John Hasler (T-Shirt/Thomas) Biography

As T. Shirt

As T-Shirt
T. Bag and The Sunstones
of Montezuma (1992)

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John Hasler

John Hasler

FULL NAME: JOHN HASLER
CHARACTER/S IN T-BAG:
T-Shirt/Thomas
Ivan The Horrible (T-Bag Bounces Back Ep3)
Prince Tuts (T. Bag And The Pearls Of Wisdom Ep7)
Sir Paisley Shirt (T. Bag And The Sunstones Of Montezuma Ep1)
Ed Banger (T. Bag And The Sunstones Of Montezuma Ep5).
EPISODES APPEARED IN:
93 Episodes (He is not featured in the first episode of Wonders In Letterland)

BIRTH DATE: 24th April 1974
BIRTH PLACE: Unknown?
STAR SIGN: Taurus
Eye Colour: Brown
Hair Colour: Dark Brown
Height: 1.73m/5ft 8in.
Casting Age: 31 - 35 years

Breakout

Breakout (1983)

Breakout

Breakout (1983)

John started his acting career in 1983 in the Children's Film Foundation film Breakout, he starred alongside Simon Nash as one of the two children kidnapped by the escaped convicts played by David Jackson, Ian Bartholomew and John Bowler. It is this appearance that often gets quoted as the reason that John was offered the role of T-Shirt in Wonders in Letterland.

John also had a minor and uncredited role as a naughty boy in the Terry Gilliam film Brazil. This consisted of one scene, with no dialogue, with him running around and being naughty - a great way to practice in readiness for being naughty as T-Bag's sidekick T-Shirt.

John appeared in Wonders In Letterland from episode two, when the T-Bag series first started John was still very young (9 years old) and we see him grow up as the series went on.

John appeared, alongside Jennie Stallwood and many other children, in the party scene of 'The Sooty Show' Christmas special titled 'Sooty's Busy Christmas' in December 1985. John can only be seen in the background but looking like he was having a lot of fun! You can view this clip on youtube here.

Following the first series John Hasler would remain with the T-Bag series until it's end in 1992 appearing in 93 out of the 94 episodes made making him the most prolific cast member outlasting Elizabeth Estensen, Georgina Hale, Jennie Stallwood and everyone else. He grew up on the series even ending up having a shave during the penultimate episode of the final series.

John (The Sooty Show)

The Sooty Show (1985)

Brazil

In Brazil (1985)

From the early 1990's John would start to appear in episodes of Doctor At The Top (1991), Harry’s Mad (1994), Against All Odds (1994) and a TV commercial for Persil Micro Detergent (1992).

John had started doing voice overs for the T-Bag series for the next time trailers for T. Bag and The Rings of Olympus and T. Bag and The Sunstones of Montezuma. His voiceover work would continue when John landed the lead role of Jim Hawkins in the second series of the animation The Legends Of Treasure Island (1995).

From 1995 John would appear in many stage productions starting with Alan Ayckbourn's Conversations With My Father at the Stephen Joseph Theatre as Charlie Ross. Other appearances include '40 Years On' at the Stephen Joseph Theatre as Skinner (1996); 'The Cub' at the Traverse Theatre as Edwin (1997) and 'Brighton Beach Memoirs' at the Frankfurt English Theatre as Eugene (1997).

In 2000 John continued to make appearances in TV series including Nickelodeon's Renford Rejects and the BBC drama Casualty.

John's stage work would continue in 2000 with an appearance in Pericles at the Ludlow Festival as Boult and in 2002 he appeared in 'The Railway Children' at Middleground as Peter and also in 'Tarnished Angel' at the Finborough Theatre as Sam. Other theatre productions John has appeared in include Macbeth for the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) Barbican as Son of McDuff; 'Oliver' at the Crucible Theatre Sheffield as The Artful Dodger; 'Peter Pan' at the Lyceum Theatre Crewe as John; 'Cinderella' at the City Varieties Theatre Leeds as Dandiniand 'Pinocchio' at the Arts Theatre London as Lampwick.

