Paul McGann
English actor
Paul McGann
Paul McGann is an English actor who made his name on the BBC serial The Monocled Mutineer, in which he played the lead role. He is also known for his role in Withnail and I, and for portraying the Eighth Doctor in the 1996 Doctor Who television movie and subsequent tie-in media.
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Steven Moffat: It Was Stupid Of BBC To Cancel 'Doctor Who'
Huffington Post - over 3 years
"Doctor Who" showrunner Steven Moffat was not happy with the BBC when they canceled the series for 16 years back in 1989. In the new "Doctor Who"-centric issue of Radio Times, Moffat wrote a piece celebrating the 50th anniversary of "Doctor Who." "Ah, 50 years. What can one say about 50 years of 'Doctor Who'? Well, first of all, one can be pedantic," he wrote. "'Doctor Who' hasn’t been on for 50 years -- owing to the outright stupidity and unforgivable blindness of the BBC (sorry guys, it needs to be said), there was a 16-year gap.” "Doctor Who" premiered in 1963 and amassed a devoted fanbase over the decades until it was canceled in 1989. The BBC General Director at the time, Michael Grade, defended his decision for canceling the series. "I cancelled it. It was absolutely the right decision at the time ... The show was ghastly. It was pathetic ... It lost its way." Even though the series was canceled in 1989, it lived on in radio dramas and books before returning to the screen ...
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Exclusive: Tom Baker to Appear in 'Doctor Who' 50th Anniversary Special
Huffington Post - over 3 years
In a Huffington Post exclusive, we can announce that the Fourth is returning for the 50th. In the biggest news about the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special since David Tennant's appearance was announced last spring, actor Tom Baker revealed in a recent interview that he would be in this Saturday's 75-minute special. "I am in the special," said Baker. "I'm not supposed to tell you that, but I tell you that very willingly and specifically; the BBC told me not to tell anybody but I'm telling you straightaway." When asked to confirm, a representative from the BBC stated had this to say: "As with William Hartnell's recent appearance in the last season finale, anything is possible in Doctor Who. But nothing is certain." Baker played the fourth regeneration of the time-and-space traveling alien Time Lord, and is often named as the best version of the Doctor character since the show premiered November 23, 1963. When critically wounded, the Doctor can essentially regenerate into new ...
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Travels with the Doctor
CNN - over 3 years
Like the temporal mobility of a TARDIS, the Doctor has been with me most of my life. I first discovered him with his long scarf, bohemian look, and dark curls when I was about 6 years old. I watched the show on PBS with my Dad off and on over the years. The eeriness, green otherworldly textures and foreboding monsters grabbed me but it was the Doctor who fascinated me. Tom Baker was my Doctor. He'll always be the one, the only and the definitive to me despite discovering and appreciating other Doctors over the years. My fandom was turned up to 11, when at the age of 12, I embarked on search of British SF shows like Blake's 7, Sapphire and Steel, Quatermass, Red Dwarf, Hitchhiker's Guide and so on. This road brought me back to the Doctor, only now I was soaking it in properly. Chronologically. Canonically. The Five Doctors on VHS acted as a good reboot story for me and I was hooked again, I devoured the TARGET novelizations and New Adventures, collected the Dapol toys and started down t ...
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Hearts. Plural.
CNN - over 3 years
I suppose you could say I’m a relatively new Doctor Who fan. Relatively. Compared to other fans who have been along for the ride for most of the full 50 years, I am fresh blood. But in just these last two and a half years that I’ve been a fan, my life has been profoundly changed by Doctor Who. It’s given me direction in what I want to do with my life, how I want to live my life, and it’s even directed me to my soulmate.   My story starts in the summer of 2011 when a friend of mine insisted that I watch an episode with him. I have to admit, I was skeptical at first. I’d heard mentions of the show before, but being an American, I knew next to nothing about it. I’d never seen a Dalek before, and I only vaguely knew that a blue police box was somehow connected to the show. I knew it was sci-fi, but despite being a lifelong sci-fi fan, I avoided it because I already had so much on my To Watch list.   That changed immediately after watching Series 4’s Silence in the Library, obviously f ...
