John Barrowman

Actor, Singer, TV host
A charismatic performer who made his mark on the musical stage, actor and occasional singer John Barrowman earned legions of fans with a number of acclaimed theatrical performances in London and on Broadway before ... Read more »
Born: 03/10/1967 in United Kingdom

Filmography

Actor (25)

Arrow 2012 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hotel Babylon 2007 - 2008, 2013 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sing Your Face Off 2013 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Host

Talking Dead 2014 (Tv Show)

Himself

Scandal 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Zero Dark Thirty 2012 (Movie)

Jeremy (Actor)

Torchwood 2007 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Desperate Housewives 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Any Dream Will Do 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Doctor Who 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Torchwood: Inside the Hub 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Doctor Who 2005, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

I'd Do Anything 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The Producers 2005 (Movie)

Lead Tenor (Actor)

De-Lovely 2004 (Movie)

Musical Performer (Actor)

Putting It Together 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Shark Attack 3: Megalodon 2002 (Movie)

Ben Carpenter (Actor)

Titans 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Central Park West 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A charismatic performer who made his mark on the musical stage, actor and occasional singer John Barrowman earned legions of fans with a number of acclaimed theatrical performances in London and on Broadway before becoming a huge star on British television as Captain Jack Harkness on both "Doctor Who" (BBC1, 2005- ) and "Torchwood" (BBC, 2006- ). Prior to his small screen success, Barrowman had a wide range of stage roles, playing Billy Crocker in an acclaimed revival of "Anything Goes" (1989), Raoul in a West End production of "The Phantom of the Opera," and Joe Gillis opposite Betty Buckley's Norma Desmond in "Sunset Boulevard" (1994). After a short-lived run as the assistant district attorney from a wealthy political family on the primetime soap "Central Park West" (CBS, 1995-96), he shined in a featured role in the Stephen Sondheim review "Putting It Together" (1998). Barrowman moved on to play the titular prince-turned-monster in "Disney's Beauty and the Beast" (1999), while returning to the small screen for another brief run on "Titan" (NBC, 2000-01). Following a pair of forgettable big screen appearances, Barrowman became Jack Harkness on "Doctor Who," earning a legion of fans that helped spawn the critically hailed spin-off "Torchwood." The popularity of both series won the attention of Hollywood and shipped Barrowman off to the U.S. for "Torchwood: The New World" (Starz, 2011- ), which poised the actor to become an even bigger star.

Relationships

John Barrowman

Father
Worked for Caterpillar machinery company; relocated family from Scotland to U.S. 1976

Marion Barrowman

Mother
Scottish

Andrew Barrowman

Brother
Older

Carole Barrowman

Sister
Older

Scott Gill

Domestic Partner
Met 1993 during a production of "Rope" at the Chichester Festival Theatre Entered into a civil partnership Dec. 27, 2006

EDUCATION

University of Iowa

Iowa City , Iowa
attended briefly

Joliet West High School

Joliet , Illinois 1986
actor Anthony Rapp attended at the same time (1985-86)

United States International University

San Diego , California
attended on scholarship

DePaul University

Chicago , Illinois
attended briefly

Milestones

2012

Joined cast of The CW's "Arrow" as villain Malcolm Merlyn/Dark Archer

2012

Made cameo in Kathryn Bigelow directed "Zero Dark Thirty"

2010

Guest starred on ABC's "Desperate Housewives"

2008

Published memoir Anything Goes

2006

Reprised Capt. Harkness for his own spin-off series "Torchwood" (BBC)

2005

Appeared in feature adaptation of musical comedy "The Producers," starring Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick

2005

Landed breakthrough role on BBC's "Doctor Who" as time traveler Captain Jack Harkness

2002

Starred as Bobby in Kennedy Center production of "Company"

2000

Featured on NBC drama serial "Titans" as a ruthless mogul

1999

Starred as the Beast in London stage musical of Disney's "Beauty and the Beast"

1999

"Putting It Together" remounted with minor cast changes on Broadway

1998

Performed a number from "The Fix" in the televised tribute "Hey, Mr. Producer! The Musical World of Cameron Mackintosh"

1998

Featured in musical revue of Stephen Sondheim's work "Putting It Together"; premiered at Los Angeles' Mark Taper Forum

1997

Created a leading role in musical "The Fix," which premiered at London's Donmar Warehouse under Sam Mendes' direction

1997

Toured Ireland as Alex in Andrew Lloyd Webber musical "Aspects of Love"

1997

Played Che in a Norwegian production of "Evita"

1996

Made Broadway debut recreating his role of Joe Gillis opposite Betty Buckley's Norma Desmond in Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical "Sunset Boulevard"

1995

Cast as assistant DA Peter Fairchild on CBS primetime serial "Central Park West/C.P.W."

1994

Hosted the British TV series "The Movie Game"

1994

Starred as Joe Gillis to Betty Buckley's Norma Desmond in Andrew Lloyd Webber musical "Sunset Boulevard"; Elaine Paige replaced Buckley when she became ill

1993

Presented "Electric Circus" as part of BBC weekly chidren's series "Live and Kicking"

1993

Briefly reprised Chris in "Miss Saigon"

1993

Played leading role of Claude in 25th anniversary staging of "Hair" in London

1993

Co-starred with Anthony Head and Alexis Denisof in a staging of "Rope" at Chichester

1992

Cast as Raoul in London production of "The Phantom of the Opera"

1991

Released first record, the single "I was Born to Be Me/I'll Dress You in Mourning"

1991

Starred opposite Stephanie Powers in the musical "Matador"

1990

Assumed role of Chris in London production of "Miss Saigon"

1989

Moved to London

1989

Made British stage debut replacing Howard McGillan as Billy Crocker in revival of "Anything Goes," starring Elaine Paige

1977

Moved with family from Scotland to Illinois

Born in Glasgow, Scotland

As a child, performed in nursing homes and sang in a church choir

Briefly performed at Opryland USA

Bonus Trivia

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"There's an innocence about John that's hard to find in leading men. Tom Cruise had that quality in the beginning of his career." – Darren Star, creator and producer of "Central Park West," to Us, October 1995

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"There is apparently a fan club for my bum in the U.K. I mooned somebody out of my dressing room window. They photographed it and started sending it to people. I have appeared nude onstage in Britain twice, so I have no qualms about nudity. I think people should be very proud of their bodies." – Barrowman to George Wayne in Vanity Fair, November 1995

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"I learned to speak with an American accent because kids used to make fun of my Scottish accent. It's like a defense mechanism. I'm more comfortable speaking Scottish. When I speak with my family, I speak Scottish. On television in England, I speak American. It's like being bilingual. But there are some words I've have to think about before I pronounce them." – Barrowman to Us, April 1996

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"My goal was to be a musical theater performer but also to be respected in the straight acting field because I feel they are one and the same thing." – Barrowman to Playbill On-Line, March 12, 1997

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