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John Leigh

Actor

John Leigh won a legion of fans with his first television role, as nice guy cafe owner Lionel Skeggins on Shortland Street. After five years the character finally went missing in 1999 — presumed drowned — while fleeing dodgy wife Mackenzie Choat. Leigh won further fans as Sparky the pyromaniac in Outrageous Fortune. He has amassed dozens of screen credits, often playing well-meaning but offbeat characters. His screenography includes the bar-owner in Stickmen, an angry scriptwriter in soap satire Serial Killers, ongoing roles in 800 Words, The Almighty Johnsons and Mercy Peak, and a range of voiceover work.

The only thing about TV I think, is it can be a little ageist ... I don’t think you have to be old to watch old people, or young to watch young people, if it’s an interesting story... John Leigh, in his ScreenTalk interview for NZ On Screen

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Interview

John Leigh: On Gandalf, pyromania and attending one's own funeral...

Interview, 2009

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NZ On Air 30th Birthday - Country Calendar

2019, Subject - Web

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NZ On Air 30th Birthday - Shortland Street

2019, Subject - Web

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Bloopers - Shortland Street

2018, As: Lionel Skeggins - Television

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Funny Girls - NZ Suffragette Special

2018, As: Various roles - Television

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Shortland Street - Past Memories

2017, Subject - Web

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A Woman's Right to Shoes

2017, As: Policeman - Short Film

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Mahana

2016, Golden Shears commentator - Film

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The Cul de Sac

2017, As: Ken - Television

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Auckward Love - Series Two

2016, As: Ted - Web

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Westside

2015, As: Dougal - Television

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Auckward Love

2015 - 2017, As: Ted - Web

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800 Words

2015 - 2018, As: Constable Tom - Television

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When We Go to War

2015, As: Bertie Mueller - Television

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800 Words - First Episode

2015, As: Constable Tom - Television

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When We Go to War - First Episode (excerpt)

2015, As: Bertie Mueller - Television

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The Russians are Coming

2011, As: Yegor Kiselyov - Television

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Love Birds

2011, As: Quiz Master - Film

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Rage

2011, As: Bill Oram - Television

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The Almighty Johnsons

2011 - 2013, As: Bryn - Television

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Spies and Lies

2010, As: Mr Barrett - Television

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The Kiwi Who Saved Britain

2010, As: Trafford Leigh-Mallory - Television

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The Insatiable Moon

2010, As: Brian - Film

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50 Years of New Zealand Television: 1 - From One Channel to One Hundred

2010, Narrator - Television

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Radiradirah

2010, As: Various roles - Television

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50 Years of New Zealand Television: 2 - The Whole World's Watching

2010, Narrator - Television

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50 Years of New Zealand Television: 3 - Let Us Entertain You

2010, Narrator - Television

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50 Years of New Zealand Television: 4 - Winners and Losers

2010, Narrator - Television

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50 Years of New Zealand Television: 5 - Telling Stories

2010, Narrator - Television

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50 Years of New Zealand Television: 6 - A Sense of Identity

2010, Narrator - Television

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Radiradirah - First Episode

2010, As: Various roles - Television

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The Amazing Extraordinary Friends

2007 - 2010, As: Dave Reuben - Television

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The Amazing Extraordinary Friends (episode)

2007, As: Dave - Television

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We're Here to Help

2007, As: Lesley Costello - Film

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Taonga

2005, As: Andreas Reischek - Television

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Interrogation

2005, As: Sergeant Phil Worth - Television

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Interrogation - First Episode

2005, As: Sergeant Phil Worth - Television

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Outrageous Fortune

2005 - 2010, As: Sparky - Television

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Taonga: Til Death Do Us Part

2005, As: Andreas Reischek - Television

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Serial Killers

2004, As: Alan - Television

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Serial Killers - A Compilation

2004, As: Alan - Television

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Spooked

2004, As: Jimmy Blick - Film

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Spin Doctors - Election Special

2002, As: Kevin - Television

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The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

2002, As: Háma - Film

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Mercy Peak - First Episode (excerpt)

2001, As: Chook (the tow truck driver) - Television

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Mercy Peak

2001 - 2003, As: Chook Bracey - Television

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Spin Doctors

2001 - 2003, As: Kevin Handy - Television

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Stickmen

2001, As: Dave the Barman - Film

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The Life and Times of Te Tutu

2000 - 2001, As: Reverend Batty - Television

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The Life and Times of Te Tutu - 4 (Series One, Episode Four)

2000, As: Anglican Pastor - Television

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Shortland Street - The end of Lionel?

1999, As: Lionel Skeggins - Television

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Home Movie

1997, As: Dave - Television

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Chicken

1996, As: Poisons Doctor - Film

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The Frighteners

1996, As: Bryce Campbell - Film

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Shortland Street - 1995 Christmas episode (truck crash)

1995, As: Lionel Skeggins - Television

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Shortland Street - Kirsty and Lionel's wedding

1993 - 99, As: Lionel Skeggins - Television

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Bradman

1993, As: Lawrie - Short Film

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Men of the Silver Fern - A Winning Reputation (1870 - 1924)

1993, As: RI Seddon - Television

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Shortland Street

1993 - 1999, As: Lionel Skeggins - Television

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Shortland Street - Highlights from the first 15 years

1993 - 99, As: Lionel Skeggins - Television

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Chunuk Bair

1991, As: Porky - Film

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The Making of Chunuk Bair

1991, Subject - Television