John Nettleton (actor)
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John Nettleton (born 5 February 1929) is an English actor best known for playing Sir Arnold Robinson, Cabinet Secretary in Yes Minister (1980–84) and President of the Campaign for Freedom of Information in the follow-up Yes, Prime Minister (1985–88). Another political role for Nettleton was a Conservative Party Member of Parliament (Sir Stephen Baxter) in the sitcom The New Statesman.
Other television roles included a Ministry of Defence department chief in The Avengers (episode "The See-Through Man", 1967), a police sergeant in Please Sir! (1969), Froggett in the office comedy series If It Moves File It (1970), Francis Bacon in Elizabeth R (1971), a Detective Superintendent in Doctor at Large in 1971, Upstairs, Downstairs (1972), The Country Wife (1977), Brideshead Revisited (1981), The Flame Trees of Thika (1981), The Citadel (1983), Martin Luther, Heretic (1983), Brass (1983), East of Ipswich (1987), Reverend Ernest Matthews in the Doctor Who serial Ghost Light (1989), Longitude (2000), Midsomer Murders (2005) and Kingdom (2008). In the 1960s and 1970s, Nettleton was the reader of various illustrated stories on children's television programme Blue Peter. Often these were about historical figures, such as Florence Nightingale.
On stage, Nettleton has appeared in the Lyttelton Theatre of the National Theatre in the 2006 productions of Harley Granville-Barker's The Voysey Inheritance, directed by Peter Gill. He also voices Grandpa in the PC Game The Scruffs.
|1966||A Man For All Seasons||Jailer|
|1969||The Last Shot You Hear||Det. Inspector Nash|
|1970||Some Will, Some Won't||Wagstaff|
|And Soon the Darkness|
|1971||Black Beauty||Sir William|
|1975||All Creatures Great and Small||Head Waiter|
|1982||Anyone for Denis?||Jenkins||TV version|
|1983||Martin Luther, Heretic||Andreas Karlstadt||TV movie|
|1991||American Friends||Rev. Groves|
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- Morrison, John. "The Importance of Being Earnest review at Greenwich Theatre - Review - Theatre".
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