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John Duttine
British actor

John Duttine

John Duttine
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Intro British actor
Is Actor Stage actor Film actor Television actor
From United Kingdom
Field Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender male
Birth 15 March 1949, Barnsley, United Kingdom
Age 74 years
Star sign Pisces
Spouse: Mel Martin
Drama Centre London
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John Arthur Duttine (born 15 March 1949) is an English actor noted for his roles on stage, films and television. He is well known for his role as Sgt George Miller in Heartbeat and also the TV series The Day of the Triffids.

Early life

Duttine was born in Barnsley, West Riding of Yorkshire.

He attended Buttershaw Secondary School; Stephen Petcher from his school would also appear in Heartbeat. He grew up in Buttershaw, in south-west Bradford. He trained at the Drama Centre London in north London. In London he shared a flat with Bradford actor Ken Kitson.


In 1973, Duttine starred opposite Francesca Annis in the BBC adaptation of A Pin to See the Peep Show by F. Tennyson Jesse. This was followed in 1974 by a small role in the TV adaptation of the Lord Peter Wimsey story The Nine Tailors. His first big break came when he played John the Apostle in the 1977 television mini-series Jesus of Nazareth. This was followed almost immediately by his portrayal of Keith Nicholson, husband of football pools winner, Vivian Nicholson in John Goldschmidt's Spend, Spend, Spend (a Play for Today). He went on to star in the 1978 historical drama series The Devil's Crown, as the future King John.

Duttine then played leading roles in major BBC adaptations such as Wuthering Heights (as Earnshaw) in 1978. He became a household name for his lead performance in To Serve Them All My Days in 1980, for which he won the TV Times Best Actor award. He appeared to great acclaim in The Day of the Triffids (1981). In 1983 he starred in The Outsider as well as in the Tales of the Unexpected episode Hit And Run in which he played Doctor Roger Ashburn, a doctor who co-conceives an elaborate insurance fraud involving the staged disappearance and death of his wife (Susan Penhaligon), the sitcom Lame Ducks in 1984, and Ain't Misbehavin' from 1994 to 1995. as well as DI Eric Temple in all twelve episodes of Out of the Blue. He played opposite Sir Laurence Olivier in the play Saturday, Sunday, Monday, part of the Laurence Olivier Presents anthology series.

His film roles include Who Dares Wins (1982) and The Hawk (1993). More recent TV credits include: Doc Martin, Touching Evil, Taggart, Dangerfield, Midsomer murders, Peak Practice, The Bill, Casualty, EastEnders, Dalziel and Pascoe and Jane Hall.

Duttine has played two characters in the UK television series Heartbeat. His first appearance was as Paul Methorn, an MP and peace activist, in episode 7 of the first series: Face Value. He then played the role of Sgt. George Miller, the character making his first appearance in episode 16 of series 14: Golf Papa One Zero.

In 2007, he guest starred in the Doctor Who audio drama Exotron & Urban Myths. More recently (November 2013) Duttine appeared in BBC TV's The Paradise.

In 2016, he appears as George Hammond in the BBC series Father Brown episode 4.3 "The Hangman's Demise". In 2016, he also appeared in the ITV/Netflix series Paranoid. In 2011 he starred in TV series Vera playing a lieutenant colonel.

Personal life

Duttine has a son from a former partner (now deceased) in Tarleton, West Lancashire. In 1998 he married actress Mel Martin, with whom he lived in Cornwall until 2011. The two have appeared on screen together in Talking to Strange Men, Casualty and Heartbeat.

The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 23 May 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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