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20th Jul '13 8:28:54 AM StFan
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[[quoteright:302:[[Series/DoctorWho http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/john_barrowman.jpg]]]]
[[caption-width-right:302:"Ladies, your viewing figures just went up!"]]

[[Film/SharkAttack3Megalodon He's really wired]].

'''John Barrowman''' was born March 11th, 1967 in Glasgow, Scotland (no, he's not to our knowledge a ViolentGlaswegian). His family moved to Aurora, Illinois when he was 8, and his father was relocated there by Caterpillar. He picked up an American accent to avoid the torment other kids were leveling at him. Went to Joliet West High School as a teen where he performed in many school productions. Made his name as a [[TheMusical Musical Theatre]] actor/singer (there's an official recording of him as Raoul de Chagny in ''{{The Phantom of the Opera}}'' available); in 1998 he received an Olivier Award nomination for playing Calvin Chandler in ''TheFix'' (he lost to co-star Philip Quast). He also presented UK kids' TV show ''LiveAndKicking''. He had several minor TV and film roles, including {{Soap Opera}}s such as ''Series/CentralParkWest'' and ''[=Titans=]''. He also appeared in the [[SoBadItsGood laughably terrible]] movie ''Film/SharkAttack3Megalodon'', in which he uttered the infamous "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1XOfHax6Q8 line]]" (not safe for work!).

His biggest break was landing the role of Capt. Jack Harkness in the revival of one of his favorite childhood shows, ''Series/DoctorWho''. This character, an [[ExtremeOmnisexual omnisexual]] time traveling con-man, was so popular he got his own show, ''Series/{{Torchwood}}''. He's also popped back to ''Doctor Who'' for the end of the third series and for the fourth series finale, as well as a cameo in David Tennant's final episode.

He was also a judge for three {{Talent Show}}s (''How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?'', ''Any Dream Will Do'' and ''I'd Do Anything'') looking for new [[TheMusical Musical Theater]] stars. According to Denise Van Outen, he went skinny dipping in AndrewLloydWebber's swimming pool.

He has a penchant for getting a certain organ out in front of his co-stars. About the only person he hasn't (successfully) done it to is [[Creator/ElisabethSladen Lis Sladen]]. He [[http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/7759215.stm apologised]] to the UK for doing so during a live radio broadcast. There was a webcam, although said bit was not shown on-line.

He also took part in a talent show as a contestant - ITV's ''DancingOnIce'', series 1; he was voted off surprisingly early and many feel he was robbed.

In 2008, his helming of the quiz show ''The Kids Are All Right'' at around the same time he was on ''Doctor Who'', ''Torchwood'' and ''I'd Do Anything'', as well as his tendency to pop up in a lot of other places have led to "theories" of an army of Barrowman clones running around.

Also in 2008, he featured in ''HotelBabylon'', where he played a Hollywood producer.

In 2010, he had a part on ''DesperateHousewives'' as Patrick, a Neo-Terrorist. Just... don't expect him back. [[spoiler: He was blown-up. Hard to come back from that. [[Series/{{Torchwood}} Then again...]]]]

In 2012, he's appearing in the GreenArrow tv show ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' as the BigBad, Malcolm [[spoiler: Merlyn, the Dark Archer and leader of the evil organisation Oliver is trying to take down.]]

He's released several [=CDs=], mostly of Broadway standards. He also has two autobiographical books out: ''Anything Goes'' and ''I Am What I Am'', alongside working in fiction with his sister Carole, a Captain Jack story called ''Exodus Code'', and a children's series called ''Hollow Earth.''

He's openly gay, though he acknowledges women can be attractive (even if he dislikes the idea of sex with them). He and his long term partner Scott Gill were joined in a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civil_partnerships_in_the_United_Kingdom civil partnership]] on December 27, 2006 and got married in the state of California on July 2, 2013. (Incidentally, Barrowman has stated that he took one look at Scott and [[LoveAtFirstSight knew he was the one]].)

