Award winning and instantly recognisable actor, writer, impressionist and comedian, John Thomson has appeared in numerous TV series including Cold Feet and Men Behaving Badly. He is an outstanding host and entertainer.
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John Thomson met Steve Coogan at university and it was Steve who secured him a job on 'Spitting Image'. They also collaborated on such programmes as 'Coogan's Run', the 'Paul and Pauline Calf' video diaries (where he played 'Fat Bob') and 'Knowing Me, Knowing You'... with Alan Partridge, which he also contributed to writing. He appeared in Coogan's live shows as compere Bernard Righton and the two would be reunited in the 2002 film '24 Hour Party People'. The two won the Perrier Comedy Award in 1992 for their act at the Edinburgh Fringe. In 1994 Thomson appeared in the BBC sketch series 'The Fast Show', remaining with it until it ended in 2001. Thomson played memorable characters such as Chip Cobb, the deaf stuntman, and Roger the Nouveau football fan but it is "Jazz Club" host Louis Balfour that he is most remembered for, with the catchphrase, "Nice!" He also appeared in 'The Fast Show Live' and the spin-off 'Ted & Ralph'. He made guest appearances on various series such as 'Soldier, Soldier' and 'Men Behaving Badly' in the 1990s before being cast as Pete Gifford in the ITV comedy drama 'Cold Feet'. Thomson was known to the producers, who had previously cast him in a one-off drama called 'The Perfect Match'. A series was commissioned that ran until 2003 and earned him a nomination for Best TV Comedy Actor at the British Comedy Awards 2001.
After 'Cold Feet' wrapped, Thomson appeared in the Royal Exchange's production of 'Hobson's Choice' (helped by his acclaimed performance in 'The Rivals'). The Independent described his performance as Willie as "an extremely well-judged performance. With the slightest physical gesture and merest facial expression he conveys disbelief, reluctance, panic, and finally acceptance of his fate at the hands of manipulative Maggie". His performance led to a Manchester Evening News Award nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role. That same year he participated in the BBC series 'Comic Relief does Fame Academy', being was the fourth "student" to be "expelled" and in 2004, he appeared in the musical drama 'Blackpool' as Tony Corlette. He has also lent his voice to the revived BBC children's series 'Bill and Ben' and Mr Windfall in 'Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit'. Another television series, 'New Street Law', about a Manchester chambers, started in 2006. Thomson plays "lovable rogue" barrister Charlie Darling alongside co-star John Hannah, which ran until 2007.
In February 2007 he played Sir Alan Prentice, in 'Kombat Opera Presents... The Applicants', a spoof opera of the BBC series 'The Apprentice'. The programme attracted 700,000 viewers according to unofficial overnights. In March 2007 he appeared as hypnotherapist Ray Bould in the three-part ITV thriller, 'Mobile'. The producers had Thomson lined up for the role of DI Fleming, but he wanted to read for Bould because he "was up against a friend for the same part". Later that year he filmed a guest appearance as Nigel Pearson in a second series episode of 'Kingdom'. He returned as a full-time cast member for the third series. In October 2008, Thomson filmed a three-episode guest stint on the ITV soap opera Coronation Street, playing electrician-cum-children's entertainer Jesse, the episodes aired in December. In January 2009, it was announced that he would reprise the role for six months. Jesse returned to 'Coronation Street' in June, beginning a relationship with Eileen Grimshaw (Sue Cleaver). He left in 2010. Later that same year, he portrayed H. V. Kershaw in 'The Road to Coronation Street', a dramatisation of Coronation Street's development in the 1960s. In 2011, it was announced that Thomson would be joining the cast of the BBC television series 'Waterloo Road.' John won Best Comedy At The Rose D’or Awards 2008