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Joseph McFadden (born 9 October 1975) is a Scottish actor best known for his roles in The Crow Road, Sex, Chips & Rock n' Roll, Heartbeat and Holby City. He also does voice over work for Bauer Media on their Scottish radio stations.[citation needed] McFadden won the 2017 series of the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing with dance partner Katya Jones.

Joe McFadden
Joseph McFadden

(1975-10-09) 9 October 1975 (age 44)
Glasgow, Scotland
ResidenceLondon, England
Other namesJoe McFadden
Years active1990–present


The third of four siblings (two older brothers, one younger sister), McFadden was born in Glasgow to Irish immigrants from County Donegal.[1] He was educated at Holyrood R.C. Secondary School in Glasgow, where a drama teacher recognised his talent and recommended him for a part in Scottish detective show Taggart.[2]

After taking a role in Take the High Road, he then developed his career in the theatre with roles as diverse as Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Rent and Rainbow Kiss at the Royal Court. He then took roles in television series The Crow Road and Sex, Chips & Rock n' Roll. He played the title role of Aladdin at The Old Vic opposite Ian McKellen and played Dr Jack Marshland in the original series of the Emmy award winning Cranford. After that he came to national attention playing PC Joe Mason in Heartbeat for two series.[3]

After that role ended in 2009, he mixed theatre doing National Theatre of Scotland with director John Tiffany and touring in the Alan Ayckbourn play Haunting Julia and the Harvey Fierstein play Torch Song Trilogy playing Ed. He has also starred in such films as The Trouble with Men and Women, Zig Zag Love, Dad Savage and Small Faces.

From January 2014 to December 2017 he had a leading role as Raffaello "Raf" di Lucca in the BBC One medical drama Holby City.[4] The character was killed off in the two part episode "Group Animal".

In August 2017 he was announced as a participant in the fifteenth series of BBC's Strictly Come Dancing, partnered with Katya Jones, eventually winning in the final and claiming the prized Glitterball Trophy.[5][6]

On 21 January 2019 it was announced that McFadden would be appearing in the 2019 - 20 UK tour Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (musical).[7]

Selected filmographyEdit



  1. ^ "Donegal links to BBC Strictly winner Joe McFadden - Donegal Democrat". 18 December 2017. Retrieved 3 June 2019.
  2. ^ "Joe McFadden interview: Good grief".
  3. ^ Dowell, Ben (18 April 2007). "New heartthrob for Heartbeat". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 November 2016.
  4. ^ Fulton, Rick (1 February 2014). "Joe McFadden: I'm happy to be acting my age at last as Holby's new hot-shot doc". Daily Record. Trinity Mirror.
  5. ^ Taylor, Frances (12 August 2017). "Joe McFadden is confirmed as sixth celebrity for Strictly Come Dancing 2017". Retrieved 12 August 2017.
  6. ^ Westbrook, Caroline (16 December 2017). "The Strictly Come Dancing 2017 winner has been crowned". Metro. Retrieved 16 December 2017.
  7. ^ "Joe McFadden to star in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert UK tour". WhatsOnStage. 21 January 2019. Retrieved 3 June 2019.
  8. ^ The Glass (2001), IMDb, Undated.Retrieved: July 13 2015.

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