For over 30 years John Nelles has been working professionally in the arts. You’ll know him as an actor in film, television, stage, commercials, animation, voice over and video games. His expert skills in accents, stage combat, and movement have led to playing a wide variety of characters from period to contemporary; comedic and dramatic. From X-Men, to Shakespeare, to The Strain…of his one man show: Bert and I, Torontoist magazine said,"Nelles can act circles around anyone at Fringe, and he poured his heart and soul into the script….His accents are pitch perfect."
Behind the scenes, John has spent over 20 years as a trusted Dialect Coach for many of film and television’s biggest stars, including multiple award winners Tatiana Maslany, William Hurt, Barry Pepper, Greg Kinnear and productions such as: Orphan Black, The Kennedys, Copper, The Strain, Hemlock Grove, Turn, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 1 and 2, among many others.
John has also helped numerous actors learn the art and craft of Stage Combat teaching at the University of Iowa, and 12 years at Canada`s well known George Brown Theatre School. He has served as Fight Director for many leading companies in Toronto: Theatre Plus, Canadian Stage, and 5 seasons at the world famous Shaw Festival.
John holds a BA in Speech and Dramatic Art, and an MFA in Acting, from the University of Iowa. Some of the distinguished vocal coaches he has trained with include Kristin Linklater, Tina Packer, Paul Massie, and Howard Martin. He is also a certified Fight Director and Instructor with Fight Directors Canada.
When not busy performing or coaching, he loves to spend time in the winter skiing, and has been a sought after professional ski instructor since 2004. He is certified in the Canadian CSIA, and the only certified Primary Movements Teaching System instructor in Canada east of the Rockies.
Member: ACTRA, CAEA; United States and Canadian citizenship.
(VASTA) Voice and Speech Teachers Assoc.
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John plays Lieutenant-General James Brudenell, 7th Earl of Cardigan
in newly released Assassin's Creed: Syndicate.
Worked as Dialect Coach for the DLC of Assassin Creed: Syndicate.
Completed his fourth season as Dialect Coach on the award winning Orphan Black. The show is up for 12 Canadian Screen Awards!
Listen to BBC America Interview on Worked as Dialect Coach on a Orphan Black.
Tatiana was nominated for an Emmy award.
Appears with James Falco in Stephen King's new mini-series 11.22.63.
Coaches Ksenia Solo on season 2 and 3 of AMC's Turn.
Coached Callum Keith Rennie in upcoming feature Little Pink House,
written and directed by Courtenay Balaker.
Coached on and appears in episode of FX's The Strain.
Continues training with Tactics on Set, the action and stunt team.
Dialect Coach and appears on Nickelodeon's new series Let it Ride
Dialect Coach on a new Nickelodeon series called Fairyland.
Returned to Dialect Coach on My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, coming to theaters soon.
John's commercial voice demo
follow John on twitter @JohnNelles
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