January 2017


...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 120 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 February 2018)

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

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Games Workshop

Games Workshop

Chaos Battletome: Maggotkin of Nurgle - Trailer

Dark Imperium

Dark Imperium
JB narrated audio book: January 2018

Fabius Bile Clonelord

Fabius Bile Clonelord
December 2017

Death Guard: Cinematic Trailer

Assassin's Creed: Desert Oath

Assassin's Creed: Desert Oath
Audio book, December 2017

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Friday, 30 May 2014

2014 Audie Awards

Just a very quick posting, as I'm currently on a lunch break from theatre rehearsals in Nottingham; do you remember in a previous posting a couple of months ago, I mentioned that the audio anthology Thirteen had been nominated for an Audie Award?

Well, long story short; the Awards Ceremony took place last night in New York - and we won! I'm unsurprisingly surprised, thrilled and delighted - congratulations to all and huge thanks to Neil Gardner at Spokenworld Audio who produced Thirteen and got me involved as a reader of one of the 'thirteen' stories -  amazing!

  Hidden Track (part 1) by Scott Harrison read by Barnaby Edwards 
  Dead Space  by  George Mann read by Greg Wise 
  A Girl, Sitting  by  Mark Morris read by Jilly Bond 
  Finding The Path  by  Kaaron Warren read by Trevor White 
  The Hairstyle of the Devil  by  Martin Day read by Arthur Darvill 
  Down  by  Gary McMahon read by Stephen Rashbrook 
  Visions  by  Cavan Scott read by Michael Maloney 
  Half Life  by  Dan Abnett read by John Banks 
  Hidden Track (part 2) by Scott Harrison read by Barnaby Edwards
  With Her In Spirit  by  Stephen Gallagher read by Frances Barber
  Tabula Rasa  by  Alasdair Stuart read by Lalla Ward
 One Hit Wanda  by  Kim Newman read by Samuel West
  A Glass of Water  by  Mark Wright read by Gemma Arterton
 Ghost Pit  by  Simon Clark read by Jeff Harding
 I Wish  by  Johnny Mains read by Steven Cree
  Hidden Track (part 3) by Scott Harrison read by Barnaby Edwards

   Edited by Scott Harrison
    Produced by Neil Gardner

"one of the most intriguing and entertaining audiobooks in years...every performance and tale is 
worth hearing" - AudioFile
"A great collection of supernatural tales - those who like their spines chilled will be very pleased. 
9/10" - Starburst Magazine
"A deliciously dark collation. 8/10" - SciFiBulletin
"Nicely assembled...not a bad story or bad vocal performance amongst them. 3.5/5" - SFX Magazine
"If you're a fan of classic, spine tingling horror then that should be reason enough to listen to Thirteen" - GeekPlanetOnline
"Thirteen is a fantastically dark, spooky anthology. 7/10" - The Cult Den

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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.

The War Doctor

The War Doctor
December 2015