John was born & raised in West Calder, a Scottish village between Edinburgh & Glasgow.
While studying at Edinburgh Napier University,
John discovered his love for travel & took a year out
between each academic year of his Accounting
degree to go meandering.
This led to a variety of jobs in tourism & teaching throughout 5 continents until finally, in 2003,
he realised his dream of becoming an actor, studying as a mature student at the Bristol Old Vic
Following this, John took various classes in screen
acting at the Actors Centre, London under tutors
such as Charles Harris, Mel Churcher, Noella Smith,
David Penn, Patrick Tucker & Michael Ferguson. He
also studied Meisner Technique with Scott Williams.
During his 2 years in Toronto, John continued
his studies with local tutors, including
David Rotenberg at the Pro Actor's Lab.
John’s working background is listed below:
*Extensive travel experience, including 25 years
as a Travel Director leading coach tours;
specialising in central Europe, but also leading tours
through Eastern Europe, Russia & Scandinavia.
*English & Phonetics Teacher in Rio de Janeiro.
*Tour Leader, leading overland safaris through Africa.
*English Teacher in Japan.
*Taxi Driver in Edinburgh.
*Tour Leader in Egypt.
*Pedicab/ Rickshaw Rider in San Francisco.
*Camp Counsellor & Driver on a New Jersey
*Order Picker in New York City.
*Furniture Removals man in New York City.
*Door to Door Salesman; selling vacuum cleaners
*Meat factory worker in Broxburn, Scotland.
*Campsite Courier in France.
*DJ in Scotland.
*Barman in the bars & nightclubs of Scotland.