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

December 2016

Hi Guys

Well another year draws to an end and I wasn't able to keep my promise about updating this section of the website on a monthly basis, which is disappointing, however, I have got around to writing this final entry of 2016 and can share some nice little memories with you of what's been a lovely year for me.

From a career perspective, I managed to bag a guest lead on Doctors which I really enjoyed doing and is now up on the website, next was a nice part on the BBC drama Lawful Killing – the Mark Duggan story, which was shown only a couple of weeks ago to critical acclaim and public outcry, I won't get into the politics of it all, but hope you enjoyed what was a hard hitting programme, the clips from this will be up on the site early in 2017.

Father Brown series 5 is in the can as well and will transmit with a Christmas special on the 23rd December with 14 more episodes shown daily from the 2nd January 2017. I don't think any of us involved with the show could've hoped for such a great date to transmit this episode as close to Christmas as it could possibly be, it's a wonderful script with a great cast and lots of snow, so I really hope you enjoy it!

I think this series is the best yet, it has a new feel to it and has some fabulous guest artists who include Dean Andrews, Martin Kemp, John Sessions, Elizabeth Berrington, Ray Coulthard, Vicky Entwhistle, Danny Webb, Steve Furst, Maddy Hill, Ian Reddingon, Chloe Howman and many more, we are extremely lucky to have actors of this calibre who want to come and work with us and they are always a delight to be around.

I was also seen for a few things that didn't pan out for me which is disappointing, but maybe they happen for a reason?

They were – Mount Pleasant, Moorside and Emmerdale (which was an absolute disaster by the way!), we will see what 2017 brings.

I'm off now for Christmas and really looking forward to a well-deserved break with the family before heading off for a week in the sun (hopefully) from the 27th December.

May I take this opportunity to thank all the casts, crews, producers and directors of the various things I was involved with in 2016 and to you too for reading the entries and coming onto the website to have a look at what's going on.

Finally, a big thank you to Ashley, my fabulous agent at Cole Kitchenn (along with his assistant Charlie) who kept me going through the good times and the bad, encouraging me and supporting me whenever I needed it.

I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and that 2017 is a fantastic year for you all.

I'll speak to you again in January, so until next time.

John xxx