John Barrowman

John Barrowman

Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1967-03-11 · Gender: Male · Place of Birth: Mount Vernon, Glasgow, Scotland, UK

18 Movies · 41 TV shows

Also Known As: John Scot Barrowman

Biography

John Scot Barrowman (born 11 March 1967) is a British-American actor, singer, presenter, author, judge and comic book writer; born in Glasgow, Scotland. He is perhaps best known for his role as Captain Jack Harkness in Doctor Who. Barrowman moved to Illinois with his family at the age of eight. Encouraged by his high school teachers there, he studied performing arts at the United States International University in San Diego before landing the role of Billy Crocker in Cole Porter's Anything Goes in London's West End. Since his debut, he has played lead roles in various musicals both in the West End and on Broadway, including Miss Saigon, The Phantom of the Opera, Sunset Boulevard, and Matador. After appearing in Sam Mendes' production of The Fix, he was nominated for the 1998 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical and, in the early 2000s, returned to the role of Billy Crocker in the revival of Anything Goes. His most recent West End credit was in the 2009 production of La Cage aux Folles.Alongside his theatrical career, Barrowman has appeared in films such as the musical biopic De-Lovely (2004) and musical comedy The Producers (2005). Before venturing into British television, he featured in the American television dramas Titans and Central Park West, but is better known for his acting and presenting work for the BBC; this includes his work for CBBC in its earlier years, his self-produced entertainment programme Tonight's the Night, and his BAFTA Cymru-nominated role of Captain Jack Harkness in the 2005 revival of the sci-fi series Doctor Who and its spin-off Torchwood. Barrowman has also had a number of guest roles in television programmes both in the US and the UK. He appeared as a contestant on the first series of celebrity ice skating show Dancing on Ice while his theatrical background allowed him to become a judge on Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical talent shows How Do You Solve a Problem like Maria?, Any Dream Will Do and I'd Do Anything. With this experience, he joined the judging panel for the 2020 series of Dancing on Ice till present day. In 2006, he was voted Stonewall's Entertainer of the Year. He hosted the BBC One quiz show Pressure Pad in 2013 and 2014. Barrowman starred in The CW's Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow as Malcolm Merlyn. Barrowman is also featured on more than 12 musical theatre recordings, including cover tunes found on his 2007 album Another Side and 2008's Music Music Music. Both albums accrued places on the UK Albums Chart, as did his self-titled John Barrowman (2010), which reached No. 11, his highest chart placing to date. He has published two memoirs and autobiographies, Anything Goes (2008) and I Am What I Am (2009), with his older sister Carole as co-author. The siblings also teamed up to write a series of young-adult fantasy novels, Hollow Earth. The second book in the series, Bone Quill, was released 2013, with the third, Book Of Beasts published in 2014. A second trilogy, The Orion Chronicles, followed with Conjuror published in 2016, Nephilim in 2017, and Inquisitor in 2018.

Personal Life

Barrowman is known for speaking in his American accent while in public, though he switches back to his original Scottish accent when speaking to his parents. This was first publicly revealed when he visited his parents during the making of his 2008 documentary The Making of Me.Barrowman met his husband, Scott Gill, after Gill came to see Barrowman a production of Rope at the Chichester Festival Theatre in 1993. They split their time between homes in London, Cardiff, and Palm Springs. They entered into a civil partnership on 27 December 2006. A small ceremony was held in Cardiff with friends and family, with the cast of Torchwood and executive producer Russell T Davies as guests. The pair were legally married in California on 2 July 2013, following the Supreme Court's decision to deny an appeal against the reversal of California Proposition 8.On 30 November 2008, Barrowman exposed himself during an episode of Radio 1's Switch programme. Although the act was not seen, as a show staff member had covered the webcam, the BBC and Barrowman subsequently apologised for any offence caused.In 2011, Barrowman released his own skin care line, entitled HIM.In mid-March 2017, Barrowman and Gill held a "big bad garage sale" in their Palm Springs home, in which they sold Doctor Who and Torchwood memorabilia. Neighbours and fans showed up for the occasion, with Barrowman documenting most of the day on his social media accounts.

