Alastair Mackenzie

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Alastair Mackenzie
Born (1970-02-08) 8 February 1970 (age 52)
Known forplaying Archie MacDonald in Monarch of the Glen (2000-2003)
SpouseSusan Vidler

Alastair Mackenzie (born 8 February 1970) is a Scottish actor from Perth.

Early life[edit]

He was born in Trinafour, near Perth, and educated at Westbourne House School and Glenalmond College in Perthshire.[1]

Mackenzie left home at the age of 18 and moved to London.


Best known as having played the young laird Archie MacDonald in the BBC drama Monarch of the Glen.[2] Mackenzie appeared in a guest role in French & Saunders playing Archie MacDonald in the episode "Celebrity Christmas Puddings" on Christmas Day, 25 December 2002.

He also has extensive theatre and film credits to his name, as well as directing and producing.

He appeared in the third series of the Danish drama Borgen, playing the love interest of the lead character played by Sidse Babett Knudsen.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

He lives in Islington with his partner, Scottish actress Susan Vidler, with whom he has two children: a daughter, Martha, born in December 1999 and a son, Freddie, born in September 2004.[2][3][4]

His brother is director David Mackenzie, with whom he co-founded Sigma Films.



Year Title Role Notes
1994 Dragonworld John McGowan Direct-to-video
1995 Mouth to Mouth Oswaldo Original title: Boca a boca
1997 California Sunshine Andy Short film
1998 Horsehair Mick Short film
2002 The Last Great Wilderness Charlie
One Minute Energyman Short film
2004 A Life in the Day Narrator Short film
2005 Snuff-Movie Justin / Andy / Freddy / Peter
2007 Reichenbach Falls Jack Harvey TV film
2008 The Edge of Love Anthony Devas
New Town Killers Jamie Stewart
2010 Monster Mutt Monty
2011 Perfect Sense Virologist
You Instead Mark
2012 Candle to Water Vaughn
2013 The Sweeter Side of Life Benny Christophe TV film
Company of Heroes Chambliss Direct-to-video
Taken: The Search for Sophie Parker Ambassador Hillman TV film
10ml I.V. Doc Short film
2015 Redistributors Michael Manning
2016 Terminally Happy Louis Short film
93 Days Dr. David Brett-Major
2018 Peterloo General Sir John Byng
Outlaw/King John of Strathbogie, 9th Earl of Atholl
2019 Backdraft 2 Captain White


Year Title Role Notes
1994 Lovejoy Freddy Episode: "Day of Reckoning"
Soldier Soldier Tim Episode: "Further Education"
1995 Game On Chris Episode: "Fame"
1996 Hamish Macbeth Gavin Robb Episode: "In Search of a Rose"
Chef! Businessman Episode: "Lessons in Talking"
1997 Snap Jed Episode: "Finger of Fame"
1999 Psychos Dr. 'Shug' Nevin Series regular; 6 episodes
2000-03 Monarch of the Glen Archie MacDonald Series regular; 43 episodes
2002 French and Saunders Archie MacDonald Episode: "Celebrity Christmas Puddings"
2003 Strange Rich Mini-series; 2 episodes[5][6]
2004 Agatha Christie's Poirot Ferguson Episode: "Death on the Nile"
2005 The Brief Michael Galbraith Episode: "The Architect's Wife"
2006 Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire Athaulf Episode: "The Fall of Rome"
The Shell Seekers Richard Lomax Min-series; 2 episodes
2008 M.I. High Bruce Boardman Episode: "Greenfinger"
2009 Murdoch Mysteries Inspector Edward Scanlon Episode: "Snakes and Ladders"
The Mentalist Dr. Royston Daniel Episode: "Russet Potatoes"
2010 Lewis Sebastian Anderson Episode: "Your Sudden Death Question"
2011 Moving On Mick Episode: "Donor"
Black Mirror Martin Episode: "The National Anthem"
2012 Skins Gregory McGuinness Episode: "Mini"
Lip Service Thomas Delaware Episode: "Series 2, Episode 5"
2013 Borgen Jeremy Walsh Series regular; 8 episodes
Agatha Christie's Marple Colonel Hillingdon Episode: "A Caribbean Mystery"
2013-14 Dracula Lord Rothcroft Series regular; 6 episodes
2015 Wolf Hall William Brereton Series regular; 6 episodes
A.D. The Bible Continues James the Just Recurring role; 3 episodes
2016 Midsomer Murders Felix Lancaster Episode: "Habeas Corpus"
2016-17 Cold Feet Jamie Moore Recurring role; 4 episodes
2017 The Loch Craig Petrie Series regular; 6 episodes
2018-21 Unforgotten Ex-DCI John Bentley Series regular; 9 episodes
2019 Death in Paradise Ewan Boyd Episode: "Beyond the Shining Sea"
Deep Water Guy Riverty Series regular; 6 episodes
2022 The Crown Richard Aylard Recurring role; 3 episodes
Professor T. Simon Lanesborough Series regular; 6 episodes
Andor Perrin Fertha Recurring role; 6 episodes

Theatre credits[edit]

Year Title Role Venue Notes
2005 The Gigli Concert J.P.W. King Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh
2009 The Priory Ben Royal Court Theatre, London
2014 Tiger Country John Hampstead Theatre, London


  1. ^ "Borgen's Alastair Mackenzie on his TV comeback". The Scotsman. 8 January 2015. Retrieved 8 January 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Why Archie abdicated".
  3. ^ "Interview: David and Alastair Mackenzie, film director and actor/screenplay writer -".[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Laird in the city".
  5. ^ "Strange - Universal Channel". Archived from the original on 11 October 2011. Retrieved 2 October 2011.
  6. ^ "Strange - A Television Heaven Review". Archived from the original on 14 October 2011. Retrieved 2 October 2011.

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