John Barrowman is an Entertainer with a capital E. Voted number 3 in Broadcast Magazine’s Hot 100 Talent, he sings, he dances, he acts, he presents, he judges - he is a unique talent in the British entertainment industry.
He can currently be seen playing Malcolm Merlyn in the new hit series Arrow on The CW Network and Sky 1.
Having created the role of Captain Jack Harkness in the first series of Russell T Davies’s revamped Doctor Who for BBC TV, the character created such an impact that he was given his own spin off series, Torchwood. Series 4 aired in 2011 on BBC1 as a co-production between BBC Worldwide and Starz Entertainment.
John’s multi talents have been seen on primetime Saturday night in the UK, presenting his own show Tonight’s The Night on BBC1. The show, which helped ordinary people to fulfill their performing dreams, was a co- production with John’s production company, Barrowman Barker Productions, and the format has sold to several overseas countries. Three series have aired in the UK, and the format has been sold worldwide, with the show now playing in countries as diverse as Sweden and China.
John has recently been seen in Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty and has completed filming All Stars which is due for release in May. John's other movie roles include playing the Lead Tenor in the movie of Mel Brooks' movie The Producers and the role of Jack opposite Kevin Kline in De-Lovely.
John appeared in season 6 of the hit US TV show Desperate Housewives in the guest role of Patrick Logan and last year he filmed the ABC pilot Gilded Lilys. He was a regular on American televison, playing Peter Williams in the Aaron Spelling series Titans for NBC and starred in Darren Star's Central Park West for CBS. Other UK TV drama roles include guest appearances in Hustle, Hotel Babylon and My Family.
He has previously been a judge on the award winning talent shows for BBC1 – How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?, Any Dream Will Do and I’d Do Anything. He hosted the family game show The Kids Are All Right on BBC1 and hosts the children’s show Animals at Work made by Cineflix for CBBC. He was a celebrity contestant on the first series of ITV’s Dancing On Ice, and was the subject of a BBC1 documentary entitled The Making of Me, investigating the science of homosexuality. He hosted The National Lottery’s Big Night for BBC1 from The Roundhouse in London and in 2009 he travelled across the USA with Mylene Klass for Children in Need in Around the World in 80 Days for BBC1. He presented Children in Need Rocks Scotland from SECC Glasgow in 2010 and won the 2010 Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special. Most recently John has been guest hosting the daily chat show Attack of the Show for the US cable network G4 and guest hosted The Brit List for BBC America.
In November 2007 John’s solo album Another Side was released by Sony Music and went Gold. In November 2008 Sony’s Epic label released Music Music Music. John's third album with Sony John Barrowman was released in March 2010 and entered the UK Album charts at number 11. His latest album The Best of John Barrowman was released in 2011. In January 2008 his autobiography Anything Goes, which he wrote with his sister Carole E. Barrowman, was published by Michael O’Mara Books and reached number 2 in the Sunday Times best seller’s list, remaining in the top ten for 13 weeks. A follow up autobiography I Am What I Am was published in October 2009. His children’s book Hollow Earth ,written with his sister Carole E. Barrowman, was published in 2012 and the second book in the series Bone Quill was published in February. Torchwood: Exodus Code, a novel based on the TV series, was also published in 2012.
John undertook a sell-out solo UK concert tour in April 2008. In May 2009 he undertook a second UK concert tour, culminating in one night at the Royal Albert Hall. A Live DVD of this concert tour was released and went straight into the music DVD charts at number 2. John completed another tour of the UK in 2010 and his DVD John Barrowman Live At The Royal Albert Hall subsequently went on sale. He completed his fourth UK tour in 2011 and played a select number of out-door concerts in June 2012.
John launched his own male grooming range, HIM, in 2011, and it is currently sold via the QVC network in the UK. In May he will be launching HER, a range of hair care for women.
Born in Glasgow, where he spent his early years, John moved with his family to the United States. Whilst studying back in the UK in 1989, he landed his first professional role, starring as Billy Crocker opposite Elaine Paige in the Cole Porter musical Anything Goes at the Prince Edward Theatre. This catapulted John into a career as a leading man in musical theatre, with further West End credits including Matador at the Queen’s Theatre, Chris in Miss Saigon at Drury Lane, Raoul in The Phantom Of The Opera at Her Majesty’s, The Beast in Beauty And The Beast at the Dominion, The Fix at the Donmar Warehouse (for which John received an Olivier Award nomination as Best Actor in a Musical), Claude in Hair at the Old Vic, and Joe Gillis in Sunset Boulevard at the Adelphi, playing opposite both Betty Buckley and Elaine Paige. He subsequently reprised the role on Broadway, where he also starred opposite Carol Burnett in the Stephen Sondheim revue Putting It Together. After a very successful run as Bobby in Stephen Sondheim’s Company at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, John returned to London theatre in a hugely successful revival of Anything Goes, directed by Trevor Nunn at the National Theatre, which subsequently transferred to Drury Lane. He played Billy Flynn in Chicago at the Adelphi, before making his West End straight play debut, playing opposite Rob Lowe in A Few Good Men at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. John completed an 11 week run, playing Albin in La Cage Aux Folles at the Playhouse Theatre in 2009.
He made his pantomime debut as Prince Charming in Cinderella at the Wimbledon Theatre and the following year he played a sell out run in the title role in Jack and the Beanstalk at the New Theatre, Cardiff. In 2007/8 he played the title role of Aladdin at the Birmingham Hippodrome, breaking all box office records, returning for the 2008/9 season in the title role of Robin Hood, breaking all box office records again! In 2009/10 he was back in Cardiff as Robin Hood. In 2010/11 he starred in Aladdin at the Glasgow SECC’s Clyde Auditorium and returned to Glasgow in 2011/12 in Robinson Crusoe and The Caribbean Pirates. In 2012/13 he returned to Glasgow to play the title role in Jack and the Beanstalk.
For more information about John Barrowman visit his website: www.johnbarrowman.com