Stephen McGann at a book signing in Dublin, Ireland, July 2017
Stephen Vincent McGann
2 February 1963
|Years active||1983 – present|
Stephen Vincent McGann (born 2 February 1963) is an English actor, author, and science communicator, best known for portraying Doctor Patrick Turner in the BBC One medical period drama series Call the Midwife. He is one of a family of acting brothers including Joe, Paul, and Mark.
McGann was born in Kensington, Liverpool, Lancashire (now Merseyside), and began his professional acting career in 1982, starring in the West End musical Yakety Yak. He has since worked extensively in British theatre and on screen.
In 1989, he starred as Mickey in the West End hit musical Blood Brothers. In 1990, he played Johann Strauss in the international mini-series, The Strauss Dynasty. In 1993, he created, co-produced and starred in the award-winning BBC drama The Hanging Gale. He portrayed the character of Sean Reynolds in Emmerdale from 1999 to 2002.
In 2003, he starred with Jamie Theakston in the hit West End play 'Art'. In 2006, he played the role of the Reverend Shaw in the original West End cast of the musical Footloose. He can currently be seen playing Dr. Turner in BBC TV series Call the Midwife.
He was a guest speaker at the Cambridge Science Festival in March 2015. He published a guest essay in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine in April 2015, discussing issues of medical accuracy and communication in Call the Midwife.
In January 2016, McGann published a companion book to Call the Midwife called Doctor Turner's Casebook, in which he revisits key medical cases featured in the TV series and discusses their historical and social contexts. The BBC screened a documentary special based on the book, titled Call The Midwife: The Casebook, on 15 January 2017.
In July 2017, McGann published Flesh and Blood: A History of My Family in Seven Maladies, a personal history of his family over a century and a half as told through the medical ailments they suffered.
In July 2019, McGann received an honorary doctorate from the University of Liverpool in recognition of his contribution to public health communication, and was a member of the judging panel for the 2019 Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize.
|1987||Business As Usual||Terry Flynn|
|1999||The Harpist||Henry Kennedy|
|1983||Juliet Bravo||Simon Bailey||1 episode: "Simple Simon"|
|1984||Missing from Home||Butch||TV mini-series, 1 episode|
|1985||Brookside||David Hargreaves||2 episodes|
|1985 & 1989||Bergerac||Harry / Pepe Mendoza||2 episodes|
|1986 & 1988||Help!||Tex||8 episodes|
|1987||Boon||Kevin McGillivray||1 episode: "Fiddler on the Roof"|
|1988||Screenplay||Brendan||1 episode: "Home Front"|
|1989 & 1992||Streetwise||Bob Street||17 episodes|
|1991||Stay Lucky||Dylan Jones||1 episode: "The Food of Love"|
|1991||The Strauss Dynasty||Johann 'Schani' Strauss, Jnr.||TV mini-series, 8 episodes|
|1994||The Lifeboat||Mark Cowley||1 episode: "Three Men in a Boat"|
|1994||Where the Buffalo Roam||Jimmy Dunn||TV movie|
|1995||The Hanging Gale||Daniel Phelan||TV mini-series, all 4 episodes|
|1995||Catherine the Great||Alexis Orlov||TV movie|
|1997||Melissa||Waiter (uncredited)||TV mini-Series, 1 episode|
|1999–2002||Emmerdale||Sean Reynolds||40 episodes|
|2004 & 2007||Casualty||Garry Lesser / Sam Roach||2 episodes|
|2006||Doctors||Bernard Stephenson||1 episode: "Sacrifice"|
|2007||The Bill||Simon Winstanley||1 episode: "Identity Fraud"|
|2012–2020||Call the Midwife||Dr. Patrick Turner||72 episodes|
|1999||Melinda's Big Night In||Himself||Episode: "Not Melinda's Big Night In 3"|
|2000||The Richard Whiteley Show||Himself (Guest)||Episode: #3.6|
|2000||Live Talk||Himself||Episode: #1.4|
|2000–2017||Loose Women||Himself||5 episodes|
|2001||Open House with Gloria Hunniford||Himself||Episode: 3 August 2001|
|2001||Kelly||Himself||Episode: 21 September 2001|
|2015||Children in Need||Himself (Contestant)||On Strictly Come Dancing|
|2017||Call the Midwife: The Casebook||Himself (Host)||TV movie documentary|
|2018||Sunday Brunch||Himself (Guest)||Episode: #7.1|
|2018||Strictly Come Dancing||Himself (Audience member)||The Quarter-Final: Musicals Week & Results|
|2019||This Morning||Himself||Episode: 8 February 2019|
- "Deane Road Cemetery Patrons". 7 May 2013. Retrieved 7 May 2013.
- "The McGann Brothers". 8 May 2013. Retrieved 8 May 2013.
- "Associated International Management". 8 May 2013. Retrieved 8 May 2013.
- "IMDb:The Strauss Dynasty". 8 May 2013. Retrieved 8 May 2013.
- "The Guardian:Happy days - Stephen McGann". 21 April 1999. Retrieved 8 May 2013.
- Smith, Deirdre (24 February 2002). "Jamie Theakston Joins Art in London". Playbill. Retrieved 22 April 2020.
- "BBC Entertainment:Theakston joins Art cast". 2 February 2002. Retrieved 8 May 2013.
- Morris, Anne (7 January 2006). "McGann in fast-paced musical". Salisbury Journal. Retrieved 22 April 2020.
- "Patrick Turner". PBS. Retrieved 22 April 2020.
- "Call the Midwife actor Stephen McGann describes steps taken to depict accuracy and authenticity in medical TV drama". 22 April 2015. Retrieved 16 August 2015.
- "Cambridge Science Festival Speaker spotlight - Stephen McGann". 22 March 2015. Retrieved 16 August 2015.
- "From how to who: accuracy and authenticity in the portrayal of the medic in TV drama". 22 April 2015. Retrieved 16 August 2015.
- "Actor McGann pens Dr Turner book for S&S". 22 October 2015. Retrieved 30 January 2016.
- "BBC - Call the Midwife: The Casebook - Media Centre". BBC. Retrieved 6 January 2017.
- "Stephen McGann - official publisher page". Simon & Schuster. Retrieved 27 July 2017.
- Mohaupt, Hillary (13 November 2018). "Family Practice". Distillations. Science History Institute. 4 (3): 44–45. Retrieved 6 February 2020.
- "Honorary graduates for 2019 announced". University of Liverpool. Retrieved 18 August 2019.
- "2019 Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize". Royal Society. Retrieved 26 June 2020.
- Eden, Jenny (4 August 2001). "Interview: Steve McGann". Daily Mirror. Trinity Mirror. Retrieved 9 April 2012.
- Stephen McGann Filmography