Fast Facts

  • Originally trained as a drama teacher at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.
  • Decided to be an actor when he was given the opportunity to join the Citizens Theatre for Youth group in 1970.
  • Starred in The Great Northern Welly-Boot Show with comedian Billy Connolly in 1972.
  • Did not attend an interview for a part in Ridley Scott's Alien because he believed no one would watch the film and the director wouldn't want him. 
  • Has voiced many radio plays and features, including Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and The Moonstone.
  • Won Best Actor for No More Shall We Part at The Stage Awards for Acting Excellence at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2012.


  • Jack Paterson — Son
  • Anna-Klara — Daughter
  • John Paterson — Brother
  • Hildegard Bechtler — Wife


  • Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Glasgow, Scotland (1969)

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  • Birth Place: Glasgow, Scotland
  • Profession: Actor

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