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Stephen Vincent McGann is a British actor who has played Dr Patrick Turner since the inception of the series having even written several books based around it like Dr Turner's casebook, he is also married to writer and creator Heidi Thomas and the pair have a son Dominic. McGann is the youngest of the four McGann acting brothers who are Joe, Paul and Mark McGann. Aside from acting he is also a speaker and communicator of science with a masters degree in the subject.

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.



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. 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.

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

Science Communicator[]

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.

He was a guest speaker at the Cambridge Science Festival in March 2015. 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.

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

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.

McGann was a member of the judging panel for the 2019 Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize., 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.

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.