John Gillett has worked for more than thirty years as an actor, director and teacher. He trained as an actor at the Actors Workshop (1969-1971), London's first Stanislavski-based studio, having gained a BA at Aston University in Birmingham. In theatre his work has ranged from repertory to young people's theatre, touring 2000 seat venues to a tent at Rotherham Miners' Gala, from fringe to the West End and London Theatres including the Royal Court and Young Vic.
His performances encompass the major Shakespearian roles of Angelo in Measure for Measure at the Young Vic and Edmund in Anthony Quayle's King Lear and modern classics such as Lopakhin in The Cherry Orchard and Aston in The Caretaker. He has also excelled in contemporary roles such as the chilling, racist murderer, Ed Bliss, in The Gate Theatre's The Stick Wife and as the politically and sexually compromised Yorkshire Labour MP, Jim, in All Manner of Means at the BAC. He has worked with directors including Danny Boyle, David Thacker, Nancy Diuguid, Alan Ayckbourn, Don Taylor and Mike Alfreds