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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 11 March 1967Mount Vernon, Glasgow, Scotland, UK
Birth NameJohn Scot Barrowman
Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (2)

Born in Glasgow, Scotland, and raised in Joliet, Illinois. He returned to the UK, for a 6 month Shakespeare semester with the United States International University of San Diego, but left to star in the musical production of "Anything Goes," with Elaine Page. He went on to star in "Miss Saigon," "Matador," "Rope," and "Hair" at London's West End. Barrowman has homes in London and Cardiff, Wales.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Lindsey-6

John Barrowman was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and moved to the U.S. with his family when he was eight. He first lived in Aurora, Illinois, then his family moved to Joliet. He attended Joliet West High School, where his father worked at the Caterpillar head office. He attended DePaul University for a short while, but left when he was told that he had to become an opera singer, when he wanted to be a musical-comedy performer in musical theater.

He returned to the UK for a Shakespeare semester with United States International University of San Diego, but left to star in the musical production of "Anything Goes," with Elaine Page. He later went on to star in "Miss Saigon," "Matador," "Rope," and "Hair" at London's West End.

Barrowman has homes in London and Cardiff, Wales with his partner of many years, Scott Gill, who is an architect.

His sister, Carole, writes for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and has written a book about her life with him. Their brother still lives in Aurora.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Bec Kenward (i-am-lost@hotmail.com)

Spouse (1)

Scott Gill (2 July 2013 - present)

Trivia (39)

Presented a children's TV show in the UK called Live & Kicking (1993).
He has performed his cabaret show in New York; Chicago; Washington, D.C.; and Milwaukee.
Appeared as an extra in The Untouchables (1987) - the scene in the police academy where Sean Connery is recruiting Andy Garcia.
He was nominated for a 1998 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Actor in a Musical of 1997 season for his performance in The Fix.
Partner of British architect Scott Gill.
Was six months from graduating from the United States International University of San Diego. He's been asked to return but has stated that he's learned more by doing than any teacher could teach him.
Voted best guest actor by readers of Doctor Who Magazine for his five episodes in 2005 season.
Spent some time in Los Angeles chasing movie and TV roles. Made final three in casting for the role of Will in Will & Grace (1998). When he didn't get the part, he demanded an explanation and found he had been rejected as "not gay enough.".
He was joined in a civil partnership (a commitment ceremony which accords gay couples many of the same rights as heterosexual couples in the UK) to his longtime love, architect Scott Gill, at a ceremony in Cardiff Bay on Wednesday 27 December 2006.
He has classified his voice as being a "lyric baritone with a low baritone bottom and a tenor top.".
He drives a high-efficiency diesel Mercedes, which is run on Sun diesel. He's in the market for an electric car, as it is more environmentally efficient.
He recently flew in a Hawker fighter jet representing the Royal Air Force, because Captain Jack (his character in Torchwood (2006)) is in the RAF.
He signed a four-record deal with Sony for doing a very eclectic mix of covers of songs he really likes and things fans have asked him to sing. He wants it to reflect himself, so it will have some musical theater numbers, some pop, and even some country. His first tour started in 2008.
Played Mr. Bumble in Joliet West High School's 1983 production of Oliver! alongside Anthony Rapp (as Oliver) and Andy Dick (as Dr. Grimwig).
According to his autobiography, when the part of Will in Will & Grace (1998) came down to him and Eric McCormack, the producers decided to go with Eric because, as they told John, he (John) was "too straight-acting." John, meanwhile, is openly gay, but they went with a straight actor for the role.
He is one of six actors to play the same character (in Barrowman's case, Captain Jack Harkness) in both Doctor Who (2005) and Torchwood (2006). The others are Freema Agyeman (playing Martha Jones), Eve Myles (playing Gwen Cooper), Naoko Mori (playing Toshiko Sato), Gareth David-Lloyd (playing Ianto Jones), and Lachele Carl (playing Trinity Wells).
Although he predominantly speaks with an American accent, he says he always speaks with his parents in his natural Scottish Accent.
Was a big fan of ''Doctor Who'' growing up.
Owns a Dalek from the season one finale of 'Doctor Who' and has it placed near his front door.
Is a huge fan of Carol Burnett.
Married his long-time partner, Scott Gill, in California on July 2, 2013.
Dr. Who spin-off Torchwood starts on BBC Three with Barrowman as the lead character, Captain Jack Harkness. [October 2006]
Filming Torchwood Season 3 and preparing for release of new album: "Music, Music, Music" in November. [September 2008]
Appearing in a pantomime play called "Robin Hood - The Pantomime Adventure", in Cardiff, Wales, UK at the New Theatre, Cardiff from 12 December 2009 through 24 January 2010. [December 2009]
Appearing in "A Few Good Men" at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket. [August 2005]
In London acting as a judge on the show "I'd Do Anything." [May 2008]
Played Albin/Zaza, a lead role, in the musical "La Cage aux Folles" at the Playhouse Theatre in London's West End from 14 September through 28 November 2009. [September 2009]
Was asked by Steven Moffat to appear in the season six episode ''A Good Man Goes To War'' but he had to refuse as he was busy shooting ''Torchwood: Miracle Day''.
He auditioned to play the Ninth Doctor.
He was awarded the MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2014 Queen's Birthday Honours List for services to Light Entertainment and to Charity.
He was awarded the MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2014 Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to Light Entertainment and to Charity.
Singer: New album: "You raise me up" (2014).
His character in Torchwood, Captain Jack Harkness, appears in the Mobile game "Doctor Who Legacy", from Tiny Rebel Games and Seed Studio. Released in November 2013. Jack Harkness and Ianto Jones, from Doctor Who and Torchwood, appears in it.
(October 14, 2014) Was awarded an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to Entertainment and Charity.
(13/12/2014 to 4/1/2015) Stage Panto "Cinderella" (Buttons) Clyde Autitorium, Glasgow, Scotland. Jonathan Kiley, executive producer.
Panto Fan Awards - John Barrowman: Winner Award for his Outstanding Contribution to Panto. [February 2015]
20-May 2008 NewNowNext Awards - Nomination Brink of Fame Actor.
20 May 2008 NewNowNext Awards - Best Gay Kiss: Jack (John Barrowman) and Ianto (Gareth David-Lloyd) on Torchwood.
Announced he will return to one of his best-known roles on British television when a new Torchwood audio drama is released later this year. [May 2015]

