John Nettles was born on October 11th 1943. He was adopted as a baby and brought up in St. Austell, Cornwall. He attended St. Austell Grammar School and then went on to study History and Philosophy at Southampton University. Shortly afterwards he joined the Royal Court Theatre in London and appeared in many theatres all over Britain, including Southampton, Bristol Old Vic and Stratford - where he joined the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC).
In the seventies he broke into television and appeared in various programmes including 'The Liver Birds' and 'Family at War'. Though popular, he didn't really make his mark until he was offered the title role in 'Bergerac' in 1980. He spent the next 10 years navigating the winding lanes of Jersey in his 'clapped out' Triumph Roadster - in hot pursuit of the latest criminal to cross his path. It was this role of Sgt. James Bergerac that made him a household name throughout the country - Bergerac pulled in a regular 10million viewers at it's peak. During this time he also starred in a number of pantomimes and made guest appearances on programmes such as 'Blankety Blank', 'Call my Bluff' and 'Celebrity Question of Sport'.
He was voted Radio Actor of the Year in 1982 and Variety Club of Great Britain's BBC Personality of the Year in 1985.
Bergerac came to an end in the early Nineties and John left the island shortly afterwards. He is currently taking the lead role in the hugely popular ITV drama 'Midsomer Murders'.
DCI Barnaby, a thoughtful, reliable, dependable family man is a very different character from the divorced, womanising, ex-alcoholic that was Jim Bergerac. It is this contrast that John particularly enjoys. He is still a regular face on the pantomime circuit and also narrates the very popular docu-soap 'Airport' for BBC1. Recently, he was in the BBC production 'The Hound of the Baskervilles'. Other appearances include 'Black Beauty' and 'The Merchant of Venice'.
When he finds the time, he likes to unwind with a visit to his beloved Jersey - not least because his daughter, Emma, is a resident there.
John has also written three books to date - 'Bergerac's Jersey' in 1988, the very witty, 'Nudity in a Public Place' in 1991 and then 'John Nettles' Jersey' in 1992.