Jonathan Watson

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Jonathan Watson
Born Scotland, UK
Occupation Comedian, Impressionist, Actor
Years active 1979–present

Jonathan Watson is a Scottish comedian and impressionist best known for his comedy sketch show Only an Excuse?, which parodies people and events from the world of Scottish football, and the BBC comedy Bob Servant Independent in which he appears with Brian Cox. Watson also regularly appeared on Tam Cowan's Offside television programme on BBC One Scotland where he performed a scaled-down version of Only an Excuse? called "Only a Wee Excuse".


Watson trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama in Glasgow.

Comedy impressions[edit]

Watson has also turned his hand to political satire with his Watson's Wind Up show which was recorded on Fridays at the Glasgow Film Theatre and broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland; the popularity of this led to Watson performing satires of Scottish politicians such as Cathy Jamieson, George Galloway and Charles Kennedy on Offside. A Christmas 2012 object of his satire was Donald Trump of whom Watson commented "mastering the billionaire's hairstyle was harder than getting the voice right".[1]


Watson also does occasional work as an actor. He was a cast member of all 5 Naked Video series and also appeared in BBC Scotland sitcom City Lights. Other credits include 'Jonathan' in the film Local Hero, an episode of BBC1's Casualty in 2001 as 'Billy Shears' and also an episode of ITV1's The Bill in 2005 as 'Rev. Lewis'.

Bob Servant Independent[edit]

Watson's most recent acting role as Frank (Francis) has brought him accolades as the campaign manager of local cheeseburger magnate in the cult BBC Four[2] Neil Forsyth comedy Bob Servant Independent.[3] This show was first broadcast in the UK in January/February 2013; with a move planned to BBC2 later in the year.[4]


  1. ^ "Daily Record". Retrieved 20 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "BBC 4 Bob Servant website". Retrieved 19 February 2013. 
  3. ^ "Bob Servant - Official Site". Retrieved 19 February 2013. 
  4. ^ "BBC Bob Servant Independent Episodes". Retrieved 20 February 2013. 

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