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John Challis is an accomplished character actor, personality and raconteur whose wide-ranging career has ranged from classical roles on the stage to heavies in television drama, a multitude of policemen, sitcom stardom, pantomime performances and even a one-man show. He wanted to act from a young age but was encouraged to get a "proper" job, so he ... See full bio »
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 2016 The Middle Man (pre-production)
Ron (rumored)
 2015 Reapers Shadow (announced)
Daniel Archer
 2015-2016 Benidorm (TV Series)
Monty
- Episode #8.7 (2016) ... Monty
- Episode #8.4 (2016) ... Monty
- Episode #7.7 (2015) ... Monty
- Episode #7.6 (2015) ... Monty
 2002-2015 Doctors (TV Series)
Freddy Prenton / James Fletcher
- Vapour Trail (2015) ... Freddy Prenton
- Feet of Clay (2002) ... James Fletcher
 2015/I Tea for Two (Short)
Jim
 2011 Lost Tracks (Short)
 2008 Last of the Summer Wine (TV Series)
Jeremy
- Is Jeremy Quite Safe? (2008) ... Jeremy
 2007 My Family (TV Series)
Jacob Marley
- Ho Ho No (2007) ... Jacob Marley
 2001 Subterrain
 2001/I Dream
Toby
 2000 Five Seconds to Spare
Shopping Centre Manager
 1998 Heartbeat (TV Series)
Stan Fraser
- Where There's a Will (1998) ... Stan Fraser
 1998 The Tichborne Claimant
Rous the Landlord
 1996 Soldier Soldier (TV Series)
Police Superintendent
- Delayed Action (1996) ... Police Superintendent
 1993 Then Churchill Said to Me (TV Series)
 1992 Sitting Pretty (TV Series)
The Trainer / Boris
- Happy Birthdays (1992) ... The Trainer (voice)
- Anniversary Waltz (1992) ... Boris (voice)
 1992 The New Statesman (TV Series)
Gen. Giray
- A Bigger Splash (1992) ... Gen. Giray
 1992 One Foot in the Grave (TV Series)
Jack the Burglar
- Beware the Trickster on the Roof (1992) ... Jack the Burglar (voice, uncredited)
 1988 Casualty (TV Series)
Harry
- Living Memories (1988) ... Harry
 1988 The Bill (TV Series)
Ian Gore
- Runaround (1988) ... Ian Gore
 1988 Don't Wait Up (TV Series)
Man in jewellery shop
- Episode #5.2 (1988) ... Man in jewellery shop
 1987 Ever Decreasing Circles (TV Series)
Maintenance Man
- Half an Office (1987) ... Maintenance Man
 1987 Smith & Jones (TV Series)
- Episode #4.4 (1987)
 1987 C.A.T.S. Eyes (TV Series)
Stark
- A Naval Affair (1987) ... Stark
 1986 Roland Rat: The Series (TV Series)
Policeman
- Episode #1.6 (1986) ... Policeman
 1986 Strike It Rich! (TV Series)
Big John
- Suspicions (1986) ... Big John
 1986 Chance in a Million (TV Series)
Policeman
- And What Shall We Do for a Ring? (1986) ... Policeman
 1986 Lenny Henry Tonite (TV Series)
- Gronk Zillman (1986)
 1985 Howards' Way (TV Series)
Morris
- Episode #1.3 (1985) ... Morris
- Episode #1.2 (1985) ... Morris
 1985 Juliet Bravo (TV Series)
Taylor
- Hostage to Fortune (1985) ... Taylor
 1985 In Sickness and in Health (TV Series)
the Policeman
- Episode #1.1 (1985) ... the Policeman
 1985 Storyboard (TV Series)
Billy Cato
- King & Castle (1985) ... Billy Cato
 1985 And There's More (TV Series)
 1985 Late Starter (TV Series)
Policeman
- Episode #1.5 (1985) ... Policeman
 1985 Relative Strangers (TV Series)
CID Man
- Episode #1.6 (1985) ... CID Man
 1982 Beau Geste (TV Mini-Series)
Cpl. Dupre
- Episode #1.7 (1982) ... Cpl. Dupre
- Episode #1.6 (1982) ... Cpl. Dupre
- Episode #1.5 (1982) ... Cpl. Dupre
- Episode #1.4 (1982) ... Cpl. Dupre
 1981 Burning an Illusion
Man in Car
 1981 Sink or Swim (TV Series)
Man at door
