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John Challis is an accomplished character actor, personality and raconteur whose wide-ranging career has gone 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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Only Fools and Horses....
Doctor Who
Doctor Who Scorby
Z Cars
Z Cars Sgt. Culshaw / Det. Con. Armitage / Desk Sergeant
Open All Hours
Open All Hours Bread Man


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  King Curry (pre-production)
  The Middle Man (pre-production)
Ron (rumored)
 2018/II In Vino Veritas (Short) (pre-production)
 2015-2018 Benidorm (TV Series)
Monty Staines
 2016 Are You Being Served? (TV Movie)
Captain Peacock
 2002-2015 Doctors (TV Series)
Freddy Prenton / James Fletcher
 2015/I Tea for Two (Short)
 2011 Lost Tracks (Short)
 2005-2009 The Green Green Grass (TV Series)
 2008 Last of the Summer Wine (TV Series)
 2007 My Family (TV Series)
Jacob Marley
 2006 The Impressionists (TV Mini-Series)
Station Master
 1981-2003 Only Fools and Horses.... (TV Series)
 2001 Subterrain
 2001/I Dream
 2000 Five Seconds to Spare
Shopping Centre Manager
 1998 Heartbeat (TV Series)
Stan Fraser
 1998 The Tichborne Claimant
Rous the Landlord
 1996 Soldier Soldier (TV Series)
Police Superintendent
 1993 Get Back (TV Series)
 1993 Then Churchill Said to Me (TV Series)
 1992 Sitting Pretty (TV Series)
The Trainer / Boris
 1992 The New Statesman (TV Series)
Gen. Giray
 1992 One Foot in the Grave (TV Series)
Jack the Burglar
 1988 Casualty (TV Series)
 1988 The Bill (TV Series)
Ian Gore
 1988 Don't Wait Up (TV Series)
Man in jewellery shop
 1988 Wish Me Luck (TV Series)
Victor Travussini
 1987 Ever Decreasing Circles (TV Series)
Maintenance Man
 1987 Alas Smith & Jones (TV Series)
 1987 Ratman (TV Series)
Police Chief
 1987 C.A.T.S. Eyes (TV Series)
 1986 Lenny Henry Tonite (TV Series)
 1986 Roland Rat: The Series (TV Series)
 1986 The Laughter Show (TV Series)
 1986 Strike It Rich! (TV Series)
Big John
 1986 Chance in a Million (TV Series)
 1985 Howards' Way (TV Series)
 1985 Juliet Bravo (TV Series)
 1985 In Sickness and in Health (TV Series)
the Policeman
 1985 Storyboard (TV Series)
Billy Cato
 1985 And There's More (TV Series)
 1985 Late Starter (TV Series)
 1985 Relative Strangers (TV Series)
 1982 Beau Geste (TV Mini-Series)
Cpl. Dupre
 1981 Burning an Illusion
Man in Car
 1981 Sink or Swim (TV Series)
Man at door
 1980-1981 Play for Today (TV Series)
Harry / Victor Mintell
 1980 Citizen Smith (TV Series)
Chief Inspector Humphreys
 1979 Bloomers (TV Series)
2nd Policeman
 1979 Doctor Snuggles (TV Series) (voice)
 1978 The Law Centre (TV Series)
Det. Sgt. Sharp
 1967-1977 Coronation Street (TV Series)
Detective Sergeant Phillips / George Naylor
 1976 The New Avengers (TV Series)
 1976 The Cedar Tree (TV Series)
Leonard Barnet
 1976 Thriller (TV Series)
 1976 Open All Hours (TV Series)
Bread Man
 1976 Doctor Who (TV Series)
 1975 Drive Carefully, Darling (Short)
 1975 The Legend of Robin Hood (TV Mini-Series)
 1975 The Sweeney (TV Series)
Skef Warren
 1967-1975 Z Cars (TV Series)
Sgt. Culshaw / Det. Con. Armitage / Desk Sergeant
 1975 Nightingale's Boys (TV Series)
 1974 Crown Court (TV Series)
Det. Insp. Stoddard
 1974 Whodunnit? (TV Series)
Private Rhodes
 1974 Dracula (TV Movie)
Stockton-on-Tees Clerk
 1974 Who Killed Lamb? (TV Movie)
 1972 ITV Saturday Night Theatre (TV Series)
Factory Guard
 1971 Brett (TV Series)
 1971 Say Hello to Yesterday
Shop Salesman (uncredited)
 1970 The Misfit (TV Series)
 1969 Strange Report (TV Series)
 1969 Canterbury Tales (TV Series)
 1969 Dixon of Dock Green (TV Series)
 1969 Who-Dun-It (TV Series)
Rev. Lindsay Whittaker
 1969 ITV Playhouse (TV Series)
 1969 Big Breadwinner Hog (TV Series)
1st Operative
 1969 For Schools and Colleges: Drama (TV Series)
 1968 Softly Softly (TV Series)
Det. Con. Rankin
 1968 Mr. Rose (TV Series)
DC Jackson
 1968 Virgin of the Secret Service (TV Series)
Captain Kirby
 1968 City '68 (TV Series)
Hospital Doctor
 1967 The Newcomers (TV Series)
Harry Kapper
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Personal Details

Other Works:

He acted in Charles Dyer's play, "Rattle of a Simple Man", at the Savoy Theatre in London, England with Pauline Collins and John Alderton in the cast. Peter Egan was the director. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Interview | See more »


6' 2" (1.88 m)

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Personal Quote:

[on Roger Lloyd Pack] Speaking as a rather theatrical actor myself, I sort of quite envied him the ability to suggest something by doing absolutely nothing. See more »


To commemorate the completion of the notoriously troubled Only Fools and Horses.... (1981) episode A Royal Flush, he had T-shirts made for everyone, with a picture of a thumb and forefinger clenched around a nose, which is what the crew did when they were asked how long it would take to film the episode. See more »

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