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John Challis

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Portrayed the role of Terence in mere Fools and Horses alongside David Jason. He qualified to become agent when he was 18. He narrates the Country wide Geographic display, Strippers: Vehicles For Money. He continues to be married four instances with his 4th marriage becoming to Carol Challis in 1990. He made an appearance within the BBC sitcom, One Feet within the Grave with Richard Wilson.

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Full Name John Challis
Date Of Birth August 16, 1942
Place Of Birth England
Height 1.88 m
Profession TV Actor
Nationality English
Spouse Carol Challis, Sabina Franklyn, Debbie Arnold, Jean Challis
Parents James Alec
Movies The Tichborne Claimant, Burning an Illusion, Who Killed Lamb?, Tea For Two, Dream, Subterrain
TV Shows The Green Green Grass, Only Fools and Horses, Are You Being Served?, Doctor Snuggles, Strippers: Cars for Cash
Star Sign Leo

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#Fact
1According to David Jason, he was nothing like Boycie, his best known character from Only Fools and Horses.... (1981) and it's spin-off series The Green Green Grass (2005) in real life; to those who knew him he was charming, well spoken, an actor of great weight, a gentleman to work with and a team player.
2To commemorate the completion of the notoriously troubled Only Fools and Horses.... (1981) episode A Royal Flush, he had T-shirts made for everyone, with a picture of a thumb and forefinger clenched around a nose, which is what the crew did when they were asked how long it would take to film the episode.
3Hobbies include gardening, Cricket and history.
4Ex-son-in-law of William Franklyn and Eddie Arnold.
5His favorite Only Fools and Horses.... (1981) episode is Only Fools and Horses....: The Sky's the Limit (1990).
6Worked at an estate agents in Surrey prior to becoming an actor.
7Lives in a 12th-century abbot's lodging attached to a ruined monastery on the Welsh borders.
8Best known as Boycie in the BBC's Only Fools and Horses.... (1981).


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Middle Manpre-productionRon (rumored)
Are You Being Served?2016TV MovieCaptain Peacock
Benidorm2015-2016TV SeriesMonty
Doctors2002-2015TV SeriesFreddy Prenton / James Fletcher
Tea for Two2015/IShortJim
Henry Maybury: You're Beautiful2015Short
Lost Tracks2011Short
The Green Green Grass2005-2009TV SeriesBoycie
Last of the Summer Wine2008TV SeriesJeremy
My Family2007TV SeriesJacob Marley
Only Fools and Horses....1981-2003TV SeriesBoycie
Subterrain2001
Dream2001/IToby
Five Seconds to Spare2000Shopping Centre Manager
Heartbeat1998TV SeriesStan Fraser
The Tichborne Claimant1998Rous the Landlord
Soldier Soldier1996TV SeriesPolice Superintendent
Get Back1993TV SeriesMonty
Then Churchill Said to Me1993TV Series
Sitting Pretty1992TV SeriesThe Trainer / Boris
The New Statesman1992TV SeriesGen. Giray
One Foot in the Grave1992TV SeriesJack the Burglar
Casualty1988TV SeriesHarry
The Bill1988TV SeriesIan Gore
Don't Wait Up1988TV SeriesMan in jewellery shop
Wish Me Luck1988TV SeriesVictor Travussini
Ever Decreasing Circles1987TV SeriesMaintenance Man
Alas Smith & Jones1987TV Series
C.A.T.S. Eyes1987TV SeriesStark
Roland Rat: The Series1986TV SeriesPoliceman
Strike It Rich!1986TV SeriesBig John
Chance in a Million1986TV SeriesPoliceman
Lenny Henry Tonite1986TV Series
Howards' Way1985TV SeriesMorris
Juliet Bravo1985TV SeriesTaylor
In Sickness and in Health1985TV Seriesthe Policeman
Storyboard1985TV SeriesBilly Cato
And There's More1985TV Series
Late Starter1985TV SeriesPoliceman
Relative Strangers1985TV SeriesCID Man
Beau Geste1982TV Mini-SeriesCpl. Dupre
Burning an Illusion1981Man in Car
Sink or Swim1981TV SeriesMan at door
Play for Today1980-1981TV SeriesHarry / Victor Mintell
Citizen Smith1980TV SeriesChief Inspector Humphreys
Bloomers1979TV Series2nd Policeman
Doctor Snuggles1979TV Series voice
The Law Centre1978TV SeriesDet. Sgt. Sharp
Coronation Street1967-1977TV SeriesDetective Sergeant Phillips / George Naylor
The New Avengers1976TV SeriesSoldier
The Cedar Tree1976TV SeriesLeonard Barnet
Thriller1976TV SeriesPeter
Open All Hours1976TV SeriesBread Man
Doctor Who1976TV SeriesScorby
Drive Carefully, Darling1975ShortEgo
The Legend of Robin Hood1975TV Mini-Series
The Sweeney1975TV SeriesSkef Warren
Z Cars1967-1975TV SeriesSgt. Culshaw / Det. Con. Armitage / Desk Sergeant
Nightingale's Boys1975TV SeriesPete
Crown Court1974TV SeriesDet. Insp. Stoddard
Whodunnit?1974TV SeriesPrivate Rhodes
Dracula1974TV MovieStockton-on-Tees Clerk
Who Killed Lamb?1974TV MovieCasson
ITV Saturday Night Theatre1972TV SeriesFactory Guard
Brett1971TV SeriesRiordan
Say Hello to Yesterday1971Shop Salesman (uncredited)
The Misfit1970TV SeriesLofty
Strange Report1969TV SeriesSoldier
Canterbury Tales1969TV SeriesFarmhand
Dixon of Dock Green1969TV SeriesRay
Who-Dun-It1969TV SeriesRev. Lindsay Whittaker
ITV Playhouse1969TV SeriesCarstairs
Big Breadwinner Hog1969TV Series1st Operative
Softly Softly1968TV SeriesDet. Con. Rankin
Mr. Rose1968TV SeriesDC Jackson
Virgin of the Secret Service1968TV SeriesCaptain Kirby
City '681968TV SeriesHospital Doctor
Where Has Poor Mickey Gone?1964Tim

