John Light (actor)

See also: Light (surname)

John Light (born 30 September 1973) is an English actor.


His theatre performances include the Complete Works Festival in Stratford-upon-Avon, where he starred in Sean Holmes' Julius Caesar as Brutus and in Rupert Goold's The Tempest as Caliban. He appeared as Henry Lennox (with Richard Armitage and Daniela Denby-Ashe) in the BBC production North and South from the novel by Elizabeth Gaskell. He played the title character (the son of Rudyard Kipling) in My Son John.

He portrayed British pilot Robert Newman in the German film Dresden, in which he spoke German and played Geoffrey, Duke of Brittany in the 2003 film The Lion in Winter alongside Patrick Stewart, Glenn Close and Jonathan Rhys-Meyers. He played a fallen angel in two films released in 2005 which were titled The Prophecy: Uprising and The Prophecy: Forsaken. He also appeared in the title role of the 2009 play A New World: A Life of Thomas Paine.

In 2013, he appeared as Chief Inspector Roger Nelson in the BBC TV series WPC 56 (series 1)

In 2013 he appeared as Hercule Flambeau, nemesis of Father Brown, in the BBC TV series Father Brown episode 1.10 The Blue Cross. He reprised the role in the 2014 episode 2.5 The Mysteries of the Rosary, the 2015 episode 3.10 The Judgment of Man, and the 2016 episode 4.5 The Daughter of Autolycus.

Has appeared as Professor Felix Garwood in Lewis (2014 series 8 episodes 3 and 4 (The Lions of Nemea)) and in the prequel Endeavour.

Personal life

Light was born in Birmingham, West Midlands. He is a third cousin of the poet Laurie Lee and the film director Jack Lee. His father, John Light (Sr.) is a retired headmaster and is currently the President and former Chairman of Gloucestershire County Cricket Club. His sister, Liz Light, runs a youth theatre in Birmingham called Stage2. John studied at National Youth Theatre

In 2005, Light began dating Canadian film and television actress Neve Campbell. The couple became engaged in December 2005, and married on 5 May 2007 in Malibu, California.[1] Campbell filed for divorce from Light on 30 June 2010 in Los Angeles.[2]


  1. "Neve Campbell & John Light Marry in Malibu"
  2. "Neve Campbell Files Divorce On the Down Low". TMZ. 1 December 2010. Retrieved 1 December 2010.

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