John Challis is best known for playing Boycie in the much-loved TV series Only Fools and Horses – but what is he up to now?
He’s a man of many talents, Mr Challis.
He played the character Herman Terrance Aubrey “Boycie” Boyce in Only Fools and Horses from 1981 to 2003, as well as starring in Boycie and Marlene’s own series the Green Green Grass.
But more recently John, 78 has been gracing our televisions on the ITV comedy Benidorm.
His character Monty Staines starts life in the Spanish tourist haven as a dodgy holiday homes scammer, eventually marrying hotel manager Joyce Temple Savage.
Monty featured from season seven in 2015 until the recent tenth series before the programme was cancelled in 2018.
He’s also had stints in Coronation Street and Doctor Who.
From the small screen to the big one, John has appeared in feature films The Tichborne Claimant, Five Seconds to Spare, Dream and Subterrain.
And it doesn’t stop there. John has also performed on stage appearing in London and New York theatres.
From Hamlet to Macbeth, to the National Theatre productions of On the Razzle and loads more.
The 78-year-old has toured the entire country with productions like Entertaining Mr Sloane and Neil Simon’s Laughter on the 23rd Floor.
As well as touring his Only Fools character in the shows Boycie and Marlene and his one-man show Only Fools and Boycie.
He really has had a jam-packed career, entertaining people since he was 39 when the first episode of Only Fools aired in 1981.
Now he lives a quieter, but still prolific lifestyle.
In a 12th century abbey in Herefordshire John resides with his wife, Carol.
They moved from London to escape the confines of the city.
He is now the author of two best-selling autobiographies and a book about his house and garden.
“It’s been a remarkable career,” John told Shropshire Star.
“When I started out, I didn’t for one minute imagine that I’d still be in work more than 50 years later.
“Everybody told me that acting was a very precarious profession and that I’d spend most of my time out of work – and to be honest, being out of work and having not very much to do was one of the things that attracted me to it.
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“But I found it quite easy.
“I’d always enjoyed doing funny voices and impersonations; that’s something I’d done as a kid. So it seemed as natural as breathing to be on the stage, doing funny voices, making people laugh or pretending to be different characters.”
Although we’re glad he’s enjoying a quieter life, we do hope to see him on our screens again soon!
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