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"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


...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 270* audio-drama stories with Big Finish Productions, together with The Black Library/Games Workshop, details of which can be found in the postings below.

There are also details listed here of the 214* audio books & stories I've recorded since March 2013,
including the unabridged New Revised Standard Version of The Bible, for companies including, Hachette, Audible Studios, Podium Audio Publishing, HarperCollins, RNIB, W.F. Howes, Little Brown Group, Penguin Random House, Games Workshop, Orion, Fantom Films & Ladbroke Audio.

(*figures at April 2021)

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...

The Runewar Saga: Book 2

The Runewar Saga: Book 2
The Crown of Fire & Fury

The Botanist

The Botanist
Washington Poe Series: Book 5

Skaven Deathmaster

The Babel Books

The Babel Books
The Fall of Babel - click image above for link to audible

Doctor Who: Back To Earth

Throne of Light: Dawn of Fire Book 4

Throne of Light: Dawn of Fire Book 4
Release Date: 13th November 2021

Soul Wars

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Tuesday 16 July 2013

...muchos titterings

Ah, the baking heat of July... Dog Day Afternoon and all that. Well, as it's a bit quiet at the moment in terms of imminent releases from Big Finish and the contract to appear as an ongoing character in the new Star Wars movies still hasn't materialised, I thought I'd mention a couple of things I have been doing recently. The thing is of course, that although there isn't a lot  I can talk about directly at the moment, an awful lot is actually happening 'behind the scenes', details of which will hopefully come to light before too long.

In the meantime, here's an extract from Neil Gardner's blog at Spokenworld Audio, in which he talks about some of our recent collaborations. Over to you Neil:

27 - 31 May 2013

It was a Bank Holiday start to the week, but as writer Nev Fountain said, there’s no such thing as a ‘Banks Holiday’, as we welcomed fantastic audiobook reader and multi-voice actor JOHN BANKS back to the Croydon studio.  

We spent Monday and Tuesday recording “The Holy Machine” by Chris Beckett for Audible UK. A 294 page sci-fi novel, John set a new record for getting it done in just 2 days!  It is an interesting book, about a dystopian future where there has been a religious revolution across the globe and the only safe place for atheists and scientists is a small island state in the Mediterranean. John had to read as a mixed American/European and perform a whole load of other voices, including Balkan, New Zealand and Wiltshire!

While I had him in the studio I took the chance to record John reading a short SF story that I had written. “The Sound Within” is a free download from Spokenworld Audio right now!

We also recorded a short horror story by top writer DAN ABNETT. This was the 13th and final tale for an audio anthology titled “Thirteen” which has been edited by Scott Harrison, and features stories by the likes of Kim Newman, Cavan Scott, Johnny Mains and others. It will be released very soon via Spokenworld Audio.

As an aside, it seems that I appeared in some repeats of 'Allo, 'Allo! last week on Gold. Loved doing the show, but what a long time ago it all was; in some ways, a curious parallel to 'Vixens From The Void' perhaps... 'muchos titterings' indeed!

Before I wrap up this smorgasbord of wittering, I must mention the opening tonight of Titus Andronicus at the Buxton Festival, performed by Smooth Faced {Gentlemen} and co-directed by my friend Rachel Illingworth, with whom I've just been working on The Blind & The Intruder.

The play runs until Saturday and then has a longer run at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival and a sneaky one-nighter at York Theatre Royal, where I'll probably see it for myself.

Good fortune to all involved in the production - here's a great poster:

And so, to conclude this posting, I just want to mention that I'll be listening to Mary Tamm's last two Dr Who stories later in the week, The Dalek Contract & The Final Phase.

I'll also be remembering the fun we had together, appreciating what a fine actress she was and raising a glass to her in fond memory.

Dalek Universe 2

Kragnos Broken Realms

Age of Sigmar Dominion

The Moggotkin of Nurgle

Kragnos Broken Realms

Dawn of Fire Book 1: Avenging Son

The Lore of Direchasm


A C'tan Shard Rises 3

Indomitus: Necrons 2

A Lord Among the Stars 1

Angels of Death Preview


Psychic Awakening

Warcry: Death or Glory

Warhammer 40,000

Flight. Redefined.

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

The Door In The Wall & War of The Worlds

Not often I buy another version of an audiobook I own, but after hearing John Banks' narration of The Door in the Wall by Ladbroke Audio, I had to buy their version of The War of the Worlds. Banks has a great reading voice.

Andy Frankham-Allen - writer

The Books of Babel: Senlin Ascends, Arm of The Sphinx & The Hod King

Mr. Banks does superb work, and I recommend the audiobooks wholeheartedly!

Josiah Bancroft - writer

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

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.

The War Doctor

The War Doctor
December 2015