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John Nettles’ Net Worth, Earning Source, & Career

John Vivian Drummond Nettles, who goes by the name John Nettles, is an English author and actor. His significant roles in movies and series have led people to ask about his net worth and especially about how his career started. So, what does his career look like? What is his fortune now?

Here, we have come up with the details regarding his fortune and his current source of income.

John Nettles’ Net Worth in 2024

According to the estimation made by various sources, John’s fortune is somewhere between $10 million and $15 million. He accumulates his income through his multiple ventures, including his acting career, books, and narrating different TV shows.

Nettles’ Main Source Of Income is His Acting Career

Over the years, the English actor has appeared in a handful of movies and TV shows. Along with fame, John’s finest roles in several TV projects also have contributed significantly to his earnings.

John Nettles has narrated several TV shows.
Nettles captured while reading a script.

John was fascinated by acting while pursuing his studies at the University of Southampton. It led to him joining the Royal Court Theatre.

Nettles started acting in 1969 as a theatre artist. Since then, the actor has appeared in several projects portraying major roles.

He was paid an eight-figure salary From ‘Midsomer Murders’

John became a familiar face on TV after his appearance in Bergerac, where the actor worked until 1991 for 87 episodes on BBC1. In an interview with UKTV Play, Nettles said he considered Bergerac a marvelous holiday,

Doing Bergarac was not so much a job, it was like sitting down in front of two tons of chocolate and slowly munching your way through it.

In 1995, Nettles was approached with his second breakthrough role in Midsomer Murders, an immediate hit crime drama, which gave him global recognition. The series gained worldwide popularity, achieving 13.5 million viewers on its launch, and was sold to over 200 countries.

According to The Guardian, Nettles earned around $890,750 for each series.

John Nettles' fortune is estimated to be $10 million.
John Nettles as DCI Tom Barnaby in Midsomer Murders.

However, the actor announced his departure in 2009 and made his final appearance on screen on February 2, 2011, making himself a part of 81 episodes of the series. He made his exit, saying,

It’s always wise to leave people wanting more, rather than be booed off the stage because you bored them.

In addition to these, John has also appeared in TV series such as Poldark (2016–2017), The Liver Birds (1972–1976), A Family At War (1971–1972), etc.

Apart from those roles, over the years, he has also been involved in various other TV programs from which he still probably collects royalties.

Earning From His Books

The Bergerac actor has also written and published a few books throughout his career.

His creations, John Nettles’ Jersey: A Personal History of the People & Places and Jewels and Jackboots, retail for $11.35 and $14.99 on Amazon, respectively. 

Apart from these, he has also written Nudity in a Public Place: Confessions of a Mini Celebrity.

John Nettles Had Kept His House On Sale Previously

In November 2010, Nettles put his luxurious Midland home on the market for $922,562.50. He bought the property in the 1990s and lived there with his wife, Cathryn Nettles, for the next 18 years.

The duo later made their shift to Devon to cater for their animals including a horse, pony, and donkey.

He Involves Himself In The Charity

Apart from his acting and writing, John also contributes to philanthropic activities. In July 2014, the actor became a patron of Devon’s charity, The Mare and Foal Sanctuary. It is a place for people who want to make a difference in the lives of horses, ponies, and foals.

Through this organization, Nettles participates in various donation works alongside his wife.