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. McFadden won the 2017 series of the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing with dance partner Katya Jones.
9 October 1975
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The third of four siblings (two older brothers, one younger sister), McFadden was born in Glasgow to Irish immigrants from County Donegal. 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.
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.
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.
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.
- Strictly Come Dancing (2017)
- Holby City (2014–2017)
- Casualty (2009)
- Cranford (2007)
- Heartbeat (2007–2010)
- Alien Invasion (2004; short film)
- The Trouble with Men and Women (2003)
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002; video game voice actor)
- Sparkhouse (2002)
- The Glass (2001)
- Sex, Chips & Rock n' Roll (1999)
- Dad Savage (1998)
- Small Faces (1996)
- The Crow Road (1996)
- Take the High Road (1990–97)
- Oliver Harcourt in The House On Cold Hill, UK Tour, January 2019
- Andy in Haunting Julia, UK Tour, August 2012
- Ed in Torch Song Trilogy, Menier Chocolate Factory, London May 2012
- Writer in The Missing, National Theatre of Scotland, Tramway Arts Centre September 2011
- Georg Nowack in She Loves Me, Chichester Festival Theatre 2011
- Caractacus Potts in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Edinburgh Playhouse 2006/7
- Finch in How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, Chichester Festival Theatre 2005
- Keith in Rainbow Kiss at Royal Court Theatre, London 2006
- John in A Life in the Theatre at Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh 2004
- Claude in 15 Seconds at Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh 2003
- Mark in Rent at Shaftesbury Theatre, London 1998
- Sloane in Entertaining Mr Sloane at Theatr Clwyd, 1997
- "Donegal links to BBC Strictly winner Joe McFadden - Donegal Democrat". Donegaldemocrat.ie. 18 December 2017. Retrieved 3 June 2019.
- "Joe McFadden interview: Good grief". www.scotsman.com.
- Dowell, Ben (18 April 2007). "New heartthrob for Heartbeat". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 November 2016.
- 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.
- Taylor, Frances (12 August 2017). "Joe McFadden is confirmed as sixth celebrity for Strictly Come Dancing 2017". radiotimes.com. Retrieved 12 August 2017.
- Westbrook, Caroline (16 December 2017). "The Strictly Come Dancing 2017 winner has been crowned". Metro. Retrieved 16 December 2017.
- "Joe McFadden to star in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert UK tour". WhatsOnStage. 21 January 2019. Retrieved 3 June 2019.
- The Glass (2001), IMDb, Undated.Retrieved: July 13 2015.