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An American Writer on Gallifrey
CNN - over 3 years
As far as I know, only THREE Americans have penned officially licensed Doctor Who scripts (starring actors from the original series), and I’m lucky enough to count myself among them! For those unaware, UK-based Big Finish Productions has been producing phenomenal Doctor Who audio adventures since 1999, starring former Doctors and companions from the classic series. In 2004, I had the great honor to be asked to write my first story for them. Titled ‘The Juggernauts’ it starred Colin Baker (the Sixth Doctor), Bonnie Langford (companion, Melanie Bush), Terry Molloy (Davros, creator of the dreaded Daleks), and, of course, a smattering of those maniacal pepper pots. Following the success of that story, I wrote the fourth and final episode of Davros’ dramatic biography, ‘I, Davros: Guilt’ which was effectively a prequel to the classic Fourth Doctor (Tom Baker) serial, ‘Genesis of the Daleks.’ I also knocked out a vehicle for Eighth Doctor, Paul McGann, titled ‘Absolution.’   But how did t ...
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New to Who
CNN - over 3 years
Full disclosure: I’m writing this while sipping my morning coffee from a TARDIS coffee mug. I very nearly bought a “Keep Calm and Don’t Blink” t-shirt, but I was afraid my girlfriend wouldn’t let me out of the house with it on. Additional disclosure: She too, is a fan and likes my TARDIS coffee mug. I was never a Doctor Who fan when I was a kid. For me, it was all about Star Wars. Light saber battles, good versus evil, special effects, and (when I was older) Princess Leia in a gold bikini. I was a huge Star Wars fan. So much so that my friends and I camped out at the Ziegfeld Theater on 54th Street in New York City to get tickets to the midnight premiere of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. We went in costume. My friend all went as Jedi Knights and Sith lords. I lost the coin toss and had to go as Jar Jar Binks. The only thing worse than the character was my costume. And then after the credits rolled, I had to endure the scorn and nerd-rage of fans who not only hated my costum ...
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The Second City Network: The 5 Stages of Accepting a New Doctor Who
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Stop me if you've heard this old classic: Knock, knock. Who's there? Doctor. Doctor who? Yes. Now, get used to me. HAHAHAHAHA NOOOOOOOO. What the FUCK is this, BBC?! Some sort of trick? A scheme? Why would you tear us apart this way? Oh, wait...you didn't. You told us flat out, from the very beginning, a tale of a Time Lord. One who doesn't get emotionally attached. One who will eventually leave us, yet continue on forever. One who will be heart-wrenchingly attractive one season and then turn into your annoying 14-year-old cousin the next (get over it, Matt Smith New-Whovians). We know the Doctor regenerates; we expect it. But it's happened 10 times, and we still can't get used to it. What are these feelings you're feeling? Why are you stomping your feet over a fictional character like a five-year-old? Because THERE'S NO POINT IN BEING GROWN-UP IF YOU CAN'T BE CHILDISH SOMETIMES. Below, explained. What to expect when you're expecting a new Doctor (from so ...
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Michael Jackson Could've Been 'Doctor Who'?!
