Cal MacAninch

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Cal MacAninch
Born (1963-11-24) 24 November 1963 (age 50)
Govan, Glasgow
Years active 1991-present

Cal MacAninch (pronounced Chalab Macenanch) (born 24 November 1963) is a Scottish actor,[1] best known for portraying the character of DI John Keenan in police drama HolbyBlue[1] on BBC 1 during 2007–08.


MacAninch went on to play Rowan Collins in Series 4 of the ITV drama series Wild at Heart.[1][2] He returned to the show for its fifth series as a main cast member. He also played Tauren, a sorcerer in the BBC television series Merlin in the episode "To Kill the King". Cal also starred in the 2001 BBC mini series The Best of Both Worlds with Alice Evans. He played a valet, Henry Lang, in the second series of Downton Abbey.[3]

Cal once lent his support as a volunteer on a Sense holiday, working with deafblind people.[citation needed]

He and his wife, the actress Shauna Macdonald,[1] have three daughters, Jesi-Lilas, Ava-Red Amahle[2] ("Amahle" means "beautiful" in Zulu).[2] and Ever Eden-Rose. He is currently appearing in the ITV period drama, Mr Selfridge as Mr Thackeray.

He is a keen marathon runner.[1]


Date Title Role Director Station
23 April 2004 The Lights Liam Toby Swift BBC Radio 4 Friday Play
11 June 2004 Soft Fall the Sounds of Eden Andy Gaynor Macfarlane BBC Radio 4 Friday Play
11 July 2004 How Many Miles to Basra?[4] Toby Swift BBC Radio 3 Drama on 3
31 October 20114 November 2011 The Pillow Book (series 4)[5] Yukinari Lu Kemp BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour Drama



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