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John Barrowman

Mostly Credited As: John Barrowman
Birth Name: John Scot Barrowman
Date Of Birth: March 11, 1967 (Age 47)
Country Of Birth: United Kingdom
Birth Place: Mount Vernon, Glasgow, Scotland
Height: 6' (1.82 m)

John Barrowman


John Barrowman, born March 11th, began his stage career during his formative years in his native Scotland. Taking center stage, he would stand on the counter at his mother's record shop in Glasgow, singing songs from the current TOP TEN. At home, his mother says, "He would sing kids songs and use a baking spoon as a microphone." Thus a star was born. But the roar of the crowd and the smell of the greasepaint was still away off for young John.


John at home in Glasgow; about 4 or 5 years old. He says the thing that looks like an egg cup here was often his "microphone".

Clan Barrowman was relocated by Caterpillar Inc. from Glasgow to Aurora, Illinois when John was 8. Now, despite crooning into mom's baking spoon and wowing them down at the record store, it wasn't until John's teenage years that the acting bug finally bit. It was at Joliet West High and at the Joliet Drama Guild, under the combined influence of supportive teachers, parents and a principal role as Barnaby in HELLO DOLLY during his freshman year (which spurred a bit of an uproar amongst the upperclassmen), that John finally began to hear his calling. He continued to perform throughout his high school years. With graduation looming his guidance counselor asked what he wanted to do with his life, John replied, "I want to go into the arts." The counselor said, "O.K., but what do you want to do to fall back on?" John replied, " If I have to have something to fall on, it will have to be my ass."

After High School in the summer of his Freshman year and Sophomore year at college John performed at the Opryland USA a musical Theme Park in Nashville Tennessee. It was here John learned the value of interacting and being accessible to his audience, something that has stood him in good stead throughout his life and career.

While working at Opryland, John was offered another theme park performance job with Disney. John however had other plans for himself and turned them down. The Disney representative told him, "You know. Most of the people who turn us down end up doing something really BIG. I'm sure we'll see your name in the future." John is a graduate of the United States International University in California. It was through USIU, John had the opportunity to return to the UK and study Shakespeare at a London University.

It was during his studies abroad John's big break came in the form of an open casting call. A young man who could sing and act and also do an American accent was needed to play opposite one of London's premiere theater stars, Elaine Paige in Cole Porter's ANYTHING GOES.

Shortly after the run began, John received a letter from that DISNEY representative. He wrote to say, "I told you so. The people who know what they want are always the ones we lose." (On a slightly ironic side note, several years later, John WOULD work for DISNEY but this time on his terms...as the Beast in BEAUTY AND THE BEAST in London's West End.)

What started out as a six month study abroad, turned into a theatre career that hasn't stopped yet. From ANYTHING GOES, John landed roles such as Chris in MISS SAIGON, the title role in MATADOR opposite Stephanie Powers, Raoul in PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, RED RED ROSE, Claude in the 25th anniversary revival of HAIR, Che in Oslo's production of EVITA, Alex in an Irish production of ASPECTS OF LOVE and SUNSET BOULEVARD opposite successively, Betty Buckley and his guardian angel, Elaine Paige.

While performing in the evening on the West End Stage, John also worked for the BBC "telly" as a presenter on such shows as LIVE & KICKING and ELECTRIC CIRCUS, as well as host of THE MOVIE GAME and 5's Company, a weekday magazine show.

It wasn't long before John's talent and good looks caught the attention of American TV producers,(a niece of one of them had a poster of John above her bed), they caught John in SUNSET BOULEVARD and flew him back to the States where they introduced him to American audiences in the Daren Star CBS television Series, CENTRAL PARK WEST. To come full circle, it was while John was filming CPW in New York, that he made his Broadway debut. Pulling double duty between shooting CPW and helping Betty Buckley, get ready for her close up, he once more stepped back into the shoes of the character of Joe Gillis in the Broadway production of SUNSET BOULEVARD. A few years later, John would also return to American Television this time for Aarron Spelling as Peter Williams in NBC's short lived prime time soap TITANS.


