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Name: Neil Dudgeon
Age: 54
D.O.B: 2 January 1961
Doncaster, South Yorkshire, UK
Hair Colour: Light/Mid Brown
Eye Colour: Green
Height: 5′ 10”
Star Sign: Capricorn
Martial Status: Married, 2 children
Hobbies: Fulham Football Team, the arts – galleries and exhibitions


Neil on Midsomer Murders

“It will be exciting to get stuck into some juicy murders. I have always enjoyed whodunits and I like the mental exercise of discovering who the culprit is, while along the way you have the great red herrings, the smaller dramas within the bigger ones.”

“I love sitting down to watch it with a glass of wine and the fire lit. You know you are in for a treat. I just hope I can play my part and that people will continue to enjoy it.”

“John Barnaby is very canny and guarded. He plays his cards close to his chest and adapts his persona to get results, even if it means he needs to look weak or silly. His eyes are on the prize.”

“He is quite direct and has a likeable black sense of humour, which I imagine you would need to get through the darker moments.

“The two Barnabys get on very well – it’s like an old friend you haven’t seen for a while and you slip back into the relationship. They understand each other.

Neil on Sorted

“He’s been married to Kathy for 20 years and he’s thinking ‘is this it, is this all there is for the rest of my life?’ Then he meets Roisin and he’s very attracted to her. He’s just dipping a little toe into a world of possibility and there’s a frisson there that he hasn’t found in many years.

“It’s a bit of a reminder to him of how things used to be in his life and he starts thinking about where all those feelings went. Then Kathy is involved in a very serious car crash and he finds out that she’s been hiding some pretty big secrets from him. He’s forced to question everything that he hadn’t previously questioned.

“He starts to think maybe he’s just been punting along the bottom thinking everything is okay when really it isn’t.

“I think it’s a very fundamental story about people’s lives, thinking am I in the right relationship? Should I be in a different relationship? Is what I’ve got in this relationship better than someone else’s?”

Neil on Messiah

I think the audience keep coming back because it has very high production values and it is beautifully filmed and the length of it doesn’t require too much commitment from the audience.

“They can watch it and know that within three days they will have their answer and be satisfied. We all love ‘Who Done Its’ and the murders are so gothic and gory that the horror element of it gives people a thrill. We seem to love that frisson of fear.

“Having said that,” he continues, “the murders are so extreme and extraordinary that it wouldn’t make you afraid to walk home at night.

“They aren’t everyday occurrences, so while the fear factor is present it is clearly so extreme that it remains on TV and the acting of course is of a very high quality,” he adds, laughing.

Neil on The Street

“It’s a rather sad, horrifying, yet very moving tale about a complete misunderstanding which sees the teacher’s life go bad very quickly.”

I think the story is universal and could be set anywhere. Like any good story you feel a connection to it.”


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Status: Performed at the Royal Court theatre. 

Status: Series 21 to be aired later this year

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