As well as TV, Film and theatre work John has done a large amount of Voice and Radio work. Following on from John's voice-over work on The Legends Of Treasure Island (1995), John would use his voice for characters in the German film Globi and the Stolen Shadows as the voice of Benji (2003), The Kingfisher Tailor as the voice of Coffee Sewell. The many Radio programmes include With A Little Help From My Friends, A Fairly Secret Agent and many others. John Hasler’s voice has also featured in many commercials including LWT; BBC; Tango; Vodaphone Live; Love Matters (ITV programme trailer); Crash Bandicoot 3 advert for Electronics Boutique; Natwest Student accounts; Great Hertz; Christian Aid week and a TV Licensing advert. In October 2003 John also filmed a commercial for Roots Coffee in Japan alongside Ewan McGregor.

John Hasler

John Hasler

John Hasler signature

John's signature

On Saturday August 27th 2005 John married Shareena Harnett in Bideford's St. Mary's church. They had a champagne and cream tea reception - I'm sure T. Bag would have wanted the cream tea instead of the champagne!

John also appeared on the Fantom Films produced 'T-Bag Reunion documentary DVD' (2007) where he spoke about the T-Bag series at great length. John also promoted the DVD release by appearing at the Cult TV weekender in 2007.

In 2010 John recorded the commentaries for the Wonders in Letterland and T-Bag Strikes Again DVDs, both of which are available to buy now.

John continues with his voicework for films and TV, including recent work on the films 'Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader' (2010), 'Gnomeo & Juliet' (2011) and the CBeebies TV programme 'Get Squiggling' (2010).

In 2011 John appeared in Michael Audreson's film '10 Arenas of Marwood' as Irving Clifford.

During recent years John has provided voice-overs for many Children's TV programmes, these include Mike the Knight (2011) as Gargoyle; Toot the Tiny Tugboat (2013) as Toot; Teenage Fairytale Dropouts (2013-2014) as Trafalgar and the new series of Fireman Sam (2015) as James and Arthur.

In recent years John has portrayed the role of Timon in the stage version of Disney's The Lion King (2012-2015) first in the west end production and then the UK tour production.

John Hasler

John Hasler

There is a board dedicated to John Hasler on The T-Bag Forum!
The following information on John Hasler's TV & Film appearances is from these following resources:
General Details:
John Hasler Official Website
John Hasler Official Twitter page
John Hasler (The Internet Movie Database)
John Hasler (TV.com)
John Hasler Wikipedia page
The T-Room
Spotlight - John Hasler
John Hasler Cult TV page
John Hasler Fantom Films Biography (PDF)
Revelation Films: John Hasler interview And my own knowledge.

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1980's
1983
Breakout
TV Film | Main cast
(1983)
As: Stephen

1985
Brazil
Film | Guest cast
(1985)
As: Naughty little boy (uncredited)

Wonders In Letterland
Kids TV Series | Main cast (9 Episodes)
(4.4.1985 - 6.6.1985)
As: T-Shirt/Thomas
Debbie In The Land Of B (#1.2, 11/04/1985)
Debbie In The Land Of S (#1.3, 18/04/1985)
Debbie In The Land Of I (#1.4, 25/04/1985)
Debbie In The Land Of P (#1.5, 02/05/1985)
Debbie In The Land Of R (#1.6, 09/05/1985)
Debbie In The Land Of V (#1.7, 16/05/1985)
Debbie In The Land Of O (#1.8, 23/05/1985)
Debbie In The Land Of E (#1.9, 30/05/1985)
Back To Square One (#1.10, 06/06/1985)

The Sooty Show
Kids TV Series | Appearance (1 Episode)
(26.12.1985)
As: Party guest (uncredited)
Sooty's Busy Christmas (#9.14, 26/12/1985)

