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.