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)
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Sunday, 24 March 2013
Thanks, thanks and ever... thanks!
Firstly, a big 'thank you' to all the Big Finish fans who braved the elements yesterday and helped to make BFD3 such a resounding success. I had great fun meeting everyone, re-meeting in some cases and found myself sitting next to the genuinely lovely and profoundly glamorous Chase Masterson as we chatted together and signed autographs.
Our Vienna panel was well attended and great fun to take part in and I learned quite a bit about the genesis of the series and what its future development might entail. I know that further episodes have just been recorded and very much hope that I'll be asked back sometime to do more - working with Chase and the Vienna team is a real treat.
A delight also to catch up, alas all too briefly, with some former colleagues from Allo, Allo!, Sue Hodge, Kim Hartman and Richard Gibson, all of whom appeared to be exactly as they were when we'd last worked together back in 1989!
Because of a matinee and evening performance of Port at the National Theatre, I had to leave BFD3 soon after the panel discussion and I've just arrived home this Sunday evening having had a farewell drink with the company, as Port had its final performance this afternoon.
Sounds predictable I know, but I have to say, what a very talented company of actors they all are, and so, my second big 'thank you' goes to them and the truly fabulous stage crew at the NT - 'Team Thom' - headed by the extraordinarily calm, composed and super-efficient Shane Thom.
It's been a joy to work with everyone and after nearly five months together, it will seem strange not to be seeing people again, perhaps for quite a while. I shall especially miss my compadres from dressing room 007, Mr Mark Rose and Mr Aaron Foy - thanks lads, it's been FAB!
Reviews & comments:
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
...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
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
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)
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