Anything Goes: The Autobiography

Anything Goes: The Autobiography

John Barrowman, Carole E. Barrowman

Language: English

Pages: 192


Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

From his Glaswegian childhood and American adolescence to his starring role in the Doctor Who spinoff Torchwood, this memoir traces the life and career of actor John Barrowman. John made a name for himself with remarkable West End achievements, including an Olivier Award nomination and success in the movies The Producers and De-Lovely. Television success was also assured when Torchwood won a Best Drama BAFTA. John also lays bare his personal life: his emigration as a child, coming out to his family, turning down a job at Disney, and his civil partnership with long-term partner Scott Gill. Revelatory and insightful, told with real heart and characteristic Barrowman charm, this is a wonderful tale of how one boy achieved his dreams.

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course, none of us ‘shites scented soap’, as Murn used to say, and my family never forgot that. After all, it wasn’t too many decades ago that my dad was filling cream cakes at a bakery in Tollcross, and my mum was making ends meet at the end of the month by serving tripe and mashed potatoes for dinner. In case you don’t know, tripe is a Scottish delicacy made from a sheep’s stomach – mmm, yummy! – and onions, all of it served – get ready for this – in a warm milky base. The only joy to be found

every movement precisely timed and choreographed. The slightest change could throw everyone off. One wrong step could sink the ship. Sally Ann was belting out the song in fine Ethel Merman fashion when, all of a sudden, there was a burst of flash photography from the theatre. I’d like to make an important aside here. When an actor’s on a stage, he or she’s generally well lit,1 whereas the audience, of course, is in the dark. When a flash goes off in said audience, the actor’s eyes are

theatre in the West End planned to be dark that night. I knew I could get through to the venue on my scooter and so, after a long debate, we decided to carry on with the show as planned. I guess I felt that to cancel would be another win for the bombers and, for what it was worth, all of us gathered together that night could be a small tribute to those who’d died. Surprisingly, a sizable number of people did turn up. Gavin arranged for Scott to collect Julie from the BBC; he brought her to the

(i), (ii), (iii) 7/7 London bombings (i) Shakespeare, William (i), (ii) Shark Attack 3: Megadolon (i), (ii) Sharutenko, Olga (i), (ii) Sierra Nevada mountains (i), (ii) Smash Hits (i) Sondheim, Stephen (i), (ii), (iii), (iv), (v) Sound of Music, The (i)n Spacey, Kevin (i) Spelling, Aaron (i), (ii), (iii) ‘Springtime for Hitler’ (i), (ii), (iii) Stackner Cabaret, Milwaukee (i) Star Wars (i), (ii) Starr, Darren (i), (ii) Stonewall (i) JB’s support of (i) Stroman, Susan (i) Sunset

Goose with tonic remains my drink of choice as a result.

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