- Ecology (1981) ... Man at door
 1980-1981 Play for Today (TV Series)
Harry / Victor Mintell
- A Turn for the Worse (1981) ... (voice)
- Before Water Lilies (1981) ... Harry
- Number on End (1980) ... Victor Mintell
 1980 Citizen Smith (TV Series)
Chief Inspector Humphreys
- The Letter of the Law (1980) ... Chief Inspector Humphreys
 1979 Bloomers (TV Series)
2nd Policeman
- Episode #1.3 (1979) ... 2nd Policeman
 1979 Doctor Snuggles (TV Series) (voice)
 1978 The Law Centre (TV Series)
Det. Sgt. Sharp
- Millstone (1978) ... Det. Sgt. Sharp
 1967-1977 Coronation Street (TV Series)
Detective Sergeant Phillips / George Naylor
- Episode #1.1676 (1977) ... Detective Sergeant Phillips
- Episode #1.726 (1967) ... George Naylor
 1976 The New Avengers (TV Series)
Soldier
- Dirtier by the Dozen (1976) ... Soldier (uncredited)
 1976 The Cedar Tree (TV Series)
Leonard Barnet
- Mice at Play: Part 2 (1976) ... Leonard Barnet
- Mice at Play: Part 1 (1976) ... Leonard Barnet
 1976 Thriller (TV Series)
Peter
- Sleepwalker (1976) ... Peter
 1976 Open All Hours (TV Series)
Bread Man
- Well Catered Funeral (1976) ... Bread Man
 1975 Drive Carefully, Darling (Short)
Ego
 1975 The Legend of Robin Hood (TV Mini-Series)
- Part 5 (1975)
 1975 The Sweeney (TV Series)
Skef Warren
- Stay Lucky Eh? (1975) ... Skef Warren
 1967-1975 Z Cars (TV Series)
Sgt. Culshaw / Det. Con. Armitage / Desk Sergeant
- Intruder (1974) ... Sgt. Culshaw
- Allegiance (1974) ... Sgt. Culshaw
 1975 Nightingale's Boys (TV Series)
Pete
- Decision (1975) ... Pete
 1974 Crown Court (TV Series)
Det. Insp. Stoddard
- The Messenger Boy: Part 1 (1974) ... Det. Insp. Stoddard
 1974 Whodunnit? (TV Series)
Private Rhodes
- Goodbye Sarge (1974) ... Private Rhodes
 1974 Dracula (TV Movie)
Stockton-on-Tees Clerk
 1974 Who Killed Lamb? (TV Movie)
Casson
 1971 Brett (TV Series)
Riordan
- All the King's Horses... (1971) ... Riordan
 1970 The Misfit (TV Series)
Lofty
- On Not Being Lost (1970) ... Lofty
 1969 Strange Report (TV Series)
Soldier
 1969 Canterbury Tales (TV Series)
Farmhand
- Episode #1.3 (1969) ... Farmhand
 1969 Dixon of Dock Green (TV Series)
Ray
- Obsession (1969) ... Ray
 1969 Who-Dun-It (TV Series)
Rev. Lindsay Whittaker
- An Embarrassment of Murder (1969) ... Rev. Lindsay Whittaker
 1969 ITV Playhouse (TV Series)
Carstairs
 1969 Big Breadwinner Hog (TV Series)
1st Operative
- Self-Discipline Is Its Own Reward (1969) ... 1st Operative
 1968 Mr. Rose (TV Series)
DC Jackson
- The Frozen Swede (1968) ... DC Jackson
 1968 Virgin of the Secret Service (TV Series)
Captain Kirby
- The Rajah and the Suffragette (1968) ... Captain Kirby
 1968 City '68 (TV Series)
Hospital Doctor
- The Old Country (1968) ... Hospital Doctor
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Personal Details

Other Works:

John Challis. "Being Boycie". Wigmore Books Ltd. ISBN-13: 978-0956906106. See more »

Publicity Listings:

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Height:

6' 2" (1.88 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

We just knew that whatever else we did, however good we were in other roles, the most famous thing we'd ever do was Only Fools and Horses.... (1981). It was just so big. But it was wonderful to be in something that meant so much to people. See more »

Trivia:

Lives in a 12th-century abbot's lodging attached to a ruined monastery on the Welsh borders. See more »

Star Sign:

Leo

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