John Barrowman is a Scottish-American actor, singer, dancer, presenter and writer. Barrowman is known for his role as Captain Jack Harkness on infamous British science fiction series Doctor Who and Torchwood. More recently Barrowman starred in the CW’s Arrow as Malcolm Merlyn/The Dark Archer, the show’s version of the DC villain Merlyn the Archer.
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 Skyfall director Sam Mendes’ production of The Fix, he was nominated for the 1998 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical.
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 and Central Park West He is better known for his work for the BBC including his self-produced show 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 series both in the US and the UK. He appeared as a contestant on the first series of celebrity ice skating show Dancing on Ice while 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.
Barrowman appearred in the 2010 season of Desperate Housewives for five episodes, portraying Patrick Logan, the ex-boyfriend at the center of the Angie Bolen (FanX alumni Drea de Matteo) mystery. John Barrowman was cast as Jeremy in Kathryn Bigelow’s Oscar nominated Zero Dark Thirty. More recently, Barrowman was cast as Malcolm Merlyn/The Dark Archer in Arrow, the first season’s main antagonist and second season’s recurring character.