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John Hollingworth is an English actor. He studied at Bradford Grammar School, Trinity College, Dublin and University of California, Los Angeles.[1] He trained as an actor at RADA.[2] His film work includes The Dark Knight Rises, Dorian Gray and Pelican Blood.[citation needed] He was born in August 1981.[3] On television he played Federico Sassetti in the second season of Da Vinci's Demons and Alastair in the second series of The Hour.[citation needed] Other television work includes playing Max Furst opposite Ed Stoppard in The Man Who Crossed Hitler.[citation needed] He played regular character Captain Henshawe in the 2015 BBC adaptation of Poldark.[4]

He has worked extensively on stage[5] including leading roles in Making Noise Quietly,[6] Our Country's Good,[7] An Intervention[8] and Earthquakes in London.[9] Other notable theatre includes The Power of Yes at the National Theatre,[10] Design for Living at the Old Vic[11] and Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme at the Hampstead Theatre.[12] His portrayal of Nick Clegg at the Tricycle Theatre caught the attention of Alastair Campbell.[13]

He was runner-up in the BBC Soundstart Carleton Hobbs Award in 2008[14] and appeared with Damian Lewis in Series Four and Five of BBC Radio Four series Number 10.[15] Other work for Radio Four includes Deadheading[16] and Modesty Blaise.[17] He has often played multiple characters in the same production.[18]

He plays the band manager in the music video for The Futureheads single Walking Backwards.[19] An award-winning student journalist,[20] he has written occasional pieces about acting.[21] His short plays have been performed in London at the Arcola,[22] Soho Theatre and Tristan Bates Theatre.[23] His first full-length play 'Multitudes' was performed at the Tricycle Theatre in February 2015, directed by artistic director Indhu Rubasingham.[24]

In December 2015, Hollingworth guest starred as, Teabag, in Josh Widdicombe's sitcom 'Josh'.[citation needed]

In 2016, Hollingworth starred as Brin Dunne in the ITV series Midsomer Murders episode 18.4 "A Dying Art".

In 2018, Hollingworth wrote Songs For The Seven Hills for Sheffield Theatres for their community company The Sheffield People's Theatre.


  1. ^ "Acting life's now good for former Bradford Grammar boy John". Bradford Telegraph and Argus.
  2. ^ "RADA: The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art - Student".
  3. ^ "Twitter". Twitter.
  4. ^ "Poldarked".
  5. ^ "John Hollingworth".
  6. ^ "Making Noise Quietly".
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-07-28. Retrieved 2014-07-28.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "An intervention".
  9. ^ Karen Bussell (23 September 2011). "Earthquakes in London (Plymouth - Tour)".
  10. ^ "Hare's Power of Yes at London's National Theatre". Playbill. Archived from the original on 2014-07-28.
  11. ^ "Design for Living". The Old Vic.
  12. ^ "Observe The Sons Of Ulster Marching Towards The Somme".
  13. ^ "Well done Tricycle theatre, and watch out Nick Clegg".
  14. ^ "BBC - SoundStart - The Carleton Hobbs Bursary 2008".
  15. ^ Number 10 (drama series)
  16. ^ "Deadheading: Series 1 Comedy by Val McDermid".
  17. ^ "BBC Radio 4 - 15 Minute Drama, Modesty Blaise, Episode 2". BBC.
  18. ^ Miranda Sawyer. "Maxine Peake: 'I want to write about unsung heroines'". the Guardian.
  19. ^ "Walking Backwards". Archived from the original on 2014-07-28.
  20. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-08-09. Retrieved 2014-07-28.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  21. ^ "Legacy – an actor on the pressures of making a classic new - Out of Joint".
  22. ^ "The Miniaturists".
  23. ^ "Midnight Matinee Previous Line Up". Archived from the original on 2014-08-08.
  24. ^ "Multitudes - Tricycle".