A blending of his cultures Scottish dress..American food.

John returned to the UK stage and earned a Laurence Olivier Award nomination for BEST ACTOR for his portrayal of Cal Chandler in the Donmar Warehouse's production of THE FIX. And back on the US stage, John received a BACKSTAGE WEST GARLAND AWARD for the Sondheim review, PUTTING IT TOGETHER, with Carol Burnett at Los Angeles's, Mark Taper Forum. (John reprised his role when the show transferred to Broadway in 1999.)

In addition to his stage and television work, John has also broadcast in concert for the BBC in THE MAGIC OF MUSICALS, from Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. NATIONAL MUSIC DAY with Betty Buckley and a concert version of CALL ME MADAM with Tyne Daly. John's recordings include cast albums for HAIR, GODSPELL and THE FIX. Selections from MATADOR, RED RED ROSE and GREASE, as well as THE MUSIC OF ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER. John's first solo CD, a six track mini CD is JOHN BARROWMAN: ASPECTS OF LLOYD WEBBER. A full length solo CD, released in 2000 is entitled JOHN BARROWMAN: REFLECTIONS FROM BROADWAY, and spans songs from all the various shows John has done in addition to a few special tracks. In 2004, John released his third solo cd, JOHN BARROWMAN SWINGS COLE PORTER, a collection of Cole Porter songs on First Night Records. Fans eagerly await more recordings.

John is also a member of the Duke of Edinburgh Awards Scheme, an organization dedicated to promoting outstanding achievements in young people.

He recently returned to his roots to lead a theatre workshop for Joliet West High school, students hoping to pursue a career on stage. The Dreamers Workshops, open to all high school students, came into being partly due to Oprah Winfrey, "I watched a show about people giving back what they have learned in their life and giving it back to other people," John says. "I always wanted to come back to Joliet and do something after having some success in my career. I was given my greatest introduction to music and theater from Joliet West High School. It kills me today that high schools are cutting back on their arts programs," he says, for without them he wouldn't be doing royal command performances on the West End for the Royal Family and their invited guests or having Stephen Sondheim ask him to play opposite Carol Burnett.

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TV Appearances

Main cast 
Superstar Dogs (2014)As: Himself (Presenter)
Sing Your Face Off (2014)As: Himself (Host)
Celebrity Pressure Pad (2014)As: Himself (Presenter)
John Barrowman: Live at the Royal Albert Hall (2013)As: Himself
Pressure Pad (2013)As: Himself (Presenter)
John Barrowman's Dallas (2012)As: Himself
Arrow (2012)As: Malcolm Merlyn (Season 3+)
Tonight's the Night With John Barrowman (2009)As: Host
Around The World In 80 Days (2009) (2009)As: Himself
Bizarre ER (2008)As: Narrator (S05) -- [Voice]
John Barrowman: The Making of Me (2008)As: Himself
The Kids Are All Right (2008)As: Presenter
I'd Do Anything (2008) (2008)As: Himself
Any Dream Will Do (2007)As: Judge
How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? (2006)As: Himself
Torchwood Declassified (2006)As: Himself (Captain Jack Harkness)
Torchwood (2006)As: Captain Jack Harkness (2006-2011)
Dancing on Ice (2006)As: Himself (Series 1 - 7th Place)
Doctor Who (2005) (2005)As: Captain Jack Harkness (Series 1,3 (Guest star in series 4))
The 100 Greatest Musicals (2003)As: Himself
Titans (2000)As: Peter Williams (2000)
Central Park West (1995)As: Peter Fairchild
Live and Kicking (1993)As: Presenter (1993-1994)
The Movie Game (1988)As: Host (1994-1995)
Episode Cast Credits 

The Wil Wheaton Project (2014) 
  For Wil's Eyes Only 01x12: (Aug/12/2014) As Himself 

The 2014 Commonwealth Games (2014) 
  Opening Ceremony 01x01: (Jul/23/2014) As Himself 

