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Johnny Dennis

Last updated 09 January 2020

Johnny Dennis
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Johnny Dennis

Died: Saturday 3rd December 2016


Johnny Dennis was an actor and commentator, born in London.

As well as Doctor Who, Dennis appeared in television shows such as The Bill, The Devil's Crown, The Enigma Files, Prospects, Dempsey and Makepeace, Surgical Spirit and Conjugal Rights. On film, he appeared in Billy the Kid and the Green Baize Vampire, The Great Escape II: The Untold Story, and Il giovane Toscanini.

He also had a long association with the Player's Theatre Victorian music hall, and took over from Leonard Sachs as the host of The Good Old Days in 1988 (which continued to run at the City Varieties in Leeds after the BBC stopped broadcasting the show).

Outside of entertainment, he was a keen cricketer, and it was whilst playing for Lords Taverners that he met Test Match commentator Brian Johnston, who recommended him to the then PA Alan Curtis in 1976 when Curtis became unavailable owing to an acting engagement. This led to a career spanning some 38 years and some 136 test matches as Dennis established himseld over the decades as the "voice" of Lord's Cricket Ground! He finally retired in 2014.