1986
T-Bag Strikes Again
Kids TV Series | Main cast (10 Episodes)
(27.8.1986 - 29.10.1986)
As: T-Shirt/Thomas
The Town Clock (#1.1, 27/08/1986)
One, Two Buckle My Shoe (#1.2, 03/09/1986)
Ben And Bunty Badshot (#1.3, 10/09/1986)
Scrap Harry (#1.4, 17/09/1986)
Ali Barber (#1.5, 24/09/1986)
Dick Gherkin (#1.6, 01/10/1986)
Long John Sylvia (#1.7, 08/10/1986)
Professor Pockets (#1.8, 15/10/1986)
Charlie Chuckles (#1.9, 22/10/1986)
The Magic Garden (#1.10, 29/10/1986)

Children's ITV
CiTV Broadcast | Appearance (Multiple broadcasts)
(??.08.1986 - 23.1.1987 (Date not confirmed))
As: T-Shirt
?
1987
T-Bag Bounces Back
Kids TV Series | Main cast (10 Episodes)
(23.1.1987 - 27.3.1987)
As: T-Shirt/Thomas
The Ousting Of Major Happy (#1.1, 23/01/1987)
Nights In Arabia (#1.2, 30/01/1987)
Ivan The Horrible (#1.3, 06/02/1987)
Black Hearted Belle (#1.4, 13/02/1987)
Bobby Jobsworth and The Temple Of Doom (#1.5, 20/02/1987)
Hi-Hat (#1.6, 27/02/1987)
Bell, Book and Candle (#1.7, 06/03/1987)
Max The Miller (#1.8, 13/03/1987)
Nikdit The Thief (#1.9, 20/03/1987)
Happy Ending (#1.10, 27/03/1987)

1988
Turn On To T-Bag
Kids TV Series | Main cast (10 Episodes)
(5.1.1988 - 8.3.1988)
As: T-Shirt/Thomas
Sparkes (#1.1, 05/01/1988)
Gangsters (#1.2, 12/01/1988)
Yeti (#1.3, 19/01/1988)
Bubble Boy (#1.4, 26/01/1988)
Pyramids (#1.5, 02/02/1988)
Scrimp (#1.6, 09/02/1988)
The Two Musketeers (#1.7, 16/02/1988)
The African Queen (#1.8, 23/02/1988)
Doc Leaf (#1.9, 01/03/1988)
Turn On To T-Bag (#1.10, 08/03/1988)

Chatterbox
TV Series | Appearance (1 Episode)
(15.06.1988)
As: Himself

T-Bag’s Christmas Cracker
Kids TV Special | Main cast
(27.12.1988)
As: T-Shirt

1989
T-Bag And The Revenge Of The T-Set
Kids TV Series | Main cast (10 episodes)
(3.1.1989-7.3.1989)
As: T-Shirt/Thomas
The Stone Circle (#1.1, 03/01/1989)
When In Rome (#1.2, 10/01/1989)
Lost In Space (#1.3, 17/01/1989)
Turkish Delight (#1.4, 24/01/1989)
Hazel Knutt's Muesli Bar (#1.5, 31/01/1989)
Rock Star Baby (#1.6, 07/02/1989)
Anastasia (#1.7, 14/02/1989)
La Boheme (#1.8, 21/02/1989)
The Bard (#1.9, 28/02/1989)
The Ceremony (#1.10, 07/03/1989)

T-Bag’s Christmas Carol
Kids TV Special | Main cast
(26.12.1989)
As: T-Shirt

1990's
1990
T-Bag And The Pearls Of Wisdom
Kids TV Series | Main cast (10 episodes)
(2.1.1990-6.3.1990)
As: T-Shirt/Thomas
Any Old Port (#1.1, 02/01/1990)
High Noon (#1.2, 09/01/1990)
Elementary, My Dear What-Not (#1.3, 16/01/1990)
Grimble and Squiffy (#1.4, 23/01/1990)
Mutiny! (#1.5, 30/01/1990)
The Ghost of Castle McCarr (#1.6, 06/02/1990)
Tut Tut (#1.7, 13/02/1990)
Cedric Sackbutt's Search For A Song (#1.8, 20/02/1990)
Play It Again, Sal (#1.9, 27/02/1990)
The Pearls Of Wisdom (#1.10, 06/03/1990)

