John Pickard (British actor)

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John Pickard
Born John Pickard
(1977-11-02) 2 November 1977 (age 39)
London, England, UK
Occupation Actor
Years active 1989–present
Relatives Nick Pickard (brother)

John Pickard is a British actor, best known for playing 'David Porter' in the BBC One 1991 TV series 2point4 Children and playing Dominic Reilly (brother of Tony Hutchinson, played by Pickard's own brother Nick Pickard) in Channel 4's Hollyoaks.[1]


He trained at the Sylvia Young Theatre School.[2]

He has performed on stage, in films and on TV. He is a close friend of the actor Duncan Pow, and the two regularly appeared at grassroots venues in London.

Between 1990 and 1991, he appeared in Series 12 of the children's BBC drama series 'Grange Hill' as the character 'Neil Timpson'.[3]

He then joined Hollyoaks in September 2005 as a Chef, and left on 2 October 2010.[4]

In 2008, he became a Doctor Who companion Thomas Brewster in the Doctor Who Audio Books in The Haunting of Thomas Brewster. Due to this and other audio books, he attended Gallifrey One in February 2010, an annual North American science fiction convention in Los Angeles, California.


As well as pantomimes, he has also performed as George in Same Time, Next Year (at Ashcroft Theatre, Croydon), James in Writebites (at Upstairs at The Bell), Trevor in Aphrodite Blugs (at New End Theatre, Hampstead), Ben in Stroke Me (at Finborough Theatre, Earls Court), Colin in Saved (at Octagon Theatre, Bolton), Romeo in Romeo and Juliet (Stafford Gatehouse Theatre) and Morton in An Enemy of the People (at Playhouse Theatre).



Year Title Role Notes
1989 The Bill Wayne
1990–91 Grange Hill Neil Timpson
1991–99 2point4 Children David Porter
1993–96 EastEnders Kevin recurring role
1994–95 Live and Kicking Himself 3 appearances
1999 Sunburn Ryan Eastwood
2000 The Bill Kevin Maguire
2004 Mile High Jack Fields 2nd Series
2007 Soapstar Superchef Himself Appeared with his brother, they came 18 out of 19
2008, 2009-2010 & 2013-2014 Hollyoaks Later Dominic Reilly Series 1 (3 episodes), Series 2 (5 episodes) and Series 6 (5 Episodes)
2005–10 Hollyoaks Dominic Reilly
2012 Casualty[7] PC Chris Bidner
2015 Casualty Anthony Simms


Year Title Role Notes
1998 More than Dreams Peter A small Swiss feature film by Mikaël Ivan Roost
1999 Rage Thomas "T" Brecknock Won an award at the Amiens International Film Festival in 2001

Personal life[edit]

Pickard is currently unmarried.


  1. ^ Miles, Tina (21 May 2008). "Hollyoaks stars take to the pitch for charity". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 26 May 2009. 
  2. ^ "Alumni of the Sylvia Young Theatre School". Retrieved 27 August 2017. 
  3. ^ Mark Bennison The Soap Quiz Book: 1,000 Questions Covering all Television Soaps, p. 48, at Google Books
  4. ^ "Hollyoaks stars dazzle as they come out in force for John Pickard's leaving party". Daily Mail. London. 2 October 2010. Retrieved 20 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "Grassroots Shakespeare London takes residency at Leicester Square Theatre | News | The Stage". The Stage. Retrieved 2016-01-23. 
  6. ^ a b "Panto star John Pickard tells us what to expect from this year's show at Newark Palace Theatre, Beauty and the Beast". BBC. 17 December 2012. Retrieved 20 January 2013. 
  7. ^ Hilton, Beth (2 June 2010). "Hollyoaks John Pickard eyes EastEnders role". Digital Spy. Retrieved 5 September 2010. 

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