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John Junkin

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Nationality  British
Name  John Junkin
Role  Television actor

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Full Name  John Francis Junkin
Born  29 January 1930 (1930-01-29) Ealing, Middlesex, England, UK
Cause of death  Lung cancer, emphysema and asthma
Residence  Wendover, Buckinghamshire, England
Occupation  Radio and television performer, writer
Died  March 7, 2006, Aylesbury, United Kingdom
Spouse  Jenny Claybourn (m. 1977–2006)
Movies and TV shows  A Hard Day's Night, Hello Cheeky, The Football Factory, Girl from Rio, Rosie Dixon – Night Nur
Similar People  Norman Rossington, Richard Lester, Graham Stark, Nick Love, Lindsay Shonteff

HELLO CHEEKY Radio Show - Tim Brooke-Taylor, John Junkin & Barry Cryer - 1975

John Francis Junkin (29 January 1930 – 7 March 2006) was an English radio, television and film actor and scriptwriter.


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In 1960 Junkin joined Joan Littlewood's Stratford East Theatre Workshop and played the lead in the original production of Sparrers Can't Sing. A few years later he joined the Royal Court Theatre company and was the foil to Tony Hancock in some of Hancock's last work for British television. He played a diverse range of roles on the small screen; however, he is best remembered for his comedy roles and his appearances as a television quiz master. Worldwide filmgoers will remember him best for playing "Shake", the assistant to Norman Rossington, in the Beatles film A Hard Day's Night. In comedy roles, Junkin was rarely short of work, on account of his outstanding ability to play the stony-faced symbol of low level, petty-minded and unquestioning authority, whether the army sergeant, police constable or site foreman.

One of his rare leading roles was in the BBC series The Rough with the Smooth, in which he and Tim Brooke-Taylor played comedy writers (with both actors contributing scripts to the series as well). He also hosted his own afternoon television series in the mid-1970s. Entitled simply Junkin, it was produced by Southern Television for the ITV network.

Junkin has an entry in the Guinness Book of Records as the voice of "Mr Shifter", one of the chimps in the PG Tips tea advertisement, the longest-running series of commercials on television.

Junkin lived in Wendover, Buckinghamshire. He married Jenny Claybourn in 1977 and had one daughter. He died on 7 March 2006 in the Florence Nightingale House, Aylesbury, several miles from his home. He had been suffering from lung cancer, emphysema and asthma. His life and work were honoured at the British Academy Television Awards in 2006.

Marty - Feldman & Junkin - TX April 29th 1968


  • Radio Caroline first voice of the test transmissions in March 1964
  • Hello, Cheeky! with Tim Brooke-Taylor and Barry Cryer
  • Just a Minute as an occasional guest
  • I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue
  • Junkin's Jokers
  • Television

  • The Plane Makers, drama series set in an aircraft factory, (1963) - Dusty Miller
  • The Avengers (1963-1967) - Sergeant / Sheriff
  • The Blackpool Show (1966 series with Tony Hancock). - Himself
  • Marty, a comedy television series with Marty Feldman, Tim Brooke-Taylor and Roland MacLeod. (1968-69) - Various characters
  • The Goodies (1972) - Police Sergeant
  • The Shadow of the Tower (1972) - Master John
  • Looking For Clancy (1975) - Jim Clancy
  • Lord Peter Wimsey: "Five Red Herrings" (1975) - Mr. Alcock
  • Out (1978) - Ralph Veneker
  • The Sweeney (1978) - Taxi Yard Proprietor
  • Only When I Laugh (1979) - Landlord
  • Odd One Out (1982) - Himself - Voiceover (voice)
  • The Professionals (1983) - Hollis
  • Crosswits (1985, quiz panelist)
  • Ask No Questions (1986)
  • Picking Up The Pieces (1988) - Vinny
  • Mr. Bean (1990) - The Maitre D'
  • Inspector Morse (1992) - Chief Inspector Holroyd
  • The Thing About Vince (2000) - Frankie
  • The Sins (2000) - Archie Rogers
  • Macready and Daughter (2001)
  • Coronation Street (as a short-lived boyfriend of Elsie Tanner)
  • EastEnders (2001–02) - Ernie Johnson
  • References

    John Junkin Wikipedia