The Wright Stuff (2000) 
  July 9, 2014 15x133: (Jul/09/2014) As Himself 
  March 8, 2013 14x45: (Mar/08/2013) As Himself 
  September 15, 2011 12x174: (Sep/15/2011) As Himself 
  8 February 2006 07x23: (Feb/08/2006) As Himself 

Good Morning Britain (2014) 
  July 8, 2014 01x52: (Jul/08/2014) As Himself 
  July 1, 2014 01x47: (Jul/01/2014) As Himself 

Weekend (2014) 
  July 6, 2014 01x22: (Jul/06/2014) As Himself 

The One Show (2006) 
  July 2, 2014 08x218: (Jul/02/2014) As Himself 
  March 4, 2014 08x142: (Mar/04/2014) As Himself 
  December 5, 2012 07x83: (Dec/05/2012) As Himself 
  April 27, 2012 06x196: (Apr/27/2012) As Himself 

This Morning (1988) 
  June 30, 2014 26x204: (Jun/30/2014) As Himself 
  November 29, 2013 26x65: (Nov/29/2013) As Himself 
  November 6, 2013 26x48: (Nov/06/2013) As Himself 
  March 14, 2013 25x132: (Mar/14/2013) As Himself 

Arrow (2012) 
  Unthinkable 02x23: (May/14/2014) As Malcolm Merlyn 
  Streets of Fire 02x22: (May/07/2014) As Malcolm Merlyn 
  The Scientist 02x08: (Dec/04/2013) As Malcolm Merlyn 
  State v. Queen 02x07: (Nov/20/2013) As Malcolm Merlyn, [Special Guest Stars]

Loose Women (1999) 
  John Barrowman 18x113: (Mar/05/2014) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Series 17, Show 14 17x14: (Sep/20/2012) As Himself, [Co-Guest Stars]
  Series 16, Show 8 16x08: (Sep/14/2011) As Himself, [Musical Guests]
  Series 15, Show 226 15x226: (Jul/28/2011) As Himself, [Interviewees]

Doctor Who (1963) 
  The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot (Nov/23/2013) As Himself 

Doctor Who Live: The Afterparty (2013) 
  Episode 1 01x01: (Nov/23/2013) As Himself 

The Jonathan Ross Show (2011) 
  Andy Murray, Johnny Vegas, John Barrowman, Celine Dion, Boyzone 05x05: (Nov/09/2013) As Himself 

Doctor Who: The Doctors Revisited (2013) 
  The Tenth Doctor 01x10: (Oct/27/2013) As Himself 
  The Ninth Doctor 01x09: (Sep/29/2013) As Himself 
  The Third Doctor 01x03: (Mar/31/2013) As Himself 
  The Second Doctor 01x02: (Feb/24/2013) As Himself 

Lorraine (2010) 
  Series 4, Show 7 04x07: (Sep/10/2013) As Himself 
  Series 2, Show 56 02x56: (Nov/28/2011) As Himself 
  Series 1, Show 64 01x64: (Dec/02/2010) As Himself 

Daybreak (2010) 
  July 9, 2013 03x215: (Jul/09/2013) As Himself 
  June 20, 2012 02x202: (Jun/20/2012) As Himself 
  September 5, 2011 02x01: (Sep/05/2011) As Himself 
  August 4, 2011 01x239: (Aug/04/2011) As Himself 

Scandal (2012) 
  Any Questions? 02x21: (May/09/2013) As Mellie's Fixer 

Sunday Brunch (2012) 
  Danny Mays, John Barrowman, Emma Bunton & Laura Mvula 02x03: (Mar/10/2013) As Himself 

Fern Britton Meets... (2009) 
  John Barrowman 04x02: (Dec/02/2012) As Himself 

Celebrity Antiques Road Trip (2011) 
  John Barrowman, Mylene Klass 02x19: (Nov/22/2012) As Himself 

The Diamond Jubilee Royal Procession (2012) 
  The Diamond Jubilee Royal Procession 01x01: (Jun/05/2012) As Himself 

