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John Simm
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John Ronald Simm
Nationality British
Occupation Actor, musician
Years active 1992-present
Television Sam Tyler in Life on Mars
The Master in Doctor Who
Spouse(s) Kate Magowan
(m. 2004-present)
Children Son and daughter

John Ronald Simm (born 10 July 1970 in Leeds, West Riding of Yorkshire) is an English actor and musician. He grew up mainly in Lancashire. His roles include two BAFTA award-winning BBC Wales dramas: as Sam Tyler in the drama Life on Mars and as the Master[1][2][3] in the long-running science fiction series Doctor Who. He has appeared in many popular television dramas such as The Lakes, State of Play and two BAFTA award-winning serials; Clocking Off and Sex Traffic. His movie roles include Human Traffic and 24 Hour Party People.

Besides acting, Simm was a founding member, songwriter and guitarist with the rock band Magic Alex.[4]

Personal life

Simm married actress Kate Magowan in April 2004 in the Forest of Dean. They have a son and a daughter.[5] Simm is a strong supporter of Manchester United.[6]



Year Title Role Notes
1992 Rumpole of the Bailey Joby Jonson Series 7, Episode 4: "Rumpole and the Reform of Joby Jonson"
1993 Oasis Posh Robert Episodes 1, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10
Heartbeat Richard Francis Series 2, Episode 9: "Wall of Silence"
The Bill Paul Jeffries Season 9, Episode 95: "Blind Spot"
Men of the World Kendle Bains Series 1 and 2
1994 A Pinch of Snuff Clint Heppelwhite
Meat Cecil
1995 Chiller Gary Kingston Series 1, Episode 3: "Here Comes the Mirror Man"
Cracker Bill Nash Series 3, Episode 2: "Best Boys"
1997 The Locksmith Paul
1997–1999 The Lakes Danny Kavanagh Series 1 and 2, 14 episodes
2000 Forgive and Forget Theo
Clocking Off Stuart Leach Series 1, Episode 1: "The Leaches' Story"
Meet Ricky Gervais Himself Episode 6
Never Never John Parlour
2001 Spaced Stephen Edwards Series 2, Episode 1: "Back"
2002 Magic Hour Alex
Crime & Punishment Raskolnikov
White Teeth Mr. Hero Cameo
2003 State of Play Cal McCaffrey 6 episodes
Canterbury Tales Ace The Knight's Tale
2004 The All Star Comedy Show Various characters
London Friedrich Engels
Imperium: Nerone Caligula
Sex Traffic Daniel Appleton
2005 Blue/Orange Dr. Bruce Flaherty
2006–2007 Life on Mars Sam Tyler Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Actor
2007 The Yellow House Vincent Van Gogh
Doctor Who Harold Saxon / The Master Episodes: "Utopia", "The Sound of Drums", and "Last of the Time Lords"
2008 The Devil's Whore Edward Sexby
2009 Skellig Dave
Doctor Who Harold Saxon / The Master Episode: "The End of Time, Part One"
2010 Episode: "The End of Time, Part Two"
Moving On Moose / Mike Series 2, Episode 4: "Malaise"
2011 Mad Dogs Baxter 4 episodes
Exile Tom Ronstadt 3 episodes
Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Actor
2012 Mad Dogs 2 Baxter 4 episodes
201? Mad Dogs 3


Year Title Role Notes
1995 Boston Kickout Phil
1999 Human Traffic Jip
Wonderland Eddie
2001 Understanding Jane Oz
2002 24 Hour Party People Bernard
Miranda Frank
2008 Skellig Dave
Tu£sday Silver
201? Seven Days Unknown Being filmed in real-time over a period of five years


Year Title Role Theatre / Notes
1996 Goldhawk Road Colin Bush Theatre
2007 Elling Elling Bush Theatre
Trafalgar Studios 1
2009 Speaking in Tongues Leon[7] Duke of York's Theatre
2010 Hamlet Hamlet[8] Crucible Theatre
2012 Betrayal Jerry[9]