Who is the Devon and Cornwall narrator? Voice behind Channel 4's southwest country show revealed!

Channel 4 series Devon and Cornwall highlights the livelihoods of those at the southwest tip of the UK, where the two counties meet.

It takes us through the lives of several businessmen and women living in Devon and Cornwall, including vineyard owner Val Thomas who comes up with a plan to attract tourists to the Isles of Scilly in the winter, and in another instance, Cornishman Mark Rudge makes a successful profit on what started out as unwanted apples.

We are guided through the educational docuseries by a certain voice, but who is the narrator behind it? Reality Titbit done some research and put a face to the voice heard through the screen!

Screenshot: Devon and Cornwall, Series 1 Episode 7, Channel 4

Who is the narrator of Devon and Cornwall?

John Vivian Drummond Nettles is providing the voiceover for Devon and Cornwall. He grew up in Cornwall himself and now lives on a North Devon farm.

The 76-year-old Cornish actor and writer is best known for playing the lead roles in television series’ Bergerac and Midsomer Murders.

He also played Dr Ian Mackenzie in British ITV drama A Family At War until 1972 and fraudster Giles Sutton in ITV’s Heartbeat.

Where else have we seen John Nettles?

John had his first screen role in the film One More Time. 

That was before he went on to multiple TV programmes including The Liver Birds, Dickens of London, Robin of Sherwood and an episode of Enemy at the Door.

Viewers may also know John from his 1992 appearance in an episode of Boon, and in 1993 as Jim Bergerac in police comedy The Detectives.

John Nettles: Family

John has been married to his wife Cathryn Sealey for 25 years.

She is his second wife after having his daughter Emma Martins in 1970 with Joyce Nettles. After they divorced in 1979, Joyce Nettles later became a casting director on 23 episodes of Midsomer Murders.

Has anyone else narrated the BBC series?

Yes, John Nettles is wat the only narrator on Devon and Cornwall.


Before John, the Channel 4 series in 2019 was narrated by Jenny Coverack from Bristol. Executive producer of the series Andrew Sheldon admitted in April last year that the narration had not “hit the right tone”. Some viewers thought the voiceover was a fake accent.

The actor lists her accents as French, Irish, Italian, neutral, RP and Welsh.






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