January 2017
"John Banks is one of the UK's most prolific audiobook narrators, working for the likes of Big Finish, Audible, Random House and Games Workshop.

He is a true multi-voice, creating everything from monsters to marauding aliens.

He is also an accomplished stage and TV actor." 2018

Coming in November...

Coming in November...


...I'm John Banks - welcome to my website.

The majority of my working life has been spent in the theatre with companies including
York Theatre Royal, Cheltenham Everyman, Sheffield Crucible, Bristol Old Vic, Manchester Royal Exchange and the National Theatre in London.

Television work includes Emmerdale, Coronation Street, and 'Allo, Allo!'. I have also worked on a number of radio drama and comedy productions with the BBC.

Since March 2009, I have enjoyed playing a huge variety of characters in more than 250* audio-drama stories for Big Finish Productions and The Black Library/Games Workshop, details of which can be found in the postings below.

There are also details listed here of the 150* audio books I've recorded since March 2013,
including the unabridged New Revised Standard Version of The Bible, for companies including, Hachette, RNIB, W.F. Howes, Little Brown Group, Penguin Random House, Games Workshop, Orion, Fantom Films & Ladbroke Audio.

(*figures at October 2018)

I hope you find something of interest here and come back soon for further updates.

For all posts, reviews and audio samples, please scroll down...

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Friday, 12 December 2008

All My Sons with John Ringham 1993

"This is a beautifully crafted piece...and it affords a wonderful
opportunity for John Readman to do his All-American Boy act as Chris Keller. This most polished and well observed performance as the blighted son of a blighted father must rank as one of his finest accomplishments yet."

The Stage and Television Today.

John Ringham

Reading the latest Equity Journal this morning, I was saddened to learn that John Ringham passed away on 20th October 2008. We worked together at The Everyman in Cheltenham, John's home town, on a production of All My Sons; John played Joe Keller and I played his son, Chris. Posted above are some production photographs.

We got on extremely well together, he really was a joy to work with although I think its fair to say that he didn't take any prisoners when it came to the job of acting, which he was clearly passionate about. I had taken over the role of Chris from another actor
a week after rehearsals had started. Understandably, John was a little 'edgy' about the prospect of effectively starting again with someone new and with only two further weeks to go before opening. We met at the beginning of afternoon rehearsals on the Monday of week two; as the director was introducing me to the company, John's immediate response was "I don't care who he is as long as he can act!" No prisoners indeed!

Somehow I needed to reassure him that he had no cause to worry and that I was up to the job. From the end of that first afternoon, I made sure that I was 'off the book' for every subsequent rehearsal. That seemed to do the trick,
he relaxed and we very quickly got into our stride and made terrific progress. It subsequently proved to be one of those occasions where the entire company of actors, crew and production staff worked brilliantly well together and came up with a remarkable production of which I am extremely proud. Sadly, our professional paths never crossed again.

I loved working with John and hope he felt the same about me.

Sunday, 14 September 2008

Don't Look Now

Daphne Du Maurier’s classic thriller Don’t Look Now is brought to the stage with an all-star cast including renowned actress Rula Lenska, Peter Amory (Chris Tate from Emmerdale) and Nicola Bryant (Doctor Who).

Following the death of their daughter, John and Laura visit Venice to try and escape their grief. When they meet two aged sisters, who claim to have psychic visions, strange things start to happen. John begins to question his own sanity, and that of his wife, who seems to be completely under the sisters’ command.
This classic drama promises an evening of suspense and intrigue from the celebrated author Daphne Du Maurier, whose recently staged works include September Tide, My Cousin Rachel and Rebecca.
Made into an iconic film in 1973 starring Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland, this story begins as a moving examination of grief – and becomes a chilling tale with a dark and terrifying climax.

I Hate Mobile Phones Pt2

Congratulations! Your short film has been picked to feature in this week’s VC2 show, Brand Spanking New.
Tune into Current TV.

Tuesday 16th September 2008 at 11pm

I Hate Mobile Phones
An hilarious comedy rant produced by John Silke and presenter Daniel Maxim, the team who bought you A Very British Day Out.

+ Sky 183
+ Virgin Media 155

Monday, 8 September 2008

Emmerdale & Coronation Street

...a brief update: recently played 'Dr. Hibbert' on Emmerdale which was great fun and next week, I'm back to do some more work on Coronation Street in a plot line so top secret, that so far, I have no idea what I'm supposed to be doing! Apart from that, my first episode of Allo, Allo! was on BBC 1 again a couple of Sundays ago and I've just opened in a touring production of Don't Look Now with Rula Lenska, Peter Amory and Nicola Bryant.

Fabius Bile

Fabius Bile

Reviews & comments:

The Malazan Empire

Over the course of this 8 book series, the amazing John Banks has had to create and voice 648 distinct characters!

Neil Gardner - producer

Mervyn Stone: The Axeman Cometh

John Banks is a voice genius...

Nev Fountain - writer

Mervyn Stone... played by the note-perfect John Banks.

Matt Hills - Reviews in Time and Space

Dr. Who: The Sleeping City

I also must draw attention to John Banks who is an exceptional voice artist and in this one story performs more characters that I can count. ... it is listening to episodes like this one that really do let his talents shine through.

Tony Jones - Red Rocket Rising


...playing several parts, was the brilliant Big Finish regular John Banks - it was as if there were about 40 different actors in the other booth.

James Moran - writer

I went for the best of the best and brought in voice artiste extraordinaire John Banks.

Paul Spragg - producer


...also features the mind - bogglingly versatile and reliable John Banks

Jonathan Morris - writer

Dead Funny:

The acting is first rate… wonderfully played by John Banks as Richard – his impersonation of Eric Morecambe is worth the admission money alone.

Beverly Greenberg: Bolton Evening News

A Spy Like No Other:

This is the best audio book ever.

The Cult Den

Mr. Happiness:

This early and unfamiliar play by David Mamet is a character study of a 1930s radio counsellor, dispensing suave advice to his devoted listeners. John Banks brings out the wry comedy of this – comedy quite unappreciated by the character – with a clever range of gesture and vocal tone.

Jeremy Kingston: The Times

All My Sons:

This is a beautifully crafted piece ...and it affords a wonderful opportunity for John Readman* to do his All-American Boy act as Chris Keller. This most polished and well observed performance as the blighted son of a blighted father must rank as one of his finest accomplishments yet. ( * see Profile)

The Stage

The Ordeals of Sherlock Holmes

Kudos should also go to John Banks. Lestrade can be a thankless part, but Banks rose to the challenge, playing a pivotal role in this decades long arc.

Raissa Devereux - SciFiPulse

The Judgement of Sherlock Holmes

John Banks is multi-tasking, both as the superb Lestrade and also the villainous and no doubt moustache twirling Sebastian Moran. They sound completely different and I bow to his talent.

Sue Davies - SFcrowsnest

Further reviews and comments are included with specific postings throughout the site.

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