John was born in Edmonton, North London. He now lives in Suffolk. He's a film producer, actor, radio and TV presenter and is the author of books and magazine articles on history, crime, ghosts and folklore. One of his guides, Roman Lincoln, was turned into a BBC Radio documentary. He acted as the co-presenter. Other books include studies of Roman York, Oliver Cromwell and Victorian murders.
John currently writes for Psychic News and Suffolk and Norfolk Life. His features include celeb interviews and investigations into famous hauntings from the UK and beyond.
In 2018, John teamed up with film/TV writer and director Jason Figgis (www.imdb.com/name/nm2061884/). He was asked to become producer on the documentary, Simon Marsden: A Life in Pictures. John's first feature film as producer was Winifred Meeks. He also appears in it as an actor. This was filmed in Suffolk in Oct/Nov 2018 and stars the actress Lara Belmont and newcomer to the screen, Julie Abbott. Future projects involving John as a producer on Jason's films and TV documentaries are planned.
John is also an actor and has appeared in supporting roles in the Detectorists, The Crown and the film, David Copperfield.
John joined Norfolk based Smart Radio in 2017. He hosts a golden oldies show every Tuesday at 2 pm.
John was Mustard TV's regular studio historian for over three years.
He also wrote, presented and directed documentary features and interviews for Felixstowe TV and East Media Productions. One interview featured Richard Felix of Most Haunted fame.
John is also a photographer and has had his work featured in newspapers and magazines. His first photographic expedition was held in Suffolk in 2017.
John has worked as a presenter at six radio stations and has several hundred shows to his credit.
John has been interviewed on BBC Essex, BBC Suffolk, BBC Lincolnshire, 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, ghosts and folklore.
John's has been the subject of articles in several newspapers/magazines concerning his books and interest in ghosts and history.
Footage of John as a child was featured in the first episode of BBC's Coast series - see picture below.
See John's CV for a full list of his media work www.johnwestmedia.com/johns-cv.html