• John Nettles is an actor and writer best known for playing lead roles in the television series “Midsomer Murders” and “Bergerac”.
• As of mid-2018, he has an estimated net worth of $700,000, largely due to his successful acting career and book writing.
• He attended St Austell School and studied at the University of Southampton, before joining the Royal Court Theatre after graduation.
• In 2010 he was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE), and two years later he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Plymouth.
• He is married twice, and is a patron of The Mare and Foal Sanctuary.
Who is John Nettles?
John Vivian Drummond Nettles was born on 11 October 1943, in St Austell, Cornwall, England, and is a writer and actor, best known for playing the lead role in two television series, namely “Midsomer Murders” and “Bergerac”. He’s also done theatrical work over the course of his career.
The Riches of John Nettles
How rich is John Nettles? As of mid-2018, sources estimate a net worth that is at $700,000, mostly earned through a successful career in acting. He’s also written several books during his career, that helped further build his wealth. A he continues his endeavors, it is expected that his wealth will also continue to increase.
Early Life and Acting Beginnings
John’s biological mother is of Irish descent who came to the United Kingdom during World War II to work as a nurse. However, he was later adopted by a carpenter and his wife. He attended St Austell School, and after matriculating went to the University of Southampton to study history and philosophy. During his time at the university, he got his first acting experience which later led him to pursue acting as a career, joining the Royal Court Theatre after graduation.
In 1969, he made one of his first professional appearances in Tom Courtenay’s “Hamlet” in which he played the character Laertes. He then appeared at the Northcott Theatre, before getting his first screen role in the film entitled “One More Time”. In 1971, he was cast in the period drama series “A Family At War” in which he played Dr. Ian Mackenzie, a role he would continue to play for a year. Afterwards, he took on many support roles in television shows such as “Enemy at the Door”, “The Liver Birds”, and “Dickens of London”.
In 1981, Nettles got his big break when he won the role of Jim Bergerac for the crime drama series “Bergerac”, which made him a household name thanks to the part which he would continue to play for a decade. After his run of 87 episodes, he then worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company for the next five seasons, appearing in numerous plays such as “Julius Caesar”, “The Winter’s Tale”, and “The Devil is an Ass”. He reprised his role as Jim Bergerac in the police comedy entitled “The Detectives” in 1993.
Later Work and Books
Aside from his work with “Midsomer Murders”, John also narrated the BBC Documentary series entitled “Airport” which would run for almost a decade. He also worked on the three part documentary entitled “Channel Islands at War”, marking the 70th anniversary of the German invasion and occupation of the Channel Islands. His work caused him to receive various threats to which he defended his claims in the documentary, stating that people in the area had to collaborate with the occupying power of the time. His claims were supported by historians and members of the Channel Islands Occupation Society.
Aside from acting, John also worked on several books, beginning with “Bergerac’s Jersey” which he wrote as a travel guide to the filming locations of the series. He also wrote the semi-autobiographical book entitled “Nudity in a Public Place: Confessions of a Mini Celebrity” which details his experience with female viewers of “Bergerac”. One of his latest books was released in 2012 entitled “Jewels and Jackboots” which talked about the German occupation of the Channel Islands; the book sold out quickly and was later republished on Kindle as well as in paperback.
For his personal life, it is known that Nettles has married twice, his first wife being Joyce and with whom he had a daughter; their marriage lasted from 1966 to 1979. His ex-wife would later become a casting director for “Midsomer Murders”. In 1995, he married Cathryn Sealey, and they have remained together since.
In the 2010 Queen’s Birthday Honors List, Nettles was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE), for services to the entertainment industry, and two years later he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Plymouth. He also participates with the charity called The Mare and Foal Sanctuary, of which he is a patron.
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I’m hooked on MidSomer Murders and John Nettles. He’s fantastic in this part. I don’t know what I’ll do when I’ve seen the complete series on Netflix.
Bravo Mr Nettles!!
You will literally cry when you watch the episode when John Barnaby retires. I won’t tell you which one.
I HAVE SEEN ALL EPISODES AND NOW LOOKED UP NEW ONES ON YOU TUBE BUT COST PER SERIES. CANNOT AFFORD IT AM 81 YEARS YOUNG.
I LOVE JOHN NETTLES AS TOM BARNABY AS WELL AS BEN AND ALL CAST. MY SONS WHO ARE IN THEIR LATE 50;S ARE NOW ALL HOOKED ON MIDSOMER MURDERS. IT WAS GREAT HOW THEY TRANSFERRED IT OVER TO TOM;S COUSIN JOHN NETTLES.
KEEP THE SERIES COMING AS I LOOK FORWARD TO ALL.
MRS CAROL DAVIS
Luckily, they do often show repeats of the series’ with John in on regular television which has no charge. Keep your eye on the listings as it would be worth watching – especially without being charged
I have watched Midsomer Murders in total, three times. John Nettles IS Tom Barnaby. I enjoyed the series and wish he would come back in that role. Good luck in his future endeavors but I still would love to see him back as Barnaby.
I love Midsomer Murders. I have watched it for quite a while. I think John Nettles is SO good as Tom Barnaby! When I watch this program, I forget he is an actor playing a part. He BECOMES Tom Barnaby!!
I have bought the entire Midsomer Murders series on DVD. Now, season 21 is very difficult to watch. I have hung in there since John Nettles left after the 13th season. Still, no one can take his place. I don’t see Midsomer Murders continuing too much longer. John Nettles made the show.
I feel badly for being so selfish, yet, John Nettles’ presence was that of a friend, someone the viewer felt they ‘knew’ personally. God bless him as he continues in his chosen field. But I am still having a hard time letting go and seeing anyone else in the lead role. What a major talent!
Thanks for sharing. I enjoyed his work
But I can not believe John Nettles net worth as of mid-2018 based on sources estimate is at $700,000? is that even accurate?
You’re absolutely spot on – more like $10,000,000
I’ve been waching Midsomer’s Murders for about 3 years, and even though the 2nd Barnaby is good, I still prefer John Nettles. He is so much more “personal” and “professional” in his “acting relationships.” Plus, I feel that he “fits the bill” better!
Question: wasn’t it John Nettles daughter who directed a number of MSM episodes? Not his former wife.