John Duttine's other roles


G-Peoples2 wrote in a comment:
"John Duttine was an unusual, compelling actor who gave what I think were splendid performances in this, the "Day of the Triffids" serial, and an episode of a BBC ghost series, and then seemed more or less to have vanished, to the viewers' loss."

John is currently starring in "Heartbeat," having just joined that long-running series in its 14th or 15th season. But most of his substantive tv roles seem to have occurred from about 1977 through 1985 or so. I recently watched "The Day of the Triffids" (1981) and thought John was excellent in that. The booklet that accompanies the disk notes that when he signed on to "Triffids" he was considered a "hot property," having just starred in "To Serve Them All My Days." After "Triffids," he had sizeable supporting roles opposite Judy Davis in "The Final Option" (called "Who Dares Wins" in the UK) and opposite Jenny Seagrove in "A Woman of Substance," and starred in a 6-part drama for YTV called "The Outsider." From there he went on to a two-season BBC comedy called "Lame Ducks" that seemed to get middling reviews. After that, it seems he concentrated more on theater for a while -- whether by choice or because TV/film roles dried up, I don't know. He's made a bit of a comeback recently, but nothing like the meaty TV parts he played in his early 30s. Such a shame. I think he's a marvelous actor and would love the chance to see him in a role worthy of his talents.

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Heartbeat is now a thing of the past, but having seen JD as Powlett-Jones and the main character in TDOTT - both of which involved him struggling against the contemporary social conditions, I could not get used to his portrayal of such a staunch 'establishment' figure.

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I'm midway through To Serve Them All My Days for the first time (thanks to Netflix!) and Duttine reminds me of (young) Olivier...

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He made a big impact as 'John the Beloved' in "Jesus of Nazareth".

"Never let them catch you acting!" (Lillian Gish)

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