John Barrowman Biography

John Barrowman is a Scottish-American actor, presenter, singer and author. He is most notably known for his various work on TV both in Brittan and America. He gained his worldwide success for his role of Captain Jack Harkness on “Doctor Who” and later reprised his role in the spinoff series “Torchwood” where he was the main character of the show. Lately he appears as one of the main villains in the Arrowverse shows on CW where he plays Malcolm Merlyn, an adaptation of the DC villain Merlyn.

John moved from his native Scotland to the US at only eight years of age and was encouraged by his high school teacher to take up performing. This eventually helped him get the role of Billy Crocker at London’s West End in “Anything Goes.” This helped him land other and bigger roles as he then started appearing in professional theater where he was cast in various musical. After his theatrical career helped him launch his success he then started appearing in various movies. His first roles include “De-Lovely” (2004) and “The Producers” (2005).

He also stared in a few American TV dramas such as “Titans” and “Central Park West”. He would then venture back to his home land of Britain and take up the role of Captain Jack Harkness in “Doctor Who” where he was the companion of the Doctor and a character who used to pop up from time to time. As he grew in one of the series favorites, he was granted his own show when a spinoff series was announced. He stared in “Torchwood” between 2006 and 2011. His latest stint on TV includes him staring on the American network CW where he plays Malcolm Merlyn, one of the antagonist of the series, and he has made recurring appearances throughout the season. He also acts as one of the main villains in ‘’DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” where he also plays the character of Merlyn.


John Barrowman in “Torchwood”

John Barrowman is also famous for his presenter work. He mainly appeared on the BBC and presented on such shows as “Tonight’s the Night” and he also appeared on the CBBC network. He also made appearances in various reality shows with the main one being “Dancing on Ice” in UK.

He has also been featured in a number of musical theater recordings and he also has a few cover albums. The most prominent ones include “Another Side” (2007) and “Music, Music, Music” (2008). He reached great critical success with them, climbing quite high in the UK Album Charts.

A testament of John Barrowman being quite an accomplished and successful personality is also the collection of the books that he has published. In 2008 he released “Anything Goes” a book which his sister, Carole Barrowman an English professor, has helped him write. He also released “I am What I am” in 2009 and “Captain Jack and the Selkie” which was a Torchwood comic strip which he also co-wrote with his sister.


John Barrowman in “Arrow”

John Barrowman Net Worth and Salary

With various work to his name, John Barrowman has managed to get a very nice income to his name. He was able to create a very fat bank account and established his earnings. His versatility is what helps him get a bigger salary and it is what helped him create a bigger and larger pay for him. He is currently worth 4 million dollars and he has a steady salary which keeps increasing with every new role. One could say that he is at the peak of his popularity now.

John Barrowman Partner and Family

John Barrowman is an openly gay man. This is not a secret anymore as he has revealed this back in 2008 on Radio 1’s Switch programme. He also has a husband, named Scott Gill, with whom he has a long standing and steady relationship. They actually met in 1993 during John’s performance or “Rope” at the Chichester Festival Theatre when Gill came to see John perform. They entered in a civil partnership in 2007 when a small ceremony was held in Cardiff. Later, in 2013, the pair wed legally in the state of California. They have no adopted children together and they share homes both in Cardiff, Wales and Palm Springs, California.


John Barrowman and Scott Gill

John Barrowman Age

John Barrowman is currently 50 years old. He was born on March 11, 1967 in Glasgow, Scotland. He was the youngest out of three children and at age 8 relocated to the US because of his father’s business. The family moved to Joliet, where John attended Joliet West High School. It was John’s English teacher who recognized the potential that he had and helped him acquire the taste for performing. He was moved into the Gifted Programme and was coached by his teacher which helped him get where he is today.

He also states that he owes a lot to his family which instilled a hard-working etiquette in him. In his senior year he actually worked by shoveling coal as a part of his father’s company. John states that labor work is what helped him become hard working and it also allowed him to become a better person. After graduating from high school, he relocated to San Diego and went on to study performing arts at the United States International University.

Height and Weight

You may not have noticed this, but John Barrowman is actually much taller than he gives off. With his roles in the shows and movies that he had, you get an impression that he is much shorter than he actually is. But it is when you see him in person that you realize that he is much taller. His height is exactly 6 feet which translates to approximately 183 cm. He also has blue eyes and brown hair. All in all, John Barrowman is a very handsome and well-built man and still maintains his good looks even while being in his middle ages.


John Barrowman and Drea de Matteo in “Desperate Housewives”

John Barrowman Accent

If you met John Barrowman, you never would have guessed of him actually being Scottish. In fact, over the course of time he has lost his original Scottish accent and has adopted a general American accent, or a Mid-Atlantic one. Now when you hear him speak you would most likely mistake him for a full-blooded American instead of a Scot person.

He has explained that after his move to America he was teased in elementary school by kids because of his way of speaking. This has prompted him to lose his original accent and adopt a more appropriate one for the area. He still maintains his American accent and rarely uses his original one and has grown a liking to it.

Nationality and Ethnicity

John Barrowman was born in Scotland, which is his nationality by birth. But in 1985 he became a naturalized citizen of the United States. Currently, he maintains a dual citizenship and possesses both the US and the UK one. He belongs to a Caucasian ethnic group.

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Born:,March 11 1967
Nationality:,Scotish – dual citizenship (UK and US)
Profession:,Actor – presenter – singer – author
Net Worth:,$4 million
Hair Color:,Brown
Eye Color:,Blue
Height:,6 feet or 183 cm
Married to:,Scott Gill
Affair with:,N/A
Birth Sign:,Pisces
Education:,performing arts at the United States International University

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