He was actually considered for the role of Will from ''WillAndGrace'', but since RealityIsUnrealistic, he wasn't considered "[[StereotypeGay gay enough]]" by producers and the role was given to a straight actor.

His appeal has reached the level of internet memes, both as a MemeticSexGod and in original flavor. Thanks to an appearance by DavidTennant on "{{Never Mind the Buzzcocks}}," it's become standard procedure for Whovians to blame any random thing that's bothering them on BARROWMAN! *shakes fist*

He used to have a dog called Tegan (after a companion of the Fifth Doctor), and he currently has a dog named Captain Jack.

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!!Tropes He Personifies:

* CampGay
** Also StraightGay, funnily enough. He was once turned down for a gay role in ''WillAndGrace'' for being ''too straight''.
* ChivalrousPervert: His... [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PkupUDIxrM4 abruptness]] with fans at conventions is legendary, and he's been happily together with his partner for over 20 years.
* [[EvenTheGuysWantHim Even the Guys Want Him]]: Exhibit A: If you look closely, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOER3L6cXZU&t=12m35s you can see the exact moment a man becomes gay for Barrowman.]]
* [[EverythingsBetterWithSparkles Everything's Better With Sequins]]
* FakeAmerican: Somewhat. He was born and spent the early part of his life in Scotland but moved to the U.S. when he was young and speaks in a fluent American accent. However he has said he does have a Scottish accent that he uses around his family and which he has demonstrated in interviews. (During one [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-OS_k1248g interview]] when his sister Carole came on and they began talking together, they both lost their American accents in a matter of seconds.)
* GenreThrowback: In concert he's a throwback to the great "easy listening" showmen of the '60s, '70s, and '80s like Dean Martin or Andy Williams -- [-[[RecycledInSpace WITH SHOWTUNES]]-]!
* HappilyMarried: He tied the knot with Scott Gill on 2 July, 2013 and has been with him for 20 years before that.
* IntergenerationalFriendship : According his Twitter feed, he spends most of his time on the ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' set with younger actors such as [[http://telly.com/CKD1QB Willa Holland, Colton Haynes, Emily Bett Rickards]] and Colin Donnell to name a few.
** OneOfTheKids: The fact that he acts like a hyperactive teenager encourages this.
* {{Keet}}: Ticks just about every box on the list (the one possible exception being "small" seeing as he's over six feet tall.) [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AIultm0nCWY Watch his reaction when co-star Carol Burnett's skirt falls down during a rehearsal.]]
* MemeticSexGod: He both plays one and is one.
* MrFanservice: The picture on this page says it all.
* OlderThanTheyLook: That fanservice shot in the top left corner? He was 38 when that was taken.
** This was combined with PlayingGertrude on ''Arrow,'' where the actor playing his son (Colin Donnell) was only 15 years younger than him. At times, they looked more like brothers than father and son.
* OneOfUs: [[http://dailydragon.dragoncon.org/dc2012/panels-events-2012/fan-moments-an-hour-with-john-barrowman/ Exhibit A:]] He has, in his possession, the Dalek that shot him in "The Parting of the Ways." He keeps it in his front hall to greet people who enter his home. He also had NicholasBriggs record new (and more Barrowman-ish) phrases to greet people when they walk by.
** He also enjoys working conventions because it gives him a chance to add to his massive t-shirt collection.
* OppositesAttract: Barrowman's partner Scott is apparently quiet, bookish, and introverted. They've been together for nearly twenty years.
* WholesomeCrossdresser: [[http://i.imgur.com/gG9Rkks.png Observe.]]
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[[quoteright:302:[[Series/DoctorWho http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/john_barrowman.jpg]]]]
[[caption-width-right:302:"Ladies, your viewing figures just went up!"]]

[[Film/SharkAttack3Megalodon He's really wired]].

