John Lyons (actor)

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John Lyons
Born John Lyons
(1943-09-14) 14 September 1943 (age 72)
London, England
Occupation Actor
Known for A Touch of Frost

John Lyons (born 14 September 1943) is an English stage and screen actor. He is probably most famous for appearing as Detective Sergeant George Toolan in the long-running UK detective drama, A Touch of Frost (1992–2010) alongside David Jason.[1] He also appeared as the Barman / Milkman / Decorator (Credit to "The Twenty Six Year Itch"(1979)..Barman; "And So to Bed"(1978)..Milkman; "My Husband Next Door"(1976)..Decorator in 3 episodes of George & Mildred, and in On the buses (Season 7, Ep. 7 and 11) as a bus driver. John also had a prominent role playing Detective Sgt Jim Huke in a 1976 episode of The Sweeney called "Bad Apple", and as an armed blagger called Mead in the feature film from the same series - Sweeney 2. John joined fans of The Sweeney in 2011 when he attended a Sweeney Meet event in Hammersmith, London (Events now organized on retro TV & Film forum - 4:3tv - The Retro Channel

Lyons also appeared in a cameo role as the overly forward moustachioed omnibus driver for Rose, a war-time conductress, in the "Home Fires" episode of "Upstairs Downstairs".

Lyons has had a long and successful career in Television, and has also had numerous theatrical roles. In September 2005, Lyons joined the cast of the world's longest-running play, The Mousetrap, in London's West End.

Lyons is currently on a UK tour in a stage adaptation of the BBC amateur detective series, Father Brown, in 2015/2016. He is also a regular performer in Pantomime, throughout the country, and will be performing the part of "King Crumble" in "Sleeping Beauty" at the Marina Theatre in Lowestoft this December.


Year Title Role Notes
1971 - 1973 On the Buses Bert a bus driver
1976 - 1979 George & Mildred Barman, Painter, Milkman
1979 - 1982 Spooner's Patch PC Killick
1992 - 2010 A Touch Of Frost DS George Toolan


  1. ^ "David Jason's one last Frost prank". Belfast Telegraph. 30 March 2010. Retrieved 5 April 2010. 

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