Gregor Fisher

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Gregor Fisher
Born (1953-12-22) December 22, 1953 (age 60)
Glasgow, Scotland
Occupation Actor, comedian
Years active 1977–2014
Spouse(s) Vicki Burton
Children 3

Gregor Fisher (born 22 December 1953)[citation needed] is a Scottish comedian and actor.

Early life[edit]

Fisher was born in Glasgow and following the death of his parents was brought up in Edinburgh, Langholm and Neilston and attended Barrhead High School. He attended the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow, at which he did not complete his studies.

Career[edit]

He is best known for his portrayal of his character Rab C. Nesbitt in the sitcom of the same name. He starred in the TV show Naked Video, where the Nesbitt character originated, along with the Baldy Man who also obtained a spin-off series. Baldy Man is also particularly associated with the Hamlet advert in which he cannot get a satisfactory passport photo from a photobooth and lights up a cigar to calm himself down. Fisher also worked with the late Scottish comedian Rikki Fulton on the hit sketch show Scotch and Wry. Another Scottish comedian he worked with was Hector Nicol in the 1979 BBC drama Just a Boys' Game.

He appeared in Michael Radford's 1984 film Nineteen Eighty-Four as Winston Smith's neighbour Parsons. In 1988, he had a leading role in a dramatised television documentary telling the story of the creation of the Christmas carol Silent Night, called Silent Mouse. In the same year he had a cameo (as a Victorian policeman) in the Caine/Kingsley vehicle, Without a Clue.

In 2004, he played the role of Solanio in another Michael Radford film, The Merchant of Venice.

In 1994/95, he played the title role in the BBC series The Tales of Para Handy. In 2003, he appeared in the romantic comedy film Love Actually, where he played the role of the manager to fading music star, Billy Mack (Bill Nighy). Fisher had also appeared in the 1999 sitcom Brotherly Love and in the 2002 sitcom Snoddy.

He also appeared with Iain Glenn in the BBC Masterpiece theatre version of Kidnapped.

He also appeared in the 2000 BBC adaptation of Gormenghast. Fisher starred as a main character in the drama Missing, made by SMG Productions in 2006. However, the two-part thriller was not broadcast on STV until November 2008. In November 2006, he starred as Grandpa Potts in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, in a three-month run of the show in Edinburgh. Most recently he has starred in the BBC's adaption of Oliver Twist, in the role of Mr Bumble.

In an interview in The Metro on 20 February 2008 he stated that he is no longer recognised as Rab C. Nesbitt and rather is more likely to be stopped by fans of Oliver Twist for his recent role as Mr Bumble.

Empty, a comedy series starring Fisher, began on BBC 2 on 28 February 2008. On BBC 2 on 23 December 2008, he reprised his role as Rab C Nesbitt in a Christmas special. 2010 Rab C Nesbitt: Series 9: Heal

He has a small, uncredited role in Shaun of the Dead.

Personal life[edit]

Fisher is married to actress Vicki Burton; they have three children, Alexander (born 1986), Jamie (born 1988) and Cissie (born 1989). Together they have moved house many times, they have lived in Brixton, Stewarton, Ayrshire and the Scottish Borders but most recently they have lived in a Georgian house in Spalding, Lincolnshire after selling a farmhouse in Langholm, Dumfriesshire. They are selling their property in Lincolnshire. The couple are now planning to buy property in France.[1]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1983 Another Time, Another Place Beel
1984 Nineteen Eighty-Four Parsons Sometimes titled as 1984
1985 The Girl in the Picture Bill
1987 White Mischief McPherson
1988 To Kill a Priest
Without a Clue Bobby at Warehouse
2003 Love Actually Joe
2004 The Merchant of Venice Solanio
2005 Lassie Mapes
2010 Wild Target Mike
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1977 Rob Roy Dick Episodes: season 1.1 & 1.2
1978 "The Tomorrow People" Uncredited Highlander Episode: 7.2 "The Fighting Spirit"
1978–1979 Play for Today Georgie/Tanza Episodes: "Donal and Sally", "Just a Boys' Game"
1980 Square Mile of Murder Tom Connell Episode: "The Human Crocodile"
1978–1980 Scotch & Wry Various Roles Episodes: season 1.1, 1.2, 1.3 & 31 December 1980 episode
1982 Crown Court Eric Mullins Episode: "Too Bad for Tobias: Part 1"
1982–1984 Foxy Lady Hector Ross Seasons 1 & 2: 12 episodes, lead role
1986 Scotch & Wry Various Roles Video compilation
Boon Tom McGeary Episode: "Fools Rush In"
Naked Video Various Roles Season 1: 6 episodes, lead role (season 1)
Blood Red Roses Alex McGuigan 3 episodes
1987 Double Scotch & Wry Various Roles Video compilation
Dramarama Albert Pickard Episode: "Stan's First Night"
1990 Silent Mouse Franz Gruber Television film
Triple Scotch & Wry Various Roles Video compilation
Chancer Norman Attwood Episodes: "Killing Floor", "Hazard"
1994 A Christmas Night with the Stars Rab C. Nesbitt Episode: 25 December 1994
1994-1995 The Tales of Para Handy Para Handy 9 episodes, lead role
1995 Saturday Disney Episode: 25 March 1995
Kidnapped Gahlsan Television film
1995-1997 The Baldy Man Baldy 2 seasons: 13 episodes, lead role
1999 Brotherly Love Hector Robertson Season 1: 6 episodes, lead role
2000 Gormenghast The Fly Episode: season 1.3
The Railway Children Perks Television film
2001 The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby Mr. Squeers Television film
2002 Snoddy Snoddy Lead role
2005 Kidnapped James Stewart of the Glen Television film
2006 Missing Inspector Doug Television film
2007 Oliver Twist Mr. Bumble Mini-series
2008 Empty Jacky Allen Season 1: 6 episodes, lead role
1988—2013 Rab C. Nesbitt Rab C. Nesbitt 10 seasons: Rab In a Hoodie 64 episodes, lead role

References[edit]

  1. ^ Farmer, Duncan (2 August 2010)Farmer, Duncan (2 August 2010). "See you, Rab: Gregor Fisher, star of Rab C. Nesbitt, leaves Glasgow far behind with a move to France". London: dailymail.co.uk. Retrieved 15 June 2011. 

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