December 2012

Hi Guys

Well, here it is, the final diary entry/blog for 2012.

As I write this, I only have a couple of things to do before the big day, I'm really pleased all my food and presents have been purchased. Apart from getting double cream, red cabbage and some smoked salmon, everything is tickety boo!

I have been very quiet of late on the career front and for personal reasons, I have decided to take some time off until the early part of 2013, I can assure you however, once I'm back into the swing of things, Philippa will have me submitted for anything & everything.

So that's it ….to all those who made personal contact with me during the year, your comments and kind words have been wonderful to receive, may I take this opportunity to thank you and wish you all (including those who just read the entries) a very merry Christmas and a prosperous 2013.

John xx

October 2012

Hi Guys

As you know, these diary entries are always written in arrears, so it is now mid November as I write the October entry.

Much like Septembers entry, there isn't a whole lot to tell.

Due to a number of personal matters and logistical reasons, I have had to put my career on the back burner for a couple of months. I guess if I'm honest, it's not going to return to some sort of normality until the New Year.

There may be some sporadic bits ‘n' pieces, but I am now focussed on bringing this year to a close, enjoying Christmas with the family and doing all the stuff everyone loves to do at this special time of year.

I will get one more entry in (I will actually try to do two) for definite, which will be written in early December for November and I'll try to post another around Christmas Eve for the December entry.

It's a silly thing to say, but I'll say it anyway, this year has absolutely flown by and I cannot believe we are only 6 weeks away from Santa delivering all his presents – fabulous!

There's a myriad of great films coming out in the next few months, I'm desperate to see, including – Skyfall, Les Miserable's, Nativity 2, Twilight – Breaking Dawn part 2, Iron man 3, Jack Reacher and The Hobbit.

First one to cross off will be Twilight, which I'm watching this week, I've loved the series as much as I did Harry Potter and I gather there's a massive twist, so I'm looking forward to getting into the cinema.

Football is something I always talk about on here, for those of you who read these entries regularly, you will know I am a massive Ipswich Town fan (season ticket holder) but things have not been great for us this season. That said, we have a new manager (2 wins out of 3) and a trip to Leicester City to contend, hopefully we've now turned the corner and can start climbing the table.

Anyway, I'm off to finish my tax return now, so I can give it to Kate this week. It's late again (like last year) but she will work her magic and get it to HMRC before the deadline.

Until next time …

John x

September 2012

Hi Guys

Nothing of any relevance or importance to tell you of for the month of September, however if anything of note happens before the end of October, I will post a “stop press” into this months entry.

Take care

John x

August 2012

Hi Guys

Once again, it's a bit late – so sorry.

It seems an age ago I wrote the last entry, explaining I was going to be visiting the actual sets of Harry Potter & watching the Olympic games in London.

Well, they've been and gone and I had a FABULOUS time.

Both events were out of this world for different reasons. The Olympic village and the day itself, was really special, the weather was glorious and people went out of their way to make us feel welcome. It's something (along with the Harry Potter visit) that will live with me forever.

As for Potter, one word – WOW.

There's a great strap line to the musical blood brothers, which states, “Buy a ticket, and if you can't buy one – steal one!” and I would use this for HP.

As I said in last month's entry, you have to be a Potter fan, but if you are, you're in for the biggest thrill of your life, from the sets of Godrics Hollow to the Knight Bus, the set of Privet drive to the ministry of magic, the set of the burrow to Hagrids hut and the set of Umbridges study to the potions classroom, and hey, you even get to drink REAL butter beer – wonderful!!!!!!!!!!

EastEnders has now transmitted – I did say it was a small part, the final scenes air on Fri 21st September, but again it's only a few, blink and you'll miss them.

I had a nice meeting with Shaeen Baig and Otto Bathurst for a new BBC drama called Peaky Blinders, which didn't work out for me as Otto went in a different artistic direction (that's a nice way of saying – they didn't want me), however, to be honest, the part was really small and the only reason I would have done it, if I'd been offered it, was playing opposite the wonderfully talented Irish actor – Cillian Murphy, anyway, it wasn't meant to be, so we move on to the next project, when it comes along.

If there's anything else of note that happens throughout the month of September, I will add it to this entry with a **STOP PRESS**.

Remember this part of the website is written retrospectively, meaning that Augusts entry is written in September, Septembers entry in October etc.

Oh, watch out for hackers to this site, they constantly get in here, delete stuff and write rude things, it is not me – believe me, but it is nice to think someone thinks I am that important they need to hack my site!!

Until next time, take special care.

John xxx

July 2012

July 2012
Hi Guys

For those of you that read this on a regular basis, you'll be stunned that this month's entry is on time!

It's been a busy July with filming on EastEnders, various castings, corporate stuff and a host of family weddings, theatre shows, swimming galas and various courses.

August shows no sign of a let up with the ITFC season about to start (a first home game against Blackburn) and a long weekend away a couple of weeks after that as we take on Blackpool, I hope it's a nice sunny weekend as it's the bank holiday as well.

The Olympics and the Harry Potter tour loom on the horizon and I'm so excited to be visiting both of these. The races we have tickets for are all finals (apart from the men's 200m semi) in the Olympic stadium, so we'll be fortunate enough to see the worlds top athletes at the top of their game competing for the ultimate goal – a gold medal.

Harry Potter at Leavesden studios is a dream come true for me. I guess you have to be a Potter fan to really appreciate it – which I am, so I cannot wait. I've loved the books and films, so to be walking around the actual sets, visiting the leaky cauldron to drink butter beer and buying a wand at Ollivanders, is out of this world.

