John West was born in Edmonton, North London. He now lives in Suffolk. He is a film producer, actor, award-winning DJ, and TV presenter and is the author of books and articles on history, crime, ghosts, and folklore. One of his guides, Roman Lincoln, was turned into a BBC Radio Lincolnshire documentary, where he acted as the co-presenter. Other books include studies of Roman York, Oliver Cromwell, and Victorian murders. His first book on British ghosts - Britain's Haunted Heritage - was published in November 2019.
Two new titles, Britain's Ghostly Heritage and The Battle of Gainsborough 1643 were published by JMD Media in April 2022. A new book, Britain's Haunted Land was published in October 2023. In Search of Roman Lincoln is due to be published in 2024.
As a journalist, West currently writes for Psychic News and Suffolk and Norfolk Life. His features include celebrity interviews and investigations into famous hauntings from the UK and beyond.
He has worked as a presenter at six radio stations, including BBC Radio Suffolk, and has several hundred shows to his credit.
He was Mustard TV's regular studio historian for over three years and appeared on the Norfolk station to talk about subjects ranging from the Romans to The Beatles. He has also been a guest on London Live TV where he discussed Simon Marsden and Jason Figgis’ film about his life and work.
West was a supporting artist on BBC’s Detectorists, Netflix’s The Crown, and feature films, The Personal History of David Copperfield, Grandest Wedding of Royals, Boudica and Danny Boyle’s Yesterday.
He has been interviewed on BBC London, BBC Manchester, BBC Cornwall, BBC Essex, BBC Norfolk, BBC Suffolk, BBC Lincolnshire, BBC Cambridgeshire, BBC Three Counties, Radio Lincoln, KCOR Radio, RWSfm, Felixstowe Radio, Felixstowe TV, Blythe Radio, Siren Radio, ICR, Deben Radio, Blog Talk Radio, IO Radio, and Minster FM about his books and his interest in history, film, and folklore. He has been the subject of articles in several newspapers and magazines concerning his books and interest in ghosts and history.
In 2018 West teamed up with film and TV writer/director Jason Figgis. He became a producer/publicist on the film, Simon Marsden: A Life in Pictures, going on to produce and act in Figgis’ M.R. James-inspired chiller The Ghost of Winifred Meeks. They went on to form Figgis-West, a production company with John producing Figgis’ The Grey Man, Clare Island, The Wedding Ring, In Our Day, Mythmaker: George A. Romero, The Black Widow, and Dunkirk 80.
From 2021 to 2023 the team made four documentaries, Maverick, Shirley Baker: Life Through a Lens, Colin Wilson: His Life and Work, and Love? John wrote Shirley Baker: Life Through a Lens and contributed material to Colin Wilson: His Life and Work. Jason Figgis also designed the covers for Britain's Ghostly Heritage and The Battle of Gainsborough 1643. He also designed a new cover for John's first book on ghosts, Britain's Haunted Heritage.
John also wrote the narration for Father of Dracula, a documentary about Bram Stoker - now in production.
John was also the producer of the QUEEN OF ENGLAND’S PLATINUM JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS in 2022 (directed and edited by Jason Figgis). He also acted as a producer on the restored classic German horror film NOSFERATU for the 100th anniversary (distributed by Bayview Entertainment).
West is also a photographer with work featured in newspapers and magazines across the UK. His first photographic exhibition was held in Suffolk in 2017
Footage of John as a child was featured in the first episode of BBC's Coast series.
See John's CV for a full list of his work www.johnwestmedia.com/johns-cv.html