As well as being warmly regarded by many as Britain’s finest impressionist, Jon is an accomplished actor, presenter and speaker…
Jon is the only founder-member of multi award winning BBC Radio 4 satire (comedy) Dead Ringers, which is now in its 21st year and 22nd series, including 7 series on BBC 2. Jon’s talent for mimicry also includes 3 series of Spitting Image, Radio 4’s The Secret World, The Impressionable Jon Culshaw, Parkinson, The Royal Variety Performance, The Graham Norton Show, Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, 2DTV, The Now Show, Head Cases, and Jon Culshaw’s Commercial Breakdown (BBC1) Also 3 series of BBC1’s The Impressions Show alongside Debra Stephenson. Jon is also a regular guest on current affairs programmes including The Now Show, This Week and Newscast.
Jon portrayed David Bowie to great critical acclaim for the BBC World Service drama ‘The Final Take – Bowie in the Studio’, A poignant dramatisation of the making of Bowie’s final album ‘Blackstar’. Jon portrayed the great Alan Whicker in the audio play ‘The Other Side of the World’ as part of Alan Whicker’s centenary celebrations. Jon has performed many Dr Who audio novels and dramas for Big Finish Productions including Scourge of the Cybermen and Terror of the Master as well as Genesis of the Daleks, Death to the Daleks and The Five Doctors amongst many other titles for BBC Audio. Jon is also playing the iconic roles of Jeff Tracey and Parker in audio adventures of Thunderbirds for Anderson Entertainment.
In 2012 Jon played the lead (King Arthur) in Spamalot at the Harold Pinter Theatre. In 2018 he also played various roles in plays by Harold Pinter for The Jamie Lloyd Theatre Company which he performed at the same theatre. During lockdown Jon took part in The Original Theatre Company and Perfectly Normal Productions ‘Billy and Me’, part of the acclaimed ‘Barne’s People’ online series.
Jon has completed 4 runs of his UK tour The Great British Take Off with Dead Ringers producer, Bill Dare, which sees them perform an evening of unscripted, unrehearsed, spontaneous comedy and conversation. Jon is an experienced after-dinner speaker, and has hosted hundreds of events and awards around the country and abroad.
Jon is just as comfortable being himself as he is being other people and is a regular on our TV screens. He recently presented on Channel 5’s The Secrets of the National Trust and More 4’s Walks with Dog, both of which see him exploring aspects of British heritage and countryside, finding out fascinating facts and meeting interesting people. In 2021 Jon narrated the documentary Bob Monkhouse – Master of Laughter, a Double Yellow Production for C5. Other appearances include Frank Skinner on Demand… and Channel 5’s The Cars That Made Britain, where Jon spoke about his passion for old cars, such as the Ford Cortina, Capri and Granada, further showcased through his stint on Top Gear’s Extra Lap.
Jon has provided countless character voices and commentaries for the multi-award winning CBBC show ‘Horrible Histories’ since it’s first tv outing in 2009. A lifelong astronomy enthusiast, Jon was a part of the team on the world’s longest-running programme, The Sky at Night, first appearing with Sir Patrick Moore on the show’s 50th anniversary.
Les Dawson- Flying High
UK Tour, August – December 2022