Let's Dance for Comic Relief (2009) 
  Series 4, Episode 4 04x04: (Mar/10/2012) As Himself 

Watson & Oliver (2012) 
  Episode 1 01x01: (Feb/20/2012) As Himself 

LIVE with Gabby (2011) 
  February 15, 2012 01x147: (Feb/15/2012) As Himself 

The Alan Titchmarsh Show (2007) 
  Series 10, Episode 22 10x22: (Feb/14/2012) As Himself 
  Series 9, Episode 3 09x03: (Sep/07/2011) As Himself 
  Series 7, Episode 1 07x01: (Sep/27/2010) As Himself 
  Series 6, Episode 40 06x40: (Mar/05/2010) As Himself 

Chris Moyles Quiz Night (2009) 
  John Barrowman, JLS, Alesha Dixon 05x09: (Feb/03/2012) As Himself 
  John Barrowman, Jimmy Carr, Pixie Lott 05x05: (Dec/16/2011) As Himself 
  John Barrowman, Keith Allen, Patsy Palmer 01x05: (Apr/19/2009) As Himself 

Never Mind the Buzzcocks (UK) (1996) 
  John Barrowman, Jason Manford, Helen Skelton, Jason Derulo, Joe Wilkinson 25x12: (Dec/19/2011) As Himself, [Guest Hosts]
  John Barrowman, Kelli Young, Daniel Bedingfield, Robin Ince 19x05: (Nov/23/2006) As Himself 

BBC Breakfast (2000) 
  July 7, 2011 12x188: (Jul/07/2011) As Himself 
  February 15, 2008 09x46: (Feb/15/2008) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  March 30, 2007 08x89: (Mar/30/2007) As Himself 
  November 22, 2006 07x326: (Nov/22/2006) As Himself 

So You Think You Can Dance (UK) (2010) 
  Series 2, Live Show 5 (Result) 02x14: (May/21/2011) As Himself 
  Series 2, Live Show 5 02x13: (May/21/2011) As Himself 

Marvel Super Hero Squad (2009) 
  The Ballad of Beta Ray Bill: Six Against Infinity: Part 1 02x15: (Apr/09/2011) Voiced  Stranger 

Children In Need (1980) 
  2010 - Part One 31x03: (Nov/19/2010) As Himself 

The Michael Ball Show (2010) 
  Series 1, Show 25 01x25: (Sep/17/2010) As Himself 

GMTV (1993) 
  August 5, 2010 18x217: (Aug/05/2010) As Himself 
  March 23, 2010 18x82: (Mar/23/2010) As Himself 
  February 25, 2010 18x56: (Feb/25/2010) As Himself 
  November 30, 2009 17x334: (Nov/30/2009) As Himself 

The 5 O'Clock Show (2010) 
  Series 1, Show 31 01x31: (Jul/12/2010) As Himself 

Desperate Housewives (2004) 
  I Guess This is Goodbye 06x23: (May/16/2010) As Patrick 
  The Ballad of Booth 06x22: (May/09/2010) As Patrick Logan 
  A Little Night Music 06x21: (May/02/2010) As Patrick Logan 
  We All Deserve to Die 06x19: (Apr/18/2010) As Patrick Logan 

Alan Carr: Chatty Man (2009) 
  Ant & Dec, John Barrowman, Jo Frost, Ellie Goulding 03x05: (Mar/04/2010) As Himself 

Friday Night with Jonathan Ross (2001) 
  Shahrukh Khan, Lorraine Kelly, John Barrowman, Marina & The Diamonds 18x04: (Feb/05/2010) As Himself 
  Mark Wahlberg, Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber, John Barrowman, Kirsty Young, Black Kids 14x19: (May/30/2008) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Eddie Izzard, Janice Dickinson, John Barrowman & Andrew Lloyd Webber, Regina Spektor 12x08: (May/18/2007) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  The Mighty Boosh, John Barrowman, Emma Thompson, Gwen Stefani 11x10: (Nov/10/2006) As Himself, [Interviewees]

