March 11, 1967 (56)
John Barrowman is a Scottish-American actor, singer, and writer who gained widespread fame for his role as Captain Jack Harkness in the British television series “Doctor Who” and its spin-off “Torchwood.”
His foray into television and film began in the late 1980s, but it wasn’t until the early 2000s that he achieved major recognition. Not only has he made significant appearances in television shows like “Arrow” and “Desperate Housewives,” but he’s also lent his voice to animated features like “The Producers.” On the musical front, Barrowman has released several albums, including “Another Side” and “Music Music Music.”
Collaborating with a variety of artists and professionals has been a cornerstone of Barrowman’s career. He has worked alongside David Tennant and Billie Piper on “Doctor Who,” forming an iconic trio that captivated audiences. His time on “Torchwood” brought him in close quarters with Eve Myles and Gareth David-Lloyd. Additionally, his stint on “Arrow” had him sharing screen time with Stephen Amell, Emily Bett Rickards, and David Ramsey. In the realm of theatre, Barrowman has showcased his skills alongside performers such as Elaine Paige in “Anything Goes,” and Ruthie Henshall in “Putting it Together.” Music has also been a collaborative endeavor, as he’s performed with Jodie Prenger and Daniel Boys in various concerts and musical settings.
John Barrowman has received multiple nominations and honors for his contributions to the arts. He was nominated for an Olivier Award for his performance in “The Fix,” a musical theatre production. In 2010, he won the SFX Award for Best TV Actor for his role in “Torchwood.” His influence extends beyond the stage and screen, evident by the honorary Doctorate of Letters he received from Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2011.