December 22, 1953 |
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.
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.
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.
|1983||Another Time, Another Place||Beel|
|1984||Nineteen Eighty-Four||Parsons||Sometimes titled as 1984|
|1985||The Girl in the Picture||Bill|
|1988||To Kill a Priest|
|Without a Clue||Bobby at Warehouse|
|2004||The Merchant of Venice||Solanio|
|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|
|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|
|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|
- 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.