John Barrowman


Date Of Birth

11 March 1967


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, Carol, writes for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and has written a book about his life with him. Their brother still lives in Aurora.

John Barrowman was born on March 11, 1967 in Glasgow, Scotland is an openly gay all-around performer who excels in the field of hosting, singing, dancing and acting. As an actor, he appeared in several shows like Torchwood, Live & Kicking and How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?, and Dancing on Ice. Ultimately, he was voted the 2006 Stonewall "Entertainer of the Year".

Captain Jack Harkness is played by John Barrowman on the television series Doctor Who. He is a time traveler and a confidence trickster who came from the 51st century. He is known as the first openly bisexual companion of the Ninth Doctor. In addition, he appears to be playfully flirty with everyone he meets.

Place of Birth

Glasgow, Scotland

Birth Name

John Scot Barrowman



Fun Facts

Presented a children's TV show in the UK called "Live & Kicking" (1993). Played the Beast in the London Musical of the Disney animated film Beauty and the Beast (1991) at the Dominion Theatre in central London.

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 6 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.

Along with Freema Agyeman and Naoko Mori, he is one of only three actors to play the same character (Captain Jack Harkness) in both "Doctor Who" (2005) and "Torchwood" (2006).


in 2007 Nominated for a BAFTA Cymru Award -- Best Actor
for: "Torchwood" (2006) For episode "Everything Changes"


"Doctor Who (2008) The Stolen Earth and Journey's end

"Torchwood" .... Captain Jack Harkness (26 episodes, 2006-2008)

"Hotel Babylon" .... Simon (1 episode, 2008)

"Doctor Who" .... Captain Jack Harkness / ... (8 episodes, 2005-2007)

The Producers (2005) .... Lead Tenor

De-Lovely (2004) .... Jack/Musical Performer - "Night and Day"

Method (2004) (uncredited) .... Reporter

Shark Attack 3: Megalodon (2002) (V) .... Ben Carpenter

"Titans" .... Peter Williams (13 episodes, 2000-2001)

Putting It Together (2000) (TV) .... The Young Man

"Central Park West" .... Peter Fairchild (19 episodes, 1995-1996)

The Untouchables (1987)




6' (1.83m)


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))

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