A torch for Cap­tain Jack

Herald Sun - Switched On - - Guide - GE­OFF SHEARER

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THE Doc­tor Who spin-off Torch­wood, John Bar­row­man (above) makes for a sweep­ing, gun­slinger-type hero as Capt Jack Harness in his full-length coats and crum­pled shirt col­lars.

But he’s cur­rently grac­ing the stage in the UK in green tights and peaked feather-topped cap play­ing the ti­tle role in Robin Hood: The Pan­tomime Ad­ven­ture.

And last month, he was dressed in re­veal­ing dresses and women’s makeup for a lim­ited en­gage­ment in a West End re­vival of La Cage Aux Folles.

Com­bine those three roles with his work as a judge on the BBC re­al­ity-TV cast­ing show How Do You Solve a Prob­lem Like Maria? (which screens here on Fox­tel’s UK-TV), his other ap­pear­ances on I’d Do Any­thing and as a celebrity skater on Danc­ing On Ice, and you get the idea Bar­row­man is the equiv­a­lent of a mod­ern-day show­man.

The ac­tor, who mar­ried his long-term part­ner Scott Gill in 2006, re­cently told the Daily Mail news­pa­per that he en­joys keep­ing busy.

‘‘So long as peo­ple want to see me, I’m there. I don’t be­lieve in hid­ing away,’’ he said. ‘‘You can be in the pub­lic eye all the time and still have a pri­vate life, but the im­por­tant thing is to keep in touch with the peo­ple who put you there.’’

Bar­row­man was born in Glasgow, Scot­land, be­fore mov­ing to Aurora, Illi­nois, in the US in 1976.

‘‘I knew I was gay when I was 13,’’ he has said. ‘‘Ac­tu­ally, I’d prob­a­bly be­gun to re­alise when I was nine.

‘‘I re­mem­ber looking at a pho­to­graph of a man and a woman, and my eyes went in­stinc­tively to the man.’’

Bar­row­man, 42, is also a record­ing artist and has re­leased sev­eral solo al­bums. He an­nounced the release date for his new al­bum, Fe­bru­ary 22, dur­ing a Christ­mas video to fans on his of­fi­cial web­site.

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