John Pirkis trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in the United Kingdom, studied Meisner with the Los Angeles based Meisner Center at Sanford Meisner's original school in Bequia, Caribbean, and the Alba Emoting and Feldenkrais techniques at the University of Montreal in Canada. For over thirty years John has appeared internationally on stage, and on screen.
Featuring in many established British TV Dramas, including playing, 'Freddie Chalk Marshall' opposite Hugh Laurie in two seasons of the award winning, Jeeves and Wooster, and featuring in Films such as, National Treasure II opposite, Nicholas Cage, and Young Victoria opposite, Emily Blunt, as well as appearing on the West End stage, and theatres throughout the United Kingdom opposite such greats as, Susannah York and Clive Rowe
In 2002 John co-founded the multi-award winning, Theatre 503 in London; "the home of cutting edge new writing", and afforded the title, 'Arguably Britain's most important theatre'. For this achievement, John received recognition as one of the top 100 people to have contributed the most to British theatre in the Stage100. Subsequently actors, writers and directors showcasing their work at Theatre 503 have won many accolades, including the Olivier Award for Best Play in 2010 for Katori Hall's, MOUNTAINTOP. Theatre 503 continues to grow from strength to strength, with John still associated as ambassador.
John currently resides in New York with his wife, the French actress and director, Cécile Delepière. John has just returned to CBS's MADAM SECRETARY to reprise his guest role as 'Secretary General NATO', and is due to return as 'Dr. Karamzov' in Amazon Prime's THE TICK. He is currently appearing as part of The Irish Rep's Sean O'Casey Cycle up until and including April 28th, 2019.