John Simm

John Simm

Highest Rated: 86% 24 Hour Party People (2002)

Lowest Rated: 44% Miranda (2002)

Birthday: Jul 10, 1970

Birthplace: Leeds, Yorkshire, England, UK

Born in England in 1970, John Simm grew up around music and performance. His father, an area musician, performed throughout Simm's early life; he eventually joined his dad live, singing and playing guitar alongside him at the age of 12. Thinking he found his calling, Simm pursued his love of singing and studied musical theater at Blackpool and the Fylde College, but in the middle of his tenure, he got tired of the musical aspect and instead studied drama heavily, joining local theater productions before studying method acting in London. While in London, he picked music back up, writing songs and playing guitar for his own band called Magic Alex, in addition to playing with his good friend, Echo & the Bunnymen lead singer Ian McCulloch. But music was more of a side project to Simm, as once he finished studying in London, he hit the ground running as an actor. His debut was in 1992, in an episode of "Rumpole of the Bailey" (BBC 1975-1992). Following that, he appeared in various British television programs, most notably his breakout role as a troubled teen in the police procedural drama "Cracker" (ITV/A&E 1993-1999). Shortly after, he made his feature film debut in "Boston Kickout" (1995), which led to even more acclaim and roles, including major roles in "The Lakes" (BBC 1997-1999), "Wonderland" (1999), and "Human Traffic" (1999). In the early 2000s, he continued to establish himself as a premier actor in England, starring in the award-winning shows "Sex Traffic" (Channel 4 2002), "State of Play" (BBC 2003), and the cult favorite "Life on Mars" (BBC 2006-2007), the last of which netted him a BAFTA nomination. In 2007, he first appeared as the villainous The Master on "Doctor Who" (BBC 2005- ), a role he continued to play until 2010. Simm received his second BAFTA nomination for his lead role on "Exile" (BBC 2011). He next starred as Jack Whelan in the well-received horror drama "Intruders" (BBC America 2014- ).

Highest rated movies

24 Hour Party People
Brothers of the Head
Human Traffic




74% 42% Everyday Unknown (Character) - 2012
No Score Yet 47% Skellig Dave (Character) - 2009
No Score Yet 28% Tuesday Silver (Character) - 2008
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Yellow House Vincent Van Gogh (Character) - 2007
69% 66% Brothers of the Head Boatman (Character) $45.0K 2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet Blue/Orange Unknown (Character) - 2005
No Score Yet 82% Sex Traffic Daniel Appleton (Character) - 2004
86% 87% 24 Hour Party People Bernard Sumner (Character) $1.1M 2002
44% 35% Miranda Frank (Character) - 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet Never Never John Parlour (Character) - 2000
No Score Yet 65% Forgive and Forget Theo (Character) - 2000
63% 85% Wonderland Eddie (Character) $413.6K 1999
59% 89% Human Traffic Jip (Character) $104.3K 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Understanding Jane Oz/Party Stonehead 2 (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Diana & Me Neil (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cracker: Best Boys William "Bill" Preece (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet 60% Boston Kickout Phil (Character) - 1995


80% No Score Yet Grace DS Roy Grace (Character) 2021
50% No Score Yet Cold Courage Unknown (Character) 2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet Would I Lie to You? Contestant 2019-2020
53% 50% White Dragon Jonah Mulray (Character) 2018
79% 71% Collateral David Mars (Character) 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Trauma Dan Bowker (Character) 2018
74% 80% The Catch Rhys Griffiths (Character) 2017
39% 66% Intruders Jack Whelan (Character) 2014
36% 93% The Village John Middleton (Character) 2013-2014
100% 89% Prey DC Marcus Farrow (Character) 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mad Dogs Baxter (Character) 2011-2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Exile Unknown (Character) 2011
92% 66% Doctor Who The Master (Guest Star) 2007
77% No Score Yet Life on Mars Unknown (Character) 2006-2007
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sex Traffic Unknown (Character) 2004
No Score Yet No Score Yet Canterbury Tales Unknown (Character) 2003
100% No Score Yet State of Play Cal McCaffrey (Character) 2003
100% 97% Spaced Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cracker Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Bill Paul Jeffries (Character) 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Devil's Whore Edward Sexby (Character)
No Score Yet No Score Yet Nero: The Obscure Face of Power Unknown (Character)