Doctor Who (2005) (2005) 
  The End of Time (2) (Jan/01/2010) As Captain Jack Harkness 
  Journey's End (3) 04x13: (Jul/05/2008) As Captain Jack Harkness, [Starring Roles]
  The Stolen Earth (2) 04x12: (Jun/28/2008) As Captain Jack Harkness, [Starring Roles]
  The Doctor Dances (2) 01x10: (May/28/2005) As Jack (Captain Jack Harkness) 

All Star Family Fortunes (2006) 
  Lesley Dunlop/John Barrowman 04x08: (Nov/08/2009) As Himself 

Live From Studio Five (2009) 
  Series 1, Show 18 01x18: (Oct/07/2009) As Himself 

The New Paul O'Grady Show (2006) 
  Series 8, Show 5 08x05: (Sep/25/2009) As Himself 
  Series 7, Show 32 07x32: (Apr/07/2009) As Himself 
  Series 6, Show 49 06x49: (Nov/27/2008) As Himself 
  Series 5, Show 15 05x15: (Apr/04/2008) As Himself 

Doctor Who Greatest Moments (2009) 
  The Enemies 01x03: (Sep/03/2009) As Himself 
  The Companions 01x02: (Aug/27/2009) As Himself 
  The Doctor 01x01: (Aug/20/2009) As Himself 

Fifth Gear (2002) 
  Series 16, Episode 7 16x07: (Jul/20/2009) As Himself 

My Family (2000) 
  The Guru 09x08: (May/07/2009) As The Doctor 

The Justin Lee Collins Show (2009) 
  Episode 6 01x06: (Apr/23/2009) As Himself 

Strictly Come Dancing (2004) 
  Series 6, Show 10 (Result) 06x21: (Nov/23/2008) As Himself 

Alan Carr's Celebrity Ding Dong (2008) 
  Carol Vorderman, Neil Fox, Trisha Goddard, Amanda Holden, Rav Wilding, Kate Garraway, John Barrowman, Louis Walsh 02x05: (Nov/07/2008) As Himself 

Hotel Babylon (2006) 
  Series 3, Episode 6 03x06: (Mar/25/2008) As Simon 

The Friday Night Project (2005) 
  John Barrowman 05x09: (Jul/27/2007) As Himself 

Totally Doctor Who (2006) 
  Episode 25 02x12: (Jun/29/2007) As Himself 
  Episode 24 02x11: (Jun/22/2007) As Himself 
  Episode 23 02x10: (Jun/15/2007) As Himself 

Would I Lie To You? (2007) 
  John Barrowman, Patrick McGuinness, Fay Ripley, Dominic Wood 01x02: (Jun/23/2007) As Himself 

Doctor Who Confidential (2005) 
  'Ello, 'Ello, 'Ello 03x11: (Jun/16/2007) As Himself 
  Welcome to Torchwood 02x12: (Jul/01/2006) As Himself 
  The Last Battle 01x13: (Jun/18/2005) As Himself 
  The Ultimate Guide (Jun/18/2005) As Himself 

The Charlotte Church Show (2006) 
  Danny Dyer, John Barrowman, Manic Street Preachers 02x05: (Mar/30/2007) As Himself 

Al Murray's Happy Hour (2007) 
  John Barrowman, Natalie Cassidy, Donnie Osmond, Madness 01x08: (Mar/03/2007) As Himself 

8 out of 10 Cats (2005) 
  Vic Reeves, Jade Goody, Chris Addison, John Barrowman 04x07: (Dec/01/2006) As Himself 

The Andrew Marr Show (2005) 
  12 November, 2006 02x11: (Nov/12/2006) As Himself 

To Me, To You (1996) 
  Episode 9 01x09: (Aug/23/1996) As Himself 

Daytime Live (1987) 
  Series 3, Episode 10 03x10: (Oct/30/1989) As Himself 
Trivia

He was born in Scotland but raised in Illinois.

He has an elder sister, Carole E. Barrowman.

He became an American citizen in 1985, making him a dual citizen of Britain and the United States.

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