Born (1948) and brought up in Glasgow, Scotland. resident in London since 1984. B.A. in English from Strathclyde University, Ph.D. from Glasgow University for research into Scottish theatre history. Lectured at Glasgow and Strathclyde Universities, and was Assistant Director of Strathclyde University Drama Centre for three years.
In 1980 became a professional actor. Work includes (TV) Eastenders, Taggart, The Bill, Skins, Fallen Angel, Cold War, Bombay Blue, Bad Boys, Roughnecks, Lovejoy, Aliens, Leaving and Open Season; (theatre) Hobson\'s Choice (Royal Exchange), The Madness of George III (WYP/Birmingham Rep), The Reader (Borderline), Hellbent and Dead Dad Dog (Traverse), The Alchemist (Cambridge), Macbeth (Red Shift), Cabaret Faust (TNT), The House With The Green Shutters (Communicado), Fugitives (ICA), The Televison Programme (Gate), Noises Off (Taunton): (film) Wrath of the Titans and The Wee Man.
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Sunset Song, Cloud Howe, Grey Granite [The Scots Quair Trilogy] ( TAG for Edinburgh International Festival 1993), Wild Harbour and Gay Hunter (BBC Radio), David Coppperfield (Eastern Angles 1995, Oldham 2013), Lanark (TAG for Edinburgh International Festival 1995, No Name (Eastern Angles), Mrs O\'s Saturday Nights (Covent Garden Festival 1998), Margaret Catchpole (Eastern Angles 2000 & 2012), Fatale (Basingstoke Haymarket 2001), The Walsingham Organ (Eastern Angles 2002), Margaret Down Under (Eastern Angles 2004). Sunset Song has been revivied and toured regularly in Scotland: Kenny Ireland\'s production was invited to the Assembly Rooms 30th Birthday Season, 2010; Sell-a-Door toured it to critical acclaim in 2014.
A recently completed collaboration with Nigerian playwright Tunde Euba, Every British Soldier - a forgotten story of Scots and Nigerian soldiers in World War 2 - is now ready and looking for a home.
A new work is in preparation: Martyrs, where the dark-age martyrdom of England\'s St.Edmund finds new meaning in the modern world.
Sunset Song and David Copperfield are published by Nick Hern Books.
From Grey Granite:
I died about half past three in the morning. Chris came in and sat with me till it was finished. She\'s a good lass, yon. I didna exactly go peaceful. Well, I wouldn\'t, would I? Sixty years of jeering and swearing and fighting with the world gave me a lot to fall back on, and I fair swore and beat the air when the damn stuff wouldn\'t let me breathe. Syne I stepped out the bed and out of the house and up long stairs like Windmill Brae ‑ gey long for a body my age ‑ till I met a beard with a lum hat and leggings, like the father of all the Wee Free ministers. And he held up his hand and snuffled through his nose and cried was I one of the Blessed? And there was God with a plague in one hand and a war in the other, with the Angels bowing and scraping with harps and ministers thick as a swarm of blue‑bottles, no sign of my Jim and no sign of Jesus. I wasn\'t impressed. So I turned round and buggered off. If that\'s heaven, they can damn well keep it. I\'ll manage fine on my own.