INSIGHTS & HIGHLIGHTS
AN ORDINARY LIFE
Born to parents James William Joseph Turner and Rosemary Morris on the Isle of Sheppey, off the north coast of Kent. The first three years were happy and ordinary.
Meningitis. The scourge of my young childhood. Having lost the power of speech, social sacrifices were made in order to re-learn to speak and then to continually strive to catch up with other children of my age.
THE PRODUCTIVE YEARS
Gained entry to the UK's only Grammar School for the Deaf, Mary Hare in Berkshire. before moving onto Ovingdean Hall School in Brighton five weeks later. I credit a huge part of my success in life to these specially trained and incredible teachers.
BBC CHILD ACTOR
Successfully auditioned from a UK-wide search for a child actor to play the part of 'Alex Friedman', a deaf child in the BBC hit series 'Love Hurts' with Zoe Wanamaker, Adam Faith and Jane Lapotaire.
WORLD POOL CHAMPION
Turned professional at 17 and international by 18. I would stop at nothing to be the very best - including being shot at, for hustling in one of the world's most dangerous cities, Johannesburg! The end justified the means as I was the world champion by the age of 21. I quit pool in 2011 to focus on caring for my parents and to bring up my children.
An avid supporter of the National Deaf Children's Society, I raised funds through performing exhibitions at the UK's leading shopping centres, corporations and public houses. I also supported Hearing Dogs for Deaf People and Against Breast Cancer, raising over £350,000.
Alongside my pool career, I built a property portfolio, as a backup to the financially risky world of pool where careers can end in an instant.
26th June 2001
STRUCK BY LIGHTNING
Struck by lightning? "It's just another attempt by God to take the good people from earth. My work here is not yet done, thank you - I'll join you when I'm good and ready!"
That's usually my witty response to those who discover I was the unfortunate victim of a lightning strike that caused destroyed my house.
Invited to take on this challenge in aid of the National Deaf Children's Society, I became the first deaf man to trek the last degree on foot to the North Pole. But it was not without incidents.
A turbulent four year period saw the loss of both my parents to cancer and the birth of Olivia and James. Following eighteen months of constant caring for my parents, I decided on an indefinite break from everything bar the properties, to be an 'at-home' Dad to my children.