Bar­row­man proud of roles

Star headed to Bris­bane as Su­panova Comic Con guest

Tweed Daily News - - ENTERTAINER - Justin Sayson

COMIC con­ven­tions are a haven for fans hop­ing to meet their he­roes, but few have as di­verse a fan base as the multi-tal­ented John Bar­row­man.

Best known for his roles on Doc­tor Who and

Torch­wood as the time-trav­el­ling Cap­tain Jack Hark­ness, and on Ar­row as Mal­colm Mer­lyn, he’s had the plea­sure of be­ing part of two huge fran­chises.

“I’m re­ally proud to say I’ve been in­volved in two of the most iconic uni­verses in the his­tory of fan­dom,” Bar­row­man said.

The star is in Aus­tralia for Su­panova Comic Con: a cel­e­bra­tion of all things comic book, su­per­hero, sci-fi and pop cul­ture.

He will be joined by stars such as Harry Pot­ter’s

Bon­nie Wright, Ian Somer­halder from Vam­pire

Di­aries, and Wed­nes­day Ad­dams her­self – Christina Ricci.

Bar­row­man was sur­prised when a fan once told him that few big stars made the long trip to Aus­tralia.

“I thought that’s pretty sh-tty, so any time I’m given the op­por­tu­nity I take it,” he said.

Bar­row­man will be mak­ing an ap­pear­ance at the Con with his sis­ter and au­thor Ca­role, with whom he wrote the Hol­low Earth se­ries as well as Torch­wood and Ar­row comics.

He is also bring­ing his hus­band Scott and as­sis­tant Kelsey, so they plan to make a trip of it.

“We haven’t been up as far as Bris­bane, so when we’re in Bris­bane, we’ll be hir­ing car and go­ing out and about,” he said.

An en­ter­tainer in ev­ery sense of the word, Bar­row­man said con­ven­tions could be where his worlds as West End and Broad­way per­former and sci-fi icon col­lided.

The friend­ships de­vel­oped from what he calls the cross-pol­li­na­tion of his fans is one of the things he’s most proud of.

“We’ve had re­la­tion­ships and great friend­ships de­velop from peo­ple who watch the show and meet at the con­ven­tion,” he said.

For any fans want­ing to meet Bar­row­man, there’s only one time that’s off-lim­its.

“No mat­ter where we are – air­port, streets, wait­ing at a bar – come over ask for a selfie and we’ll take it,” he said.

“The only time I’ll ask peo­ple to wait is if I’m eat­ing my din­ner.”


WHERE HIS WORLDS COL­LIDE: John Bar­row­man will be a spe­cial guest at Su­panova Comic Con this week­end.

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