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Michael Jackson was almost "Doctor Who." In a new book, "Now On The Big Screen: The Unofficial and Unauthorized Guide to 'Doctor Who' At The Cinema," author Charles Norton reveals that the King of Pop was at the top of Paramount Pictures' list when the studio was looking to bring "Doctor Who" to the US big screen in the late '80s, The Times of London was the first to report. Though The Guardian called it "one of the weirdest casting decisions of all times," Jackson, who had recently appeared in "Moonwalker," was reportedly "quite keen" on the idea, according to Radio Times. "If he hadn’t come through [Bill] Cosby was considered the ideal replacement," the site reports. It's hard to know what the late Jackson thought of "Doctor Who," but it's clear his daughter is a fan. When current Time Lord Matt Smith announced he'd be leaving the show, the 15-year-old girl tweeted: omg i wanna be The Doctor
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The Origin Of 'Doctor Who' Will Be Revealed
Huffington Post - about 4 years
If you've ever wondered about the origin story of "Doctor Who," wonder no longer. BBC America announced Tuesday that it will co-produce "An Adventure in Space and Time," a scripted special that will tell the story of how the sci-fi series, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, came to exist. Mark Gatiss, who has written episodes of both "Sherlock" and "Doctor Who," will write the special. "Harry Potter" actor David Bradley will portray the first Doctor, William Hartnell, and "Call the Midwife's" Jessica Raine will play producer Verity Lambert. Brian Cox of the "Bourne" films will play the BBC's Head of Drama, Sydney Newman, who is credited with creating "Doctor Who" five decades ago. Steven Moffat -- head of all things "Doctor Who" at the moment and also a writer-producer on "Sherlock" -- will act as a producer on the "Doctor Who" special. "Mark has written such a wonderful script not only about the birth of a cultural phenomenon, but a moment in tel ...
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Vodka Made from Potatoes, in America
Fox Business News - about 4 years
We're highlighting small businesses from around the country as nominated by you, our readers. If your favorite small business is using Twitter to communicate with customers, let us know about it @fbsmallbiz with the hashtag #mysbc, and it may be featured as an upcoming Small Business Spotlight. Small Business Spotlight: Cirrus Vodka Who: Paul McCann, @CirrusVodka What: Hand-crafted vodka made from high-quality potatoes When: 2006 Where: Richmond, Va. How: McCann, who previously worked as a policy analyst for the state of Virginia, had worked in the restaurant business for most of his life. He put himself through college by waiting tables, and when working as an analyst, invested in restaurant partnerships. In 2003 while sharing a drink with a friend, McCann said he was struck by the idea of making high-quality vodka in the U.S. "I found there were only a couple of premium vodkas being made here in the U.S., and even fewer being made from potato," he said. Fro ...
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Ruth Wilson's 'Ms. Marvel,' Starring The 'Luther' Cast
MTV News - over 4 years
Word has it that "Luther" villain Ruth Wilson is up for the role of Carol Danvers — aka Ms. Marvel — in Joss Whedon's "Avengers" sequel. While the possibility remains firmly in the rumor category, we couldn't stop our minds from running wild with the idea of secret serial killer Alice Morgan carrying the banner as one of the greatest heroes the Marvel Universe has to offer. But what about the rest of the "Luther" cast? Who would they play in Wilson's "Ms. Marvel" movie? Here's what we came up with. Warning: "Luther" spoilers ahead! Ruth Wilson as Ms. Marvel Although I'd always be worried that she'd be this close to seeking out Asgard and going completely psycho-postal on Heimdall, I see why Wilson's name is being connected to Carol Danvers. Physically, Wilson is a perfect fit for one of Marvel's finest heroes, capable of overpowering any villain with little more than a look. Beyond that, you don't need to do anything more than watch the series premiere of "Luther" to see just ho ...
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Receivers appointed to Clerys; Guineys and Clerys home furnishing stores to close
Business & Leadership - over 4 years
Clerys on O'Connell Street in Dublin will continue to trade as normal today following the appointment of joint receivers Paul McCann and Michael McAteer of Grant Thornton to Clery & Co (1941) plc, Denis Guiney Ltd and Yterrbium Ltd.
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Alan Dee’s pick of next week’s TV
Biggleswade Today - over 4 years
SATURDAY Doctor Who (BBC One, 7.20pm) Every type of Dalek, from the 1960s to the present day, need a favour from the Time Lord – somebody, or something, is wreaking havoc on the planet where their most dangerously unhinged compatriots have been imprisoned and only the Doctor, with Rory and Amy in tow, can sort it out. Executive producer and writer Steven Moffat promises: “We have, I think, our biggest range of stories ever. We’ve got the return of the Daleks, we’ve got dinosaurs on a spaceship, we’ve got a glorious western with a cyborg gunslinger, the most unusual invasion Earth story ever, and New York for the finale.” Sunday Richard Hammond’s Crash Course (BBC Two, 7.15pm) The Top Gear favourite journeys across America to drive some really big vehicles. He immerses himself in some of the country’s most extreme environments, where he has only days to master some of the most dangerous monster machines in the world – a task that can take years for most people to achieve. He beg ...