'''John Barrowman''' was born March 11th, 1967 in Glasgow, Scotland (no, he's not to our knowledge a ViolentGlaswegian). His family moved to Aurora, Illinois when he was 8, and his father was relocated there by Caterpillar. He picked up an American accent to avoid the torment other kids were leveling at him. Went to Joliet West High School as a teen where he performed in many school productions. Made his name as a [[TheMusical Musical Theatre]] actor/singer (there's an official recording of him as Raoul de Chagny in ''{{The Phantom of the Opera}}'' available); in 1998 he received an Olivier Award nomination for playing Calvin Chandler in ''TheFix'' (he lost to co-star Philip Quast). He also presented UK kids' TV show ''LiveAndKicking''. He had several minor TV and film roles, including {{Soap Opera}}s such as ''Series/CentralParkWest'' and ''[=Titans=]''. He also appeared in the [[SoBadItsGood laughably terrible]] movie ''Film/SharkAttack3Megalodon'', in which he uttered the infamous "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1XOfHax6Q8 line]]" (not safe for work!).

His biggest break was landing the role of Capt. Jack Harkness in the revival of one of his favorite childhood shows, ''Series/DoctorWho''. This character, an [[ExtremeOmnisexual omnisexual]] time traveling con-man, was so popular he got his own show, ''Series/{{Torchwood}}''. He's also popped back to ''Doctor Who'' for the end of the third series and for the fourth series finale, as well as a cameo in David Tennant's final episode.

He was also a judge for three {{Talent Show}}s (''How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?'', ''Any Dream Will Do'' and ''I'd Do Anything'') looking for new [[TheMusical Musical Theater]] stars. According to Denise Van Outen, he went skinny dipping in AndrewLloydWebber's swimming pool.

He has a penchant for getting a certain organ out in front of his co-stars. About the only person he hasn't (successfully) done it to is [[Creator/ElisabethSladen Lis Sladen]]. He [[http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/7759215.stm apologised]] to the UK for doing so during a live radio broadcast. There was a webcam, although said bit was not shown on-line.

He also took part in a talent show as a contestant - ITV's ''DancingOnIce'', series 1; he was voted off surprisingly early and many feel he was robbed.

In 2008, his helming of the quiz show ''The Kids Are All Right'' at around the same time he was on ''Doctor Who'', ''Torchwood'' and ''I'd Do Anything'', as well as his tendency to pop up in a lot of other places have led to "theories" of an army of Barrowman clones running around.

Also in 2008, he featured in ''HotelBabylon'', where he played a Hollywood producer.

In 2010, he had a part on ''DesperateHousewives'' as Patrick, a Neo-Terrorist. Just... don't expect him back. [[spoiler: He was blown-up. Hard to come back from that. [[Series/{{Torchwood}} Then again...]]]]

In 2012, he's appearing in the GreenArrow tv show ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' as the BigBad, Malcolm [[spoiler: Merlyn, the Dark Archer and leader of the evil organisation Oliver is trying to take down.]]

He's released several [=CDs=], mostly of Broadway standards. He also has two autobiographical books out: ''Anything Goes'' and ''I Am What I Am'', alongside working in fiction with his sister Carole, a Captain Jack story called ''Exodus Code'', and a children's series called ''Hollow Earth.''

He's openly gay, though he acknowledges women can be attractive (even if he dislikes the idea of sex with them). He and his long term partner Scott Gill were joined in a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civil_partnerships_in_the_United_Kingdom civil partnership]] on December 27, 2006 and got married in the state of California on July 2, 2013. (Incidentally, Barrowman has stated that he took one look at Scott and [[LoveAtFirstSight knew he was the one]].)

He was actually considered for the role of Will from ''WillAndGrace'', but since RealityIsUnrealistic, he wasn't considered "[[StereotypeGay gay enough]]" by producers and the role was given to a straight actor.

