John Askew (actor)

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Swinton,South Yorkshire, UK.
Alma materThe University of York
  • Television
  • theatre
  • film actor

John Askew[1] is an English television, theatre and film actor. He is best known for his role as Jack Hunter in The English Game and Darren Baron in Flack (TV series)[2].

Early life

John grew up in Swinton, a small town in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, UK. His played football at Academy level until he was 16. He attended Wath Academy. He was a member of Wentworth Youth Theatre and appeared in many of their shows at The Dearne Playhouse. As a teenager he also appeared in TV shows Shameless (British TV series).[3] (Channel 4), The Street: Code 9 (British TV series).

He studied Law at University of York, spending much of his time there involved with the Drama Society, including a year as Chair[4]. He also created and performed in shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe[5][6]. In his third year he was cast in Forty Years On (play)|40 Years On[7], by Alan Bennett at York Theatre Royal, directed by Damian Cruden.

After graduating from York Law School in 2012, he trained as an actor at Arts Educational Schools, London[8].

Since graduating in 2013 his stage work includes national and international tours, as well as the West End. He is most known on stage for paying Bob in Andrea Dunbar Rita, Sue and Bob Too[9][10], directed by Kate Wasserberg at Out of Joint Theatre Company|Out of Joint, as Dane Samson in Gypsy Queen which toured the UK before transferring to Canada and America[11], in And Did Those Feet[12], directed by David Thacker at Octagon Theatre, Bolton|Bolton Octagon, and in John Harvey (author) Darkness Darkness, directed by Jack McNamara at Nottingham Playhouse[13].

He is best known for his TV work in The Rook (TV series)[14] (Starz), as Jack Hunter (footballer) in The English Game[15] by Julian Fellowes (Netflix)[16], directed by Tim Fywell, and as Darren Barron in Flack (TV series)|Flack[17] by Oliver Lansley (Amazon Prime/CASM/Hat Trick Productions/W (British TV channel)) playing opposite Anna Paquin, Lydia Wilson, Rebecca Benson, and Sophia La Porter.

John has also voiced various characters for the Big Finish Productions|Big Finish[18] Dark Shadows (audio drama) series[19] and Audible (store)|Audible[20][21]


Year Title Role Director Production Company/Channel
2020 Flack (TV series) Darren Barron Alicia MacDonald Amazon Prime/CASM/Hat Trick Productions/Channel W
2020 The English Game[22] Jack Hunter (footballer) Tim Fywell 42/Netflix
2019 The Rookie (TV series) Brandon Sunu Gonera Starz/Lionsgate
2008 Shameless (British TV series) Billy Lawrence Till Channel 4


Year Title Role Director Company/Venue
2019 Gypsy Queen[23][24][25][26] Dane Samson Chris Lawson International Tour
2019 Rita, Sue and Bob Too[27][28] Bob Kate Wasserberg Out of Joint/UK Tour
2018 And Did Those Feet[29] Jim[30] David Thacker Bolton Octagon
2017 Richard Bean[31] Titch Jack McNamara UK Tour
2017 Wuthering Heights Heathcliff Andrew Beckett Theatre Royal, Windsor
2017 Ladies in Lavender (stage play) Andrea Marowski Stuart Burrows Theatre Royal, Windsor
2016 The Revenger's Tragedy Junior Fiona Buffini Nottingham Playhouse
2016 John Harvey (author) Danny Ireland Jack McNamara Nottingham Playhouse
2016 An Ideal Husband Lord Arthur Goring Elle De Burgh Jersey New Street
2015 Romeo and Juliet Tybalt Nicholas Humphrey St. James Theatre (The Other Palace)
2015 Hay Fever (play) Simon Bliss Lillie Collier Theatre Royal, Windsor
2015 September Tide Jimmy Martyn Max Reynolds Theatre Royal, Windsor
2015 Rope (film) Wyndham Brandon Stuart Burrows Manor Pavilion Theatre
2014 The Importance of Being Earnest Algernon Moncrieff James Pellow Manor Pavilion Theatre
2014 The Glasshouse[32][33][34] Private Blythe Sebastien Blanc Tristan Bates Theatre
2014 Travesti Haniel Rebecca Hill The Pleasance
2013 The Tempest Caliban David Jones UK Tour
2011 40 Years On Wigglesworth Damian Cruden York Theatre Royal


Year Title Director
2020 The End of Football Roar Uthaug


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  13. "Cast Announcement for Darkness, Darkness". Nottingham Playhouse. Retrieved 2020-04-07.
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  28. "Rita, Sue and Bob Too – The Lowry, Salford". The Reviews Hub. 2019-04-10. Retrieved 2020-04-08.
  29. "REVIEW: Octagon's amazing 'feet' bringing 1923 cup final to life". The Bolton News. Retrieved 2020-04-08.
  30. "And Did Those Feet will kick off the Octagon's new season of plays | Daily Echo". Retrieved 2020-04-08.
  31. "Production Team and Cast". Retrieved 2020-04-08.
  32. "The Glasshouse review". Entertainment Focus. 2014-11-05. Retrieved 2020-04-08.
  33. "views from the gods | plays | the glasshouse". Retrieved 2020-04-08.
  34. "The Glasshouse (Tristan Bates Theatre) | WhatsOnStage". Retrieved 2020-04-08.

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