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February 5th, 2019 7 comments

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John Levene Autobiography Run the Shadows, Walk…

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He has had a few names during his many lives, but the one for which he is best known is John Levene, the self-taught actor who brought to life the much-loved Benton in Doctor Who. Yet, his journey to our TV screens was hard and frequently painful, and what came afterwards was just as traumatic.

This is the emotional and truthful account of a life that should not have been lived. We follow the pure highs and brutal lows of a working class Salisbury lad, and his struggle to get away from his origins as an ill, under-educated and misunderstood boy with no genuine prospects in a world in which he did not fit. His journey takes him to places like London’s West End as a private detective ; Paris, Spain and Africa where he organised spectacular events. Then crossing the globe to South America to witness the enormous gulf between rich and poor, before moving to Hollywood and daring to dream of success.

Run the Shadows, Walk the Sun demonstrates that your life is not automatically set out for you when you are born. There are opportunities to be grasped if only you have the courage to take them.

Categorised under: Autobiographies and biographies, Books



  • Paul weeks

    November 9th, 2019 - 8:55am

    Having met him recently I can only say what a guy who has so much time for the fans he put a lovely message in my copy ,and having read it,it really is a must read which I highly recommend.

  • Gordon

    February 23rd, 2019 - 12:23pm

    Don’t normally go for signed things but I had to make an exception as its John. What a marvellously bonkers personality and a total 1 off. 1 of my favourite personality’s in the pertwee era. Can’t wait to read it. If it’s anything like his commentaries it will be memorable.

  • The Flying Shark

    February 6th, 2019 - 9:27am

    Very interesting!

  • Doctor Mysterio

    February 5th, 2019 - 11:55pm

    This sounds really good, and I look forward to hearing more about being John Levene. He is a legend.

  • Tiffany

    February 5th, 2019 - 8:54pm

    I am SO proud of John for writing his autobiography and I’m proud to call him a friend too. Cannot wait to read it!!!!

    • Doctor Mysterio

      February 6th, 2019 - 12:24am

      Hope he reads it as an audio book too.

    • Anonymous

      February 6th, 2019 - 12:09pm

      Must be great to have him as a friend, he’s so interesting and entertaining on the interviews i seen, and he was a iconic character in doctor who.

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