Remembering John Nettleton: ‘Yes Minister’ Star and Versatile Actor, Dies at 94

Remembering John Nettleton: ‘Yes Minister’ Star and Versatile Actor, Dies at 94

…By Henry George for TDPel Media.

John Nettleton, renowned for his portrayal of Sir Arnold Robinson in the beloved political satire sitcom “Yes Minister” and its sequel “Yes, Prime Minister,” has passed away at the age of 94.


The actor’s representatives confirmed the sad news, leaving fans and colleagues mourning the loss of a talented performer.

A Career Spanning Television and Theatre

Nettleton’s career extended beyond his iconic role in “Yes Minister.”

His television credits included a memorable role as a Conservative MP in the British sitcom “The New Statesman” and appearances in popular detective dramas such as “Midsomer Murders” and “Foyle’s War.”


He also graced the screens of the long-running medical series “Casualty.”

In addition to his television work, Nettleton showcased his talent in comedy dramas like “Kingdom” and “Brass.”

Notably, he was part of the cast of the 1987 production “East Of Ipswich,” written by the esteemed Sir Michael Palin.

The Stage and Shakespearean Pursuits

Nettleton’s versatility shone through in his theatrical endeavors.

He participated in numerous productions for esteemed theater companies such as the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Old Vic.


His stage credits include notable performances in Harley Granville-Barker’s “The Voysey Inheritance” and a captivating adaptation of “The Wind In The Willows” at the National Theatre.

Nettleton’s commitment to his craft on both stage and screen solidified his reputation as a highly respected actor.

Fondly Remembered and Survived by Family

The statement released by Nettleton’s agent, Scott Marshall Partners, expressed deep sorrow at the loss of their beloved client and celebrated the enduring legacy he leaves behind.

Survived by his wife, Deirdre, three children, and five grandchildren, Nettleton’s impact will not only be remembered through his exceptional performances but also through the memories shared by those closest to him.

John Nettleton’s contributions to the world of entertainment, particularly his iconic role in “Yes Minister,” have left an indelible mark on television history.


His talent, versatility, and dedication to his craft will be cherished and celebrated by fans and colleagues alike, ensuring his place among the greats of British television and theater.

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