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John Simm Poster

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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 10 July 1970Leeds, Yorkshire, England, UK
Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Mini Bio (1)

John Simm was born on 10 July 1970 in Leeds, West Yorkshire, and grew up in Nelson, Lancashire. He attended Edge End High School, Nelson, Lancashire, followed by Blackpool Drama College at 16 and the Drama Centre, London, at 19. He lives with his wife, actress Kate Magowan, and their children Ryan (born 13 August 2001) and Molly (born February 2007). Simm won the best actor award at the Valencia Film Festival for his film debut in Boston Kickout (1995).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: militantfeminist

Spouse (1)

Kate Magowan (April 2004 - present) (2 children)

Trivia (6)

Sang the acoustic version of New Order's "Blue Monday" in 24 Hour Party People (2002) during the split-screen scene.
Supports Manchester United Football Club and sometimes has a reference to this inserted into the characters he plays (particularly Sam Tyler in Life on Mars (2006) and Cal McCaffrey in State of Play (2003)).
Voted Best Guest Actor by readers of Doctor Who Magazine for his roles as Harold Saxon and the Master in the 2007 Season of Doctor Who (2005).
After Roger Delgado, Peter Pratt, Geoffrey Beevers, Anthony Ainley, Gordon Tipple, Eric Roberts, and Sir Derek Jacobi, he is the eighth actor to play the Master, the Doctor's greatest enemy. He played the role in Doctor Who: Utopia (2007), Doctor Who: The Sound of Drums (2007), Doctor Who: Last of the Time Lords (2007), Doctor Who: The End of Time: Part One (2009), and Doctor Who: The End of Time: Part Two (2010). Apart from the contemporary uncredited portrayal of the Master at age 8 by William Hughes, he has yet to be succeeded in the role.
Trained at Drama Centre, London. He was one of the younger members of Group 28, training between 1989 and 1992.
He took the part of the Master in Doctor Who (2005) because his kids were very big fans of the series.

Personal Quotes (15)

I think I can be closed in. I can close this outer shell, cut myself off and be quite cold. I can cut other people off if I need to. I don't think I'm angry, though... Maybe my wife would disagree.
I love Manchester. I always have, ever since I was a kid, and I go back as much as I can. Manchester's my spiritual home. I've been in London for 22 years now but Manchester's the only other place, I think, in the country that I could live.
I can't watch shows like 'The X Factor,' for instance. I just squirm for the people involved, for the way they're being used. It's the cruellest, most ridiculous show on television. It's ruined music, ruined everything.
You never undertake a project because you think other people will like it - because that way lies madness - but rather because you believe in it.
Success, however you judge what that even means, brings with it certain pressures.
When I got to 40, I was happy. Now I can wear what I like, listen to what I like, don't have to try and be cool. I'm someone's dad and it doesn't matter any more. That's an enormous freedom.
Twitter has restored my faith in humanity. I thought I'd hate it, but while there are lots of knobheads, there are even more lovely people. It delights me how witty and friendly most people are.
There's something really interesting about having those close friends that you've had incredible times with but growing up and away from them. The underlying tensions, the shifting in the group dynamic, the little lies you tell to big yourself up: it's something that happens to us all.
I'm good at being on my own. As a kid, I was always in my room alone, so I have a high threshold for it. If I'm bored, I'll read. Hanging around doesn't go well with me.
I used to be mouthy. It was all to do with being a northerner and from Manchester, which was suddenly a big deal when I was in my 20s. When I read some of the interviews I did back then, I cringe.
It's horrible to get a cameraphone shoved in your face every time you walk out the door.
I'm not a people person. I'm not sociable. I have been and I can be, but not as a general rule.
I'm incredibly proud of 'Life On Mars' and 'Doctor Who.' They're just a blast to do.
I spent most of my youth in Manchester, in clubs and football grounds and the Manchester Apollo.
Critics should be to actors what ornithologists are to birds: they can write all they want, but it shouldn't affect them.

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