His appeal has reached the level of internet memes, both as a MemeticSexGod and in original flavor. Thanks to an appearance by DavidTennant on "{{Never Mind the Buzzcocks}}," it's become standard procedure for Whovians to blame any random thing that's bothering them on BARROWMAN! *shakes fist*

He used to have a dog called Tegan (after a companion of the Fifth Doctor), and he currently has a dog named Captain Jack.

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!!Tropes He Personifies:

* CampGay
** Also StraightGay, funnily enough. He was once turned down for a gay role in ''WillAndGrace'' for being ''too straight''.
* ChivalrousPervert: His... [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PkupUDIxrM4 abruptness]] with fans at conventions is legendary, and he's been happily together with his partner for over 20 years.
* [[EvenTheGuysWantHim Even the Guys Want Him]]: Exhibit A: If you look closely, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOER3L6cXZU&t=12m35s you can see the exact moment a man becomes gay for Barrowman.]]
* [[EverythingsBetterWithSparkles Everything's Better With Sequins]]
* FakeAmerican: Somewhat. He was born and spent the early part of his life in Scotland but moved to the U.S. when he was young and speaks in a fluent American accent. However he has said he does have a Scottish accent that he uses around his family and which he has demonstrated in interviews. (During one [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-OS_k1248g interview]] when his sister Carole came on and they began talking together, they both lost their American accents in a matter of seconds.)
* GenreThrowback: In concert he's a throwback to the great "easy listening" showmen of the '60s, '70s, and '80s like Dean Martin or Andy Williams -- [-[[RecycledInSpace WITH SHOWTUNES]]-]!
* HappilyMarried: He tied the knot with Scott Gill on 2 July, 2013 and has been with him for 20 years before that.
* IntergenerationalFriendship : According his Twitter feed, he spends most of his time on the ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' set with younger actors such as [[http://telly.com/CKD1QB Willa Holland, Colton Haynes, Emily Bett Rickards]] and Colin Donnell to name a few.
** OneOfTheKids: The fact that he acts like a hyperactive teenager encourages this.
* {{Keet}}: Ticks just about every box on the list (the one possible exception being "small" seeing as he's over six feet tall.) [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AIultm0nCWY Watch his reaction when co-star Carol Burnett's skirt falls down during a rehearsal.]]
* MemeticSexGod: He both plays one and is one.
* MrFanservice: The picture on this page says it all.
* OlderThanTheyLook: That fanservice shot in the top left corner? He was 38 when that was taken.
** This was combined with PlayingGertrude on ''Arrow,'' where the actor playing his son (Colin Donnell) was only 15 years younger than him. At times, they looked more like brothers than father and son.
* OneOfUs: [[http://dailydragon.dragoncon.org/dc2012/panels-events-2012/fan-moments-an-hour-with-john-barrowman/ Exhibit A:]] He has, in his possession, the Dalek that shot him in "The Parting of the Ways." He keeps it in his front hall to greet people who enter his home. He also had NicholasBriggs record new (and more Barrowman-ish) phrases to greet people when they walk by.
** He also enjoys working conventions because it gives him a chance to add to his massive t-shirt collection.
* OppositesAttract: Barrowman's partner Scott is apparently quiet, bookish, and introverted. They've been together for nearly twenty years.
* WholesomeCrossdresser: [[http://i.imgur.com/gG9Rkks.png Observe.]]
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5th Jul '13 4:10:20 AM Silverblade2
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He's openly gay, though he acknowledges women can be attractive (even if he dislikes the idea of sex with them). He and his long term partner Scott Gill were joined in a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civil_partnerships_in_the_United_Kingdom civil partnership]] on December 27, 2006. (Incidentally, Barrowman has stated that he took one look at Scott and [[LoveAtFirstSight knew he was the one]].)

