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Be warned, one of these clips contains the least sexy moment of sexy dialogue in the history of people pretending to be other people for the benefit of everyone else. However, we shall endeavor to get through the trauma with the minimum of fuss.
So, here’s a clipfest devoted to the non-Whovian (which also means non-Torchwoodian) adventures of John Barrowman, handsome actor, handsome singer, immortal.
Let’s start back in the mid-’90s, with the TV show Central Park West, in which John played Peter Fairchild:
And because he’s a man who can rock a showtune as well has he can shoot a Dalek, here’s John in 2000′s TV version of the Sondheim revue Putting It Together:
That same year, and for a couple of years after, he appeared in the TV show Titans:
Oh, and speaking of sharks, here comes the clip I was referring to, from 2002′s Shark Attack 3. Are you sitting comfortably? You won’t be for long (also, it’s ever so slightly NSFW):
Sorry. I’m really very, very sorry (but also slightly giddy). Apparently it was ad-libbed then left in. Biz. Arre.
Now, shall we have a look at something else? How about the 2004 movie Method?
And seeing as we had Billie Piper’s singing career last time, we can’t, in all good conscience, overlook John’s:
Then, after some weird sci-fi show made him dress up in a navy greatcoat, there was Hotel Babylon, in 2008:
And some TV presenting work, such as Animals At Work:
And a little bit of sketch comedy, care of Al Murray’s Multiple Personality Disorder:
Then, in 2010, a little show called Desperate Housewives came calling:
Not that British TV has been left Barrowmanless. Here he is in Hustle, from earlier this year:
And finally, speaking as a sometime entertainment journalist, I can tell you one thing. This isn’t funny:
(Oh, apparently I’m wrong)
Next: Catherine Tate
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Fraser has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 15 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME, Guardian and MSN. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Radio 2.
He is Anglophenia's current resident Brit, blogging about British slang and running around the Mall taking snaps of the crowd at the Royal Wedding, as well as reigniting a childhood passion for classic Doctor Who and cramming as much music in as he can manage.
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