Joe McGann

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Joe McGann
Joseph McGann

(1958-07-24) 24 July 1958 (age 60)
ResidenceGlasgow, Scotland
Years active1983 – present

Joseph McGann (born 24 July 1958) is an English actor. His roles include the lead role of Charlie Burrows, the "housekeeper" in the TV comedy series The Upper Hand (1990–96) and in Night and Day.

He is also a television reporter on the BBC's South Today programme, reporting on local events in the south of England.

Life and career[edit]

McGann was born in Kensington, Liverpool to a metallurgist father and a teacher mother.[1]

His three younger brothers – Paul, Mark and Stephen – are also actors. Together with Stephen and Mark, he starred in Tom, Dick and Harry, a play by Ray and Michael Cooney at the Duke of York's Theatre, in 1995. That same year, all four brothers starred in the BBC drama The Hanging Gale.[citation needed]

In 1989, he portrayed Lord Glozelle in the BBC version of Prince Caspian. The following year, he started playing the role of Charlie Burrows in the long-running ITV sitcom The Upper Hand, alongside Diana Weston and Honor Blackman. During this period, he also appeared in All Creatures Great and Small and Dangerfield (TV series).[citation needed]

In 1992, he voiced "Masklin" in the TV adaptation of Truckers, the first of Terry Pratchett's three books in The Nome Trilogy. He featured as Grimes at the Chichester Festival Theatre in the 2003 stage musical adaptation (by Jason Carr and Gary Yershon) of the novel The Water Babies.[citation needed]

He recently participated on 16 December 2007 playing one of the three Magi in BBC Three's Nativity; a live performance of the Bible story of Jesus's birth, set in modern-day Liverpool. His main solo song was "Lady Madonna", singing to the newly-born Jesus who is lying in a shopping trolley in a pub garage.[2]

McGann appeared on tour with Fiddler on the Roof playing the paterfamilias, Tevye, in 2008 but left the show 2 months before the tour ended due to an arm injury sustained on stage. In 2009, he appeared on BBC's Celebrity MasterChef alongside Linda Barker and Ninia Benjamin and dropped out in the semi-finals. In May-June 2009, he appeared as Richard in "Lost Monsters" by Laurence Wilson at Liverpool's Everyman Theatre. As of 2011, he can be seen occasionally guest presenting STV's daily magazine show, The Hour, alongside regular host Michelle McManus.[citation needed]

In 2012, he was cast as Ray Say in a UK touring production of The Rise and Fall of Little Voice. However he dropped out of the tour midway through with understudy Phil Andrews taking over his role for the remainder of the tour. In October 2015, he joined the cast of Elf: The Musical, playing the role of Walter Hobbs at the Dominion Theatre.[3]


  1. ^ "Paul McGann Biography". Retrieved 18 October 2009.
  2. ^ "Three Programmes — Liverpool Nativity". BBC. Archived from the original on 13 December 2007. Retrieved 9 January 2018.
  3. ^ "Full casting announced for Elf at Dominion". Whats On Stage. 18 August 2015. Retrieved 28 October 2015.

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