Movie Glaswegians: Gregor Fisher

gregor fisherBorn in Glasgow on 22nd December 1953, Gregor Fisher is perhaps best known as one of the city’s most iconic fictional characters – Rab C. Nesbitt. The BBC sitcom, in which the string vest wearing Rab philosophises directly to the viewer in between the amusing Govan goings on, is among the few Scottish comedy shows to have been networked across the whole of the UK – making both character and actor household names.

Among his other television credits are the comedy sketch show Naked Video (birthplace of Rab and for which he was also a writer) and The Tales Of Para Handy. Among his other Naked Video characters was a follicly challenged gentleman, who would also appear in a well known television advert for Hamlet cigars and ultimately his own Mr. Bean-esque show called The Baldy Man.

As is the case with many of his Glasgow acting peers, Fisher can claim an eclectic list of movie roles having worked alongside the likes of Al Pacino (in The Merchant Of Venice), Michael Caine (Without A Clue) and John Hurt (Nineteen Eighty-Four). He was also in the Glasgow-shot The Girl In The Picture and Glasgow-set Lassie. Arguably his most prominent film role in recent years has been that of Joe – manager to Bill Nighy’s ageing rock star Billy Mack – in Richard Curtis’ 2003 romantic comedy Love Actually.

According to Wikipedia Gregor Fisher attended Glasgow’s Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, although did not complete his studies there. He is married to actress Vicki Burton and the couple have three children.

Movie Glaswegians: Kelly Macdonald

Kelly Macdonald is another alumnus of Trainspotting and yet another of that film’s cast who has had a rich and varied film and television career since. Among her credits are No Country For Old Men, Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 and Disney-Pixar’s Brave, in which she voiced the lead character – Merida. And although not a movie title, also worthy of a mention is her role as Margaret Thompson in the hugely successful HBO television series Boardwalk Empire.

Alongside Trainspotting, other Glasgow-connected works in which Macdonald has appeared include Strictly Sinatra, Stella Does Tricks, The Decoy Bride (all filmed or partly filmed in Glasgow)and Lassie, in which Dublin doubles as a mid 20th century Glasgow.

Kelly Macdonald was born in Glasgow on 23rd February 1976. She is married to fellow Glaswegian Dougie Payne, bassist and backing vocalist of the band Travis, and at the time of this posting the couple are expecting their second child.