John Simm

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John Simm
John Ronald Simm

(1970-07-10) 10 July 1970 (age 53)
Occupation(s)Actor, musician
Years active1992–present
TelevisionSam Tyler in Life on Mars
The Master in Doctor Who
Kate Magowan (m. 2004)
ChildrenSon and daughter

John Ronald Simm (born 10 July 1970 in Leeds, West Riding of Yorkshire) is an English actor and musician. He grew up mainly in Lancashire. His roles include two BAFTA award-winning BBC Wales dramas: as Sam Tyler in the drama Life on Mars and as the Master[1][2][3] in the long-running science fiction series Doctor Who. He has appeared in many popular television dramas such as The Lakes, State of Play and two BAFTA award-winning serials; Clocking Off and Sex Traffic. His movie roles include Human Traffic and 24 Hour Party People. He was nominated for the Olivier and Theatergoer's Choice Award for the best Actor 2008.

Besides acting, Simm was a founding member, songwriter and guitarist with the rock band Magic Alex.[4]

Personal life[change | change source]

Simm married actress Kate Magowan in April 2004 in the Forest of Dean. They have a son and a daughter.[5] Simm is a strong supporter of Manchester United.[6]

Filmography[change | change source]

Television[change | change source]

Year Title Role Notes
1992 Rumpole of the Bailey Joby Jonson Series 7, Episode 4: "Rumpole and the Reform of Joby Jonson"
1993 Oasis Posh Robert Episodes 1, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10
Heartbeat Richard Francis Series 2, Episode 9: "Wall of Silence"
The Bill Paul Jeffries Season 9, Episode 95: "Blind Spot"
Men of the World Kendle Bains Series 1 and 2
1994 A Pinch of Snuff Clint Heppelwhite
Meat Cecil
1995 Chiller Gary Kingston Series 1, Episode 3: "Here Comes the Mirror Man"
Cracker Bill Nash Series 3, Episode 2: "Best Boys"
1997 The Locksmith Paul
1997–1999 The Lakes Danny Kavanagh Series 1 and 2, 14 episodes
2000 Forgive and Forget Theo
Clocking Off Stuart Leach Series 1, Episode 1: "The Leaches' Story"
Meet Ricky Gervais Himself Episode 6
Never Never John Parlour
2001 Spaced Stephen Edwards Series 2, Episode 1: "Back"
2002 Magic Hour Alex
Crime & Punishment Raskolnikov
White Teeth Mr. Hero Cameo
2003 State of Play Cal McCaffrey 6 episodes
Canterbury Tales Ace The Knight's Tale
2004 The All Star Comedy Show Various characters
London Friedrich Engels
Imperium: Nerone Caligula
Sex Traffic Daniel Appleton
2005 Blue/Orange Dr. Bruce Flaherty
2006–2007 Life on Mars Sam Tyler Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Actor
2007 The Yellow House Vincent Van Gogh
2008 The Devil's Whore Edward Sexby
2009 Skellig Dave
Doctor Who The Master Episode: "The End of Time, Part One"
2010 Episode: "The End of Time, Part Two"
Moving On Moose / Mike Series 2, Episode 4: "Malaise"
2011 Mad Dogs Baxter 4 episodes
Exile Tom Ronstadt 3 episodes
Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Actor
2012 Mad Dogs 2 Baxter 4 episodes
201? Mad Dogs 3

Movies[change | change source]

Year Title Role Notes
1995 Boston Kickout Phil
1999 Human Traffic Jip
Wonderland Eddie
2001 Understanding Jane Oz
2002 24 Hour Party People Bernard
Miranda Frank
2008 Skellig Dave
Tu£sday Silver
201? Seven Days Unknown Being filmed in real-time over a period of five years

Theatre[change | change source]

Year Title Role Theatre / Notes
1996 Goldhawk Road Colin Bush Theatre
2007 Elling Elling Bush Theatre
Trafalgar Studios 1
2009 Speaking in Tongues Leon[7] Duke of York's Theatre
2010 Hamlet Hamlet[8] Crucible Theatre
2012 Betrayal Jerry[9]

References[change | change source]

  1. Lewinski, John Scott (4 April 2009). "Simm Returns as The Master in Doctor Who". Wired News. Retrieved 16 April 2009.
  2. Sara Nathan, ed. (6 April 2009). "Mouse's telly trap". The Sun. Archived from the original on 22 April 2009. Retrieved 16 April 2009.
  3. Colville, Robert (11 April 2009). "Russell T Davies Doctor Who interview: full transcript". Daily Telegraph. London. Archived from the original on 21 October 2011. Retrieved 16 April 2009.
  4. "John Simm: Clocks and robbers". Total SciFi. 2007-02-01. Archived from the original on 2008-01-31. Retrieved 2008-02-07.
  5. "Life On Mars star John Simm takes the stage to be near his children". Archived from the original on 2010-02-21. Retrieved 2012-07-28.
  6. My United: John Simm Archived 2013-06-25 at the Wayback Machine Manchester United Official Website 11/02/11
  7. "Speaking in Tongues, Duke of York's Theatre, London", The Independent
  8. [1], The Independent 23 September 2010. Retrieved on 27 September 2010.
  9. "Betrayal as Sheffield Theaters". Archived from the original on 2016-01-09. Retrieved 2012-07-28.