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Life Outside The TARDIS: Paul McGann
BBC Blogs- America - over 4 years
Paul McGann in The Monocled Mutineer It must be a little frustrating to be Paul McGann, specifically in relation to Doctor Who. He is just as much of a modern thespian powerhouse as Christopher Eccleston, capable of bringing the same weight and energy to the role that David Tennant did, and yet he only got one chance to prove it, outside of the netherworld of audiobooks, and no matter how decent a fist he made of being the Doctor, it was for a one-off made-for-TV movie.  Nevertheless, Paul’s career has not been found wanting in memorable roles, most notably his appearance in one of the best British movies ever made, so let’s not be too patronizing. Here’s a selection of his mighty works: Here he is, in the role that cemented his reputation as a hot new talent, Percy Toplis in 1986′s The Monocled Mutineer: That same year, he appeared in a BBC production of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest: And one year later, all hell broke loose ,on and offscreen, in the ...
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Attack of the I-CON 31
Stony Brook Press - almost 5 years
Talk about gonzo journalism! In the style of Hunter S. Thompson, I prepared to cover I-CON 31 by fully engrossing myself in the world of nerd culture, and after fifteen some-odd years of reading comic books, playing video games and obsessing over old sci-fi movies, not to mention attending five previous I-CONs, I was ready to write this article. See what I’ll do for you? For those unfamiliar, I-CON stands for Island Convention, and it’s Stony Brook’s very own science fiction and fantasy convention. I usually tell people to picture Comic-Con, except smaller and focused more heavily on classic sci-fi. It’s a magical time: a weekend when, instead of emptying out, Stony Brook fills up with nerds, geeks and teenagers dressed as their favorite anime protagonists. On most days, when I choose to dress up as Green Lantern villain Sinestro, people stare at me funny. At I-CON, people ask me if I’m classic Sinestro or Aaron Diaz’s Sinestro reboot. And it’s that wonderful piece of pure magic that ...
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Dr. Whooligan: The Sylvester McCoy Years, Dragoncon 2011 Preview, The Girl Who ... - Anglotopia.net
Google News - over 5 years
Ever the trooper, he came back to hand off the role to Paul McGann in the 1996 TV movie. Thankfully McCoy has had a chance to flesh out his Doctor's character and tie up some loose ends via the Big Finish audios. Shortly after taking the role of The
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TV Review: DOCTOR WHO – Series 6 – “Let's Kill Hitler” – Review #2 - Assignment X
Google News - over 5 years
While I was reviewing the new series, I also took the time to check out the first episode from 1963 and watch everything up to the 8 th Doctor (Paul McGann) and his FOX made for US TV movie. The new WHO almost immediately grabbed me with Christopher
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Doctor Who star Matt Smith: I'll never relax in my roles - I'm always pushing ... - Scottish Daily Record
Google News - over 5 years
It began in 1963 with the first Doctor William Hartnell and included fan favourite Jon Pertwee, the third Doctor, Tom Baker, the fourth Doctor before being shelved in 1996 with eighth Doctor Paul McGann. Russell T Davies revived the franchise in 2005
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William and Catherine & the Perils of Making Royal Movies - The Morton Report
Google News - over 5 years
In the end Liverpudlian actor Paul McGann (Dr. Who) was the screen version of Andrew Morton, spending an inordinate amount of time riding around London on his bicycle. Brian Cox, fresh from his rendition as the murdering cannibal Hannibal Lecter,
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Paul McGann
    FIFTIES
  • 2013
    Age 53
    In November 2013 McGann briefly appeared in the 50th anniversary comedy homage The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot.
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    After months of speculation, on 14 November 2013 (coincidentally McGann's birthday), as part of the show's 50th Anniversary celebrations, Paul McGann finally reprised his role as the Eighth Doctor, in the mini-episode The Night of the Doctor.