My golf continues to go from strength to strength but it's a frustrating game and inevitably I end up losing lots of golf balls and occasionally bending a club as I hit something in frustration. I was asked by some friends to go and play a Ryder cup course in the UK with them but I have politely declined until my game gets a bit better!

So onto EastEnders, I will be posting some photographs onto the site shortly and will upload the appearance into the TV clips section when it is shown in September. Because of confidentiality I can't say a great deal about it, apart from, I play a character called Dave Pritchard who is in 2 episodes (5 scenes). The part is not a big one but it's a lot bigger than the last time I did Easties back in 2003.

I never get a real sense of belonging when I've been there, which is a shame. Many other places make you feel so welcome and really look after you but twice now, I've left Borehamwood/Elstree thinking – I wouldn't like to do this show permanently. The people were nice but not friendly and you're pretty much left to your own devices.

That said, the people I actually worked with were lovely and the fabulous Richard Lynn (our director) was a real joy, very focussed on what needed doing and is someone I would love to work with again.

I also met the legend that is – Jamie Foreman, a true gentleman who went out of his way to say hello and goodbye to me, which was really quite humbling.

Thanks must also go to Marc Elliott who I did the bulk of my scenes with, another gentleman who made me feel welcome.

I guess, reading this back, it's not so much the cast, but the crew and buildings themselves that make it what it is. Anyway it's done now (in the can) and we wait to see how it's been edited together for transmission.

I do know I get the famous EastEnders drumbeats at the end (or very nearly, as they end on Marc), which is fab.

Anyway, I'm going to love you and leave you, as I'm off for a run now.

Speak to you all again in the first few days of September and don't forget you can follow me on a daily basis on twitter @john burtons

Take care

John xxxx

June 2012

Hi guys

Nothing of any relevance or importance to report for the month of June, so sincere apologies, I am hoping that the July entry will be fuller and with lots of news

All the best

May 2012

Hi Guys

As I write this late entry for May, once again it has been a frustrating month.

Despite having a lovely break away with the girls http://www.johnburton.tv/diary.php?id=170 and thoroughly enjoying myself, I came home to news of a really exciting job that I'd been seen for a few weeks prior.

Most jobs you can put straight to the back of your mind when replica handbags outlet you leave the room, providing you have prepared and given it your best shot, that's all you can do – it's out of your hands.

This meeting was no different, I did what I had to do, knew I couldn't have done any better and left (for an actor, there's nothing more annoying than leaving a room, wishing you'd done something, or said something differently).

A few days later, I had a call from my agent to say there was some interest – which was great news, so I spent the rest of the holiday (apart from the bank holidays) hoping to hear something else – nothing!

When I got back, I called my agent only to be told that I was 642-902 still under serious consideration – great eh?

A few more days passed and I receive a text replica handbags outlet from my agent saying, “just had your availability double-checked”, so that's good – yes?

“Well, we're still in with a shout, that's the main thing”, came the reply. At this point I knew I was very, very close so it was just a matter of sitting and waiting.

The confirmation would have to come by 6pm that night as filming started the next day. At 6.20 p.m, came the text… “It's not going to work out but you were very close” – I was absolutely gutted. I'll always remember where I was when I received the text and the date in question. Not only would it have been a massive earner, it would have definitely lead to other things, which got me thinking.

Am I cut out to do this any more? I've been in the game nearly 17 years and had many highs, ups and joys but with these have come lows, downs and sorrows and this latest episode made me think, do I need this heartache which must be damaging not only to me, but those around me, when they see their loved one in a state of despair and frustration.

I then had a text from a very well known actor whom I've got to know in the last year and whose words of wisdom really struck a chord with me (this is a guy who is instantly recognisable, worked on some of the biggest things ever produced on TV and a really good, nice bloke), he said he was “struggling to even get seen by casting directors at the moment and if you're being seen for jobs – you're doing well”.

I texted back – “what's worse, not being seen, or going through all the heartache of eventually not getting the job”.

His response was brilliant – “John, if you're not getting in the door, you'll definitely not get the job”, how true and thanks mate, you know who you are, those words helped me realise how lucky I really am, even though I may fall at the final hurdle and not win, I still ran a half decent race!

Anyway, here endeth the lesson, we continue onward and upward ever in the hope that one of those meetings turns into a great job, oh, and England win Euro 2012!!

Take care.

John xxxxxxx

April 2012

Hi Guys

It's been a frustrating few weeks for me.

I was seen for the second series of “Threesome” and a fantastic new commercial for Hovis.

I heard nothing from the TV series but was penciled (shortlisted) for Hovis, I had a recall which didn't go very well as I didn't gel with the director, I pretty much knew when I left the offices that it wasn't going to work out for me.

I would have loved to do it, apart from the money, which was fabulous, the script was fantastic, and so whichever actor got the part, congratulations, I bet it was great fun.

Keep an eye out for it, it's about a farmer and his son (that's all I can say because of legal implications) and a day in their lives, I can't wait to see it myself but I guess I will be watching it, wishing it had been me.

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I have finished my teaching course assessments and even managed to hold it together for my planned teaching session (which was hard as I was SO nervous), it's now just about waiting to see if all my work is up to standard and justifies a level 4 pass, we will see. Thanks to my tutor Richard Kelly for all his hard work in getting me to where I needed to be, now all I need Richard is a job!

I'm off on my holidays very shortly. I am desperate for a break, the old body needs some sunshine on its bones. I'm not getting any younger and it's been a while since I've been able to get away because of teaching commitments, family commitments, professional commitments et al, I can't wait to relax and kick back with friends and family – that's what holidays are all about aren't they?

Got to go now, May is always a mad month as it's full of birthday celebrations (including mine), I'd better order that new liver ……

Take care

John xxx