Personal Quotes (10)

I was gobsmacked by that. I was absolutely gobsmacked. All these things that are happening. I just sit back and . . . I can't believe it but I love it. I'm totally enjoying it. Because I'm a fan, a sci-fi fan, they have made a young boy's dreams come true. (after being told that his role in Torchwood (2006) had propelled him to "instantaneous National Treasure status")
There's a lot of me in Captain Jack and there's a lot of Captain Jack in me. And there is no pun intended. (on his role as Captain Jack Harkness on Torchwood (2006))
I'm not the sort that likes to go out and get hammered, I'm not the Hotel Babylon (2006) and I let that go years ago now that I am older and wiser.
Remember that I have a family. Remember that I have teenage nieces and nephews--and younger--who do surf the Internet for stuff about their uncle. And I would appreciate if you don't make up rumors and things about me. If you want the facts, go to my Web site. I'm truthful. I'm honest about the way I talk. If you want the truth, come to me. (on what he thinks of what is written about him on the Internet, which he refuses to read)
In the back of his mind, Captain Jack really wants to die because he's lived a long, long time. (on his character's immortality in Torchwood (2006))
Chris (Christopher Eccleston) was always grumpy. You don't always have to be intense. There comes a point when intensity makes you miserable - I think that was the case with Chris. I much prefer working with David (David Tennant) - he likes to have a bit more fun, he's more charismatic as a person. Chris might have been a great Doc but he was darker and had a chip on his shoulder, he was not as much fun on set as David. I will give him the credit that he was the first Doctor to bring back the series and made a damn good job of it. But I just wouldn't go to the pub with him. On the other hand, David's been to my house, we went to the Madonna concert with our partners - we socialise together. He's a lot more fun.
[during filming of an episode of Torchwood] Gareth (David Lloyd) and I "assumed the position" and went for it. The episode's director never called "cut". By the time Gareth and I were hitting the two-minute mark, my lips were getting numb and Gareth was getting twitchy. "You fuckers!" We both yelled in unison, when we finally realized what was going on and pulled apart.
[on being awarded MBE from Princess Anne (14 October 2014)] I am completely honoured by it, I'm proud to be a British subject, to be part of Great Britain, to be honoured by the Queen and for it to be run through by the Government. I am absolutely thrilled and had no hesitation at all in accepting.
[on Captain Jack's on-screen romances] The best kiss, the person I love kissing the most, was Gareth David-Lloyd, who played Ianto. It was just because I felt powerful, because Gareth is straight. Gareth likes the girls and he totally gave over and was passionate with me and everything. Put it this way: Gareth was always happy to see me. And I felt very powerful when that happened. I was like, I've got something that you don't want but it's still turning you on.
[about Jack Harkness] I've kind of made Jack a hero that I would like to have looked up to as a little boy because as a little boy, I knew I was gay but I didn't know what it was. Didn't know who to talk to about it. ... I wanted kids to like him, and I wanted women, men, I wanted everyone to like him. But first I wanted people to hate him. I wanted them to think he was arrogant and pushy and too sure of himself. And I wanted them to follow the arc of the change he went through in the final episodes of Doctor Who.

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