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Spotlight On: John Hopkins

John Hopkins

 

Date Of Birth: 1974

Born: London, England

Height: 6' 1" (1.85 m)

 Biography 

John Hopkins ("Hoppy" to his friends) was born in London and majored in English at the University of Leeds from 1993 to 1996. As an undergrad, he joined the university's drama group and appeared in several plays including Equus, The Importance of Being Earnest and The Crucible, ultimately winning the Sunday Times student-actor award for his performance in 'A Short Play About Sex and Death'.  

 After being admitted to the London Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, from which he graduated in 2001, John was recruited by the prestigious Royal Shakespeare Company, with which he performed his first repertory season, from 2001 to 2002. Around this time, his looks encouraged television offers and, after minor roles in 'Love in a Cold Climate and 'Trial and Retribution', he was offered and accepted the role for which he is best known to non-theater goers, as Sergeant Scott in 'Midsomer Murders'. He left the show after the 2004-2005 season and returned to the Royal Shakespeare Company for its 2006-2007 season in both London and Stratford-upon-Avon. He also joined TV soap 'Family Affairs' and the independent film 'Grand Junction', as well as Australian-British co-produced mini-series 'Tripping Over'. He appeared in the American mini-series 'The Path to 9/11', followed by 'Robin Hood', 'Mutual Friends' and 'Wire in the Blood' and also the 2010 Tim Burton film, 'Alice in Wonderland'.

 His recent theatre work includes 'Anthony and Cleopatra' and 'The Tempest', both for the RSC, in the latter performing alongside Patrick Stewart. In 2010, he guest-starred in the ITV crime drama, 'Identity' and 'Secret Diary of a Call Girl' with Billie Piper.

 

Filmography 

2001: Love In A Cold Climate (TV mini-series) played the part of Robert Parker

2001: The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (TV Movie) played the part of Lord

2001: Swimming Pool - Der Tod feiert mit (Film) played the part of Frank

2003: Spooks (TV Series) played the part of Anton in series 2, episode 3 

2003: Trial And Retribution (TV Series) played the part of Ian Frogton QC in the episode 'Suspicion: Part 2' 

2004/05: Midsomer Murders (TV Series) played the part of Sergeant Dan Scott in 14 episodes (click here to purchase on dvd)

2005: Experiment (Film) played the part of Morgan

2005: Family Affairs (TV Series) played the part of Rex Randall in 15 episodes

2006: The Path to 9/11 (TV Movie) played the part of English Reporter

2006: Tripping Over (TV Series) played the part of Nathaniel in series 1, episode 4

2007: Robin Hood (TV Series) played the part of John Of York in the episode 'Show Me The Money'

2008: Mutual Friends (TV Series) played the part of Sam Westwood Jones in series 1, episode 4

2008: Wire In The Blood (TV Series) played the part of DI Andy Hall in 2 episodes (click here to purchase on dvd)

2009: The Bill (TV Series) played the part of Daniel Pfeiffer in 2 episodes

2009: Hotel Babylon (TV Series) played the part of Phil McGuiness in series 4, episode 7

2010: Alice In Wonderland (Film) played the part of Lowell

2010: Identity (TV Series) played the part of Justin Curtis in the episode 'Second Life'

2010: Merlin (TV Series) played the part of Sir Oswald in the episode 'Gwaine' 

2011: Love Me Or Else (Short) played the part of Detective Franks

2011: Secret Diary Of A Call Girl (TV Series) played the part of Tom in series 4, episode 4

2011: Casualty (TV Series) played the part of Tom Russell in the episode 'Just Because You're Paranoid'

2011: Scenes of an Adult Nature (Short) played the part of Tom

2012: Hacks (TV Movie) played the part of Connor Feast

2012: Scenes of an Adult Nature (15min) (Short) 


Trivia 

* John was called "Hoppers" on the set of Midsomer Murders to avoid confusion with the other John (Nettles).
* Despite being on Midsomer Murders for only 14 episodes John has remained friendly with many of the cast and crew including John Nettles and his predecessor Daniel Casey.

 

Personal Quotes 

John on Midsomer Murders' appeal
"I think it's a huge source of comfort in a world that increasingly resembles nothing like Midsomer. Although we're a contemporary show, we hark back to 50 years ago with cricket on the lawn and old ladies cycling. With the working week ahead of you it's very calming to watch a peaceful world where wrongs are righted and good triumphs over evil. There's a moment of trouble and then it's all resolved and back to normal."

 On the character of Dan Scott
"Scott's still biased against the countryside. He's an urban character at heart, always looking for a way out but never quite finding it. His relationship with Barnaby was written as a bit spiky to begin with. Now it's mellowing into a slightly fractious marriage of convenience, with Barnaby still disapproving of Scott's methods and me grudgingly starting to respect him."