Paul Brannigan

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Paul Brannigan
Born Paul Brannigan
(1986-09-14) 14 September 1986 (age 28)[1][2]
Glasgow, Scotland
Occupation Actor

Paul Brannigan (born 14 September 1986[2] in Glasgow, Scotland[3]) is a BAFTA Scotland-winning[4] Scottish actor, best known for his roles as Gareth O'Connor in Scottish soap opera River City and as Robbie in the film The Angels' Share (2012). Brannigan also appeared as Andrew in the 2013 movie Under the Skin.

Early life[edit]

Brannigan was born in Glasgow, Scotland,.[3] He was brought up in the rough working-class East End Barrowfield area of Glasgow, near Celtic Park. Both of his parents were long-term drug addicts and much of his youth was spent amidst gang violence and petty crime. Brannigan has described it as like "a scene from Trainspotting". He himself became a repeat offender and spent time in juvenile detention.[1]


Brannigan began his film career as Robbie in the 2012 Ken Loach dark comedy film, The Angels' Share, which is set largely in Glasgow and the Scottish Highlands. He was nominated for a BAFTA Scotland award for Best Actor for this role. Brannigan was originally cast in a one-off appearance in the BBC Scotland soap opera River City, but in spring 2013 returned for a recurring role as Gareth O'Connor. He left the programme in September 2013.[5]

Brannigan had parts in the movies Under the Skin and Sunshine on Leith, and in 2014 appeared as Scotty in the fifth series of Irish crime drama Love/Hate and as Michael in the UK thriller Beyond.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Brannigan has been very open about his personal life and has revealed that, when he was ten years old, he attempted to slit his wrists.[3] Brannigan claims that, before becoming an actor, he was in serious debt and had nobody to turn to.[3] He was a gang member in Glasgow and served time in a young offenders institute.[7]

Brannigan lives with his fiancée, Sheree Coutts, and their son Leo.[7][8]

At the SNP 2012 Party Conference, Brannigan spoke of his belief that Scotland should break away from the United Kingdom in 2014 and become an independent country once more.



Year Title Role Notes
2012 The Angels' Share Robbie BAFTA Scotland Awards for Best Actor[4]
Creative Scotland Award for Rising Star[9]
2013 Sunshine on Leith Ronnie
2013 Under the Skin Andrew


Year Title Role Notes
2012-2013 River City Gareth[10]
2014 Love/Hate Scotty series 5


  1. ^ a b Paul English (2012-09-05). "Paul Brannigan reveals life of crime in new TV series". Daily Record. Retrieved 2013-09-15. 
  2. ^ a b "Twitter / PaulBrannigan1: @RickyKrushank 14 sep". Retrieved 2013-09-15. 
  3. ^ a b c d Liz Thomas (2012-05-22). "Cannes 2012: 'Ken Loach saved my life, says ex-con star of new film The Angels' Share | Mail Online". London: Retrieved 2013-09-15. 
  4. ^ a b "Twitter / BAFTAScotland: WINNER: Best Actor / Actress". Retrieved 2013-09-15. 
  5. ^ "Twitter / PaulBrannigan1: Hey Scotland tune into river". Retrieved 2013-09-15. 
  6. ^ "0 Exclusive Beyond Clip Waves a Gun in Your Face". Retrieved 2013-09-15. 
  7. ^ a b Alison Rowat (26 September 2013). "Sunshine on Leith director proclaims Paul will be a star". The Herald Scotland. 
  8. ^ Susan Swarbrick (23 September 2013). "It's crying time for Paul Brannigan on River City". Evening Times. 
  9. ^ csmediaoffice. "Creative Scotland Awards | allmediascotland…Your key to the media". Retrieved 2013-09-15. 
  10. ^ "BBC One - River City, 30/10/2012". 2012-11-04. Retrieved 2013-09-15. 

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