Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Familiar Face Has Returned

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Familiar Face Has Returned

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You might know John Bowler. At least that's what you would probably think if you saw him.

He always gets people thinking that when he's out and about as well but the actor doesn't mind. Having been a regular face on British TV for over 20 years he's now used to it.

"I've never been linked with one programme for long so people always think they actually know me rather than know me from the telly," says John. "But people are really quite pleasant.

"Sometimes I get, `Oh, you're the guy from Emmerdale'," he laughs. "But it's probably the only soap I haven't done. But some people are really particular because they're fans of certain shows.

"I have to say both Coronation Street and EastEnders fans know you. These shows have a real loyal following and they do get quite excited about it."

Now the 52-year-old has landed a part in another popular TV drama ( ITV1's The Bill. On Wednesday, November 3, he appears as new recruit PC Roger Valentine, an old school copper.

"He's been out of the force for a few years," says John. "He fell in love and got married and decided that that's what he wanted to do with his life.

"But then it all fell apart disastrously and his wife went off with someone else. Now he's back to do what he loves best and he's throwing himself into it.

"He's a bit disillusioned with girls, though. I think he always fancied himself as a bit of a ladies' man beforehand but never really understood them.

"Then when he found himself someone he could really give himself to, she let him down and he's blaming the whole of womankind. But I don't know how long it will be before someone attracts his attention at Sunhill."

Roger has other problems to deal with when he joins the team at Sunhill station, however. He finds that his old-fashioned principles don't sit well with his new colleagues and finds the modern police force is different to the one he left behind. …

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