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Creator / John Simm

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"You never undertake a project because you think other people will like it - because that way lies madness - but rather because you believe in it."

John Ronald Simm (born 10 July 1970 in Leeds, England) is a British actor, most famous for being Seventies-trapped Woobie Sam Tyler in Life on Mars, a maniacal and hammy Master in Doctor Who and Intrepid Reporter Cal McCaffrey in State of Play.

He also played the troubled Alfie, who moves from a big city to a claustrophobic rural community, in The Lakes. Other notable roles include Sexby in the English Civil War drama The Devil's Whore, Raskolnikov in a BBC adaptation of Crime and Punishment, and characters in the films Skellig and 24-Hour Party People (in the latter, playing Joy Division guitarist/New Order lead singer Bernard Sumner; Simm reprises his role in the music video for New Order's tie-in single "Here to Stay").

Still, The Mighty Boosh asks "Who the fuck is John Simm?"

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