Tuesday 31 July 2012

John Quentin

John Quentin; It Ain't Half Hot Mum; padre

John Quentin:

Biographical details seem hard to pin down, but surely this lofty, upper crust actor was born to play effete aristocratic roles. One can hardly see him as a horny-handed son of the soil. As a young man he was often cast as the insufferable snob or floppy haired aesthete, while more recent roles have seen him as the eminent or sinister civil servant. Sadly, perhaps, I suspect he would be easiest called to mind by one phrase; 'Sheer nectar, Jeeves'  from the Croft Original sherry ads of the '80s, but in fact his career has been fairly distinguished.

Television titbits include the excellent '70s Dorothy L Sayers adaptation 'The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club', 'Blakes 7', 'It Ain't Half Hot Mum', 'Colditz' and the blue-screen '80s kids show 'The Return of The Antelope'. Movie appearances take in the Karel Reisz/Melvyn Bragg biopic 'Isadora' (1968), 'Man At The Top' (1973), 'Gandhi' (1982), 'A Handful Of Dust' (1988), and the Sean Connery terrorist thriller 'Ransom' (1974).

This is a little gem, though: 'The Waterloo Bridge Handicap' (1978) 

John Quentin - imdb profile


  1. Have a privilege to see him regularly. Such a personality . I love his sens of humor. Incredible person.

    1. Are you in touch with him? I would love to talk to him about some of his work, as part of a book I am currently writing.

    2. I think I just saw him in Waitrose in Swiss Cottage!! He was immaculately attired in a very well tailored pin striped suit.. Definitely saw him parking a Rolls Royce in Regents Park in the 90's which I later saw with a parking ticket .Lovely surprise to see him today

  2. supreme actor pity not more about him must well in his 80s now, but I bet he still have the look.

  3. He is indeed in his eighties. His given name is Quentin Stevenson. He was a school contemporary of my father's at Ampleforth in the late 1940s!