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He's openly gay, though he acknowledges women can be attractive (even if he dislikes the idea of sex with them). He and his long term partner Scott Gill were joined in a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civil_partnerships_in_the_United_Kingdom civil partnership]] on December 27, 2006.2006 and got married in the state of California on July 2, 2013. (Incidentally, Barrowman has stated that he took one look at Scott and [[LoveAtFirstSight knew he was the one]].)
4th Jul '13 1:49:28 PM fandecarlislecullen
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* HappilyMarried: He tied the knot with Scott Gill on 2 July, 2013 and has been with him for 20 years before that.
1st Jul '13 11:19:55 AM eviltwin531
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He's released several [=CDs=], mostly of Broadway standards. He also has two autobiographical books out: ''Anything Goes'' and ''I Am What I Am''.

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He's released several [=CDs=], mostly of Broadway standards. He also has two autobiographical books out: ''Anything Goes'' and ''I Am What I Am''.
Am'', alongside working in fiction with his sister Carole, a Captain Jack story called ''Exodus Code'', and a children's series called ''Hollow Earth.''
5th Jun '13 9:38:33 AM astrakhan
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* MemeticSexGod: He both plays one and is one.
3rd Jun '13 1:41:02 AM eviltwin531
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** This was combined with PlayingGertrude on ''Arrow,'' where the actor playing his son (Colin Donnell) was only 15 years younger than him. At times, they looked more like brothers than father and son.
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** OneOfTheKids: Thef fact that he acts like a hyperactive teenager encourages this.

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** OneOfTheKids: Thef The fact that he acts like a hyperactive teenager encourages this.
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** OneOfTheKids: Thef fact that he acts like a hyperactive teenager encourages this.
19th May '13 6:46:41 PM JIKTV
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'''John Barrowman''' was born March 11th, 1967 in Glasgow, Scotland (no, he's not to our knowledge a ViolentGlaswegian). His family moved to Aurora, Illinois when he was 8, and his father was relocated there by Caterpillar. He picked up an American accent to avoid the torment other kids were leveling at him. Went to Joliet West High School as a teen where he performed in many school productions. Made his name as a [[TheMusical Musical Theatre]] actor/singer (there's an official recording of him as Raoul de Chagny in ''{{The Phantom of the Opera}}'' available); in 1998 he received an Olivier Award nomination for playing Calvin Chandler in ''TheFix'' (he lost to co-star Philip Quast). He also presented UK kids' TV show ''LiveAndKicking''. He had several minor TV and film roles, including {{Soap Opera}}s such as ''Series/CentralParkWest'' and ''{{Titans}}''. He also appeared in the [[SoBadItsGood laughably terrible]] movie ''Film/SharkAttack3Megalodon'', in which he uttered the infamous "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1XOfHax6Q8 line]]" (not safe for work!).

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'''John Barrowman''' was born March 11th, 1967 in Glasgow, Scotland (no, he's not to our knowledge a ViolentGlaswegian). His family moved to Aurora, Illinois when he was 8, and his father was relocated there by Caterpillar. He picked up an American accent to avoid the torment other kids were leveling at him. Went to Joliet West High School as a teen where he performed in many school productions. Made his name as a [[TheMusical Musical Theatre]] actor/singer (there's an official recording of him as Raoul de Chagny in ''{{The Phantom of the Opera}}'' available); in 1998 he received an Olivier Award nomination for playing Calvin Chandler in ''TheFix'' (he lost to co-star Philip Quast). He also presented UK kids' TV show ''LiveAndKicking''. He had several minor TV and film roles, including {{Soap Opera}}s such as ''Series/CentralParkWest'' and ''{{Titans}}''.''[=Titans=]''. He also appeared in the [[SoBadItsGood laughably terrible]] movie ''Film/SharkAttack3Megalodon'', in which he uttered the infamous "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1XOfHax6Q8 line]]" (not safe for work!).
16th May '13 7:40:57 PM sillygolem
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** He also enjoys working conventions because it gives him a chance to add to his massive t-shirt collection.
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