Stephen McGann is a leading UK actor, youngest of a family of acting brothers from Liverpool. Stephen began his professional career at nineteen, starring in the West End musical ‘Yakety Yak’. He has since worked extensively in British theatre and on screen. He starred as Mickey in the West End musical Blood Brothers, played Johann Strauss in the international mini-series The Strauss Dynasty, and in 1993 he created, co-produced and co-starred in the award-winning BBC historical drama ‘The Hanging Gale’, set in the Irish potato famine. Stephen played Marc in Yasmina Reza’s hit West End production of ‘Art’, and was Reverend Shaw in the original West End cast of the musical ‘Footloose’. He has also starred in productions at the Royal Court, Manchester’s Royal Exchange, and the National Theatre Studio. In addition to acting, Stephen has written scripts for peak-time television drama and has also been a recording artiste for Chrysalis Records and Warner Brothers. He can currently be seen starring as Dr. Turner in the BBC global hit TV series ‘Call the Midwife’.
Stephen is a keen public speaker and writer on the role of science and medicine in popular culture and drama, having graduated from Imperial College London with an MSc in Science Communication in 2012. He has been a guest speaker at the Cambridge and Cheltenham science festivals, and has written for the journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. In January 2016 Stephen published a companion book to Call the Midwife called Doctor Turner’s Casebook, in which he revisits medical cases featured in the TV series to discusses their historical and social context.
Stephen is married to leading TV screenwriter Heidi Thomas, and lives in a former Victorian chapel in rural Hertfordshire surrounded by its own original graveyard. Taking the bins out at night is never a dull affair.