Saturday, 10 July 2010

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Born John Ronald Simm in Leeds, Yorkshire, England. He is an actor and musician. His father, Ronald, taught him guitar and by the age of 12, he joined his father on stage at various Working Mens Clubs, singing and evntually playing guitar.

In 1986 and at the age of 16, Simm went to the Blackpool & The Flyde College in Lytham St Annes for three years and starred in Guys & Dolls and West Side Story. However, he soon decided that musical theatre didn't interest him, so he joined an amateur dramatic group and honed his skills in his spare time, playing the title roles in Billy Liar and Amadeus to great local acclaim. He then moved to London and attended the Drama Centre London at the age of 19, where he studied the Stanislavski School of Acting, and graduated in 1992.

Independently of his acting, throughout the 1990s, Simm was a founder member, songwriter and guitarist with the rock band Magic Alex (named after The Beatles self-styled electronics wizard "Magic Alex" Mardas".The group played support on two British tours with Echo & The Bunneymen. Plus, Simm plays guitar on the album Slideling, by his friend Echo & The Bunneymen singer Ian McCulloch. Simm also played lead guitar on a few of McCulloch's solo live shows, including one at Wembley arena as main support to Coldplay. Magic Alex released one album, Dated and Sexist, before splitting in 2005.

TV work includes; 1992 - T.V. debut in Rumpole of the Bailey, bit parts in The Bill, Heartbeat, The Locksmith, two series of BBC comedy Men of the World before playing a murderer in Chiller. 1995 - His breakthrough came in classic Manchester based drama Cracker, where he played troubled teenanger Bill Preece. This also starred future Time Lord Christopher Eccleston. He also made his feature film debut in Boston Kickout beating the late Dennis Hopper to the Best Actor award at the Valencia Film Festival. Two series of The Lakes followed in 1997 & 1999.

In 2005, he took on the role of Sam Tyler in the now cult 'Life On Mars' opposite Phillip Glenister's Gene Hunt, which ran for two series and spawning a sequal 'Ashes To Ashes'.

Philip Glenister John Simm Life on Mars Emmy win.jpg

In 2007, John Simm played the iconic role of The Master in series 29 of Doctor Who opposite David Tennant's Doctor. Christmas 2009, Simm reprised the role in the finale to Tennant's swan song 'The End Of Time' Part One and Part Two Shown on New Years Day 2010.

john simm 2007's Utopia 2009/2010 The End Of Time

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