John Hannah (actor)

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John Hannah
Hannah in 2010
John David Hannah

(1962-04-23) 23 April 1962 (age 61)
Alma materRoyal Conservatoire of Scotland
Years active1987–present
(m. 1996)

John David Hannah (born 23 April 1962) is a Scottish film and television actor. He came to prominence in Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994), for which he was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role as Matthew. His other film appearances include Sliding Doors (1998) and The Mummy trilogy (1999–2008). His television roles include: Dr Iain McCallum in McCallum (1995–1998); D.I. John Rebus in Rebus (2000–2001); Jack Roper in New Street Law (2006–2007); Jake Osbourne in Cold Blood (2007–2008), Quintus Lentulus Batiatus in Spartacus (2010–2011), Jack Cloth in A Touch of Cloth (2012–2014), Jason's father (Aeson) in the BBC series Atlantis (2013–2015), Dr Holden Radcliffe in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2016–2017), Colin in Overboard (2018), and Archie Wilson in the BBC series Trust Me.[1]

Early life[edit]

Hannah was born in East Kilbride in Lanarkshire, the youngest of three children; he has two older sisters.[2] His mother, Susan, was a cleaner at Marks & Spencer, and his father, John, a toolmaker.[3][4] He attended Heathery Knowe Primary School then Claremont High School in East Kilbride and went on to an apprenticeship as an electrician. In East Kilbride, he participated in the East Kilbride Rep Theatre Club. At the suggestion of a colleague, after completing his apprenticeship he then attended the prestigious Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.


After graduation, Hannah had parts in theatre productions, films and television, which included leading roles. He broke into the "big-time" with his appearance as Matthew in Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994). Since this breakthrough role, he has played a psychopathic killer alongside Helen Baxendale in Truth or Dare and a mystery-solving pathologist in McCallum. He was a karaoke-mad dead-beat dad in The James Gang, the alcoholic, pilfering but endearing, lovable comic-relief brother of the female lead in The Mummy (1999), The Mummy Returns (2001) and The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008) and the Monty Python-quoting love interest of Gwyneth Paltrow in the romantic comedy Sliding Doors (1998). Hannah also starred in the axed U.S. series MDs (2002), as well as making guest appearances in Alias (2001), Carnivàle (2002) and Frasier (2003). In 2006 he starred in the drama series New Street Law. In 2007–08, he played a starring role in the ITV crime drama Cold Blood.[5]

On 24 December 1997, Hannah and Scottish Films producer Murray Ferguson established a production company called Clerkenwell Films. Clerkenwell's first big production was the Rebus series, including Black And Blue and The Hanging Garden. However, Rebus was later taken in-house by STV Productions, and Hannah was replaced in the leading role in the series by Ken Stott.

He is the voice of the Co-operative Group adverts in Europe. He played the part of Quintus Lentulus Batiatus, the owner of a gladiator training house, in Spartacus: Blood and Sand and the prequel Spartacus: Gods of the Arena.

Hannah played the recurring role of scientist Holden Radcliffe on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in a recurring role during season three and got promoted to series regular during season four.[6]

Hannah currently plays the role of Dr. Jedidiah Bishop on the medical drama Transplant on NBC.

He is also the narrator of BBC reality series Race Across the World where 5 pairs of Brits travel across the world without taking a plane for just the price of the flight.

Personal life[edit]

Hannah married actress Joanna Roth in 1996.[7] The pair met several years before during a studio production of Shakespeare's Measure for Measure. In many of his interviews, he mentions stories from their relationship, such as their visit to London's 'Sri Siam' restaurant where he proposed to her in writing on the tablecloth. They live in Richmond, London with their two children.[8]


