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21 September 1963 |
Glasgow, Scotland, UK
|Alma mater||Central School of Speech and Drama|
Angus Macfadyen (born 21 September 1963) is a Scottish actor known for his roles as Robert the Bruce in Braveheart, Jeff Denlon in Saw III and Vice-Counsel Dupont in Equilibrium. He has made appearances in several television series such as Californication, Criminal Minds and the final season of Chuck. He currently stars as Robert Rogers in the AMC historical drama Turn: Washington's Spies and as Allan Pinkerton on the first-run syndicated show The Pinkertons.
Macfadyen was born in Glasgow, Scotland and lived a colourful childhood, being raised in such places as the Philippines, Africa, Singapore and France. His father was a doctor in the World Health Organization. Macfadyen attended the University of Edinburgh and the Central School of Speech and Drama in London.
Macfadyen's first role was Philip in the film made for television The Lost Language of Cranes. He portrayed a young man who must tell his parents that he is gay. Playing the role of his father was fellow Scottish actor Brian Cox. Macfadyen then acted in the television film 15: The Life and Death of Philip Knight (1993) and also on the television show Takin' Over the Asylum (1994) about a salesman who runs a radio station in a mental institution. That role led to his role as Robert the Bruce in Mel Gibson's film Braveheart (1995).
After Braveheart won Best Picture at the Academy Awards, Macfadyen acted in the independent film Nevada (1997), before giving the most over-the-top performance of his career in the action/fantasy Warriors of Virtue (1997). He also co-starred alongside Don Cheadle and Ray Liotta when he played Peter Lawford in the HBO film The Rat Pack (1998).
Macfadyen played Orson Welles in Tim Robbins's third directorial film Cradle Will Rock (1999). Although the film received a nomination for the Palme d'Or at Cannes, it was a financial flop. Macfadyen next made the Shakespearan film Titus (1999), alongside Anthony Hopkins, where he played Lucius, eldest son of Titus Andronicus. Directed by Julie Taymor, the film was a critical triumph but with mediocre box office results.
After the noir film Second Skin (2000), Macfadyen acted in a number of poorly received films. One such film was the action film Styx (2001) which starred Peter Weller. A year later, he acted in the comedy film Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (2002) alongside a number of famous names: Sandra Bullock, Ellen Burstyn, Maggie Smith and Ashley Judd. The film was a commercial hit, albeit with mixed reviews. That same year, Macfadyen took the role of Vice-Counsel Dupont in Equilibrium. The film, also starring Christian Bale, Sean Bean, Taye Diggs and Emily Watson, is set in the future, where a fascist regime forbids all emotions.
Macfadyen acted as Marcus Crassus in the TV version of Spartacus, the character of Bill in The Pleasure Drivers, and the lead in the dramatic film The Virgin of Juarez (2006). He then played the pirate Blackbeard in a television film of the same name.
His next big role was that of Jeff Denlon in Saw III. Jeff is a man obsessed with revenge, and he is led into a series of traps that test his ability to forgive. The film was a smash hit for its 10 million dollar budget, earning almost 200 million dollars worldwide. Macfadyen then co-starred in the box office bomb Redline (2007); the same year he appeared in Saw IV, which was also a box office success.
Macfadyen continues making films, starring as the outlaw Will Tunney in his western film Shadowheart (2009). He has appeared on television in the series Californication and Killer Wave. He has also acted in the mystery film San Saba and the thriller film Clean Break.
Macfadyen has appeared in two thrillers: Pound of Flesh (2010) alongside Malcolm McDowell which revolves around a corrupt college professor, and the crime thriller Shadows of the White Nights alongside Christian Slater. He starred as Lucas Blackstone in the Christian film Taken By Grace. Additionally, Macfadyen was part of the cast of the USA Network's television series Psych, the Cameron Crowe comedy We Bought a Zoo starring Matt Damon, and the final season of Chuck as villain Nicholas Quinn.
|1991||The Lost Language of Cranes||Philip Benjamin||TV film|
|Soldier Soldier||Lt. Alex Pereira||Five episodes|
|1993||15: The Life and Death of Philip Knight||David McBride||TV film|
|1994||Two Golden Balls||Dexter||TV film|
|Takin' Over the Asylum||Fergus||Four episodes|
|1995||Braveheart||Robert the Bruce||Also the film's narrator|
|Liz: The Elizabeth Taylor Story||Richard Burton||TV film|
|Warriors of Virtue||Komodo|
|Snide and Prejudice||Michael Davidson/Adolf Hitler|
|The Brylcreem Boys||Count Rudolph von Stegenbek|
|The Rat Pack||Peter Lawford||TV film|
|1999||Facade||Frederic Colbert||a.k.a. Death Valley|
|Cradle Will Rock||Orson Welles|
|2000||Jason and the Argonauts||Zeus||TV film|
|Second Skin||Sam Kane|
|2001||A Woman's a Helluva Thing||Houston Blackett||TV film|
|2002||On the Roof||Jack|
|Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood||Connor McGill|
|2003||Miracles||Alva Keel||Thirteen episodes|
|2004||Spartacus||Marcus Crassus||TV film|
|5ive Days to Midnight||Roy Bremmer||TV film|
|2005||Tilt||Roy "Mac" McEntyre||One episode|
|Murder on the Yellow Brick Road||Michael Alberts|
|Shooting Gallery||Tenderloin Tony||Direct-to-video|
|Alias||Joseph Ehrmann||Three episodes|
|2006||The Virgin of Juarez||Patrick Nunzio||Voice|
|The Pleasure Drivers||Bill|
|Scoundrels, Scallywags, and Scurvy Knaves||Direct-to-video|
|Saw III||Jeff Denlon||Nominated- Scream Award for Scream King|
|2007||The Rich Inner Life of Penelope Cloud||Claude||TV film|
|Killer Wave||John McAdams||TV mini-series|
|Saw IV||Jeff Denlon||Cameo|
|2008||Impulse||Jonathan Dennison/Simon Phillips||Direct-to-video|
|Clean Break||Matt McKay|
|Eleventh Hour||Jason Cooper||One episode|
|Saw V||Jeff Denlon||Cameo|
|Pound of Flesh||Patrick Kelly|
|Saw VI||Jeff Denlon||Cameo|
|2010||Lie to Me||Jimmy Doyle||One episode|
|Psych||Logan Paget||One episode|
|2011||Shadows of the White Nights||Richard||Post-production|
|Criminal Minds||Sean McAllister||One episode|
|We Bought a Zoo||Peter MacCready|
|2014||Turn: Washington's Spies||Robert Rogers||Main cast|
|The Pinkertons||Allan Pinkerton||Main cast|
|2015||Macbeth||Macbeth||Director, Starring Actor|