Having created the role of Captain Jack Harkness in the first series of Russell T Davies's revamped Doctor Who for BBC TV, the character created such an impact that he was given his own spin off series, Torchwood. Series 4 - aired last summer on BBC1 and in the USA on the Starz Network as a co-production between BBC Worldwide and Starz Entertainment.
John's multi talents have recently been seen on primetime Saturday night in the UK, presenting his own entertainment show Tonight's The Night on BBC1. The show, which helped ordinary people to fulfill their performing dreams, was a co production with John's production company, Barrowman Barker Productions. Three series have aired in the UK, and the format has been sold worldwide, with the show now playing in countries as diverse as Sweden and China.
In 2010 John appeared in season 6 of the hit US TV show Desperate Housewives in the guest role of Patrick Logan. John's movie roles include playing the Lead Tenor in the movie of the Mel Brooks musical The Producers and the role of Jack opposite Kevin Kline in De-Lovely. He was a regular on American television, playing Peter Williams in the Aaron Spelling series Titans for NBC and starred in Darren Star's Central Park West for CBS. Other UK TV drama roles include guest appearances in Hustle, Hotel Babylon and My Family.
He has previously been a judge on the award winning talent shows for BBC1 - How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?, Any Dream Will Do and I'd Do Anything. He hosted the family game show The Kids Are All Right on BBC1 and hosts the children's show Animals at Work. He was a celebrity contestant on the first series of ITV's Dancing On Ice, was the subject of a BBC1 documentary entitled The Making of Me, investigating the science of homosexuality and travelled across the USA for Children in Need in Around the World in 80 Days for BBC1. He won the 2010 Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special.
John started his career as a leading man in musical theatre, with numerous credits on both London's West End and Broadway. He has subsequently recorded four solo albums with Sony Music, the latest The Very Best of John Barrowman reaching number 12 in the charts. In 2008 his autobiography Anything Goes, which he wrote with his sister Carole E. Barrowman, was published by Michael O'Mara Books and reached number 2 in the Sunday Times best seller's list, remaining in the top ten for 13 weeks. A follow up autobiography I Am What I Am was published in 2009. Hollow Earth, the first of a series of children's book, which he has co authored with Carole, was published earlier this year, and they are now working on a Torchwood novel to be published this fall.
Anime Convention Guest Appearances
- Dragon Con 2018 - August 30 - September 3, 2018 in Atlanta, GA, USA
- Raleigh Supercon 2018 - July 27-29, 2018 in Raleigh, NC, USA
- Florida Supercon 2018 - July 12-15, 2018 in Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA
- Montreal Comiccon 2018 - July 6-8, 2018 in Montreal, QC, Canada
- Supanova Pop Culture Expo - Gold Coast 2018 - April 27-29, 2018 in Broadbeach, Queensland, Australia
- Supanova Pop Culture Expo - Melbourne 2018 - April 20-22, 2018 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
- Pensacon 2018 - February 23-25, 2018 in Pensacola, FL, USA 2017
- Armageddon Auckland 2017 - October 20-21, 2017 in Auckland, New Zealand
- MegaCon Tampa Bay 2017 - September 29 - October 1, 2017 in Tampa Bay, FL, USA
- Dragon Con 2017 - September 1-4, 2017 in Atlanta, GA, USA
- FanExpo Canada 2017 - August 31 - September 3, 2017 in Toronto, ON, Canada
Florida Supercon 2017 - July 27-30, 2017 in Fort Lauderdale, FL, USACancelled Appearance
- Supercon Retro 2017 - April 14-16, 2017 in Miami, FL, USA
- Fan Expo Dallas 2017 - March 31 - April 2, 2017 in Dallas, TX, USA 2016
- FanExpo Vancouver 2016 - November 11-13, 2016 in Vancouver, BC, Canada
- FanExpo Canada 2016 - September 1-4, 2016 in Toronto, ON, Canada
- MegaCon 2016 - May 26-29, 2016 in Orlando, FL, USA 2015
- Dragon Con 2015 - September 4-7, 2015 in Atlanta, GA, USA
- FanExpo Vancouver 2015 - April 3-5, 2015 in Vancouver, BC, Canada 2014
- Stan Lee's Comikaze Expo 2014 - October 31 - November 2, 2014 in Los Angeles, CA, USA
- Supanova Pop Culture Expo - Perth 2014 - June 20-22, 2014 in Perth, Western Australia, Australia
- Supanova Pop Culture Expo - Sydney 2014 - June 13-15, 2014 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
- Phoenix Comicon 2014 - June 5-8, 2014 in Phoenix, AZ, USA
- Comicpalooza 2014 - May 23-25, 2014 in Houston, TX, USA
- MegaCon 2014 - March 21-23, 2014 in Orlando, FL, USA 2013
- New York Comic Con 2013 - October 10-13, 2013 in New York, NY, USA
- Dragon Con 2013 - August 30 - September 2, 2013 in Atlanta, GA, USA
- FandomFest 2013 - July 26-28, 2013 in Louisville, KY, USA
- Phoenix Comicon 2013 - May 23-26, 2013 in Phoenix, AZ, USA 2012
- Dragon*Con 2012 - August 31 - September 3, 2012 in Atlanta, GA, USA
- Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo 2012 - April 13-15, 2012 in Chicago, IL, USA