T-Bag’s Christmas Ding-Dong
Kids TV Special | Main cast
(26.12.1990)
As: T-Shirt/Thomas

1991
T-Bag And The Rings Of Olympus
Kids TV Series | Main cast (10 episodes)
(7.1.1991-11.3.1991)
As: T-Shirt/Thomas
The Rings Of Olympus (#1.1, 07/01/1991)
Bandits (#1.2, 14/01/1991)
The Yukon (#1.3, 21/01/1991)
Rum Barbara (#1.4, 28/01/1991)
Vampires (#1.5, 04/02/1991)
Exit With A Puff (#1.6, 11/02/1991)
Rats (#1.7, 18/02/1991)
Leonardo (#1.8, 25/02/1991)
Torture (#1.9, 03/03/1991)
Return To Olympus (#1.10, 11/03/1991)

Doctor At The Top
TV Series | Guest cast (1 episode)
(04.04.1991)
As: Alec
Waring Goes Private (#1.7, 04/04/1991)

T-Bag’s Christmas Turkey
Kids TV Special | Main cast
(26.12.1991)
As: T-Shirt/Thomas

1992
T-Bag And The Sunstones Of Montezuma
Kids TV Series | Main cast (10 episodes)
(6.1.1992-9.3.1992)
As: T-Shirt/Sir Paisley Shirt
In The Footsteps Of Kit Bag (#1.1, 06/01/1992)
Gussie and Twittering (#1.2, 13/01/1992)
Wilma Tell (#1.3, 20/01/1992)
Gone Fishing (#1.4, 27/01/1992)
Hippies (#1.5, 03/02/1992)
Ra Ra Rasputin (#1.6, 10/02/1992)
One Million Years B.C. (#1.7, 17/02/1992)
Napoleon and Josephine (#1.8, 24/02/1992)
Y-Fronts (#1.9, 02/03/1992)
Montezuma's Revenge (#1.10, 09/03/1992)

Take Off With T-Bag
Kids TV Series | Main cast (10 episodes)
(8.9-1992-17.11.1992)
As: T-Shirt
Many Happy Returns (#1.1, 08/09/1992)
Theif Of Baghdad (#1.2, 15/09/1992)
Bagsy Malone (#1.3, 22/09/1992)
Curse Of The Mummy (#1.4, 06/10/1992)
Doctor Strangebag (#1.5, 13/10/1992)
Antony and Cleopatra (#1.6, 20/10/1992)
Phantom Of The Opera (#1.7, 27/10/1992)
Bin Bag (#1.8, 03/11/1992)
The Red Shoes (#1.9, 10/11/1992)
Shangri-La (#1.10, 17/11/1992)

Persil Micro Detergent Commercial
TV Commercial | Main cast (1 advert)
(10.1992)
As: Son

1994
Harry’s Mad
Kids TV Series | Guest cast (1 episode)
(24.01.1994)
As: Access
Mad Macaw (#2.3, 24/01/1994)

Against All Odds
TV | Guest cast (1 episode)
(29.11.1994)
As: Paul Cheatle
The Horse and His Boys (29/11/1994)

1995
The Legends of Treasure Island
Cartoon series | Main cast (13 Episodes)
(04.04.1995 - 27.06.1995)
As: Jim Hawkins (voice)
Consequence (#2.1, 04/04/1995)
Reunion (#2.2, 11/04/1995)
Silver in the Island's Underworld (#2.3, 18/04/1995)
Silver's Bond (#2.4, 25/04/1995)
Emily (#2.5, 02/05/1995)
Forest of Darkness (#2.6, 09/05/1995)
City in the Sky (#2.7, 16/05/1995)
Antidote (#2.8, 23/05/1995)
Dragon (#2.9, 30/05/1995)
Allegiance (#2.10, 06/06/1995)
The Oracle (#2.11, 13/06/1995)
Double Cross (#2.12, 20/06/1995)
One for All (#2.13, 27/06/1995)

