Joe McFadden

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Joe McFadden
Born Joseph McFadden
(1975-10-09) 9 October 1975 (age 41)
Glasgow, Scotland
Residence North London
Other names Joe McFadden
Occupation Actor
Years active 1990–present

Joseph "Joe" McFadden (born 9 October 1975 in Glasgow) is a Scottish actor, best known for his roles in Take the High Road, Heartbeat and Holby City. He also does voice over work for Bauer Media on their Scottish stations.


The third of four siblings (two older brothers, one younger sister), McFadden was educated at Holyrood R.C. Secondary School in Glasgow, where a drama teacher saw his potential and recommended him for a small part in Taggart.[1]

After taking a role in Take the High Road, he then developed his career in the theatre with roles as diverse as Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Rent and Rainbow Kiss. He then took roles in television series Sex, Chips & Rock n' Roll and The Crow Road. He came to national attention playing PC Joe Mason in Heartbeat for two series.[2]

After that role ended in 2009, he mixed theatre work with the National Theatre of Scotland and touring in the Alan Ayckbourn play Haunting Julia, with starring in such films as The Trouble with Men and Women, Dad Savage and Small Faces.

Since January 2014, he has had the leading role as Raffaello "Raf" di Lucca in the BBC One medical drama Holby City.[3]

In August 2017 he was announced as a participant in the 15th series of BBC's Strictly Come Dancing.[4]

Selected filmography[edit]



  1. ^ "Joe McFadden interview: Good grief". 
  2. ^ Dowell, Ben (18 April 2007). "New heartthrob for Heartbeat". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 November 2016. 
  3. ^ Fulton, Rick (1 February 2014). "Joe McFadden: I'm happy to be acting my age at last as Holby's new hot-shot doc". Daily Record. Trinity Mirror. 
  4. ^ Taylor, Frances (12 August 2017). "Joe McFadden is confirmed as sixth celebrity for Strictly Come Dancing 2017". Retrieved 12 August 2017. 
  5. ^ The Glass (2001), IMDb, Undated.Retrieved: July 13 2015.

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