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 audible.co.uk, 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.
Sunday, 28 June 2015
Friday, 12 June 2015
Survivors 2 is now available and I'm happy to say that the general reaction has, so far, been very positive. There have been a number of highly enthusiastic tweets on the subject and some very good formal reviews have appeared on-line. Big Finish have also released details of the forthcoming Series 3, which I've included below. This time the wait between box sets will be much shorter, with a proposed release date of November 2015 - a mere five and a bit months away!
I'm hoping that I'll soon be able to reveal further details of the Games Workshop stories already recorded; I've seen some of the artwork and I have to say, I think it's quite stunning. Artwork for Warhammer stories is always fascinating and full of story telling detail; can't wait to see what the final CD covers will look like.
And so, another brief update; more to come as always, but in the meantime, here are some details of Survivors Series 3:
Introducing: Andrew French as Dalton Roberts, Paul Thornley as John 'Vinnie' Vincent After weeks of searching for her son across a devastated Britain, Abby Grant and her allies head into London in pursuit of new leads. One of the party is quarantined, holed up with a fever. They remember the very first days of the Death, and the actions of a man called John Vincent…
2: Contact by Simon Clark
Introducing: James Joyce as Jonathon A lonely voice on the radio calls out across the ether. Maddie Price is a long way from home, but not yet ready to give up hope.
3: Rescue by Andrew Smith
When his friends' lives hang in the balance hundreds of feet above London, Jimmy Garland leads a daring rescue mission into the capital.
4: Leaving by Matt Fitton
Down on the coast, plans are being made to reach out across the world. It could mean a new beginning for some, and the long-awaited chance to return home for others.
Tuesday, 2 June 2015
Months after the plague, storms batter the country. As Abby resumes the search for her son, Jackie and Daniel fight for their lives.
The search for Peter leads to Aberystwyth, and a community of women who have cut themselves off from the outside world. But what appears to be a safe haven could be nothing of the sort…
Greg, Daniel and Russell need the help of survivalist Irvin Warner, who is hiding out in the Brecon Beacons. But predators are roaming in the barren countryside too…
Wounded, split apart and fighting for their lives, the survivors discover that survival isn’t everything…
Directed by Ken Bentley
Script Editor Matt Fitton
Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs
As well as releasing Survivors 2, we're also making the first episode of Survivors - Series 1 available for free to all. Survivors - Revelation by Matt Fitton was nominated for the 2015 BBC Drama Awards, and was the first story in the original Big Finish Survivors series released in 2014.
I am very proud of the first Survivors series and keenly looking forward to giving this series a listen, perhaps in the hope of feeling proud of a piece of work once again...
Reviews & comments:
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
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