John Duttine

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John Duttine
Born John Arthur Duttine
(1949-03-15) 15 March 1949 (age 67)
Barnsley, West Riding of Yorkshire,[1] England, UK
Spouse(s) Mel Martin (1998-present)

John Arthur Duttine (born 15 March 1949) is an English actor noted for his roles on stage, films and television.[2] He is well known for his role as Sgt George Miller in Heartbeat.

Early life[edit]

Duttine was born in Barnsley, West Riding of Yorkshire.

He attended Buttershaw Secondary School; Stephen Petcher from his school would also appear in Heartbeat.[3] He grew up in Buttershaw, in south-west Bradford, off the A6036. He trained at the Drama Centre London in north London. In London he shared a flat with Bradford actor Ken Kitson.


His first big break came when he played John the Apostle in the 1977 television mini-series Jesus of Nazareth. This was followed almost immediately by his portrayal of Keith Nicholson - husband of football pools winner, Vivian Nicholson in John Goldschmidt's Spend, Spend, Spend (a Play for Today). He went on to star in the 1978 historical drama series The Devil's Crown, as the future King John.

Duttine then played leading roles in major BBC adaptations such as Wuthering Heights (as Earnshaw) in 1978, becoming a household name for his lead performance in To Serve Them All My Days in 1980, for which he won the TV Times Best Actor award. He appeared to great acclaim in The Day of the Triffids (1981). He later starred in The Outsider in 1983, the sitcom Lame Ducks in 1984, and Ain't Misbehavin' from 1994 to 1995. He played opposite Sir Laurence Olivier in the play Saturday, Sunday, Monday, part of the Laurence Olivier Presents anthology series.

His film roles include Who Dares Wins (1982) and The Hawk (1993). More recent TV credits include: Doc Martin, Touching Evil, Taggart, Dangerfield, Midsomer Murders, Peak Practice, The Bill, Casualty, EastEnders, Dalziel and Pascoe, Jane Hall and Heartbeat. In 2007 he guest starred in the Doctor Who audio drama Exotron & Urban Myths. More recently (November 2013) Duttine appeared in BBC TV's The Paradise.

In 2016 he appears as George Hammond in the BBC series Father Brown episode 4.3 "The Hangman's Demise". In 2016, he also appeared in the ITV/Netflix series Paranoid.

Personal life[edit]

Duttine has a son from a former partner in Tarleton, near Preston, West Lancashire. Since 1998 he has been married to actress Mel Martin, with whom he lives in Hebden Bridge. The two have appeared on screen together in Talking to Strange Men, Casualty and Heartbeat.


  1. ^ "West Riding of Yorkshire" is correct. South Yorkshire didn't exist prior to 01/04/1974
  2. ^ "John Duttine". BFI. 
  3. ^ Buttershaw

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