May 2003

Wow it’s May already, can you believe it.

Its my birthday on the fourteenth of this month and at long last I am starting to feel like an old man.

I won’t give my age away, but those who know me, know what door I am knocking on this time around!!!

It has been a great April with yet more interviews etc, jobs and some surprises as well.

Apart from the glorious weather throughout April, I had a wonderful opportunity to audition for the part of MACBETH in an open air production held within some castle ruins – amazing!!!!

The interview went really well and I had to do (of course!) the “is this a dagger I see before me” speech.

It was great to be able to get back into the heart of theatre and try my hand at Shakespeare again – the last time I did any Shakespeare was 2 years ago when I toured in a MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM, playing BOTTOM (He is an arrogant, extrovert, chauvanist – so that part was written for me!!!)

Alas the part of MACBETH went to someone else more deserving on this occasion, and it has a wonderful ensemble of Soap Stars including :- Glynnis Barber (Night and Day) playing Lady Macbeth, and Mark Homer (Eastenders) playing Macduff.

Good luck to all concerned – I will see you on opening night!!!!!!

April was also good for me as I was asked to go down to the BBC to read for a new series called GRASS.

This is about a character who witnesses a murder and is placed into witness protection.

I have taken up the offer to play DI JOHN LESTER in the series, along with SIMON DAY (from the FAST SHOW) who will play BILLY BLEACH.

We had a full cast read through in Maida Vale last week which was great fun and I start work on the show in the next couple of weeks.

Prior to that of course in early May, I am back at PINEWOOD shooting another episode of ALL ABOUT ME.

Away from the business, home life is wonderful, and my heartfelt thanks to an old colleague for a really nice email that touched the heart strings – you know who you are – so all the very best!!!

Until next time, hope you had a great Easter, and I will speak to you all again shortly.

Take special care

John xxx
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