Scottish actor John Barowman says he wants to play the role of a gay dad on the Fox musical comedy hit Glee.

According to UK celebrity tabloid Heat, Barrowman approached producers about playing one of Rachel Berry's gay dads.

Barrowman told the paper that he had met with the show's casting directors.

“The ball's in their court, though,” he said.

The openly gay actor is best known for playing Captain Jack Harkness on the BBC science fiction series Doctor Who and Torchwood.

American television viewers will get better acquainted with Barrowman this fall as he takes on the role of Patrick Logan, Angie Bolen's evil ex-boyfriend, on ABC's Sunday drama Desperate Housewives.

The 43-year-old Barrowman and his boyfriend Scott Gill became civil partners in 2006. The pair met in 1993 at the Chichester Festival Theatre where Barrowman was performing.

While Barrowman is best known in the UK, the multi-talented performer was raised in Illinois from the age of nine and studied performing arts at the United States International University in San Diego.