Johnny

Played by Prasanna Puwanarajah

Johnny

Patrick and his lifelong close friend Johnny share a lot in common – addiction, recovery, a woman… But Johnny is always there for Patrick when he needs him, no matter what.

Patrick and his lifelong close friend Johnny share a lot in common – addiction, recovery, a woman… But Johnny is always there for Patrick when he needs him, no matter what.

Prasanna Puwanarajah

Prasanna Puwanarajah trained as a medical doctor at Oxford University and worked in the NHS for three and a half years. He is now an actor, director and writer.

His acting credits include CRITICAL, YOU, ME AND THE APOCALYPSE, SILK, the award-winning DOCTOR FOSTER, and the forthcoming PATRICK MELROSE starring Benedict Cumberbatch in which he plays Johnny Hall.  In addition, he has worked on various productions for the National Theatre, RSC, Donmar Warehouse and the Young Vic. He will soon be starring as Nigel in The National Theatre’s adaptation of ABSOLUTE HELL.

His writing credits include BOY starring Timothy Spall, which screened at the London 2012 Opening Ceremony, and the award-winning THE HALF LIGHT in 2011. His first stage play NIGHTWATCHMAN was produced by the National Theatre in 2011 and he is currently developing a TV drama with acclaimed showrunner Jed Mercurio (LINE OF DUTY).

He recently directed COME TO ME, a musical short for the British Council and will soon be directing BALLYWALTER, a feature film currently in development. Most recently, he directed the world-premiere stage adaptation of the THE RELUCTANT FUNDAMENTALIST for the National Youth Theatre. 

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