John Bardon (Soap Opera Actor)

John Bardon, was an English stage and screen actor. He was awarded the Laurence Olivier Award in 1988 as ‘Best Actor in a Musical’ for Kiss Me, Kate, sharing the award with co-star Emil Wolk. He was best known for playing the patriarch Jim Branning on EastEnders for 13 years. On 12 September 2014 the BBC announced that Bardon had died at age 75.

Born: John Michael Jones, August 25, 1939, Brentford, Middlesex, England
Died: September 12, 2014, Collier Row, London, England
Occupation: Actor
Years active: 1973–2011
Notable work: Jim Branning in EastEnders
Children: 1 (stepson)
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About John Bardon

Though he is best remembered for playing Jim Branning on the English soap opera EastEnders, this popular actor also had a successful stage career. He received a 1988 Laurence Olivier Award for his role in the 1987 London stage production of Kiss Me, Kate.

Before Fame

Before beginning his acting career, he drove an inter-terminal bus at London’s Heathrow Airport. He began his professional stage career at the age of thirty and first appeared on television in the 1970s.


He made frequent appearances on the television series Rumpole of the Bailey.

Family Life

Born John Michael Jones, he grew up in Brentford, Middlesex, England. His marriage to Enda Gates lasted from 2002 until his death in 2014.


His EastEnders character was married to actress June Brown‘s character (Dot Cotton).

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Latest information about John Bardon updated on September 11, 2020.

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