Permit Me to Fangirl: John Hannah

Scottish actor John Hannah burst onto the popular Hollywood scene in the 1999 Stephen Sommers remake of the horror classic, The Mummy. This was also the film which first propelled Rachel Weisz onto the fast track to the Hollywood A-list. In the movie, Hannah appears opposite Weisz and Brendan Frasier, back when the actor was still on the fast track to action movie stardom. The Mummy did well enough to merit two sequels (2001’s The Mummy Returns and 2008’s The Mummy Tomb of the Dragon Emperor). Hannah returned for both of the follow-ups, appearing to have a blast as Johnathan Carnahan, the academic turned ne’re do well brother of Weisz (and then Maria Bello‘s) Evelyn Carnahan-O’Connell.

Hannah had been quite busy in the years leading up to The Mummy. Many might recognize him as Matthew from the Hugh Grant, romance classic Four Weddings and a Funeral. He then moved on to appear opposite then budding a-lister Gwyneth Paltrow in the 1998 tragically under-remembered romance Sliding Doors. He was also had a regular presence on UK television, appearing as Dr. Iain McCallum in the medical drama McCallum.

In the years that followed, Hannah kept active on television. Avid television viewers might recognize him as Batiatus from the popular drama series Spartacus: Blood and Sand.


Hands up if you remember MDs. Hannah appeared in the single season ABC medical drama opposite character actor extraordinaire William Fichtner. In 2016 Hannah joined the fourth season of the ABC/Marvel cross-over Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D as Holden Radcliffe. 

Throughout his career, John Hannah has seamlessly moved between genres, finding a home not only on television, but on-screen. Throughout his career, he has played villains, romantic leads and the comedy relief. If you aren’t familiar with his work, check it out. He’s a talented actor with a fascinating screen presence. He’s definitely one of the under appreciated actors working today.


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