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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 25 August 1939Brentford, Middlesex, England, UK
Date of Death 12 September 2014Romford, London, England, UK  (following a period of ill health)
Birth NameJohn Michael Jones
Height 5' 11" (1.8 m)

Mini Bio (1)

John Bardon was born on August 25, 1939 in Brentford, Middlesex, England as John Michael Jones. He was an actor and writer, known for EastEnders (1985), East Is East (1999) and Clockwise (1986). He was married to Enda Gates. He died on September 12, 2014 in Romford, London, England.

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Enda Gates (2002 - 12 September 2014) (his death)

Trivia (8)

Played Private Walker in the 1976 stage show of Dads Army.
He was awarded the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 1988 (1987 season) for Best Actor in a Musical. He shared this award with his co-star, Emil Wolk.
Was forced to take a hiatus from EastEnders (1985) after suffering a stroke in June 2007. Bardon made his return to the soap opera the following year and appeared intermittently until May 2011 when his health began to deteriorate after suffering a second stroke.
Is close friends with EastEnders (1985) on-screen wife June Brown.
Stepfather to Brendan Joseph Gates (b. 1973) from his wife's first marriage.
Ranked #53 in the 100 Greatest EastEnders (1985) Characters of All Time for his performance as Jim Branning (2010).
As of 2015 he is the 7th-longest serving actor in the history of EastEnders (1985) (behind only Adam Woodyatt, Steve McFadden, Sid Owen, Perry Fenwick, Rudolph Walker, and a tied Mike Reid and Todd Carty), having played the character Jim Branning for 12 years (briefly in 1996 and then from 1999 until 2011).
A life-long interest in Max Miller led to him devising a one-man show about the comic. This was adapted into the television show Here's a Funny Thing (1982).

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