Year Title Role Notes
1990 Harbour Beat Neal McBride
1994 Four Weddings and a Funeral Matthew
1995 Madagascar Skin Harry
1996 The Innocent Sleep James
The Final Cut Gilmore
1997 The James Gang Spendlove James
Romance and Rejection Tony
1998 Sliding Doors James Hammerton
Resurrection Man Darkie Larche
1999 The Mummy Jonathan Carnahan
The Hurricane Terry Swinton
The Intruder Charlie
2000 Circus Leo
Pandaemonium William Wordsworth
2001 The Mummy Returns Jonathan Carnahan
2002 Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Jekyll and Hyde
Camouflage Man invited Short film
Before You Go Mike Pennington
I'm with Lucy Doug
2003 I Accuse Richard Darian
2004 Male Mail Alan Short film
2007 Ghost Son Mark
The Last Legion Nestor
2008 The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor Jonathan Carnahan
Zip 'n Zoo Tom Short film
2012 The Words Richard Ford
2013 The Wee Man Tam McGraw
The Christmas Candle William Barstow
2014 Shooting for Socrates Billy Bingham
Ping Pong Summer Mr Miracle
2015 Angel Lapslie AKA Still Waters
Bone in the Throat Sullivan
2017 Another Mother's Son Arthur
Love of My Life Richard
2018 Genesis Paul Brooks
Scorched Earth Doc
Overboard Colin
Blood, Sweat and Terrors James Borans Segment: "Get Some"
2019 Princess Emmy King Karl Voice[9]
The Garden of Evening Mists Magnus Gemmell
2020 Enemy Lines Colonel Preston
The Intergalactic Adventures of Max Cloud Revengor (Justin)
2021 The Auschwitz Report Warren
Year Title Role Notes
1987 Brond Robert 3 episodes[10]
1988 Bookie Johnny Dawson 3 episodes
Screen Two Pretty Boy 1 episode
1990 Taggart Danny Bonnar 1 episode
Boon Willie Connolly 1 episode
1991 Shrinks Hamish 1 episode
1992 The Bill Derek Pierce 1 episode
Between the Lines D.C. Mellis 1 episode
1993 Paul Calf's Video Diary Mark TV short
1994 Capital Lives John Robinson 1 episode
Faith Nick Simon Television film
Pauline Calf's Wedding Video Mark Television film
Milner Windscreen washer Television film
1995 Out of the Blue D.S Frankie Drinkall 6 episodes
1995–1998 McCallum Dr. Iain McCallum 8 episodes
1996 Truth or Dare Nick Television film
Circles of Deceit: Kalon Jason Sturden Television film
1997 The Love Bug Simon Moore III Television film
2000–2001 Rebus D.I. John Rebus 4 episodes
2001 Alias Martin Shepard 2 episodes
2002 MDs Dr. Robert Dalgety 10 episodes
2003 Frasier Avery McManus 1 episode
Carnivàle Stangler 2 episodes
2004 Agatha Christie's Marple 4.50 from Paddington Inspector Tom Campbell Single drama
Amnesia D.S. Mackenzie Stone Two episodes
2005–2007 Cold Blood Jake Osbourne 5 episodes
2005 Sea of Souls John Wade 2 episodes
2006–2007 New Street Law Jack Roper 14 episodes
2007 Sinking of the Lusitania: Terror at Sea Prof. Ian Holbourn TV docudrama
2008 Agatha Christie's Poirot Appointment with Death Dr. Gerard 1 episode
2010 Spartacus: Blood and Sand Quintus Lentulus Batiatus 13 episodes
2011 Kidnap and Ransom Alexander Willard 2 episodes
Spartacus: Gods of the Arena Quintus Lentulus Batiatus 6 episodes
2012 The Other Wife Richard Kendall 1 episode
Damages Rutger Simon 10 episodes
2012–2014 A Touch of Cloth D.I. Jack Cloth 6 episodes
2013–2015 Atlantis Aeson (Jason's Father) 3 episodes
2013 Elementary Rhys 1 episode
2014 The Widower DS Charlie Henry 2 episodes
2015–2016 Marley's Ghosts Adam 9 episodes
2016 A Midsummer Night's Dream Duke Theseus Television film
2016–2017 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Holden Radcliffe 22 episodes
2017 Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency The Mage 8 episodes
2019–present Race Across the World Narrator 15 episodes
2019 The Victim DI Stephen Grover 4 episodes
Trust Me Dr. Archie Watson 4 episodes
2020 Transplant Dr. Jed Bishop Series regular
Roald & Beatrix: The Tail of the Curious Mouse Narrator Television film[11]
2021 Taskmaster Himself New Years Day special
2023 The Last of Us Dr. Newman Episode: "When You're Lost in the Darkness"
Black Mirror Richard Episode: "Loch Henry"
Video games
Year Title Role
2008 The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor Jonathan Carnahan


  1. ^ "Trust Me". Media Centre. BBC.
  2. ^ East Kilbride at 75: John Hannah reflects fondly on childhood playing 'conkers and crossy' on council estate, Daily Record, 10 May 2022
  3. ^ Time and Place: John Hannah - Times Online
  4. ^ John Hannah Interviews – 1998
  5. ^ ITN, Cold Blood, 2007-2008. Archived 27 January 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Agents of SHIELD: Season Four Premiere 'The Ghost' (Review)". Mike's Film Talk. 21 September 2016. Retrieved 24 September 2016.
  7. ^ John Hannah in The Guardian
  8. ^ John Hannah lives in Richmond
  9. ^ "Studio 100 Announces International Cast for 'Princess Emmy'". Animation Magazine. 15 February 2018. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  10. ^ "Brond". IMDb. 13 May 1987.
  11. ^ "Roald & Beatrix: The Tail of the Curious Mouse". Retrieved 24 December 2020.

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