John Simm

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Actor • Director • Musician

Birth Date: July 10, 1970

Age: 53 years old

Birth Place: Leeds, Yorkshire, England, UK

Born in England in 1970, John Simm grew up around music and performance. His father, an area musician, performed throughout Simm's early life; he eventually joined his dad live, singing and playing guitar alongside him at the age of 12. Thinking he found his calling, Simm pursued his love of singing and studied musical theater at Blackpool and the Fylde College, but in the middle of his tenure, he got tired of the musical aspect and instead studied drama heavily, joining local theater productions before studying method acting in London.

While in London, he picked music back up, writing songs and playing guitar for his own band called Magic Alex, in addition to playing with his good friend, Echo & the Bunnymen lead singer Ian McCulloch. But music was more of a side project to Simm, as once he finished studying in London, he hit the ground running as an actor. His debut was in 1992, in an episode of "Rumpole of the Bailey" (BBC 1975-1992). Following that, he appeared in various British television programs, most notably his breakout role as a troubled teen in the police procedural drama "Cracker" (ITV/A&E 1993-1999). Shortly after, he made his feature film debut in "Boston Kickout" (1995), which led to even more acclaim and roles, including major roles in "The Lakes" (BBC 1997-1999), "Wonderland" (1999), and "Human Traffic" (1999).

In the early 2000s, he continued to establish himself as a premier actor in England, starring in the award-winning shows "Sex Traffic" (Channel 4 2002), "State of Play" (BBC 2003), and the cult favorite "Life on Mars" (BBC 2006-2007), the last of which netted him a BAFTA nomination. In 2007, he first appeared as the villainous The Master on "Doctor Who" (BBC 2005- ), a role he continued to play until 2010. Simm received his second BAFTA nomination for his lead role on "Exile" (BBC 2011). He next starred as Jack Whelan in the well-received horror drama "Intruders" (BBC America 2014- ).

Credits

GraceStream

Actor
DS Roy Grace
Series
2021

Grace: Looking Good Dead

Actor
DSI Roy Grace
Movie
2021

Cold Courage

Actor
Arthur Fried
Series
2020
50%

Joey

Actor
Joey
Movie
2020

White Dragon

Actor
Jonah Mulray
Series
2018
53%

Trauma

Actor
Dan Bowker
Show
2018

CollateralStream

Actor
David Mars
Series
2018
79%

Trauma: Extras

Actor
Dan Bowker
Show
2018

The CatchStream

Actor
Rhys Griffiths
Series
2016
74%

I Killed John Lennon

Narrator
Show
2015

The Battle in Your Mind

Narrator
Show
2015

Code of a KillerStream

Actor
Alec Jeffreys
Miniseries
2015

Intruders

Actor
Jack Whelan
Show
2014

Discovering Hamlet

Actor
Show
2014

PreyStream

Actor
DC Marcus Farrow
Series
2014
100%

Discovering Music

Self
Show
2014

Father's Day

Actor
Show
2013

The Village

Actor
John Middleton
Show
2013

Harry's Mountain Heroes

Narrator
Show
2012

Little Stargazing

Narrator
Show
2012

Everyday

Actor
Movie
2012

Exile

Actor
Tom Ronstadt
Show
2011

Mad Dogs

Actor
Baxter
Show
2011

Discovering Lennon

Self
Show
2010

Lorraine

Guest
Show
2010

Inside the Perfect Predator

Narrator
Show
2010

Doctor Who: The End of Time: Part Two

Actor
The Master
Show
2010

Doctor Who: The End of Time: Part One

Guest Star
The Master
Show
2009

Skellig

Actor
Dave
Movie
2009

The Devil's WhoreStream

Actor
Edward Sexby
Miniseries
2008

Lauren Laverne

Guest
Show
2008

Tuesday

Actor
Silver
Movie
2008

Monsoon Railway

Narrator
Show
2007

Monsoon Railway

Self
Show
2007

Would I Lie to You?Stream

Contestant
Game Show
2007

The Yellow House

Actor
Vincent Van Gogh
Movie
2007

The One Show

Guest
Show
2006

Life on MarsStream

Actor
Sam Tyler
Series
2006
100%

Devilwood

Actor
Gabriel
Show
2006

Doctor WhoStream

Actor
The Master
Series
2005
90%

Doctor WhoStream

Guest Star
The Master
Series
2005
90%

Brothers of the Head

Actor
Boatman
Movie
2005

Blue/Orange

Actor
Movie
2005

Sex Traffic

Actor
Show
2004

Sex Traffic

Actor
Daniel Appleton
Movie
2004

Canterbury Tales

Actor
Show
2003

State of Play

Actor
Cal McCaffrey
Series
2003
100%

Horizon

Narrator
Show
2002

Loose Ends

Guest
Show
2002

Crime and Punishment

Actor
Show
2002

24 Hour Party People

Actor
Bernard Sumner
Movie
2002

Miranda

Actor
Frank
Movie
2002

Never Never

Actor
John Parlour
Show
2000

Clocking Off

Actor
Show
2000

Forgive and Forget

Actor
Theo
Movie
2000

Never Never

Actor
John Parlour
Movie
2000

SpacedStream

Guest Star
Series
1999
100%

Wonderland

Actor
Eddie
Movie
1999

Human Traffic

Actor
Jip
Movie
1999

Understanding Jane

Actor
Oz/Party Stonehead 2
Movie
1998

The Lakes

Actor
Show
1997

Diana & Me

Actor
Neil
Movie
1997

Cracker: Best Boys

Actor
William "Bill" Preece
Movie
1995

Cracker: Chicos Buenos

Actor
Movie
1995

Boston Kickout

Actor
Phil
Movie
1995

Cracker

Guest Star
Show
1993

This Morning

Guest
Show
1988

This Morning

Self
Show
1988

The Bill

Actor
Paul Jeffries
Show
1984

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