John Leary

John is an actor whose relationship to the literary world started with his first ever professional theatre gig. Straight out of drama school, John landed a role in Belvoir’s award winning and world touring production of Cloudstreet, based on the Tim Winton novel. His film debut was also a book adaptation, Where the Wild Thing Are. Since then, he has appeared in several book adaptations on stage and screen, notably The Book of Everything (Belvoir) and The White Guard (Sydney Theatre Company) as well as the films Red Dog and Pirates of the Caribbean V - which, whilst not based on a book, was inspired by an alternate piece of source material: a rollercoaster ride at Disneyland.

John is also the host of The Saturday Quiz, a weekly podcast where he tests the general knowledge of a different pair of celebrity guests each week using the quiz in The Saturday Paper.