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John Barrowman played Patrick Logan, a charming but dangerous man, during season 6 of Desperate Housewives.


Born in Glasgow, Scotland, and raised in Joliet, Illinois. He returned to the UK, for a 6 month Shakespeare semester with the United States International University of San Diego, but left to star in the musical production of "Anything Goes," with Elaine Page. He went on to star in "Miss Saigon," "Matador," "Rope," and "Hair" at London's West End. Barrowman has homes in London and Cardiff, Wales.

Doctor Who / Torchwood[]

A significant part of Barrowman's career is his role in popular UK sci-fi drama Doctor Who, as 51st Century time agent Captain Jack Harkness, from which he also got his own spin-off show titled Torchwood . His first appearance as Harkness was in the two-part story "The Empty Child"/"The Doctor Dances", going on to appear in the next three episodes, "Boom Town", "Bad Wolf" and "The Parting of the Ways". The character of Captain Jack Harkness became so popular, he was given his own show. Torchwood, a Doctor 'Who spin-off series featuring a team of alien hunters based in modern day Cardiff, premiered in 2006.

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Ken Tucker[who?] describes Barrowman's role on Torchwood as "dashing" and "celestially promiscuous", and "like Tom Cruise with suspenders, but minus the Scientology". On the show, Harkness "tracks down—and occasionally beds—ETs with the help of his quartet of bedazzled groupies—slash—Experts in Their Fields: One's a doctor, one's a cop, one's a scientist, and one... makes coffee piping hot. It's like the Justice League of Extended-Pinkie Nerds."[44] Barrowman continued to guest star in Doctor Who

in 2007, appearing in "Utopia", "The Sound of Drums", and "Last of the Time Lords". He participated in a Doctor Who special on the BBC's The Weakest Link.[45] In 2008, Barrowman appeared in the two-part 2008 series finale, "The Stolen Earth"/"Journey's End" and reprised the role of Captain Jack Harkness in the "Doctor Who: Tonight's the Night" special.[46] In 2010,

Barrowman returned to Doctor Who with a cameo in The End Of Time along with other previous stars.


Series 3 of Torchwood was broadcast in July 2009 as a miniseries of five episodes called Children of Earth.[47] Filming of Series 4 called Torchwood: Miracle Day began on January 11, 2011 primarily in Los Angeles, and in and around Cardiff, Wales. The first episode of Torchwood: Miracle Day aired on Starz Network in the USA on July 8, 2011 and was broadcast on BBC One in the UK on July 14, 2011.[48][49] Both Doctor Who and Torchwood have become enormously popular in the United States on the BBC America network (Torchwood varying on different networks), both breaking audience rating records.[50]


Film and television credits
Title Duration Medium Role Notes
The Untouchables 1987 Feature film Street person (uncredited)
Central Park West 1995–96 Television series Peter Fairchild
Titans 2000–01 Television series Peter Williams
Putting It Together: Direct from Broadway 2001 Television special The Younger Man
Shark Attack 3: Megalodon 2002 Feature film Ben Carpenter
Method 2004 Feature film Timothy Stevens
De-Lovely Feature film Jack / Musical performer
The Producers 2005 Feature film Lead tenor
Doctor Who 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010 Television series Captain Jack Harkness
  • Appeared in a total of eleven episodes:
    • Five in series one: The Empty Child; The Doctor Dances; Boom Town; Bad Wolf; The Parting of the Ways
    • Three in series three: Utopia; The Sound of Drums; Last of the Time Lords
    • Two in series four: The Stolen Earth; Journey's End
    • One special: The End of Time
Torchwood 2006–2011 Television series Captain Jack Harkness
  • Main character
Hotel Babylon 2008 Television series Simon
  • Appeared in the sixth episode of the third series
Tonight's the Night 2009–present Television series Himself / Captain Jack Harkness
My Family 2009 Television series The Doctor
  • Appeared in a guest role on the eighth episode "The Guru" of the ninth series
Desperate Housewives 2010 Television series Patrick Logan
Strictly Come Dancing Television series Himself
  • Appeared on, and won, the 2010 Christmas special
Broadway: The Next Generation 2011 Feature film Himself
The Super Hero Squad Show Television series Stranger (voice)
Hustle 2012 Television series Dean Deville
  • Filmed scenes for Episode 4, series 8 in September 2011 on location in Birmingham, West Midlands[1]
Watson & Oliver Television series Himself
  • Appeared in the first episode of the first series
Theatre credits
Title Duration Role Venue(s)
Anything Goes 1989 Billy Crocker Prince Edward Theatre, London
Miss Saigon 1990–91 Chris (alternate) Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London
Matador 1991 Domingo Hernandez Queen's Theatre, London
The Phantom of the Opera 1992 Raoul Her Majesty's Theatre, London
Rope 1993 Wyndham Brandon Minerva Theatre, Chichester
Hair 1993 Claude The Old Vic, London
Miss Saigon 1993–94 Chris Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London
Sunset Boulevard 1994 Joe Gillis Adelphi Theatre, London
Sunset Boulevard 1996 Joe Gillis Minskoff Theatre, New York
Red Red Rose 1996 Robert Burns Concert Hall, Aarhus, Denmark
Aspects of Love 1997 Alex Olympia Theatre, Dublin (6 weeks)
Cork Opera House, Cork (1 week)
The Fix 1997 Cal Chandler Donmar Warehouse, London
Evita 1997 Che Oslo Spektrum, Oslo, Norway
Hey, Mr. Producer! 1998 Cal Chandler Lyceum Theatre, London
Putting It Together 1998 The Younger Man Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles
Beauty and the Beast 1999 The Beast / The Prince Dominion Theatre, London
Putting It Together 1999–2000 The Younger Man Ethel Barrymore Theatre, New York
Company 2002 Bobby Kennedy Center, Washington, DC
Anything Goes 2002–03 Billy Crocker National Theatre, London
Love's Labour's Lost 2003 Dumaine National Theatre, London
The Beautiful and Damned 2003 F. Scott Fitzgerald Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford
Anything Goes 2003–04 Billy Crocker Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London
Chicago 2004 Billy Flynn Adelphi Theatre, London
A Few Good Men 2005 Lt Jack Ross Theatre Royal Haymarket, London
Cinderella 2005–06 Prince Charming New Wimbledon Theatre, London
Jack and the Beanstalk 2006–07 Jack New Theatre, Cardiff
Aladdin 2007–08 Aladdin Hippodrome Theatre, Birmingham
Robin Hood: The Pantomime Adventure 2008–09 Robin Hood Hippodrome Theatre, Birmingham
La Cage aux Folles 2009 Albin / Zaza Playhouse Theatre, London
Robin Hood: The Pantomime Adventure 2009–10 Robin Hood New Theatre, Cardiff
Aladdin 2010–11 Aladdin Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow
Robinson Crusoe and the Caribbean Pirates 2011–12 Robinson Crusoe Clyde Auditorium, SECC, Glasgow


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