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Hello...

...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 numerous audio-drama stories for Big Finish Productions and Games Workshop, for whom I have performed in over 200 audio dramas*, details of which can be found in the postings below.


There are also details listed here of the more than 90 audio books* I've recorded since March 2013,
including the unabridged New Revised Standard Version of The Bible, for companies including RNIB, audible.co.uk, Hachette, W.F. Howes, Little Brown Group, Penguin Random House, Games Workshop, Fantom Films & Ladbroke Audio.

(*figures at May 2017)

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...

Games Workshop

Games Workshop

Assassin's Creed

The War Doctor

The War Doctor
December 2015

The Harrowing - short story

Resurrection

Resurrection
Warhammer 40,000

The Carrion Throne

The Carrion Throne
Warhammer 40,000

The Long Night - short story

Catherine, David & me as Gully......

Catherine, David & me as Gully......
May 2016

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Sunday, 3 April 2011

April 2011

Another early post this month, as there's quite a lot to mention and some wonderful art-work to upload. First thing's first; Emmerdale, as I mentioned last month, was enormous fun to do, made all the more so by the extremely friendly welcome from all at ITV Yorkshire; director Judith Dine, the cast, crew and last, but very definitely not least, from Corrinne Wicks who plays Ella in the series. Corrinne is an excellent actress and a genuinely lovely person; we have known each other for ages, but this was the first opportunity we've had to work together - hope it won't be the last!
 
My first day of filming in the studio was in fact, the last day of filming to take place in the 'Emmerdale' building. The entire facility, including wardrobe, green room, dressing rooms, make-up et al, was in the process of being packed up and shipped out to a new department in the main ITV building, just down the road. Whilst there, I also bumped into Jonathan Keeble, an actor I'd shared a dressing room with at The Royal Exchange when we worked on Cyrano together - small world! So, great thanks to all for such an enjoyable time and thanks to Casting Director Faye Styring for getting me involved in the first place.

Some art-work now from Big Finish; Heroes of Sontar is released this month and here are a couple of accompanying images:

Peter Davison (The Doctor),  
Janet Fielding (Tegan Jovanka),
Mark Strickson (Vislor Turlough),  
Sarah Sutton (Nyssa),
John Banks (Fleet Marshal Stabb/Trooper Jorr/Witch Guard),  
Duncan Wisbey (Field-Major Thurr/Adjutant/Orbital Command),
Alex Lowe (Sergeant Mezz/Trooper Nold),  
Andrew Fettes (Corporal Clun),  
Derek Carlyle (Trooper Vend)

Planet Samur was once a peaceful haven. Pilgrims journeyed across the seven galaxies to meditate in the courtyards of the vast Citadel that spanned its equator. It was Samur’s misfortune, however, to find itself situated on the furthermost frontier in the eternal war between the amoeboid Rutan Host and the belligerent, troll-like Sontarans…

Twenty years after detonating a bacteriological weapon over Samur, rendering it uninhabitable, the Sontarans are back: a select platoon of seven has landed here on a secret mission, carrying sealed orders given to them by Fleet Marshal Stabb.

The TARDIS has landed here, too, bringing the Doctor, Tegan, Turlough and Nyssa into the second great Battle of Samur. Fighting not only the Sontarans, but mystical mercenaries… and a deadly, decades-old curse


Thin Ice is also released this month:

Sylvester McCoy (The Doctor),  
Sophie Aldred (Ace),  
Ricky Groves (Markus Creevy),
Beth Chalmers (Lt Raina Kerenskaya/Sezhyr),  
Nicholas Briggs (Hhessh),  
John Albasiny (Major Maxim Alexandrovitch Felnikov), 
Nigel Lambert (Adjudicator/Vitali Semyonovitch Wolshkin/Glarva), 
John Banks (Yevgeni/Yasha Lemayev)

Moscow 1967. The Doctor and Ace have arrived behind the Iron Curtain, and the Soviet Union is seeking a new weapon that will give it mastery in the Cold War.


What is the secret of the Martian relics? As the legendary War Lord Sezhyr returns to life, the Doctor is faced with some of his oldest and deadliest enemies.

The fate of Earth – and the future of Ace – are now intertwined...

Here's a 'poster' of what's to come in this series:


...and finally, (for the time being at least!): after a short delay, the box-set of Highlander: Season 2 is due to be released this month:


Online reviews & comments:

'...the performances of each and every actor are nothing less than superb'

'I want more. Much, much, much more…'                            Tim       Mass Movement

'There is some great voice work from all the actors involved


A quick reminder that I will be at the Act III Doctor Who Convention on 24th April, details in last month's posting - look forward to seeing you there!


In the meantime, if you would like an autographed copy of Industrial Evolution, or Heroes Of Sontar please click the link below:

tenthplanetevents: signed copies of Industrial Evolution & Heroes Of Sontar



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Reviews & comments:

The Malazan Empire

Over 7 books recorded since December, John Banks has had to create unique voices for 583 characters. Quite amazing!

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

Highlander:

...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

Vienna:

...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.