John Barrowman

John Barrowman, MBE, is a Scottish-American actor, singer, dancer, presenter and writer who holds both British and American citizenship. Born in Glasgow, Scotland, he emigrated to the United States with his family in 1975. Encouraged by his high school teachers, Barrowman studied performing arts at the United States International University in San Diego before landing the role of Billy Crocker in Cole Porter's Anything Goes at London's West End.

Since his debut in professional theatre, Barrowman has played lead roles in various musicals both in the West End and on Broadway, including Miss Saigon, The Phantom of the Opera, Sunset Boulevard and Matador. After appearing in Sam Mendes' production of The Fix, he was nominated for the 1998 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical and, in the early 2000s, returned to the role of Billy Crocker in the revival of Anything Goes. His most recent West End credit was in the 2009 production of La Cage aux Folles.

Aside his theatrical career, Barrowman has appeared in various films including the musical biopic De-Lovely (2004) and musical comedy The Producers (2005). Before venturing into British television, he featured in the American television dramas Titans andCentral Park West but he is better known for his acting and presenting work for the BBC that includes his work for CBBC in its earlier years, his self-produced entertainment programme Tonight's the Night, and his BAFTA Cymru-nominated role of Captain Jack Harkness in the science fiction series Doctor Who and Torchwood. Barrowman has also had a number of guest roles in television programmes both in the US and the UK. He appeared as a contestant on the first series of celebrity ice skating show Dancing on Icewhile his theatrical background allowed him to become a judge on Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical talent shows How Do You Solve a Problem like Maria?, Any Dream Will Do and I'd Do Anything. In 2006, he was voted Stonewall's Entertainer of the Year. Starting in 2013, he hosts the BBC One quiz show Pressure Pad. Barrowman now stars in the CW's Arrow as Malcolm Merlyn/Dark Archer, the show's version of the DC villain Merlyn and one of the series main antagonists.

Barrowman is also featured on more than a dozen musical theatre recordings including cover tunes found on his 2007 album,Another Side, and 2008's Music Music Music. Both albums accrued places on the UK Albums Chart, as did his self-titled John Barrowman (2010), which reached number 11, his highest chart placing to date. Furthermore, Barrowman has published two memoirs and autobiographies, Anything Goes (2008) and I Am What I Am (2009), with his sister Carole as co-author. The siblings also teamed up to write a novel, Hollow Earth (2012). The second book in the series, Bone Quill, has been released in the UK and was released in the US in July 2013.

Known For


Cast Credits

The Keith and Paddy Picture Show (2017)
Guest starring as John Barrowman
DC's Legends of Tomorrow (2016)
Guest starring as Malcolm Merlyn (6 episodes)
The One Show (2015)
Guest starring as John Barrowman (3 episodes)
National Lottery Stars (2014)
Starring as Presenter (3 episodes)
The Flash (2014)
Guest starring as Malcolm Merlyn (2 episodes)
Small Animal Hospital (2014)
Starring as Presenter (24 episodes)
Superstar Dogs: Countdown to Crufts (2014)
Starring as Presenter (15 episodes)
Reign (2013)
Guest starring as Munro
Pressure Pad (2013)
Starring as Host (45 episodes)
Arrow (2012)
Starring as Malcolm Merlyn (36 episodes)
Guest starring as Malcolm Merlyn (21 episodes)
Scandal (2012)
Guest starring as Mellie's Fixer
Talking Dead (2011)
Guest starring as John Barrowman
Celebrity Antiques Road Trip (2011)
Guest starring as John Barrowman
Al Murray's Multiple Personality Disorder (2009)
Guest starring as Camp Officer (2 episodes)
Around the World in 80 Days (2009)
Guest starring as Presenter
Bizarre ER (2008)
Starring as Narrator (10 episodes)
The Kids Are All Right (2008)
Starring as Host
Any Dream Will Do (2007)
Starring as Judge (19 episodes)
Al Murray's Happy Hour (2007)
Guest starring as John Barrowman (2 episodes)
A Taste of My Life (2006)
Guest starring as John Barrowman
All Star Family Fortunes (2006)
Guest starring as John Barrowman
Torchwood (2006)
Starring as Captain Jack Harkness
8 Out of 10 Cats (2005)
Guest starring as John Barrowman
Doctor Who (2005)
Starring as Captain Jack Harkness (3 episodes)
Guest starring as Captain Jack Harkness (5 episodes)
Titans (2000)
Starring as Peter Williams (13 episodes)
Loose Women (1999)
Guest starring as John Barrowman
Central Park West (1995)
Starring as Peter Fairchild (21 episodes)
Live & Kicking (1993)
Starring as John Barrowman
Children in Need (1980)
Guest starring as John Barrowman (2 episodes)
The Royal Variety Performance (1960)
Starring as Host
  • Episode 2008-12-17: 2008 (Dec 17, 2008)