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.
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DOCTOR TURNER’S CASEBOOK– Buy it here
Call The Midwife is the BBC’s most popular drama ever – that is what viewing figures tell us with over ten million viewers per episode. The Christmas edition is always reviewed as a ‘must see’ event, just as important to some families as the Queen’s Speech.
All the principal actors are now household names and one in particular over the past two seasons has dramatically come to the front of the show – Doctor Turner, played by Stephen McGann. He is now seen as the lynchpin of the series, not only overseeing the many childbirths across episodes, but also dealing with a multitude of diseases that strike the young, as accurately portrayed by the show’s writer Heidi Thomas. Polio, meningitis, measles, scarlet fever and thalidomide have all been meticulously depicted on the show. This new book, will now reveal how a local doctor – such as Dr Turner – not only dealt with such cases, but also how he worked within the newly created National Health Service, as well as lived alongside his East End community. It will be a facsimile as well as a fictionalised diary from the character, all conceived and written by the show’s writer Heidi Thomas. Stephen McGann will also contribute his own narrative having studied for an MA in medical science. Beautifully designed, it will make a lovely present for any fan of the series, as well as those wishing to find out more about the history of what life was really like in this period.
PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster UK
PUBLICATION DATE: 28 Jan. 2016