23rd February 1939 - 6th September 2018
presenter • wildlife expert • voice-over • writer
Johnny provides a fresh touch to English wildlife films and photography. He has been a farm worker, a quarry man, a lumberjack, a poacher, and for over 50yrs the grave digger for his local Parish but his predominating passion is filming the wildlife on his beloved Exmoor. He has produced over 26 wildlife videos of his own and a two hour audio tape. He has also appeared on breakfast TV, documentaries and children’s TV, for the BBC, YTV HTV and Channel 4
Apart from 2 years National Service in the Army Regimental Police in Hong Kong, he has always lived on Exmoor and for the last 25 years he has been engaged filming its wildlife. He writes ‘When I was young I was the biggest rogue in town’ but age has mellowed this loveable character and this ‘softer and more patient’ side is echoed in his success in capturing the wild beauty of Exmoor. Johnny is the first to admit that he didn’t enjoy the academic side of school but nearly always came top of the class in Art and the gift of an old Box Brownie one summer saw the beginning of a love affair with captured images.
For the last ten years he has been making television series and documentaries about Exmoor and Somerset life wildlife with Available Light Productions based in Bristol. Most recently, Johnny filmed his ‘Wild Exmoor’ series for ITV, TX Summer 2015. Over the past few years Johnny has also been seen on BBC 2, ‘What Johnny Did Next’, a follow up to the extremely popular ‘A Year On Exmoor’. Johnny is greatly in demand for personal appearances and is fascinating speaker.