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Benidorm2016TV Series performer - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 80s: Ten Years That Changed Britain2016TV Movie documentaryHimself / Boycie
Britain's Best Loved Sitcoms2015TV Series documentaryHimself / Boycie
Dave Gorman: Modern Life Is Goodish2015TV SeriesHimself
Y Lle2015TV Series documentaryHimself
Greatest Ever Sitcoms2014TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Wright Stuff2007-2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest Panelist
Celebrity Antiques Road Trip2012TV SeriesHimself
My Tasty Travels with Lynda Bellingham2012TV SeriesHimself
Britain's Funniest Comedy Characters2012TV Movie documentaryHimself
Loose Women2003-2011TV SeriesHimself
Daybreak2011TV SeriesHimself
The Comedy Genius of John Sullivan2011TV Movie documentaryHimself
Watchdog2009TV Series documentaryHimself
The Alan Titchmarsh Show2009TV SeriesHimself
This Morning1999-2009TV SeriesHimself
The Paul O'Grady Show2005-2008TV SeriesHimself
50 Greatest Families2008TV Movie documentaryHimself
50 Greatest Comedy Catchphrases2008TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Comedy Christmas2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
Saturday Kitchen2007TV SeriesHimself
The World's Greatest Comedy Characters2007TV MovieHimself
Only Fools' Top 40 Moments2006TV Movie documentaryBoycie / Himself
Breakfast2005-2006TV SeriesHimself
Britain's Funniest Comedy Characters2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
2005 TV Moments2005TV MovieHimself - Presenter
Call My Bluff2004TV SeriesHimself
Comedy Connections2003TV Series documentaryHimself
The Story of 'Only Fools and Horses....'2002TV Movie documentaryHimself / Boycie
The Weakest Link2002TV SeriesHimself
It's Only TV... But I Like It1999TV SeriesHimself
An Audience with Alf Garnett1997TV MovieHimself - Audience Member (uncredited)
Brass Eye1997TV SeriesHimself
Noel's House Party1992TV Series
Forty Minutes1988TV Series documentaryHimself
Ten Great Writers of the Modern World1988TV Mini-Series documentary

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Changing Time: Living and Leaving Doctor Who2006Video documentaryScorby
Serial Thrillers2003Video documentary shortScorby (uncredited)

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#Quote
1For me an appearance in Doctor Who (1963) in 1976 came along at the right time. I had got to a point in my life where I had wanted to give up acting. It had got to a point that I had even opened up a garden centre. This did not work and my mother had to bail me out financially. So when I got the call to appear as a villain in Doctor Who (1963) it came at the right time. It was a great job and I had so much fun. From doing that I had the chance to appear in a play, which lead to appearing in a Tom Stoppard play at The National Theatre. So what happened is I went from a bad time to having a wonderful period in my life.
2Sad news of Lynsey de Paul, beautiful and talented singer/songwriter. Storm in a Teacup, one of my favourite songs.
3Playing so many villains is really quite difficult for me because I can't fight. I've never been able to fight. I can play football and cricket and all that but I can't run and I can't fight.
4[on Doctor Who (1963)] Tom's [Tom Baker] a lot of people's favourite Doctor. He loved a laugh. We had some great times, that was one of the happiest jobs I ever did.
5Jamaica Inn (2014) looks very good but I haven't heard a single word...Either the actors are mumbling or the sound track is faulty.
6[on Roger Lloyd Pack] Speaking as a rather theatrical actor myself, I sort of quite envied him the ability to suggest something by doing absolutely nothing.
7We just knew that whatever else we did, however good we were in other roles, the most famous thing we'd ever do was Only Fools and Horses.... (1981). It was just so big. But it was wonderful to be in something that meant so much to people.
8I think I prefer comedy, because there is no better feeling then to hear someone laughing- it's to do with making people happy.


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