Danny John-Jules is the British actor who plays the Cat on Red Dwarf.


John-Jules was born on 16 September 1960. He is an actor and a professional dancer.



M.I. High cast shot

When originally auditioning for the role of the Cat, John-Jules showed up half an hour late dressed in his father's old zoot suit and, according to Doug Naylor, showing no concern about his lateness. It was decided that this sort of coolness was what was necessary to play the Cat, and John-Jules was hired for the part. (Series I DVD commentary).

Besides his work on Red Dwarf. John-Jules has also played the parts of Barrington in Maid Marian and her Merry Men and of Milton Wordsworth, the original presenter of The Story Makers.

Since 1999, he had several guest appearances as "himself" in shows such as Comedy Connections, Casualty, RI:SE and Night Fever.

He also appeared in at least one episode of CBBC's sitcom, Kerching! playing Trevor, Michael's father and appears as Lenny Bicknall in M.I.High also on CBBC. He is also currently part of the main cast of the BBC program Death in Paradise, and as of Season 5 is the only surviving original cast member.

In film, he has appeared in Labyrinth, the 1986 version of Little Shop of Horrors, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, and Blade II. He has also appeared uncredited in the 1979 British film Scum, playing a look-out during a fight scene. He is currently filming The Tournament produced by Shakabuku Films.

Before his television and film work, Danny John-Jules was a dancer in many productions at West End theaters. He was a member of the original cast of Starlight Express, playing a boxcar called Rocky I. In 1993, he released "Tongue Tied", as a single which got into the top 20 of the UK Singles Chart. He is a tenor singer.


  • In 1995 Danny John-Jules starred in a pilot for a show which was to be called Danny John-Jules' Killer Duels. Each week Danny was to examine famous 1 on 1 battles from history and then with a team of experts decide which of the opponents would have won had they played a game of chess, irrespective of who won the actual duel.
  • In 1987 Danny John-Jules auditioned for the character of what he has called "a dracula one" in what would have been a British revival of The Munsters featuring Robert Llewellyn. John-Jules was unsuccessful in audition, and the series was never made, but aspects of both Munster characters were reworked for their contributions to Red Dwarf including the vampire teeth, which made their way into Danny John-Jules' mouth as the Cat, and Llewellyn's Herman Munsterisms settled into his portrayal of the infamously rubber-headed Kryten.

Selected Filmography

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