2000's
2000
Casualty
TV Series | Guest cast (1 episode)
(19.2.2000)
As: Lee Carter
Not Waving But Drowning (#14.25, 19/02/2000)

Renford Rejects
Kids TV Series | Guest cast (1 episode)
(3.3.2000)
As: Jack
Best Laid Plans (#3.5, 03/03/2000)

2001
Hood & Bismarck
TV | ? (?)
(2001)
As: Midshipman Dundas
?
2003
Globi and the Stolen Shadows (Adventures of Globi)
Animated Film | Main cast
(02.10.2003)
As: Benji (voice)

2007
T. Bag The Reunion Documentary
DVD Documentary | Appearance
(17.09.2007)
As: Himself

2010's
2011
10 Arenas of Marwood
Film | Main cast
(?)
As: Irving Clifford

2012
Storage 24
Film | Guest cast
(29.06.2012)
As: News Reporter (voice)

2013
Teenage Fairytale Dropouts
Kids TV Series | Main cast (52 Episodes)
(2013 - 2014)
As: Trafalgar (voice)
Nice Giants Finish Last (#1.1, 2013)
Winged Fury (#1.2, 2013)
Once Upon a Stompapalooza (#1.3, 2013)
Lack of Hocus Pocus (#1.4, 2013)
Triple Double Trouble (#1.5, 2013)
Mascot Madness (#1.6, 2013)
The Good Fairy of the Year (#1.7, 2013)
Rebel Without a Lederhosen (#1.8, 2013)
Something Wicked This Way Substitute (#1.9, 2013)
Grimm Gossips (#1.10, 2013)
Mis-spelled Rat (#1.11, 2013)
Golden Goose Chase (#1.12, 2013)
Pie Way or the Highway (#1.13, 2013)
All Booked Up (#1.14, 2013)
Here Today, Wand Tomorrow (#1.15, 2013)
Abra Ca-Dad-Bra (#1.16, 2013)
How to Restrain Your Dragon (#1.17, 2013)
Lunch Table with the Misfits (#1.18, 2013)
Tooth Fairy Substitute (#1.19, 2013)
Camp Stomp a Lot (#1.20, 2013)
Joust in Time (#1.21, 2013)
My Cousin Myron (#1.22, 2013)
Who's the Best Actress of Them All? (#1.23, 2013)
Not So Adorabella (#1.24, 2013)
Fairy Tale Estates Got Talent (#1.25, 2013)
It's No Lie (#1.26, 2013)
A String of Promises (#1.27, 2014)
Only Slime Will Tell (#1.28, 2014)
Giant Sized Ego (#1.29, 2014)
Unhappy Birthdays (#1.30, 2014)
Splank'd (#1.31, 2014)
A Rotten Job (#1.32, 2014)
Bad Conrad (#1.33, 2014)
The Boy Who Cried Ogre (#1.34, 2014)
Yeolde Facescrill blues (#1.35, 2014)
A Giant Competition (#1.36, 2014)
Just the Three of Us (#1.37, 2014)
Jack and the Beanstalks (#1.38, 2014)
Keeping Up with the Arthurians (#1.39, 2014)
Sayer It Aint'so (#1.40, 2014)
A New Happy Ending (#1.41, 2014)
Party On (#1.42, 2014)
Ca-stache-Trophy (#1.43, 2014)
Get to the Point (#1.44, 2014)
Tell Tale Report Card (#1.45, 2014)
Court Ordered Magician (#1.46, 2014)
A Very Big Wish (#1.47, 2014)
A Nose for Trouble (#1.48, 2014)
Happily Ever After Day (#1.49, 2014)
A Grimm Story (#1.50, 2014)
Disenchanted Forest (#1.51, 2014)
Pet Project (#1.52, 2014)

Unknown Dates
The Mighty Hood
? | ?
(?)
As: ?

Viennese Whirls (Biscuits) Commercial
TV Commercial | ?
(?)
As: ?