John Hannah is a Scottish actor best known for his roles in television shows such as McCallum, MDs and New Street Law; and for his roles in films such as Four Weddings and a Funeral, Sliding Doors and The Mummy and its sequel.
Hannah is the youngest of three children (he has two older sisters). He attended Claremont High School in East Kilbride and went on to an apprenticeship as an electrician. In East Kilbride, he participated in the East Kilbride Rep Theatre Club.
At the suggestion of a colleague, he completed his apprenticeship and then attended the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.
After graduation, he had parts in theatre productions, films, and television, including leading roles, then broke into the "big-time" with his appearance as Matthew in Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994).
Since his breakthrough role in Four Weddings and a Funeral, he has played a psychopathic killer alongside Helen Baxendale (Truth or Dare) and a mystery-solving pathologist McCallum.
He played a karaoke-mad dead-beat dad (The James Gang), drunken, thieving comic relief (The Mummy, 1999 and The Mummy Returns, 2001) and a Monty Python-quoting romantic comedy love interest (Sliding Doors, 1998).
He also starred in the axed American television series MDs (2002), and made guest appearances in Alias (2001), Frasier (2002) and Carnivàle (2002).
In 2006 he starred in the drama series New Street Law and Cold Blood.
Hannah was married on 20 January 1996 to actress Joanna Roth. The pair met several years before during a studio production of Shakespeare's Measure for Measure.
In many of his interviews, he mentions stories from their relationship, such as the visit to London's Sri Siam restaurant where he proposed to her in writing on the tablecloth.
They had twins, a boy named Gabriel and a girl named Astrid on 11 February 2004.
On December 24, 1997, John Hannah and Scottish Films producer Murray Ferguson established a production company called Clerkenwell Films. Clerkenwell's first big production was the Rebus series, including Black And Blue and The Hanging Garden.
However, Rebus was later taken in-house by SMG Productions, and Hannah was replaced in the leading role in the series by Ken Stott.