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John Simm Biography

Birth Name:
John Ronald Simm
Birth Place:
Leeds, Yorkshire, England

Fast Facts

  • His father was a local musician, who taught him to play the guitar; they played together in working men's clubs from when John was 12, calling themselves Us2
  • Started a band, Magic Alex (named after The Beatles' electrician), and toured with Echo and the Bunnymen in the early 1990s
  • After he played New Order frontman Bernard Sumner in Michael Winterbottom's 2002 film 24 Hour Party People, he was invited to sing on stage with the band
  • Was the seventh actor to play Doctor Who nemesis The Master
  • Took part in the 31thirtyone charity photography project in 2010 to raise money for Crohn's and Colitis UK
  • Played the title role in Hamlet at the Crucible Theatre in 2010
  • Appeared in a 50th anniversary revival of Harold Pinter's The Homecoming in 2015 at Trafalgar Studios in the West End