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John Sessions

 
John Sessions
Full name
John Sessions
 
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Date Of Birth
11 January 1953
 
Place Of Birth
Largs, Ayrshire, Scotland, UK
 
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A prolific actor, impressionist and comedian, John Gibb Marshall took the stage name of Sessions soon after beginning work as a performer. He graduated with an MA in English Literature from Bangor University, and began studying for a Phd at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada but left before completing his work.

Instead, he took up study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, better known as RADA, in the late 1970s, where he was a contemporary of Kenneth Branagh.

Sessions began working on the small venue comedy circuit, where he eventually played a double bill with French and Saunders. This work spun out into television, where he featured an improvised stand up series simply titled 'John Sessions' from 1989.

He continues to flex his comedy muscle in British television panel shows, including 'Have I Got News for You' and the Stephen Fry fronted 'QI'.

As an actor, Sessions has appeared in numerous Shakespeare productions in cinema, including 'Henry V' (1989) directed by his friend Kenneth Branagh, 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' (1999), and 'The Merchant of Venice' (2004) starring Al Pacino. On television, his work includes 'Boswell and Johnson's Tour of the Western Isles (1993), 'Gormanghast' (2000), 'Judge John Deed' (2001 - 2007), and appeared as Kenny Price in 'Sherlock: The Great Game' (2010). In 2013 John made another Holmes related appearance in an episode of 'Mr Selfridge', featuring as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The episode also featured a sly cameo from Martin Freeman. 

He has also played two British Prime Minsters in film - in 'Made in Dagenham' (2010) he appeared as Harold Wilson, and in 'The Iron Lady' (2011) as Edward Heath - who was ousted by Wilson at the 1974 General Election.