Early Life

John Scot Barrowman was born in Glasgow on 11 March 1967, the youngest of three children. His older sister, Carole, later became a university professor. He lived in Glasgow for the first eight years of his life. His mother was a singer who also worked in a record shop, while his father was employed by the Caterpillar heavy machinery company in nearby Uddingston. In 1975, his father's company relocated the family to the United States, where his father managed the Caterpillar tractor factory in Aurora, Illinois. The family settled in Joliet, Illinois, where Barrowman attended Joliet West High School in the heart of a "quintessentially middle-class conservative town". His high school music and English teachers changed the future course of his life, with his music tutor instilling in him the love of performing, and his English teacher encouraging him to rise to his true artistic potential. His English teacher moved him into a programme for gifted children and coached him for the school's speech team. With the support of his teacher, he competed with other schools in statewide speech competitions, where he sharpened his skills reading scenes from plays.After his classmates mocked his native Scottish accent, Barrowman learned to speak with a General American accent which also hinted at a Mid-Atlantic accent. As a freshman, he won parts in several musical productions; from 1983 to 1986, he performed in such musical productions as Oliver!, Camelot, Hello, Dolly!, Li'l Abner, and Anything Goes. He later acknowledged that, without the support he received in high school, he would most likely "not now be appearing in royal command performances in the West End in front of the Royal Family or having Stephen Sondheim ask [him] to play opposite Carol Burnett". Barrowman spent his senior year shovelling coal for an Illinois power company. His father had arranged the job (and similar jobs for his brother and sister) to give him the experience of manual labour. His father told him, "If you want to do manual labour for the rest of your life, you'll know that when you do it; it's a choice. But if you don't like it, you'll understand the importance of educating yourself and–if you decide what you want to do–being good at your craft or your skill." Barrowman worked for the power company for the entire summer, but did not like the job. Eventually, he convinced the company to move him to work in the storeroom.Barrowman graduated from high school in 1985, and he later became a naturalised U.S. citizen while retaining his British citizenship. After he graduated from high school, he attended the University of Iowa for a semester to study drama and music.He then attended DePaul University, studying voice for a trimester, before performing at the Opryland for two summer seasons. He then transferred to the United States International University in January 1988, where he studied performing arts. As part of an student exchange programme, he returned to his native Britain in the summer of 1989 to study Shakespeare for six months, where he remained.

Movies & TV shows

2019.

1 TV show
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Shopping with Keith Lemon

Shopping with Keith Lemon

2019
There is a studio on the high street. Celebrity guests help us understand the shopping habits of the rich and famous.

2018.

1 Movie
Fireman Sam - Set for Action!

Fireman Sam - Set for Action!

2018
The Pontypandy crew is on their way to rescue their friends and others in need after the alarm went off. Fireman Sam has many adventures, from engine sparks and wild fireworks to water rescue and more...

2016.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
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DC's Legends of Tomorrow

DC's Legends of Tomorrow

6.17
2016
When heroes are not enough. People who are legends are what the world needs. Having seen the future, time-traveling rogue Rip Hunter is tasked with assembling a disparate group of both heroes and vill...
50 Years of Star Trek

50 Years of Star Trek

7.5
2016
America has been fascinated by Star Trek since it first aired. Through interviews with cast and crew members from every television series and the original films, this 2-hour documentary celebrates the...
Disney's Broadway Hits at Royal Albert Hall

Disney's Broadway Hits at Royal Albert Hall

2016
Experience the Disney on Broadway songs you know and love in a whole new way from the comfort of your home. Disney's Broadway Hits at Royal Albert Hall is now available on demand!

2014.

1 Movie · 2 TV shows
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The Flash

The Flash

6.38
2014
Barry Allen fell into a coma after being struck by lightning. After he awakened with the power of super speed, he was given the ability to move through Central City like a guardian angel. Though initi...
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The Wil Wheaton Project

The Wil Wheaton Project

2014
Each week, Wil provides his point-of-view, sense of humor and expertise as he analyzes the week's most popular and trending topics across sci-fi film, television and pop culture, as well as video game...
Doctor Who: The Ultimate Companion

Doctor Who: The Ultimate Companion

2014
Peter Davison is on a new journey to discover everything he can about the Doctor's Companion. What exactly is a companion's role, how do you actually become a companion, what do they have in common an...

2013.

2 Movies
All Stars

All Stars

2013
Two kids are trying to raise money.
The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot

The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot

2013
The Doctors of Doctor Who would like to be involved in the 50th anniversary of the show. Is it possible for them to manage it?

2012.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
Zero Dark Thirty

Zero Dark Thirty

4.33
2012
A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L. The team was in May of 2011.
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Arrow

Arrow

6.1
2012
Oliver Queen is presumed dead after his yacht is lost at sea. A changed man returns five years later, determined to clean up the city as a hooded avenger armed with a bow.

2011.

