John Leigh

John Leigh


New Zealnd

Birth Name

John Leigh


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John was born in 1965.


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • John's theatre credits include:
      (2013) Kings of the Gym "Laurie Connor", Auckland Theatre Company, dir. Peter Elliot
      (2010) Horseplay "Ronald Hugh Morrieson", Auckland Theatre Company, dir. Simon Bennett
      (2009) The 10 pm Question "Various", Radio New Zealand, Dir. Prue Langbein
      (2002) Stones in His Pockets "Jake Quinn", Auckland Theatre Company, Dir. Oliver Driver
      (2000) Death of a Salesman "Bernard", Auckland Theatre Company
      (1997) All My Sons "George", Auckland Theatre Company, Dir. David Berthold
      (1994) Hamburger Show "Philip Marlowe", Watershed Theatre, Dir. Simon Bennett
      (1993) The Pope and the Witch "Professor Ridolfi", Galaxy Theatre, Dir. Geoff Clendon
      (1993) Flybaby "Phil", Galaxy Theatre, Dir. Simon Bennett
      (1992) The Tempest "Antonio", Depot Theatre, Dir. Jeff Boyd
      (1992) Bouncers "Les", Centrepoint Theatre, Dir. Alison Quigan
      (1992) Twelfth Night "Sebastian", Watershed Theatre, Dir. Simon Bennett
      (1991) Three Sisters "Fedotik", Depot Theatre, Dir. James Beaumont
      (1990) Conquest of the South Pole "Buscher", Bats Theatre, Dir. Simon Bennett
      (1990) Hamlet "Hamlet", Bats Theatre, Dir. Simon Bennett
      (1989) Pigeon English "John Hawkins", Depot Theatre, Dir. Stuart Devenie
      (1989) Twelth Night "Feste", Bats Theatre, Dir. Simon Bennett
      (1989) Dry White and Friendly, Chartered Accountants and Exhibition Basketball "Tex Dry", (Co Writer), Depot Theatre, Dir. Robyn Grace
      (1989) Chism Various roles, Bats Theatre, Dir. Simon Bennett
      (1989) 3D- 3 Men on the Boarder Various roles, Bats Theatre, Dir. Simon Bennett
      (1988) Gothic but Staunch Various roles, (Co-Writer), Depot Theatre, Dir. David Geary

    • John has appeared in the short films Bradman (1993) and Still (1991).

    • John plays guitar and bass guitar.

    • Fans of the New Zealand soap Shortland Street still patiently await the return of John's character Lionel, who vanished mysteriously at sea. His disappearance, rather than death, allowed him to leave and yet leave his possible return in the future as an option.

    • John is close friends with fellow actor Christopher Hobbs, which made it very easy for them to fall into their characters together for their movie Spooked.

    • John has voiced numerous commercials in New Zealand, including those for A & P Insurance, the Southern Cross Medical Care Society, and Liquor Land.

    • John is very good at accents and can act using Cockney, UK neutral, US neutral, Scottish, Irish, French, Spanish and German accents.

    • In a New Zealand Herald poll, John's character Lionel Skeggins was voted number 4 best character on the Kiwi soap Shortland Street. They said it was because, "he was such a cuddly old romantic. Because as a cupcake, he was as sexy as a bran muffin."

    • John's show Serial Killers began as an award winning play by the same name produced by the Auckland Theatre Company, and John played the same role with that ensemble, but his character Alan was much darker and more bitter in that play than the revamped character for the TV show.

    • In 2005, John was nominated for "Best Actor, Comedy" for his show Serial Killers at the New Zealand Screen Awards.

    • In 2001, John was a groomsman at the wedding of his fellow Shortland Street co-stars Blair Strang and Katrina Devine.

    • John is 5'9", with brown hair and hazel eyes.

    • John is represented as an actor by the firm Johnson & Laird Management. He's also listed with the Talking Heads agency as a voice actor.

  • Quotes

    • John: The only thing about TV I think is it can be a little ageist [...]. I don't think you have to be old to watch old people, or young to watch young people, if it's an interesting story.

    • John: (on shooting "The Lord of the Rings" in New Zealand) It starts out with the locals being quite in awe and after a while they get sick of it. Their own way of life is destroyed but the money is good.

    • John: (on playing Hama in "The Lord of the Rings") We did the Lord of the Ring shoot all over the country, they moved this huge armada of 250-odd vehicles and then 500 horses would turn up. It was like being invaded except they didn't kill anyone.

    • John: (on satirizing "Shortland Street" for "Serial Killers") Nobody's above it. There are lines disparaging of the actors and their vanity. But it was interesting as an actor to play Alan, because in a way I could see what they were up against on Shorty.

    • John: That's the wonderful thing about acting. You get to experience other people's lives at a safe distance.

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