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John Brackenreid
1106 John Brackenreid
Actor John Fleming (Season 1)
Charles Vandervaart (Season 6-10)
Seen The Glass Ceiling
Murdoch Air
Murdoch and the Cloud of Doom
Republic of Murdoch
Murdoch and the Temple of Death
The Local Option
Bend It Like Brackenreid
The Canadian Patient
Dr. Osler Regrets
21 Murdoch Street
The Accident
Murdoch Schmurdoch
Free Falling
Brother's Keeper
Drowning in Money
Secrets and Lies
Pirates of the Great Lakes
Annabella Cinderella
Darkness Before the Dawn Part 1
Darkness Before the Dawn Part 2
Mentioned From Murdoch to Eternity
Gender Male
Status Living
Relationships Thomas Brackenreid, father
Margaret Brackenreid, mother
Bobby Brackenreid, younger brother
Charlie Brackenreid, cousin
Job Constable
John Brackenreid is the eldest son of Thomas and Margaret Brackenreid, first introduced as Johnny Brackenreid in Season 1 of Murdoch Mysteries, portrayed by John Fleming and Charles Vandervaart from Season 6 onward.

Early Years - Season 1 - 9

The Glass Ceiling

Murdoch Air

Murdoch and the Cloud of Doom

Republic of Murdoch

  • John is revealed to share his father's love of the arts. This makes his father suspicious that he may be gay, and Thomas gets Julia to talk with him, and it is clear he isn't gay, and John even gets in a fight to prove it to his father, who says he will accept him no matter what.

Murdoch and the Temple of Death

The Local Option

  • John gets drunk for the first time.

Season 10

Bend It Like Brackenreid

  • John learns from his Dad that "There's only one kind of Brackenreid - one that speaks his mind."

From Murdoch to Eternity (mentioned)

  • Margaret tests the younger-looking Brackenreid: "Where were you when John was born?"
  • Thomas was trapped in the Station House under three feet of snow. But when he heard the news, he dug his way out with a latrine bucket. He was by her side before the midwife handed John back to Margaret.


Season 11

The Canadian Patient

  • John returns in this episode, and has joined Station Four as a constable in training, much to his mothers distress. Thomas swears he will dissuade him, but John doesn't back down, and proves his worth to his father as a copper, following his every order. George asks him why he wants to be a constable, and John replies that "it's the most honourable job I know."

Dr. Osler Regrets

  • John is joined by his father on his beat with Higgins, and ends up giving chase to a thief before sending him tumbling to the ground and arresting him.

21 Murdoch Street

  • Two boys go missing at a boys school. When the boys at the school won't talk to the police, Murdoch sends John undercover as John Simpson, son of Thomas Simpson the whisky brewer. Though his father doesn't approve of this, he eventually goes along with it. Soon after, John and George uncover an illegal gambling ring, and more shockingly- human remains. John sets out to prove himself as a constable by finding who did it. When his gambit to get his suspect Walter Moore's shoes doesn't get him the needed evidence, George reassures him, "Detective Murdoch would say this as would your father, in this line of work, you're wrong until you're right.”

The Accident

  • Constable John Brackenreid is directing traffic on the morning of a major traffic accident which throws him onto the street and in the midst of a sinister use of a motorcar as the murder weapon.

Murdoch Schmurdoch

  • John Brackenreid suggests to Al Jolson that he should try working in the moving pictures, which Jolson dismisses because "they don't even have any talking in them." Jolson is best known his starring role in The Jazz Singer, the first feature-length "talky". 

Free Falling

Season 12

Brother's Keeper

Drowning in Money

Secrets and Lies

  • John decides to follow his father to St. Mary's, and promptly finds out about his half sister, Nomi Johnston. Although John had disobeyed orders, his presence at St. Mary's turns out to be invaluable to finding out where Nomi went. 

Pirates of the Great Lakes

Annabella Cinderella

  • With George accompaying him, John helps transport an axe murderer, who later escapes. John starts to believe that she may be innocent, and there may be something in what he's saying that's worth listening to.

Darkness Before the Dawn Part 1

  • John is severely injured while accompanying Watts on an opium den raid.

Darkess Before the Dawn Part 2


Murdoch Mysteries Recurring Actors and Characters
Daniel Maslany as Detective WattsShanice Banton as Violet HartLachlan Murdoch as Henry HigginsArwen Humphreys as Margaret BrackenreidCharles Vandervaart as John BrackenreidBea Santos as Louise CherrySiobhan Murphy as Ruth NewsomeCyrus Lane as Rupert NewsomeClare McConnell as Effie NewsomeStephanie Belding as Nurse SullivanSebastian Pigott as Dr. DixonPeter Keleghan as Terrence MeyersColin Mochrie as Ralph FellowsJames McGowan as Dr. ForbesDavid Reale as Mr. ClementsCraig Brown as Eddie CrawfordDmitry Chepovetsky as Nikola TeslaPeter Stebbings as James PendrickErin Agostino as Nina BloomMouna Traoré as Rebecca JamesJordan Johnson-Hinds as Nate DesmondDylan Neal as Jasper LinneyKristian Bruun as Constable JacksonPatrick McKenna as Hamish SlorachMatthew Bennett as Allen CleggJohn Tench as Alexander Graham BellMartin Moreau as Theodore RooseveltRichard Clarkin as Chief Constable DavisMichael Seater as James GilliesRothaford Gray as Alderman William Peyton HubbardCyrus Lane as Roger NewsomeGeorgina Reilly as Emily GraceCharlotte Sullivan as Charlotte (formerly Minerva Fairchild)Nigel Bennett as former Chief Constable GilesSean Harraher as Constable WorseleyTamara Hope as Edna Brooks (née Garrison)Giacomo Gianniotti as Leslie GarlandNicole Underhay as Margaret HaileSarah Gadon as Ruby OgdenKate Greenhouse as Sally PendrickStephen McHattie as Harry MurdochGeraint Wyn Davies as Arthur Conan Doyle
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