2 Movies · 3 TV shows
Eurovision: Your Country Needs Blue

Eurovision: Your Country Needs Blue

2011
They accepted the challenge to represent their country at the contest. In this special programme narrated by GrahamNorton, the boys in Blue set out to turn their song into a perfect entry.
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Talking Dead

Talking Dead

6
2011
The cast and crew of The Walking Dead are guests.
Doctor Who: Tales Lost in Time

Doctor Who: Tales Lost in Time

2011
Go behind the scenes of Dr Who as never before - and discover the 'lost tales' of the show! Doctors David Tennant, Paul McGann, Peter Davison and Sylvester McCoy are joined in providing insights by Ru...
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Torchwood: Web of Lies

Torchwood: Web of Lies

2011
A ten episode companion series with events taking place during the Torchwood: Miracle Day series.

2010.

1 TV show
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The Michael Ball Show

The Michael Ball Show

2010
The Michael Ball Show was a British show that aired in 2010. It featured entertainment, discussion and glamour with the occasional musical performance from Michael himself, often on the Friday edition...

2009.

1 Movie · 7 TV shows
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The Justin Lee Collins Show

The Justin Lee Collins Show

2009
The Justin Lee Collins Show is a British television chat show presented by Justin Lee Collins that aired on ITV2 between 19 March 2009 and 21 May 2009. Collins has a small band on the show and a conti...
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Chris Moyles' Quiz Night

Chris Moyles' Quiz Night

2009
Chris Moyles' Quiz Night is a British television comedy panel game show, presented by Chris Moyles. The show was originally shown on Channel 4 at 10 p.m. on Sundays and repeated on Mondays at 11 p.m....
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Alan Carr: Chatty Man

Alan Carr: Chatty Man

2009
The BAFTA award-winning British comedy chat show presented by Alan Carr is called Alan Carr: Chatty Man. The show features interviews with celebrities. The first episode had 2.15 million viewers. Over...
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Doctor Who Greatest Moments

Doctor Who Greatest Moments

2009
Takes viewers on a journey through time and space to relive all the action from the sci-fi show, featuring exclusive interviews with key actors offering unique insights on the classic moments.
An Evening with John Barrowman

An Evening with John Barrowman

2009
John Barrowman's sold-out concert at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall in May 2009. Experience all the excitement, laughter, passion, and performance surprises of his live show. Join John and his special...
TV
Al Murray's Multiple Personality Disorder

Al Murray's Multiple Personality Disorder

2009
Al Murray's Multiple Personality Disorder is a British sketch show starring comedian Al Murray. The multi character aspect of the show was a departure from Murray's previous television comedy work, as...
TV
Animals at Work

Animals at Work

2009
John Barrowman offers a look into the lives of working animals.
TV
The Super Hero Squad Show

The Super Hero Squad Show

6
2009
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2008.

2 TV shows
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I'd Do Anything

I'd Do Anything

2008
I'd Do Anything was a 2008 talent show-themed television series produced by the BBC in the United Kingdom and broadcast on BBC One. It premièred on 15 March 2008. The show searched for a new, unknown ...
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The Making of Me

The Making of Me

2008
Series in which famous people examine just why they are the way they are.

2007.

3 TV shows
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The Alan Titchmarsh Show

The Alan Titchmarsh Show

2007
The Alan Titchmarsh Show is hosted by Alan Titchmarsh. It was first broadcasted on ITV on September 3, 2007. The show's main focus is the "Best of British" theme with many of the shows' segments focus...
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The Big Questions

The Big Questions

2007
There are many debates hosted by Nicky Campbell.
TV
Would I Lie to You?

Would I Lie to You?

2007
A panel show featuring team captains Lee Mack and David Mitchell as well as two guests per side. Each person has to reveal embarrassing facts. The opposing team is storytellers.

2006.

6 TV shows
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The Charlotte Church Show

The Charlotte Church Show

2006
Charlotte Church presents an entertainment show. Each episode begins with a theme tune that has the same melody and harmony, but is always in a different style. In the verse, Church sings about curren...
TV
The Sound Of Musicals

The Sound Of Musicals

2006
The Sound of Musicals was a four part series on the British Broadcasting Corporation. The standard cast was joined by a celebrity guest host who performed their favourite numbers. There were interview...
TV
Hotel Babylon

Hotel Babylon

2006
A British television drama series based on the book of the same name was produced by Carnival Films and aired from January 2006 to August 2009. The show ended after its fourth series, leaving the fina...
TV
Totally Doctor Who

Totally Doctor Who

2006
Totally Doctor Who is a children's television series produced by the BBC that was originally broadcast between 13 April 2006 and 29 June 2007, accompanying the second and third revived series of Docto...
TV
The One Show

The One Show

2006
A magazine-style daily television programme is broadcasted on the UK's most popular television channel. The programme is hosted by Alex Jones and Matt Baker from Monday to Thursday and Chris Evans on ...
TV
Torchwood

Torchwood

6.07
2006
The strange and the extraterrestrial are being looked into.

