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John Spurley Challis was born 16 August 1942 and is a well known actor with an extensive television career but he is best known for portraying Aubrey "Boycie" Boyce in the long-running BBC Television sitcom Only Fools and Horses and it's follow on series The Green Green Grass.  John credits his original passion for acting on a trip to see a production of Peter Pan (a non pantomime performance) at the tender age of six that cemented his desire to perform and would leave him harbouring an ambition to portray Captain Hook, something he would have to wait until he was in his 50s to accomplish. John has firmly made his mark on the world of panto having appeared for decades in panto productions up and down the UK and establishing himself as a well respected and dedicated performer who has left a positive influence on those he has worked alongside.

John's other TV credits include Benidorm, Doctors, Doctor Who, Crossroads, Z-Cars, Coronation Street, Howards' Way and Wish Me Luck.

 

Pantomime History

 

1966/67 Cinderella at the Theatre Royal Windsor

1992/93 Cinderella at the Civic Hall Guildford

1993/94 Aladdin at the Theatre Royal  Windsor

1995/96 Cinderella at the Lyceum Theatre Crewe

1996/97 Dick Whittington at the Harlequin Theatre Redhill

1997/98 Cinderella at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre Guildford

1998/99 Jack and the Beanstalk - Theatre Royal Bath

1999/00 Cinderella - Southampton Guildhall

2000/01 Jack & The Beanstalk - Theatre Royal, Windsor

2001/02 Peter Pan at the Grand Theatre Swansea

2002/03 Aladdin at the Birmingham Hippodrome

2003/04 Dick Whittington at the Theatre Royal Plymouth

2004/05 Peter Pan at the Ashcroft Theatre Croydon

2005/06 Aladdin at the Grand Theatre Wolverhampton

2006/07 Jack and the Beanstalk at the Richmond Theatre

2007/08 Peter Pan at the Theatre Royal Nottingham

2008/09 Dick Whittington at Venue Cymru

2009/10 Peter Pan at the Sunderland Empire

2010/11 Peter Pan at the Stockport Plaza

2011/12 Aladdin at the Playhouse Weston Super Mare

2012/13 Peter Pan at the Middlesborough Theatre

2013/14 Dick Whittington at the Stockport Plaza

2014/15 Jack and the Beanstalk at the Theatre Royal Plymouth

2015/16 Jack and the Beanstalk at the Alhambra Bradford

2016/17 Beauty and the Beast at the Playhouse Weston Super Mare

2018/19 Peter Pan at the Theatre Royal Nottingham

2019/20 Aladdin at the Malvern Festival Theatre

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Panto launch time
Panto launch time
Pan is caught
Pan is caught
Always a good baddie
Always a good baddie
Peter Pan promo shot for Qdos
Peter Pan promo shot for Qdos
Another promo photo for Qdos
Another promo photo for Qdos
2014 Jack and the Beanstalk
2014 Jack and the Beanstalk
A terrifying Captain Hook
A terrifying Captain Hook
As Captain Hook
As Captain Hook
Captain Hook
Captain Hook
2013 as King Rat in Stockport
2013 as King Rat in Stockport
A signing session to keep the fans happy
A signing session to keep the fans happy
2013
2013
John with Danny Rogers 2019
John with Danny Rogers 2019
John with Jayne Tunnicliffe in 2013
John with Jayne Tunnicliffe in 2013
John in panto
John in panto
John gets his hook in
John gets his hook in
Don't mess with Hook
Don't mess with Hook
John with Joe Pasquale 2018
John with Joe Pasquale 2018
teaming up with Joe Pasquale
teaming up with Joe Pasquale
King Rat 2013
King Rat 2013
The evil av a banana
The evil av a banana
Captain Hook with a fresh poodle perm
Captain Hook with a fresh poodle perm
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To learn more about John's life and career you can enjoy not one but two autobiographies which are now available from www.wigmorebooks/com

BEING BOYCE

ISBN: 978 0 9569061 0 6

BOYCIE & BEYOND

ISBN: 978 0 9569061 1 3