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20 December 2014
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JB Convention: Dragon Con 2015

Dragon Con have confirmed that John will be joining their guest line-up for their 2015 event, scheduled for 4 to 7 September. The venue is the Hyatt Regency Atlanta, 265 Peachtree Street Northeast, Atlanta GA 30303.

Check out the event website for details and to buy tickets:

The exact days of John's attendance will depend on filming commitments.

5 November 2014
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JB Convention: Planet Comicon 2015

John is off to Kansas City for the Planet Comicon event in March. The convention will be held at the Kansas City Convention Center, Bartle Hall, 301 West 13th Street, Kansas City MO 64105 from 13-15 March.

Check out the event website for details and to buy tickets:

4 November 2014
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JB Charity: Hearing Dogs for Deaf People

John is a celebrity ambassador for the UK charity Hearing Dogs for Deaf People. He has sponsored an adorable cocker spaniel puppy called Merry as a gift for his husband, Scott, this Christmas. John said:

"Scott and I love dogs. We've always had two or three in the family so when I had the opportunity to add one more to our brood, I couldn't resist. I've sponsored a puppy called Merry for Scott this Christmas. Scott will get regular updates, lots of adorable photos, and the best part is that this Christmas present will be a gift that will change the life of a deaf person.

When I experienced going deaf for the day, I was anxious and isolated. When Merry grows up, she'll not only help make a deaf person’s life safer, she'll also bring them companionship. We're going to have a very MERRY Christmas!"

If you'd like to sponsor a puppy, for yourself or as a gift, visit the Hearing Dogs webaite:

21 October 2014
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JB Convention: Dallas Comic Con Fan Days 2015

John will head back to the Lone Star State next year for the Dallas Comic Con Fan Days. This event, taking place on 7-8 February, will be held at the Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas, 500 West Las Colinas Blvd, Irving, TX 75039.

Full details of guests, accommodation and tickets are on the event website:

14 October 2014
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MBE Investiture Ceremony

John is at Buckingham Palace this morning (14 October) to receive his award of the MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) which was announced in HM The Queen's Birthday Honours 2014. He is accompanied at the ceremony by husband, Scott, and parents, John and Marion Barrowman.

For general information about the ceremony, go to the website of the British Monarchy:

15 September 2014
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JB Concert Tour 2015 - Additional dates

Four additional concerts have been confirmed for John's You Raise Me Up tour next year. Tickets for the additional dates will go on general sale from 10.00am on Friday, 19 September.

The additional tour dates are:

  • Wednesday 10 June - Leicester De Montfort Hall
  • Friday 12 June - Cambridge Corn Exchange
  • Saturday 13 June - Guildford G Live
  • Monday 15 June - Oxford New Theatre

Book tickets online from Friday, 19 September at:

25 August 2014
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JB Convention: Emerald City Comic Con 2015

Emerald City Comic Con have confirmed that John will be the Guest of Honour at their 2015 event.

The convention will be held at the Washington State Convention Center, 800 Convention Place, Seattle, WA 98101-2350 on 27-29 March 2015.

Visit the convention's website for further information and to purchase tickets:

John is currently scheduled to attend on all three days. This is subject to professional commitments.

22 February 2014
Updated 17 July
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JB and CB Books: The Book of Beasts

Carole Barrowman has announced that the third novel in the Hollow Earth series, again co-authored with John, will be titled The Book of Beasts.

Update 17 July: The Book of Beasts is now out in the UK and is available from Amazon UK:

We do not yet have information on publication in other countries.

30 June 2014
Updated 1 July
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JB CD: You Raise Me Up - Out Now!

John's new CD, You Raise Me Up is released today. The album features new arrangements of tracks that map out John's career, including some of his favourite songs such as "Mandy", "Bridge Over Troubled Water", "A Thousand Years" and the title track, "You Raise Me Up".

Order online now from Amazon UK, Amazon US and iTunes:

Update 1 July: In the UK, You Raise Me Up is now also available from HMV, Asda, Sainsburys, Morrisons and Tesco (where it is Album of the Week!).

24 June 2014
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JB Concert Tour 2015

John is excited to announce that he will be touring the UK with his You Raise Me Up Tour in May and June 2015. Tickets will go on general sale from 10.00am on Friday, 27 June.

The tour will visit:

  • Saturday 16 May - Southend Cliffs Pavilion
  • Sunday 17 May - Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
  • Tuesday 19 May - Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
  • Wednesday 20 May - Sheffield City Hall
  • Friday 22 May - Manchester Bridgewater Hall
  • Saturday 23 May - Bournemouth BIC
  • Sunday 24 May - London Palladium
  • Tuesday 26 May - Ipswich Regent
  • Wednesday 27 May - York Barbican
  • Friday 29 May - Blackpool Opera House
  • Saturday 30 May - Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
  • Sunday 31 May - Brighton Dome
  • Tuesday 2 June - Edinburgh Playhouse
  • Thursday 4 June - Glasgow Clyde Auditorium
  • Saturday 6 June - Birmingham Symphony Hall
  • Monday 8 June - Gateshead Sage
13 June 2014

John Barrowman MBE

John is delighted and honoured to have been appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in HM The Queen's Birthday Honours, for services to light entertainment and to charity. Read the official announcement on the BBC website and for more information on the Honours system, see the link below.

15 May 2014

JB TV: Arrow S3: Merlyn promoted to regular

At today's Upfront presentation of the channel's new season TV shows, The CW announced that John would return as Malcolm Merlyn, the Dark Archer in Season 3 of Arrow - and he is to be promoted to series regular.

Read more about Arrow on the official websites for The CW and Sky:

24 March 2014
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JB Panto 2014-15: Cinderella

The SECC and QDos Pantomimes have announced that the 2014-15 panto at the Clyde Auditorium will be Cinderella, with John leading the cast as the loveable and cheeky Buttons! The production also stars The Krankies, with Jimmy playing Button's brother, Zip, and Ian as Baron Hardup.

John said, "For the fifth year running we're back in Glasgow! I'm so excited to be back with Janette and Ian Krankie in our panto home, and to be tackling the role of Buttons in Cinderella. So come on girls, bring your glass slipper and find your Prince!"

Cinderella replaces the previously advertised Robin Hood and will run from Saturday, 13 December 2014 to Sunday, 4 January 2015. Tickets are now available from the SECC Box Office, or from TicketSOUP:

Tickets already booked remain valid for Cinderella. If you have any queries, please contact TicketSOUP.

A request from John

Many of you have given John gifts over the years, and although he appreciates your thoughtfulness, he's running out of space to keep them! Rather than buying him a gift, he would ask you to support one of his chosen charities.

All donations, large or small, will help these wonderful organisations.

A reminder about online chats. They're not John!

Please don't be fooled by fake Facebook and other accounts pretending to be John. If someone in online chats tells you they are John, they are lying to you. John has set up a Facebook page and he also uses Twitter and other social media (see links below). He replies at random to some of the tweets from his fans when he's able to.

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