John Nettles has a net worth of $10 million and is a Cornish actor and writer. In October 1943, John Nettles was born in St. Austell, Cornwall, England. From 1971 to 1972, he played Ian MacKenzie on the television series A Family at War. From 1972 to 1976, Nettles played Paul in the TV series The Liver Birds.
He played Jim Bergerac on the television series Bergerac from 1981 to 1991. From 1997 until 2011, Nettles played DCI Tom Barnaby in the television series Midsomer Murders. He played Ray Penvenen on the TV series Poldark from 2016 to 2017. His stage career began with a performance in Hamlet at Manchester’s University Theatre. John Nettles narrated the BBC documentary TV series Airport from 1996 to 2005. In 2010, he developed and presented the documentary Channel Islands at War.
Nettles was birthed in the Cornish town of St Austell in 1943. His biological mother was an Irish nurse who immigrated to the United Kingdom during WWII to work. Carpenter Eric Nettles and his wife Elsie adopted him at birth.
He went to St Austell Grammar School as a child. In 1962, he enrolled at the University of Southampton to study history and philosophy, where he developed an interest in acting, and post-graduation, he joined the Royal Court Theatre.
From 1996 to 2005, Nettles narrated the BBC documentary series Airport, and from 1995 to 1995, he narrated the BBC documentary series Wild Discovery.
In the Agatha Christie Hour story The Fourth Man, Nettles played Raoul (the 4th man).
During the peak of the UK-wide joyriding crime wave in the 1990s, Nettles narrated the BBC documentary X Cars, which followed Greater Manchester Police’s stolen automobile unit.
In early 2010, Nettles wrote, presented, and produced the Channel Islands at War, a three-part documentary commemorating the 70th anniversary of the German invasion and occupation of the Channel Islands.
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Some Jersey residents sent him threatening letters, accusing him of implying that islanders were participants. He defended the film, stating: “You could not have avoided collaborating with the occupying power, which had control over the civilian population. You would have been shot if you had not followed the rules.” Local historians and members of the Channel Islands Occupation Society agreed with this viewpoint.
Nettles took over as the narrator of Channel 4’s Devon and Cornwall, a sibling show to the network’s The Yorkshire Dales and the Lakes program, in 2020.
In 1967, Nettles married his first wife, Joyce Middleton. Emma Martins, their daughter, was born in 1970 and came to Jersey with her father to pursue a career in Bergerac.
She joined the State of Jersey Police Department, where she worked alongside cops who had met her father while filming the show. Following her divorce from Joyce, Nettles worked as a casting director for Midsomer Murders.
In July 1995, Nettles married Cathryn Sealey, his second wife, in Evesham, England.
He was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Southampton, where he had graduated, in 2006.
Nettles received an honorary doctorate from the University of Plymouth on September 21, 2012. In July 2014, he decided to become a patron of the Devon charity The Mare and Foal Sanctuary.