Fast Facts

  • Was persuaded to try acting by his friend and fellow actor Robert Carlyle.
  • Got his start with a theater company in his native Glasgow in the early 1990s after working as a dance-club DJ.
  • First TV roles were in a 1992 episode of the BBC anthology series Screen One and a '93 episode of Taggart, a long-running Scottish detective series.
  • His breakout movie was Braveheart (1995).
  • The scars on his face are the result of a mugging by knife-wielding assailants, an incident that occurred before he began acting.


  • Dina Livingston — Wife
  • Jane Ford — Ex-wife
  • Andrew Flanagan — Brother
  • David Flanagan — Father
  • Rachel Schadt — Ex-wife
  • Daniel Flanagan — Brother
  • Elizabeth Flanagan — Mother