Stephen McGann

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Stephen McGann at a book signing in Dublin, Ireland, July 2017
Stephen Vincent McGann

(1963-02-02) 2 February 1963 (age 56)
Years active1983 – present
Heidi Thomas
(m. 1998)

Stephen Vincent McGann (born 2 February 1963)[1] is an English actor, author, and science communicator. He is one of a family of acting brothers including Joe, Paul, and Mark.[2]

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.[3]



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.[4] 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.[5]

In 2003, he starred with Jamie Theakston in the hit West End play 'Art'.[6] 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.

Science communicator[edit]

Stephen McGann explaining herd immunity at the 2015 Cambridge Science Festival

In addition to his acting, McGann is a public speaker and communicator of science. He graduated from Imperial College London with a master's degree in Science Communication.[7]

He was a guest speaker at the Cambridge Science Festival in March 2015.[8] 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.[9]

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.[10] The BBC screened a documentary special based on the book, titled Call The Midwife: The Casebook, on 15 January 2017.[11]

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.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Stephen McGann is married to screenwriter and Call the Midwife creator Heidi Thomas. They have one son, Dominic, who is a member of The Mawson Society (previously The Swinburne Society), Oxford. They currently live in Saffron Walden, Essex.[13]


Film performances
Year Title Role Notes
1987 Business As Usual Terry Flynn
1997 Melissa Walter (uncredited)
1998 Milk Actor Short
1999 The Harpist Henry Kennedy
2006 Turning Shadows Son Short
2016 Game Day Jeremy Short


Television performances
Year Title Role Notes
1983 Juliet Bravo Simon Bailey 1 Episode:
1984 Missing from Home Butch 1 episode
1985 Brookside David Hargreaves 2 episodes
1985–1989 Bergerac Pepe Mendoza/Harry 2 Episodes
1986 Help! Tex 2 Episodes
1987 Boon Kevin McGillvray 1 episode
1988 Screenplay Brendan 1 Episode
1989–1992 Streetwise Bob Street 17 episodes
1991 Stay Lucky Dylan Jones 1 episode
1991 The Strauss Dynasty Johann 'Schani' Strauss jun TV Mini-Series 8 episodes
1994 The Lifeboat John Cowley 1 episode
1994 Grushko Andrei 3 episodes
1994 Where the Buffalo Roam Jimmy Dunn TV Movie
1994 Melissa Mark Mini-Series 1 episode
1995 The Hanging Gale Daniel Phelan 4/4 episodes
1996 Catherine the Great Alexis Orlov TV Movie
1999–2002 Emmerdale Sean Reynolds TV Soap Opera - 39 episodes
2004–2007 Casualty Sam Roach/Garry Lesser 2 episodes
2006 Doctors Bernard Stephenson 1 episode
2007 The Bill Simon Winstanley 1 episode
2012–2018 Call the Midwife Dr Patrick Turner 59 episodes.
Documentary/Self Appearances
Year Title Role Notes
2000–2017 Loose Women Himself 5 Episodes
2017 Call the Midwife: The Casebook Himself as Host TV documentary
2015 Children in Need Himself appeared on BBC TV's Strictly Come Dancing
2001 Kelly Himself Episode : 21 September 2001
2001 Open House with Gloria Hunniford Himself Episode: 3 August 2001
2000 Live Talk Himself 1 episode: #1.4
2000 The Richard Whiteley Show Himself as a guest Episode: #3.6
1999 Melinda's Big Night In Himself Episode: Not Melinda's Big Night in 3



  1. ^ "Deane Road Cemetery Patrons". 7 May 2013. Retrieved 7 May 2013.
  2. ^ "The McGann Brothers". 8 May 2013. Retrieved 8 May 2013.
  3. ^ "Associated International Management". 8 May 2013. Retrieved 8 May 2013.
  4. ^ "IMDb:The Strauss Dynasty". 8 May 2013. Retrieved 8 May 2013.
  5. ^ "The Guardian:Happy days - Stephen McGann". 21 April 1999. Retrieved 8 May 2013.
  6. ^ "BBC Entertainment:Theakston joins Art cast". 2 February 2002. Retrieved 8 May 2013.
  7. ^ "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.
  8. ^ "Cambridge Science Festival Speaker spotlight - Stephen McGann". 22 March 2015. Retrieved 16 August 2015.
  9. ^ "From how to who: accuracy and authenticity in the portrayal of the medic in TV drama". 22 April 2015. Retrieved 16 August 2015.
  10. ^ "Actor McGann pens Dr Turner book for S&S". 22 October 2015. Retrieved 30 January 2016.
  11. ^ "BBC - Call the Midwife: The Casebook - Media Centre". BBC. Retrieved 6 January 2017.
  12. ^ "Stephen McGann - official publisher page". Simon & Schuster. Retrieved 27 July 2017.
  13. ^ Eden, Jenny (4 August 2001). "Interview: Steve McGann". Daily Mirror. Trinity Mirror. Retrieved 9 April 2012.
  14. ^ Stephen McGann Filmography

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