John Nettles

  1. Gareth Hunt, The New Avengers, TV, 1976-1977. Patrick Macnee was getting a trifle too rotund to be running and fighting around as John Steed. So a third wheel was drafted in to share the load. In the race to be Mike Gambit were Tommy Boyle and Ian Charleson (they shared Chariots of Fire, 1980), Lewis Collins, Michael Elphick, Malcolm Stoddard… and Nettles, who later played the Jersey cop, Bergerac, 1981-1991 (by the same writer-producer Brian Clemens). Nettles shared 35 of the 87 episodes with one of The Avengers’ Purdey wannabes: Louise Jameson. He kept his trousers on for their bed scene because: “If I get excited, I’m embarrassed. If I don’t, you’re insulted. So let’s just keep it a secret.”
  2. Nicholas Ball, Lifeforce, 1984.
  3. Peter Firth, Lifeforce, 1984.
  4. Chris Sullivan, Lifeforce, 1984.
  5. John Hallam, Lifeforce, 1984.

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