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your questions answered

Replies to some of the questions people most often ask about John, covering:

Requests for Autographs

John is currently unable to accept any more requests for signed photos and autographs. Please see the statement on the contact page.

Requests for cards and messages: John receives hundreds of requests to send cards or messages for all sorts of occasions. He'd love to be able to do this, but there isn't enough time to deal with all of these requests – and if he does one, he has to do them all to be fair to everyone.



Signing autographs: John's first priority is to maintain his health so that he doesn't disappoint audiences by having to take time off due to illness, which in the past has resulted from him signing autographs in bad weather. After each concert, he and his crew have to drive to the next venue, which may be many hours away. He hates to disappoint his fans, and while you may not have the opportunity to meet him at the stage door afterwards, he will always do his best to make sure you’ve enjoyed the show!

Birthday and other greetings at shows: John's concerts are very carefully planned so that each song flows to the next via a personal story so, although he receives a huge number of requests for shout-outs, he couldn't include these without disrupting the show.

Backstage Passes: Backstage passes are not provided for John's concerts or other shows and he cannot arrange to meet fans before or after shows.

Concerts outside the UK: John is hoping at some point in the future to arrange concerts in the US and Canada, but at the moment, nothing is confirmed.



At present, Torchwood is on hiatus and we don't have any information on when or whether more episodes will be produced.


Tonight's the Night

Tonight's The Night is not currently in production. While we appreciate the wonderful stories of deserving people who you would like to appear on the show, John and his web team do not manage requests for surprises and are unable to pass these to the BBC.


Asking John to support charities with donations or to attend charity events

John gives as much time as he can to help support his chosen charities:

  • Dogs Trust
  • Ty Hafan Children’s Hospice
  • Stonewall
  • The Make A Difference Trust
  • Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY)
  • Down's Syndrome Scotland

He's not one to put his name to a cause without actively becoming involved so, due to his busy schedule, he's unable to support, sponsor or take on any other charity work right now.


Gifts for John

While John really appreciates the thought behind them, he’d much prefer that, instead of buying him personal gifts, you donate to charity in his name. Even the cost of a card can make a difference to a charity.

You can donate wherever you live. John's chosen charities are all delighted to receive donations from fans around the world!

Donate to charity in John’s name


Being gay - requests for advice

If you are confused about your sexuality or want to talk about being gay, Stonewall (a UK charity) can give you advice. If you are in the UK you can contact them on their helpline (0800 050 2020) or via their website: For people both inside and outside the UK, you could also try the following web page of resources