John Barrowman was born in Yorkshire, England in September 1940. He joined the army after the outbreak of World War II and rose to become a Lieutenant Colonel. After the war John retired to live in London, where he pursued a varied acting career that spanned four decades. He received numerous honors, most notably an honorary knighthood from Queen Elizabeth, and a knighthurn from her son, the Prince of Wales.
John Barrowman’s acting career began in left field theater in Leicester in the early 1950s, playing the role of Inspector Lowe in a popular TV series called Camelot. After that show ended, John worked on the well-known soap opera, Allo and Merlot opposite Peter Sellers, and went on to play the lead role in the popular TV series, The Firm. John Barrowman also had a memorable role as a war hero in the award-winning film, Stagecoach. Later in his career he played the role of the villainous Dr. Alexander Karras in the television movie, The Night Manager. However, it was his role as John Locke in the science fiction television show, Doctor Who, which really brought him into stardom.
John has made several trips to the United Kingdom, most notably to observe the premiers of the United Kingdom at the Edinburgh festival in 2021. He was a key participant in the debates in the House of Commons over the Iraq war. John is well known in Canada, too. He was an outspoken critic of the Canadian government over the controversial Northern Gateway pipeline, which he strongly opposed. It was his strong opposition to the pipeline that got him into hot water with the Canadian authorities over the winter, when he was arrested and removed from parliament without any explanation.
John Barrowman Measurements
|Body Size||32 in|
|Waist Size||33 in / 84 cm|
|Shoe Size||12 (US)|
|Height||183 cm in meters- 1.83 m in Feet Inches- 6′ 0″|
|Weight||78 kg in Pounds- 171.96 lbs|
John was born in England, the son of a carpenter, and as a boy lived in a flat near Harrow. He was educated at boarding school and gained a degree at Rokeborne College, University of London. While there he joined the University of Glasgow as a clerk, and on graduation worked as an assistant instructor. Later he went to work for a cabinet maker in London, but soon began a freelance writing career, contributing articles to numerous publications including the Illustrated, Daily, and Sunday Herald, as well as writing one book, An Englishman’s Guide to War.
John Barrowman’s love of Scotland, and the wide variety of scenery he found there, influenced his choice of professions. He worked for the British Army for a number of years, including one term as a regiment officer. He was also a marine, serving with the navy in the Second World War. Most recently, he appeared in the award-winning film, The Kings Speech.
John’s father worked as a surveyor and botanist in Scotland, so John always remained close to the land. It was a family home in Edinburgh, built by his great-grandfather on the south side of the river dyke that really inspired the actor. The area was named John Barrowman House after John’s father. It now houses the John Barrowman Trust, which has helped fund many research projects to preserve the world’s remaining wilderness areas.
John Barrowman, like many performers from his generation, achieved great success in spite of his own challenges and is very humble about the impact his father made on his life. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, but lost to Gene Hackman for his role in Mystic River. The award for best supporting actor went to Ben Stiller for Big and was later won by Bill Murray for Rainmaker.