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

Interview

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

Interview, 2009

NZ On Air 30th Birthday - Country Calendar

2019, Subject - Web

NZ On Air 30th Birthday - Shortland Street

2019, Subject - Web

Bloopers - Shortland Street

2018, As: Lionel Skeggins - Television

Funny Girls - NZ Suffragette Special

2018, As: Various roles - Television

Shortland Street - Past Memories

2017, Subject - Web

A Woman's Right to Shoes

2017, As: Policeman - Short Film

Mahana

2016, Golden Shears commentator - Film

The Cul de Sac

2017, As: Ken - Television

Auckward Love - Series Two

2016, As: Ted - Web

Westside

2015, As: Dougal - Television

Auckward Love

2015 - 2017, As: Ted - Web

When We Go to War

2015, As: Bertie Mueller - Television

When We Go to War - First Episode (excerpt)

2015, As: Bertie Mueller - Television

The Russians are Coming

2011, As: Yegor Kiselyov - Television

Love Birds

2011, As: Quiz Master - Film

Rage

2011, As: Bill Oram - Television

The Almighty Johnsons

2011 - 2013, As: Bryn - Television

The Kiwi Who Saved Britain

2010, As: Trafford Leigh-Mallory - Television

The Insatiable Moon

2010, As: Brian - Film

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

2010, Narrator - Television

Radiradirah

2010, As: Various roles - Television

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

2010, Narrator - Television

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

2010, Narrator - Television

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

2010, Narrator - Television

50 Years of New Zealand Television: 5 - Telling Stories

2010, Narrator - Television

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

2010, Narrator - Television

Radiradirah - First Episode

2010, As: Various roles - Television

The Amazing Extraordinary Friends

2007 - 2010, As: Dave Reuben - Television

The Amazing Extraordinary Friends (episode)

2007, As: Dave - Television

We're Here to Help

2007, As: Lesley Costello - Film

Taonga

2005, As: Andreas Reischek - Television

Outrageous Fortune

2005 - 2010, As: Sparky - Television

Taonga: Til Death Do Us Part

2005, As: Andreas Reischek - Television

Serial Killers

2004, As: Alan - Television

Serial Killers - A Compilation

2004, As: Alan - Television

Spooked

2004, As: Jimmy Blick - Film

Spin Doctors - Election Special

2002, As: Kevin - Television

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

2002, As: Háma - Film

Mercy Peak

2001 - 2003, As: Chook Bracey - Television

Spin Doctors

2001 - 2003, As: Kevin Handy - Television

Stickmen

2001, As: Dave the Barman - Film

The Life and Times of Te Tutu

2000 - 2001, As: Reverend Batty - Television

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

2000, As: Anglican Pastor - Television

Shortland Street - The end of Lionel?

1999, As: Lionel Skeggins - Television

Home Movie

1997, As: Dave - Television

Chicken

1996, As: Poisons Doctor - Film

The Frighteners

1996, As: Bryce Campbell - Film

Shortland Street - 1995 Christmas episode (truck crash)

1995, As: Lionel Skeggins - Television

Shortland Street - Kirsty and Lionel's wedding

1993 - 99, As: Lionel Skeggins - Television

Bradman

1993, As: Lawrie - Short Film

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

1993, As: RI Seddon - Television

Shortland Street

1993 - 1999, As: Lionel Skeggins - Television

Shortland Street - Highlights from the first 15 years

1993 - 99, As: Lionel Skeggins - Television

Chunuk Bair

1991, As: Porky - Film