Stuart McQuarrie

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Stuart McQuarrie
Born (1963-03-19) March 19, 1963 (age 51)
England, UK
Occupation Actor

Stuart McQuarrie (born 19 March 1963) is an actor who has starred in multiple acclaimed films, including Trainspotting and 28 Days Later. In 2008, McQuarrie starred in the film Ecstasy based on The Undefeated from Irvine Welsh's best-selling novel Ecstasy: Three Tales of Chemical Romance. Besides numerous film and TV appearances McQuarrie has performed extensively in theatre throughout the UK.


McQuarrie trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (RSAMD) in Glasgow and soon became a highly popular actor amongst Edinburgh theatre goers before moving to London where he has played prominent roles in more controversial, new dramas by playwrights such as Sarah Kane and Anthony Neilson, amongst others. In 2006 McQuarrie returned to Edinburgh where he played himself in the critically acclaimed National Theatre of Scotland production of Realism by Anthony Neilson, for which he won the Glasgow Herald Angel award and was nominated for Best Male Actor by CATS (Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland). Charles Spencer of the Daily Telegraph wrote: "Stuart McQuarrie plays Stuart, and since Neilson, who directs his own work with panache, writes most of his plays during the rehearsal period, one wonders just how much the character is based on the actor playing him. He certainly brings a delightful, rueful quality to a man who can't make a piece of toast without burning it, or have a sexual fantasy without his mother interrupting the scenario." [1]

In addition to over 60 radio plays his performances in film, television and theatre include:



  • Extras Christmas Special d: Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, BBC
  • Whistleblowers (Dr. Hugh Quarrie) d: John McKay, Carnival Television
  • Peep Show 4 (Graham)
  • Taggert 83 The Tenement (Michael Lynch)
  • Rebus Black Book (Martin Cowan) SMG TV
  • The Bill (DCI Bruce Matthews) d: Martin Hutchings, TalkBack Thames
  • A Very Social Secretary (Boris Johnson) d: Jon Jones, More Four
  • Ghost Squad (Keith Warren) d: Charlie Palmer, Company Pictures
  • Marian, Again (Jimmy) d: David Drury, Company Pictures
  • Golden Hour (Padden) d: Tim Leandro, TalkBack Thames
  • Box of Slice (Dean) d: Chris Morris, TalkBack Productions
  • Life Begins – 2 series (Guy) d: Catherine Morshead & Charlie Palmer, Granada
  • The Deal (Doug) d: Stephen Frears, Granada
  • The Way We Live Now (Lord Nidderdale) d: David Yates, BBC
  • Four Fathers (Spud) d: Dermot Boyd, Sally Head Prods
  • The Echo (Barry) BBC
  • Butterfly Collectors (Faulkner) Granada
  • Silent Witness (Alastair Rogers) d: Ian Knox, BBC
  • Invasion Earth (Lt. Llewellyn) d: Patrick Lau, BBC
  • London's Burning (Magic) LWT
  • The Peter Principle (Gordon) d: Dan Patterson, Hat Trick Prods
  • Dr. Finlay (Dr. Sean McKenna) d: Patrick Lau, Scottish Television
  • Taggert (Dougie) d: Sarah Helling, Scottish Television
  • Casualty (Sgt. Peabody) d: Sharon Miller, BBC
  • Hamish MacBeth (D.I. McEwan) d: Patrick Lau, Zenith/BBC
  • High Life (Struane Byre) BBC Scotland
  • Strathblair (Roderick) d: David Blair, BBC Scotland
  • City Lights (Colin) d: Ron Bain, BBC Scotland
  • Taggert (Shug Harvey) d: Haldane Duncan, Scottish Television
  • Ines de Castro (Pedro) d: Ian Brown, BBC Scotland
  • Loose Ends (Spud) d: David Blair, BBC Scotland
  • The Justice Game (George) d: Norman Stone, BBC Scotland
  • The Continental (Jock) d: Martin Shardlow, BBC Pebblemill


  • Relocated d: Anthony Neilson, Royal Court
  • Happy Now (Carl) d: Thea Sharrock, Royal National Theatre
  • Realism (Stuart McQuarrie) dir: Anthony Neilson, National Theatre of Scotland
  • The God of Hell (Frank) d: Kathy Burke, Donmar Warehouse
  • The Dark (John) d: Anna Mackmin, Donmar Warehouse
  • Scenes From the Big Picture (Harry) d: Peter Gill, Royal National Theatre
  • Ivanov (Borkin) d: Katie Mitchell, Royal National Theatre
  • The Taming of the Shrew (Petruchio) d: Lindsay Posner, RSC
  • Our Country’s Good d: Max Stafford-Clark, International Tour
  • Cleansed (Tinker) d: James Mac Donald English Theatre Co, Royal Court
  • Shining Souls (Charlie) d: Chris Hannan, Old Vic
  • The Government Inspector' (Dobchinhsky) d: Jonathan Kent, Almeida
  • Shining Souls (Charlie) d: Ian Brown, Traverse
  • The Slab Boys Trilogy (Spanky) d: Tim Supple, Young Vic
  • The Life of Stuff (Leonard) d: Matthew Warchus, Donmar Warehouse
  • MacBeth (Ross) d: Michael Boyd, Tron/Dundee Rep
  • The Thrie Estaites d: Tom Fleming, Edinburgh Festival
  • The House Among the Stars (Edouard) d: Ian Brown, Traverse Theatre
  • The Life of Stuff (Leonard) d: Simon Donald, Traverse Theatre
  • Hardie and Baird (Mr Hugh) d: Ian Brown, Traverse Theatre
  • Ines de Castro (Pedro) d: Ian Brown, Traverse Theatre
  • Clocked Out (Dodie) d: Ben Twist, Traverse Theatre
  • Loose Ends (Spud) d: Ian Brown, Traverse Theatre
  • City Lights (Barrett) d: Ron Bain, PDB
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream (Puck) d: Ian Brown, TAG
  • Laurel and Hardy (Oliver) d: Richard Baron, Royal Lyceum
  • Good Morning Bill (Bill) d: Hugh Hodgart, Royal Lyceum
  • Arsenic and Old Lace (Mortimer) d: Ben Twist, Royal Lyceum
  • The Bevellers (Charlie) d: Kenny Ireland, Royal Lyceum
  • The Comedians (Ged Murray) d: Ian Woolbridge, Royal Lyceum
  • The Country Wife (Dorillant) d: Hugh Hodgart, Royal Lyceum
  • Look Back in Anger (Cliff) d: Ian Woodbridge, Royal Lyceum
  • The Slab Boys (Alan Downie) d: Ian Woolbridge, Royal Lyceum
  • Mother Courage (Swiss Cheese) d: Ian Woolbridge, Royal Lyceum
  • Death of a Salesman (Happy) d: Ian Woolbridge, Royal Lyceum
  • Charlie's Aunt (Charlie) d: Ian Brown, Royal Lyceum
  • The Merchant of Venice (Graciano) d: Ian Woolbridge, Royal Lyceum
  • The Glass Menagerie (Gentleman Caller) d: Ian Woolbridge, Royal Lyceum
  • Hayfever (Sandy Tyrrell) d: Hugh Hodgart, Royal Lyceum
  • The Snow Queen (Jack) d: Alan Liddyard, Dundee Rep


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