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John Barrowman admits he'd love to appear on I'm A Celebrity... but he's too grumpy

Nov 1 2011 Rick Fulton


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JOHN BARROWMAN says he is asked to be in I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! every year but turns it down because he'd be too grumpy.

The 11th series of the show, which sees stars dumped in the Australian rainforest, will kick off later this month.

Celebrities rumoured to be going Down Under include Freddie Starr, glamour model Imogen Thomas and perma-tanned The Only Way Is Essex star Mark Wright.

John, 44, the perennially upbeat star of Torchwood and Tonight's The Night, is always high on the producers' list as a top choice.

He said: "They ask me on I'm a Celeb every year and each year I politely say, 'No'.

"But I kinda want to do it. I think it'd be fun and some of the trials are pretty out there.

"But my partner, Scott, reminded me that there would be no way I could cope in the jungle.

"If I don't eat, I get grumpy. Happy John you see on the telly would soon turn into Grumpy John and I'd probably start snapping at the other contestants."

Of course, it's not like the Scottish star has to do it.

John seems constantly busy. Not only is he currently on a singing tour around the UK, this Christmas he's back in Glasgow at the Clyde Auditorium starring in panto Robinson Crusoe And The Caribbean Pirates.

It seems, rather than kangaroo bits, all John will have to put up with this festive season is The Krankies, who will star with him in panto for the second year in a row.

His tour finishes in Glasgow on November 24, leaving him free to start rehearsals for Robinson Crusoe, which John is also co-directing, on December 17.

But despite rumours he's still waiting in the wings to take over from Sir Bruce Forsyth as the host of Strictly Come Dancing, he reckons the telly legend will be there for a while yet.

John, who won a festive version of Strictly, said: "There's been talk, but Brucie is going nowhere. He's not retiring. He IS Strictly Come Dancing. But if he ever decides to hand me his dancing shoes I'd accept them with open arms."

John, who celebrates 25 years in the business next year, was raised in Illinois, after his family moved from Glasgow when he was a child, but it's been the UK that gave him his career.

Since his first appearance as a street person in 1987's The Untouchables, he has become, on stage, West End royalty and, on TV, a primetime must.

But he sometimes forgets what he's done. This summer, he and his partner Scott Gill and John's sister and brother-in-law drove 3000 miles around Europe in a van.


In France, they were walking on a promenade when a teenager ran up to him. He said: "I thought, 'Ah, a Captain Jack fan' but as she raced up to me she began shouting, 'Patrick Logan, Patrick Logan'.

"I actually went, 'Who?' then thought, 'Oh yeah, I was in Desperate Housewives'. That was me in Desperate Housewives. That was weird."

To be in panto this Christmas, John has turned down two "big roles" in television shows and a film with Drew Barrymore.

He plays the title role with Janette Tough, as Jimmy Krankie, playing Robinson's twin brother and Ian Tough as Captain Crusoe. There will also be 3D action, a galleon and huge sea monster that will slither around the audience.

And after last year, when he fell ill and missed 10 performances of Aladdin, he's taking no chances.

He said: "If there's a flu out there this year, I'll be having a jab.

"I think it was swine flu. They said not but I was really, really ill.

"I got sick right after Christmas and it's not fun knowing I have a job to do and people are paying to come and see it."

He's now been doing panto every Christmas for six years and has a further six to go with Qdos Entertainment, who will create another magical night out for all the family with Robinson Crusoe.

Like last year, he'll be staying with his cousins in Dunblane but admits making everyone else's festive break full of laughter takes its toll.

He said: "I'm a Christmas person and it's a real sacrifice for me but I chose to do the pantomimes. I don't get to enjoy Christmas as much as I'd really like to."

He rejects any suggestion that he was ill last year because he's a workaholic. As we chat after a press day for Robinson Crusoe, he's tired at first but then brightens up as he tells me he's just had a three-week holiday, and that he got ill last year as the virus was most prevalent in older and younger people - the age groups going to Aladdin.

Brand Barrowman is also joining the lucrative skincare market.

John's HIM five-piece Discovery Collection is a brand-new skincare range for men, LOVED J and partner featuring a moisturiser, a cleansing face wash, a refreshing eye roll-on and an after-shave balm.

Sold exclusively on QVC to begin with, a trial-size pack sold 3500 in 30 minutes and fans liked its unfussy style and colour-coded containers.

He said: "Make-up artists say I've got good skin but I've been using other people's products and thought, 'I should create my own'.

"A lot of companies use celebrity names just to sell stuff and they don't use it. I use the stuff."

John made his name in the West End in 1989, playing Billy Crocker in Anything Goes, opposite Elaine Paige.

Since then, he has become one of musical theatre's most familiar faces and went on to be a judge in Andrew Lloyd Webber's How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?, Any Dream Will Do and I'd Do Anything.

But for many fans, he'll always be Captain Jack Harkness. Since appearing in 2005's Doctor Who episode The Empty Child, he's been a cult figure of the sci-fi franchise and got his own spin-off, Torchwood.

Now he is hoping to make a return to Doctor Who for the 50th anniversary in 2013.

He said: "I'd love to go back to Doctor Who and have a fling with Amy Pond. Captain Jack will try anything... once. It would be a feisty relationship.

"If I'm asked, I'd love to go back. It'd be great to be involved in the 50th anniversary since Jack was such a big part of the Who world. But nothing's being said.

"I don't sit and wait. If I'm not asked I'm not going to bang on their door. I'll just get on and do other things."

Being so busy has stopped him and Scott adopting, something they've been discussing for ages.

They've known each other for 17 years and became civil partners in 2006. Their first date was bizarrely with Cher.

He said: "Cher pursued me, not for any romantic reasons. She was thinking of doing Sunset Boulevard. But when she rang me up, I said to her, 'Well, actually, I have a date tonight. It's a guy I really want to see.'

"And she said, 'Honey, you're going to turn down Cher to go on a date with somebody? For Chrissakes, bring him along.'

"We'd love to adopt an older child, as there are so many that need homes who don't get adopted, but we are not in one place long enough and kids need structure."

The Daily Record
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