    More Details Hide Details In this appearance his incarnation of the Doctor finally regenerates, 17 years after his first television appearance, into a previously unknown Doctor played by John Hurt.
  • FORTIES
  • 2007
    Age 47
    In 2007 and 2008, a series of audio plays starring McGann as the Eighth Doctor and Sheridan Smith as companion Lucie Miller was broadcast on BBC7.
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    Despite the banning controversy, The Monocled Mutineer was released by the BBC on video in the early 1990s, and on DVD in 2007.
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  • 2006
    Age 46
    He had a relationship with the actress Susannah Harker from 2006 until 2008.
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    In 2006, he appeared in the television drama Tripping Over.
    More Details Hide Details In 2007, McGann starred alongside Dervla Kirwan, Lorraine Ashbourne and David Bradley in BBC One drama True Dare Kiss, written by Debbie Horsfield. In 2010, McGann played a major role in a feature-length episode of long-running BBC mystery series Jonathan Creek, as well as appearing as a regular in the crime drama Luther. In 2011, McGann played a major role as an Assistant Commissioner with something to hide in the final episode of Waking the Dead. It was also announced that he will be featured in Simon Gray's Butley alongside Dominic West at the Duchess Theatre. McGann is also known for audiobook narration having read several Pat Barker and Bernard Cornwell novels. He narrated the abridged audiobook of Jeff Noon's 1993 cyberpunk classic Vurt. McGann continues to play the Eighth Doctor on audio. McGann's first Big Finish audio play appearance was in 2001 in the story Storm Warning. It was through the Big Finish audio plays that McGann's Doctor faced many classic Doctor Who villains like the Daleks (in various different audio plays, the first of which being The Time of the Daleks) and the Cybermen (first encountered by the Eighth Doctor on audio in Sword of Orion).
  • 2005
    Age 45
    Two more Eighth Doctor audios, Shada and The Chimes of Midnight were broadcast in December 2005 and January 2006; all six of these stories were rebroadcast on BBC7 beginning in July 2006.
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    Five Eighth Doctor dramas were broadcast in BBC 7's The 7th Dimension slot between August 2005 and January 2006.
    More Details Hide Details They were in release order, starting with Storm Warning, although Minuet in Hell was judged unsuitable for the timeslot, and skipped.
  • 2001
    Age 41
    He also gained acclaim for his portrayal of William Bush in the final four instalments of the ITV/A&E television series Hornblower, based on the Horatio Hornblower books by C.S. Forrester. He initially appears in the 2001 episode "Mutiny", with Bush being the 2nd Lieutenant of HMS Renown (and Hornblower's superior).
    More Details Hide Details In the 7th episode, "Loyalty", he agrees to join Hornblower as his 1st Lieutenant when Hornblower takes command of HMS Hotspur. McGann again portrays Bush in the 2003 finale of the series, "Duty".
  • THIRTIES
  • 1997
    Age 37
    His voice also featured in the 1997 video game Ceremony of Innocence together with those of Isabella Rossellini and Ben Kingsley.
    More Details Hide Details After hearing him sing in The Monocled Mutineer, composer Bernard J. Taylor invited McGann to create the role of Benedict in the concept studio recording of the Much Ado, a musical based on Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. McGann portrayed Ambassador Durian in The Minister of Chance, a fantasy audio drama released in six parts from 2011 to 2013. The series is a spin-off of the Doctor Who audio drama Death Comes to Time, but has no official connection to the franchise. In February 2014, a crowdfunded short film based on the first instalment of The Minister of Chance was released to those who had helped fund it.
    In the years following his appearance as the Doctor, Paul McGann continued to diversify his acting portfolio with the television and film roles he accepted. In 1997 he appeared as a concerned father in the film FairyTale: A True Story and later that same year as Rob in Downtime, then in 1998 he appeared as Capt. Greville in The Dance of Shiva.
