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Stephen Vincent McGann

(1963-02-02) 2 February 1963 (age 60)
Alma mater Imperial College London
Years active1983–present
(m. 1990)

Stephen Vincent McGann (born 2 February 1963) is a British actor, best known for portraying Dr Patrick Turner in the BBC One medical period drama series Call the Midwife . He is one of a family of acting brothers, the others being Joe, Paul, and Mark. [1]


McGann was born in Kensington, Liverpool, 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. [2]

Early life

Stephen's father Joe was a Royal Naval Commando who died in 1984, and his mother Clare was a teacher. Along with his acting brothers Paul, Mark, and Joe who's named after his father, he also has a younger sister named Clare after their mother. [3] [4]



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. [5] 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. [6]

In 2003, he starred with Jamie Theakston in the hit West End play 'Art' . [7] [8] In 2006, he played the role of the Reverend Shaw in the original West End cast of the musical Footloose . [9] He can currently be seen playing Dr. Turner in BBC TV series Call the Midwife . [10]

Science communicator

Stephen McGann explaining herd immunity at the 2015 Cambridge Science Festival Cmglee Cambridge Science Festival 2015 Stephen McGann.jpg
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. [11]

He was a guest speaker at the Cambridge Science Festival in March 2015. [12] 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 . [13]

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

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. [16] [17]

McGann was a member of the judging panel for the 2019 Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize. [18] , and holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Liverpool and the University of Chester in recognition of his contribution to public health communication and drama [19] [20]

Personal life

Stephen McGann is married to screenwriter and Call the Midwife creator Heidi Thomas. They have one son, Dominic. They currently live in Cambridge. [21]


Film performances
1987 Business As Usual Terry Flynn
1999 The Harpist Henry Kennedy
2006Turning ShadowsSonShort
2016Game DayJeremyShort
Television performances
1983 Juliet Bravo Simon Bailey1 episode: "Simple Simon"
1984Missing from HomeButchTV mini-series, 1 episode
1985 Brookside David Hargreaves2 episodes
1985 & 1989 Bergerac Harry / Pepe Mendoza2 episodes
1986 & 1988Help!Tex8 episodes
1987 Boon Kevin McGillivray1 episode: "Fiddler on the Roof"
1988 Screenplay Brendan1 episode: "Home Front"
1989 & 1992StreetwiseBob Street17 episodes
1991 Stay Lucky Dylan Jones1 episode: "The Food of Love"
1991The Strauss DynastyJohann 'Schani' Strauss, Jnr.TV mini-series, 8 episodes
1994The LifeboatMark Cowley1 episode: "Three Men in a Boat"
1994 Grushko Andrei3 episodes
1994Where the Buffalo RoamJimmy DunnTV movie
1995 The Hanging Gale Daniel PhelanTV mini-series, all 4 episodes
1995 Catherine the Great Alexis OrlovTV movie
1997 Melissa Waiter (uncredited)TV mini-Series, 1 episode
1999–2002 Emmerdale Sean Reynolds298 episodes
2004 & 2007 Casualty Garry Lesser / Sam Roach2 episodes
2006 Doctors Bernard Stephenson1 episode: "Sacrifice"
2007 The Bill Simon Winstanley1 episode: "Identity Fraud"
2012–Present Call the Midwife Dr. Patrick Turner104 episodes
Documentary/Self Appearances
1999Melinda's Big Night InHimselfEpisode: "Not Melinda's Big Night In 3"
2000The Richard Whiteley ShowHimself (Guest)Episode: #3.6
2000 Live Talk HimselfEpisode: #1.4
2000–2017 Loose Women Himself5 episodes
2001 Open House with Gloria Hunniford HimselfEpisode: 3 August 2001
2001 Kelly HimselfEpisode: 21 September 2001
2015 Children in Need Himself (Contestant)On Strictly Come Dancing
2017Call the Midwife: The CasebookHimself (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 HimselfEpisode: 8 February 2019
2021 This Morning HimselfEpisode: 12 November 2021


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