Biographies of the regular cast members.
Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby
John's birth mother was an Irish nurse who came to work in England during the
Second World War, but John was adopted by Eric and Elsie Nettles as a baby, and
grew up as an only child. After having spent his early childhood years in Roe
Green, Manchester, he moved to St. Austell, Cornwall with his parents.
After university he started out as an actor at the Royal Court Theatre where
he mainly played spear-holders and other small parts, then went on to play most
theatres up and down the country, ending up a member of the Royal Shakespeare
Company in Stratford-upon-Avon. It was when he was there that he, after several
interviews at the BBC, was phoned up one morning and offered the part of Detective
Sergeant Jim Bergerac. This was to change John Nettles's life. Bergerac (1981-1991)
became a huge success. Before this he had also worked in television, as he got
his TV break during the early 1970s in the BBC sitcom The Liver Birds as Paul,
and as Dr. Ian McKenzie in the immensely popular series A Family At War, but
Bergerac became something completely different for John. John Nettles and Jim
Bergerac were two names that for ten years seemed interchangeable. In the public
perception John Nettles always wore a bomber jacket, and spent his waking hours
driving around the roads of Jersey, Channel Islands, in his red Triumph Roadster.
This was of course not quite true.
After Bergerac finished, he re-joined the Royal Shakespeare Company, where he
did five seasons. Then in 1995 he was approached by Brian True-May who was thinking
of dramatizing the Inspector Barnaby novels, and thought John would be suitable
for the role. A year later John had a call from True-May saying it was going
to happen, the making of Midsomer Murders started.
John is also a much used narrator, and we can hear his voice in several documentaries,
such as Airport, Disaster and Violent Planet, as well as a number of audiobooks.
He has himself written three books: Bergerac's Jersey, John Nettles' Jersey and
Nudity in a Public Place.
For people who are friends of the theatre, John is a well known and acclaimed
interpreter of Shakespeare. Despite being a classical actor, he also used to
enjoy very much appearing in pantos. The filming of Midsomer Murders now takes
up 10 months of the year (May to March), and consequently does not give room
for very much else.
John is currently living in Evesham with his wife Cathryn, whom he married in
1995. He was married to his first wife, Joyce, for 13 years, and together they
have a daughter, Emma (born 1970).
John has a lot of fans, and some are rather obsessive,
e.g. the woman who sent him expensive jewellery. This was
promptly returned by his wife. John says he does not know
how to deal with such things. He doesn't think anybody
does. Because this does of course not only happen to him,
but to a lot of people who happen to be on television for
one reason or another.
John told in an interview how he finds Barnaby to be slightly
boring. John would have liked Barnaby to have some more
romance, but the producers say no. John said: "I sometimes
contemplate in the early hours of the morning, the horror
of Barnaby's sex life. In the books Barnaby was overweight
and suffering from indigestion, but he still liked the
occasional bounce with the missus. I would like the occasional
bounce with the missus, but we are not allowed. It really
is a case of no sex, please, we're British."
Detective Sergeant Gavin Troy
Daniel Casey is a British actor, born on 1st June 1972
in Stockton-on-Tees. He is the son of North East TV presenter
Luke Casey. He joined a youth theatre at the age of 14
and decided that he wanted to have a career in acting.
Although he had a place at Durham University to study English,
he left it to go on tour in the award-winning play 'Dead
Fish'. It was whilst working on this show that he was noticed
by a casting agent and offered the part of Anthony Cox,
a young policeman in the highly acclaimed BBC production
'Our Friends in the North'.
Daniel married his longtime partner Ellie, who works for
the EastEnders costume dept, in October 2005 and they now
live in Ealing. On 10th June 2006 they became the proud
parents of a baby boy.
Daniel is currently staying with John
Nettles during the rehearsal and performance period for
On The Piste, and despite leaving 'Midsomer Murders' Daniel
still remains firm friends with him.
Detective Sergeant Dan Scott
John Hopkins is a British actor best known for playing
Sgt. Dan Scott on Midsomer Murders.
John, or 'Hoppers', as he is known on set, joined the
cast of Midsomer in series 7 after Daniel Casey's DS Troy
gained promotion and moved to pastures new.
This is his first TV role, and before joining Midsomer
as DS Scott, John built up quite a resume of Theatre work
whilst at RADA.
His interests are climbing, cycling, and swimming and
he has some special skills - including, Acrobatics, Dialects
and a strong bass voice!
Detective Sergeant Ben
Jason Hughes is a British actor born in Porthcawl, South
Wales in 1971. Best known for playing gay lawyer Warren
Jones in the ground-breaking BBC TV series This Life from
1996 to 1997, he is now starring as Detective Constable/Sergeant
Ben Jones in the hugely popular ITV detective series Midsomer
Other UK television credits include guest roles in dramas
Mine All Mine, Waking the Dead, Casualty and Peak Practice.
In 2002, Jason had a starring role in the film Killing
Me Softly, and his other film credits include the 2005
movies Red Mercury and Dead Long Enough. Jason lives in
Brighton with his wife Natasha Dahlberg, a jewellery designer,
and their two children Molly and Max.
Jane Wymark was born on 31 October, 1952 in London, she
is an English actress. The daughter of well-known actor
Patrick Wymark (now deceased), she is best known for playing
Morwenna Chynoweth Whitworth (Morwenna Carne at the closure
of the series) in the 1970s BBC TV period drama Poldark,
and more recently Joyce Barnaby in the hugely popular ITV
detective series Midsomer Murders (a role she has played
She has also appeared in UK television dramas
such as A Touch of Frost, Dangerfield, Lovejoy and Pie
in the Sky.
Laura Howard is an English actress born in Chiswick, London
in 1977. Sometimes credited as Laura Simmons, under her
real name, Howard is best known for playing Cully Barnaby
in the hugely popular ITV detective series Midsomer Murders
(a role she has played since 1996).
Her first major role
came in 1992, playing the teenage daughter Tammy Rokeby
in the BBC comedy series So Haunt Me. Since then, Laura
has also had a starring role in the Jack Rosenthal drama
Eskimo Day and its sequel Cold Enough For Snow.
UK television credits include Soldier Soldier, The Bill,
Doctors and Casualty.
Barry Jackson was born on 29th March 1938 in Birmingham,
he is an English actor best known for his roles on film
His film roles include: Ryan's Daughter, Barry Lyndon
TV credits include: A for Andromeda, The Mask of Janus,
Adam Adamant Lives!, Doctor Who, Z Cars, Dixon of Dock
Green, The Troubleshooters, Doomwatch, Poldark, Oil Strike
North, The New Avengers, Secret Army, Blake's 7, The Professionals,
Coronation Street, Enemy at the Door, All Creatures Great
and Small, Minder, Bergerac, Lovejoy, Casualty, Peak Practice,
Silent Witness, Kavanagh QC, The Bill, A Touch of Frost,
Holby City, Heartbeat and Midsomer Murders.