John Lyons (actor)

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John Lyons
Born John Lyons
(1943-09-14) 14 September 1943 (age 74)
London, England
Occupation Actor
Known for The Sweeney & 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.

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, performed in 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 appeared in the role of "King Crumble" in "Sleeping Beauty" at the Marina Theatre, Lowestoft in December 2015.

John Lyons also appeared for the second time as special guest at a 43tv Retro TV Sweeney Meet in October 2016 in Hammersmith, London and gave an after dinner talk about his career in TV & Film.


Year Title Role Notes
1971 - 1973 On the Buses Bert a bus driver
1974 - 1978 The Sweeney DS Jim Huke
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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