

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  • John has now decided to leave hos role as Barnaby in Midsomer Murders after the completion of the 13th series at the end of next year. Barnaby's swan song will be screened in the UK in 2011. At 65 John decided that he couldn't go on forever as Barnaby. He has no plans to retire, though, and will still appear on TV and stage.

  • John has now received an honorary doctorate at Southampton University, where he once was a student, and where his theatrical talent was first spotted.

  • John's favourite actor of all time is Alan Howard, simply 'because he's the best. He has an amazing ability to walk on stage in whatever part he's playing and bring a whole world on with him. You are not conscious of the fact that he's acting, and I think he's the last of the great heroic actors'.

  • John has said in an interview that he is a great fan of the American cop series CSI Miami, and that he thinks David Caruso is an excellent actor. One of his dreams is to play a villain in the series. He thinks it would have been magic to be revealed by David Caruso himself.

  • John has a lot of fans, and some are rather obsessive, e.g. the woman who sent him expensive jewellery. This was promptly returned by his wife. John says he does not know how to deal with such things. He doesn't think anybody does. Because this does of course not only happen to him, but to a lot of people who happen to be on television for one reason or another.

  • John has narrated the following audiobooks: Ted Allbeury, No Place to Hide (1988); John Nicol, Point of Impact (1996); Roger Lancelyn Green, Robin Hood; (1997); Daphne du Maurier, Frenchman's Creek (1997); George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four (1997); Ken Follet, Lie Down With Lions (1998); Peter Mayle, Encore Provence (1999); Donna Leon, Fatal Remedies (1999); Douglas Freeman, Dust on the Sea (1999); Simon Sebag Montefiore, Stalin, The Court of the Red Tsar (2004)

  • John's first job was in the clay mines in his home town of St. Austell, Cornwall at the age of 16, as a holiday job, earning £7.10 a week, which was good money in the late 1950s. He was 26 the last time he worked there. When he was out of work acting he would go and work in the mines. He once said in an interview that his worst job ever was teaching in an inner city London school during the late 60s, early 70s.

  • John told in an interview how he finds Barnaby to be slightly boring. John would have liked Barnaby to have some more romance, but the producers say no. John said: "I sometimes contemplate in the early hours of the morning, the horror of Barnaby's sex life. In the books Barnaby was overweight and suffering from indigestion, but he still liked the occasional bounce with the missus. I would like the occasional bounce with the missus, but we are not allowed. It really is a case of no sex, please, we're British."

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