    More Details Hide Details In the 2000s McGann's film appearances began to increase with films like My Kingdom (2001), Listening (2003) and Gypo (2005). Perhaps his most iconic role since Doctor Who came in 2002, when McGann appeared in the film adaptation of the third story from Anne Rice's The Vampire Chronicles, Queen of the Damned. McGann played the part of David Talbot, a member of the secret organisation the Talamasca, which researches and investigates the supernatural. Talbot has appeared in many of Rice's novels and has become a central character over the years. The film also starred Stuart Townsend, Marguerite Moreau and R&B singer Aaliyah. McGann has also been in demand for voice-over work in Britain in recent years, particularly on television documentaries and commercials.
  • 1996
    Age 36
    Paul McGann played the eighth incarnation of the Doctor in the Doctor Who 1996 television film.
    More Details Hide Details The television film also starred Eric Roberts, Daphne Ashbrook and featured the outgoing Seventh Doctor, Sylvester McCoy. McGann's brother, Mark McGann, also auditioned for the title role. The Doctor Who television film was a joint venture between the BBC, Universal Studios and the Fox Broadcasting Network. McGann had signed a contract to appear as the Eighth Doctor in a new Doctor Who series, if Fox or Universal exercised their option. Thus, the television film was supposed to be a "back door pilot" in that, if it obtained respectable ratings, the new series would continue to be produced. The film was shown on 14 May 1996 in the US and on 27 May 1996 in the UK. Although it earned 9.08 million viewers and was very successful in the UK, ratings were very low in the United States. As a consequence, Fox did not exercise its option to pick up the series and Universal could not find another network interested in airing a new Doctor Who series. Thus no new series was produced until 2005, after all the contractual rights had returned to the BBC.
  • 1993
    Age 33
    In 1993, he was cast as Richard Sharpe, the lead character in the Sharpe series of made-for-TV films based on Bernard Cornwell's novels, however he injured his knee while playing football just days into filming Sharpe's Rifles in Ukraine.
    More Details Hide Details He was replaced by Sean Bean and the role effectively kick-started Bean's career and is the one that he is most closely identified with.
  • 1991
    Age 31
    In 1991, McGann married Anne Marie Milner, with whom he has two sons, Joe McGann (born in 1988) and Jake McGann (born in 1990).
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1989
    Age 29
    He also starred as Anton Skrebensky in Ken Russell's 1989 adaptation of D.H. Lawrence's The Rainbow.
    More Details Hide Details McGann's other early film appearances include The Monk, Dealers, Tree of Hands and the epic war film Empire of the Sun. McGann and other young British actors who were becoming established film actors such as Tim Roth, Gary Oldman, Colin Firth and Bruce Payne were dubbed the 'Brit Pack'. Since 1989, McGann has concentrated primarily on television work, including Nice Town and Nature Boy for the BBC, and The One That Got Away and the second series of Hornblower for ITV. However, he has had small roles in a number of high-profile American films like The Three Musketeers and Alien 3. His role in Alien 3 was originally larger, but much of it was edited out of the final print. The cut footage can be seen in the extended version of the film.
  • 1986
    Age 26
    Following on from that part of Percy Toplis, McGann sought a less controversial and more comedic role for his next project. In 1986, he was cast as the anonymous main character (Marwood) in Bruce Robinson's cult film comedy, Withnail and I.
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    He came to prominence for portraying Percy Toplis in the 1986 television serial The Monocled Mutineer.
    More Details Hide Details He later starred in the 1987 dark comedy Withnail and I, and as the eighth incarnation of the Doctor in the 1996 Doctor Who television film, a role he reprised in more than 70 audio dramas and the 2013 mini-episode "The Night of the Doctor". McGann is also known for playing Lieutenant William Bush, Horatio Hornblower's best friend, in the television adaptation based on C.S. Forrester's books. McGann was born in 1959 in Liverpool, into a Roman Catholic family. His mother, Claire, was a teacher, and his father was a metallurgist. His parents encouraged him and his siblings to develop their talents from an early age. McGann's talents were further developed when he attended Cardinal Allen Grammar School in West Derby, Liverpool. Acting on the advice of one of his teachers, McGann successfully auditioned for a place on the acting course at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1959
    Born
    Born on November 14, 1959.
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