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John Hannah (actor)

John Hannah
Hannah at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2010.
Born (1962-04-23) 23 April 1962
East Kilbride, Scotland
Occupation Actor
Years active 1987–present
Spouse(s) Joanna Roth (m. 1996)
Children 2

John David Hannah (born 23 April 1962) is a Scottish film and television actor. He came to prominence in Richard Curtis's Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) and has since appeared in Sliding Doors (1998) and in 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), Jack Cloth in A Touch of Cloth, Quintus Lentulus Batiatus in Spartacus (2010–2011) and Jason's father (Aeson) in the BBC series Atlantis.


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
  • Personal life 3
  • Filmography 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Early life

Hannah was born in East Kilbride in Lanarkshire, the youngest of three children: he has two older sisters. His mother, Susan, was a cleaner at Marks & Spencer, and his father, John, a toolmaker.[1][2] 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, he completed his apprenticeship and then attended the 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 played a karaoke-mad dead-beat dad in The James Gang, a drunken, thieving comic-relief character in The Mummy (1999) and The Mummy Returns (2001) and a Monty Python-quoting romantic comedy love interest in Sliding Doors (1998). He 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.[3]

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 the UK. More recently he played the part of Quintus Lentulus Batiatus, the owner of a gladiator training house in Spartacus: Blood and Sand, and its prequel, Spartacus: Gods of the Arena.

Personal life

Hannah married actress Joanna Roth on 20 January 1996. 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 the 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.

Soon after his role as the epileptic police officer Franky Drinkall in Out Of The Blue, he showed his support for the Epilepsy Association of Scotland. He was, for a long time, a spokesman for Oxfam's Cut Conflict Campaign.


Year Title Role Notes
1987 Brond Robert TV film
1990 Harbour Beat Neal McBride
1994 Milner Windscreen washer TV film
Four Weddings and a Funeral Matthew
Faith Nick Simon TV film
Pauline Calf's Wedding Video Mark TV film
1995 Madagascar Skin Harry
1996 Circles of Deceit: Kalon Jason Sturden TV film
Truth or Dare Nick TV film
The Innocent Sleep James
The Final Cut Gilmore
1997 The James Gang Spendlove James
The Love Bug Simon Moore III TV film
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 Camouflage Man invited Short film
Before You Go Mike Pennington
I'm with Lucy Doug
2003 Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde
I Accuse Dr. Richard Darian
2004 Male Man Alan Short film
Amnesia D.S. Mackenzie Stone TV film
2005 Cold Blood Jake Osbourne TV film
2007 Cold Blood 2 Jake Osbourne TV film
Ghost Son Mark
The Last Legion Nestor
2008 The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor Jonathan Carnahan
Zip 'n Zoo Tom Short film
2013 The Wee Man Tam McGraw
The Words 2012 Richard Ford
2013 Still Waters Lapslie filming
2014 Shooting for Socrates Billy Bingham filming
Ping Pong Summer Mr. Miracle Release 6 June
Year Title Role Notes
1988 Bookie Johnny Dawson 3 episodes
Screen Two ? 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 D.S Frank Drinkall 6 episodes
1995 Out of the Blue John Robinson 1 episode
1995–1998 McCallum Dr. Iain McCallum 8 episodes
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 Strangler 2 episodes
2004 4.50 from Paddington What Mrs. McGillicuddy Saw (US title) Inspector John Campbell single drama
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 Documentary
2008 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 (TV series) Tychon (Jason's Father) 3 episodes
2013 Elementary Rhys 1 episode
Words of Everest Edward Norton
2014 Widower (TV mini-series) DS Charlie Henry 2 episodes
2015 Marley's Ghosts Adam
Video Games
Year Title Role
2008 The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor Jonathan Carnahan


  1. ^ Time and Place: John Hannah - Times Online
  2. ^ John Hannah Interviews - 1998
  3. ^ ITN, Cold Blood, 2007-2008. Archived 27 January 2010 at the Wayback Machine

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