2005.

1 Movie · 3 TV shows
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Doctor Who

Doctor Who

6.2
2005
The Doctor is a 900 year old alien who is part of a gifted civilization who mastered time travel. The Doctor knows how to save planets.
TV
8 out of 10 Cats

8 out of 10 Cats

2005
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Doctor Who Confidential

Doctor Who Confidential

2005
Doctor Who Confidential is a documentary series created by the British Broadcasting Corporation to complement the revival of the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who. Each...
The Producers

The Producers

2005
After putting together another Broadway flop, down-on-his-luck producer Max Bialystock teams up with timid accountant Leo Bloom in a get-rich- quickly scheme to put on the world's worst show.

2004.

1 Movie · 3 TV shows
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Desperate Housewives

Desperate Housewives

6.71
2004
Mary Alice Young doesn't want to see her friends and family. It's a way of death. Mary Alice had a perfect house. She's taking us into the lives of her family, friends and neighbors, commenting from h...
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Hustle

Hustle

5.35
2004
There is a group of con artists in London.
TV
Strictly Come Dancing

Strictly Come Dancing

6
2004
The celebrities are dancing. The celebrities who are kicked out of the competition are determined by the judges scores and viewer votes.
Method

Method

6
2004
The line between fantasy and reality is blurry when an actress is playing a 19th-century murderer.

2003.

1 TV show
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QI

QI

2003
If their answers are interesting, contestants are rewarded more.

2002.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
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Fifth Gear

Fifth Gear

2002
With new car reviews, second hand bargains and industry tidbits being the focus of this magazine show, getting viewers up to speed on all the latest automotive information is a priority.
Shark Attack 3: Megalodon

Shark Attack 3: Megalodon

4.33
2002
The most menacing beast to ever rule the waters is still alive and eating anything that crosses its path when two researchers discover a huge shark's tooth off the Mexican coast. The killer needs to b...

2001.

1 Movie
Putting It Together

Putting It Together

2001
An all-star cast plays music. Stephen Sondheim. Anxiously anticipated by the many fans of the legendary composer, Putting It Together marked the return of Carol Burnett to the Broadway musical stage f...

2000.

1 TV show
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Titans

Titans

2000
On October 4, 2000 NBC aired a soap opera called "Titans". Eleven of the 13 episodes were actually aired. The series was marketed as a "Dynasty for the new millennium" in an attempt to duplicate the s...

1998.

1 Movie
Hey, Mr. Producer! The Musical World of Cameron Mackintosh

Hey, Mr. Producer! The Musical World of Cameron Mackintosh

1998
Classic songs from classic musicals performed by the ultimate cast are featured in 'Hey, Mr Producer!'.

1996.

2 TV shows
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To Me... To You...

To Me... To You...

1996
To Me... To You... is a children's game show presented by Paul and Barry Elliott, better known as the Chuckle Brothers. It ran for 3 series including 2 Christmas specials, from 21 June 1996 to 25 Dece...
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Never Mind the Buzzcocks

Never Mind the Buzzcocks

1996
There is a pop and rock music theme to Never Mind the Buzzcocks. The show is known for its dry, sarcastic humour and caustic attacks on the pop industry.

1995.

1 TV show
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Central Park West

Central Park West

1995
The glamorous and exciting life for the staff of trendy magazine 'Communique', owned by Allen Rush, "the Darth Vader of publishing".

1993.

1 TV show
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GMTV

GMTV

1993
GMTV is the name of the national Channel 3 breakfast television contractor/licensee, broadcasting in the United Kingdom from 1 January 1993 to 3 September 2010. It became a wholly owned subsidiary of ...

1988.

1 TV show
TV
This Morning

This Morning

1988
This Morning is a British daytime television programme broadcast on ITV. It is currently presented by Phillip Schofield, Holly Willoughby on Monday to Thursday with Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes pr...

1987.

1 Movie
The Untouchables

The Untouchables

5.47
1987
It's not going to be easy to take down Capone because he has the police in his pocket. Jimmy is the most honorable patrolman. If he went after Capone, he was warned that he was going to war.

Unknown Year.

2 Movies
Torchwood: Miracle Day

Torchwood: Miracle Day

Nobody dies one day. Nobody dies all over the world. And then the next day. People don't stop aging. They are hurt and sick, but never die. The populace of the planet call this "Miracle Day" because t...
John Barrowman Live at the Royal Albert Hall

John Barrowman Live at the Royal Albert Hall

Filmed at the Royal Albert Hall in London on October 4th, 2010, each song I sing tells a heartfelt story, each number I perform has energy and passion (and some surprises), and every photograph I shar...
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