John Bowler (born 13th September 1952 in Islington, London) appeared on Coronation Street in two roles: firstly in May 1984 as Gary Dewhurst, a friend of Brian Tilsley; and he returned to the programme between February and March 2002 as John Wilding, whose wife Hazel had a short-term affair with Vikram Desai.
He studied at The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow and upon graduating, worked with theatre companies throughout Scotland and toured the Highlands and Islands with Pitlochry Festival Theatre. As well as acting he has written comedy sketches with director Rick Platt, primarily for corporate videos.
Other credits include roles in The Paper Lads; Danger UXB; Crown Court; Auf Wiedersehen, Pet; Vanity Fair; Minder; Spender; Maisie Raine; Holby City; Watching; Castles; Peak Practice; EastEnders; Wycliffe; Crodoile Shoes; Inspector George Gently; Steel River Blues; Cadfael; Agatha Christie's Poirot; An Unsuitable Job for a Woman; The Bill; Doctors and WPC 56.
His many other theatre credits include Royal Shakespeare Company productions of Beauty and the Beast, A Patriot for Me, The Merchant of Venice, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Much Ado About Nothing and The Danton Affair, London productions of No Sex Please, We're British, Waiting, Operation Elvis, and national/international tours of Popcorn and Look Back in Anger.