John Hopkins (actor)

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John Hopkins
London, England

John Hopkins is an English actor, known for playing Sgt. Dan Scott on Midsomer Murders, Lowell in Alice in Wonderland and for his recurring role in Poldark.


Hopkins trained at RADA. He read English at the University of Leeds from 1993–1996 and whilst studying joined the Leeds University Union Theatre Group student society, and performed in a number of plays including Equus, The Importance of Being Earnest and The Crucible. His performance as Nathan in A Short Play about Sex and Death earned him the Best Actor award at the Sunday Times National Student Drama Festival. After graduating, Hopkins joined the RSC.

In 2004, Hopkins starred in the British sci-fi thriller Experiment, directed by first-time feature director Dan Turner. It was shown across the world at film festivals where it won 16 awards.

After leaving the cast of Midsomer Murders after 14 episodes, Hopkins returned to the stage but has also appeared in a 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. He appeared in the 2010 Tim Burton film, Alice in Wonderland.

His theatre work includes Antony and Cleopatra and The Tempest, both for the RSC, performing alongside Patrick Stewart. He has also had a role in the 2007 BBC version of "Robin Hood" in the episode "Show Me the Money" as lovelorn knight John of York. He played the role of Richard Hannay for nine months in the West End production of the Patrick Barlow adapted show The 39 Steps.


Year Title Role Notes
2001 Love in a Cold Climate Robert Parker TV miniseries
2001 Nicholas Nickleby Lord
2001 The Pool Frank
2003 Spooks Anton Episode 2.3
2003 Trial & Retribution Ian Frogton QC 1 episode: Suspicion: Part 1
2004–2005 Midsomer Murders Sergeant Dan Scott 14 episodes
2005 Experiment Morgan Dan Turner film
2005 The Mighty Boosh 1 episode: The Legend of Old Gregg
2005 Family Affairs Rex Randall 15 episodes
2006 The Path to 9/11 English reporter Miniseries
2006 Tripping Over Nathaniel Episode 1.4
2007 Robin Hood John of York 1 episode: Show Me the Money
2008 Mutual Friends Sam Westwood Jones Episode 1.4
2008 Wire in the Blood DI Andy Hall 1 episode
2009 The Bill Daniel Pfeiffer 2 episodes
2009 Hotel Babylon Phil McGuiness Episode 4.7
2010 Alice in Wonderland Lowell
2010 Identity Justin Curtis 1 episode: Second Life
2010 Merlin Sir Oswald 1 episode: Gwaine
2011 Casualty Tom Russell 1 episode: Because You're Paranoid
2011 Scenes of an Adult Nature Tom Short film
2013 Dancing on the Edge Prince George BBC series
2013 Ryse: Son of Rome Marius Titus Video Game
2014 Conor and Phoebe's Wedding Announcement John Reading and various
2016 Stan Lee's Lucky Man Charles Collins 3 Episodes: 7,8 and 9
2016 Hitman Shadow Client Video Game
2017 Horizon Zero Dawn Erend Video Game
2017 Poldark Sir Francis Bassett 4 episodes: 3.2, 3.7, 3.8 and 3.9
2017 The Child in Time Home Secretary BBC TV film
2018 Dragon Quest XI Hendrik Video Game


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