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December 2018

Hello Everyone
Well, it’s that time of year when I write a summary of whats been going on in 2018.

It has been a hard year from a personal perspective, with a couple of injuries which I’ve struggled to recover from, some family bereavement and major concerns about family members health and wellbeing, so it hasnt been great.

Away from all that, it was a great year doing Father Brown (more to follow) and a guest lead on BBC One playing Robert Hutton in Doctors. I also had a meeting for a major feature film starring Mel Gibson and Colin Farrell, which sadly I didnt get, it was a shame as Id have loved to have been part of that.

2018 was also the year of my 50th birthday and I was spoilt rotten with a long weekend in London doing loads of different things, and a major birthday surprise present – a trip to Bangkok and Phuket.

I’ve never travelled to the Far East before and it was just amazing, I found everything about the place fascinating, and along with the weather, the food was some of the best I’ve ever eaten. The only downside are the lengthy flights which you need to take to get you there – I don’t like being cooped up on a plane for lengthy periods so it was not ideal, however, the holiday more than made up for it and we had a fantastic time.

And so to this year’s Father Brown.

We were SO lucky with the glorious weather we had this year, being on the show is a joy anyway but to film in warm, bright sunshine (sometimes too hot actually) was wonderful. I hope this translates to the screen with all the natural sunshine and light on show – especially with the rambling episode.

Sgt Goodfellow has once again been given increased involvement with a couple of episodes where he is heavily featured. It is so good to see his journey evolving and it was the first year of doing the show, where I really felt involved and a fully paid up member of the cast – I thing the Sgt has earned his stripes now.

Everything about the show is wonderful, from the scripts to the guest actors and the crew to the production staff, everyone works so hard both in front of the camera and behind the scenes to make each episode as good as it can possibly be, we say it every year – but this could be the best series yet.

For fans of Sgt Goodfellow (and I know there are a lot of you), I think you’ll enjoy his involvement this year, he has plenty to do in 2 episodes (Friday 11th Jan and Monday 14th Jan), but has only one line in another 2 episodes as there’s no real involvement from a police perspective, he also has various scenes, popping in and out during the other 6 episodes, which were fun.

If you’d like to get a bit more information on the new series and you haven’t read the press release yet, you can read it here and learn a bit more about Sgt Goodfellow “being placed in grave danger”.
https://www.radiotimes.com/news/tv/2018-12-21/father-brown-will-return-for-a-seventh-series-featuring-anarchists-ramblers-and-morris-dancers/

Finally I want to thank the hundreds of you who make contact with me by my website, or on Twitter and thank you from the bottom of my heart for the kind things you say about me and my alter ego, the comments are always humbling to read and they make it even more of an honour for me to play such a great character.

May I also take this opportunity to wish you all a fantastic Christmas and a wonderful 2019, I hope you really enjoy the new series.

Much love

John x

December 2017

Hi Guys

2017 is drawing to a close and I haven’t kept the website up to date as I should have and wanted to, so, I've decided that in 2018 I will only post an entry twice a year, in June and December.

This way, I can give you six months of what's happened rather than doing it month by month, when there may not be anything to share.

As you will know the second Father Brown Christmas special has just been shown on the TV (the first was shown last year and repeated after this years version) so if you’ve seen it you will have had a good laugh at Mallory and Goodfellow as the ugly sisters, it was a hoot to film and we thoroughly enjoyed it.

We filmed the whole new series over the summer in The Cotswolds and there are some real crackers for you to enjoy in 2018, 9 brand new episodes broadcast from January 2nd, 2018 with some touching moments, things that will make you laugh and some that will have you on the edge of your seat and if you missed this years Christmas special The Tree of Truth, you can catch it on iPlayer for a couple of weeks still.

In the last few months I was also fortunate to be offered a guest lead on Doctors again, playing a different character to the last one I played a couple of years ago, it is a very emotional episode that will be shown in March, so I hope you enjoy it, I've also just finished a little project about the Birmingham Suffragettes which was fun to do and really informative about how the movement started

As Christmas rapidly approaches I am really looking forward to a few weeks off where I can kick back and chill out, both here in the UK and abroad when I fly out for a well-earned holiday.

Thanks for reading the ad hoc entries this year and may I take this opportunity to wish all of you a fantastic Christmas and a wonderful 2018.

Much love

John xx

July 2017

There is nothing of note for this month, please check back in December when there will be a full entry to share with you.

Until next time

John x

June 2017

There is nothing of note for this month, please check back in December when there will be a full entry to share with you.

Until next time

John x

May 2017

There is nothing of note for this month, please check back in December when there will be a full entry to share with you.

Until next time

John x

April 2017

Hi Guys

I hope this entry finds you well and for all you Father Brown fans out there, I hope you loved all 15 episodes of the new series, which unbelievably was series number 5!

This time around and for the very first time ever we shot a Christmas special which came with fake snow, an ox, an ass and lots of other great stuff.

I remember shooting that episode very well, it was the hottest day of the year and I had to pretend to be cold complete with hat, gloves, scarf and thick overcoat whilst I was sweating profusely from the heat!

The character I play (the lovely Sgt Goodfellow) got a bit more screen time this year and as an actor I was delighted to receive a title credit for the first time on Father Brown, which was great.

We had such fun shooting the episodes throughout the summer months and the scripts were really good, so it made going to work a whole lot easier knowing you had great storylines, lovely locations and a fantastic cast and crew to spend the day with – it was just wonderful and it's an absolute honour to be part of.

I've had some time off since I finished so I'm raring to get going again ASAP, I can reveal there will be an announcement about my next project very soon, so keep your eyes peeled for it, I will probably announce it on my twitter feed, so if you don't follow me, you need to – or else you won't know!

I have a big birthday celebration this year and I'm really looking forward to it, my family have planned some great things for me which include afternoon tea at The Shard, cocktails at The Connaught Hotel, a 3 night stay at Malmaison and dinner at The Ivy amongst other things – how exciting!

I'm also very lucky to have some nice mini breaks abroad already in the diary, so in between working furiously, I'll also be able to kick back and relax throughout the year which is always a HUGE bonus.

Well, I'm going to sign off now, but keep your eyes peeled for that announcement, I'm hoping I can release it fairly soon.

Until next time, take special care.

John xx