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 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 165* 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, HarperCollins, RNIB, W.F. Howes, Little Brown Group, Penguin Random House, Games Workshop, Orion, Fantom Films & Ladbroke Audio.
(*figures at April 2019)
I hope you find something of interest here and come back soon for further updates.
Saturday, 21 December 2019
Saturday, 14 December 2019
Heirs of Grimnir: Part 3A Warhammer Age of Sigmar audio drama
"The Runesons of Karag-Unbak have a new mission – to kill their father's murderer. Yet that may not be so easy when their target is a sinister Verminlord.
The architect of Karag-Unbak's woes has been revealed, and for the remaining Runesons of the murdered Runefather Aruk-Grimnir, just one task remains – to end the life of their father's killer.
Whoever strikes the killing blow will be named his successor, and lead the Unbaki into the future. Yet it's not going to be easy, for their quarry is nothing less than a Verminlord, one of the great daemons of the Horned Rat – and he is waiting for them…"
Friday, 13 December 2019
Heirs of Grimnir: Part 2A Warhammer Age of Sigmar audio drama
The quest to retrieve their father's legacy chest takes the Runesons of the Unbaki deep into the heart of a skaven lair…
"The Runesons of Karag-Unbak seek to avenge the death of their father, and retrieve his stolen legacy chest, without which the lodge's future is in doubt.
Battling their way into the heart of an enemy lair, the brave and bold Fyreslayers find themselves surrounded by vile skaven.
Will they sell their lives dearly, and doom their kin to oblivion, or will duardin ingenuity win the day?"
Thursday, 12 December 2019
Heirs of Grimnir: Part 1A Warhammer Age of Sigmar audio drama
The death of their father sends a band of Fyreslayer Runesons on a quest for revenge – but they may not be targeting the right enemy…
The mysterious death of Runefather Aruk-Grimnir and his son and heir, Angruk, spark a crisis in Karag-Unbak, the great Fyreslayers lodge.
As his remaining sons squabble over the throne, further disaster is revealed – the gates to the lodge's vault lie open and a treasured possession is missing… one without which the very future of the Unbaki may be cast into doubt.
Sure that they know the culprits, the Runesons march to battle – but have the chosen the right foe?
Tuesday, 10 December 2019
The Revelation of the WordA Horus Heresy audio drama
As he prosecutes his Shadow Crusade against the Ultramarines, Lorgar discovers something from his own past at the heart of his brother Guilliman's 500 Worlds.
Long ago, the primarch Lorgar was humbled by his brother Guilliman for his belief in the Emperor's divinity. Led down a dark road by this shaming, Lorgar embraced Chaos. Now, he and his Word Bearers rampage across Guilliman's realm, burning his 500 worlds in the name of their new gods.
But on such world, Lorgar finds a mystery that brings his past into the present and shines a new light on his endeavours. It seems that Lorgar's legacy may be greater than even he could have ever imagined…
Monday, 9 December 2019
And so, to the 'business of the day', which includes the recent release of my narrated version of the New Revised Standard Version of The Bible, now available to download individually as the Old Testament, which runs at 56 hours & 12 minutes or the New Testamant, which runs at 17 hours & 34 minutes or the entire Holy Bible at an unabridged running length of 73 hours & 46 minutes. All versions are available via audible.co.uk or from Spokenworld Audio. Here's what they're saying about it:
"Acclaimed by both biblical scholars and general readers as the most reliable English Bible available, the New Revised Standard Version follows in the great tradition of the King James Version in being true to the original meaning of the text, while presenting it in a style that speaks powerfully to contemporary listeners of all religious backgrounds."
Watchers of the Throne: The Emperor's Legion:
Alongside the Null-maidens of the Sisters of Silence, who are anathema to psykers and sorcerers alike, there is no threat to the Golden Throne that they alone cannot vanquish...until now."
Having had little time to listen properly to this story when it was first released and in any case, having forgotten much of what I had taken from it, I decided to set aside some time to listen to it all over again. I'm enjoying it very much, though when I looked for details of the recording on the audible web site, I couldn't find it listed under my name. A quick title search led me to it, though for some reason, neither Emma or me are credited as performers, which is a shame. Perhaps there are other titles that have been mis-credited?
Thrilled as I was to eventually find it on audible, I was pleased indeed to read the posted reviews, the majority of which seem to be very positive and so, with your indulgence, I'll put a few up here, just in case you might be interested in giving the story a listen:
"Deserving a movie!!!!!!"
"great story. The voice acting was stunning. Great"
"Perfect"This book is fantastic, well read and constantly interesting as well as action packed. Perfect for fans no matter their preferences of factions.
Reviews & comments:
Mr. Banks does superb work, and I recommend the audiobooks wholeheartedly!
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
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