Alastair Mackenzie

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Alastair Mackenzie
Born (1970-02-08) 8 February 1970 (age 51)
Known forplaying Archie MacDonald in Monarch of the Glen (2000-2003)
Spouse(s)Susan 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 Babette Knudsen.

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.



Guest-starring TV roles[edit]

  • Death in Paradise (2019) playing Ewan Boyd
  • Midsomer Murders playing Felix Lancaster in series 18, episode 1 (2016)
  • The Mentalist, playing Royston Daniel in series 1, episode 18 (2009)
  • Murdoch Mysteries playing "Detective Edwin Scanlon" (episode # 2.2 "Snakes and Ladders") 10 February 2009
  • Comic Relief Does Fame Academy playing "Himself" (episode # 2.5) 5 March 2005
  • Poirot playing "Ferguson" in episode: "Death on the Nile" (episode # 12.1) 12 April 2004
  • Strange playing "Rich" (voice) in episode: "Asmoth" (episode # 1.6) 5 July 2003[6]
  • French & Saunders playing "Archie MacDonald" in episode: "Celebrity Christmas Puddings" 25 December 2002
  • This Is Your Life playing "Himself" in episode: "Julian Fellowes" 23 May 2002
  • Hamish Macbeth playing "Gavin Robb" (as Sam MacKenzie) in episode: "In Search of a Rose" (episode # 2.2) 31 March 1996
  • Game On! playing "Chris" (as Sam MacKenzie) in episode: "Fame" (episode # 1.6) 10 April 1995
  • Lovejoy playing "Freddy" (as Sam MacKenzie) in episode: "Day of Reckoning" (episode # 6.2) 9 October 1994
  • Soldier Soldier playing "Tim" (as Sam MacKenzie) in episode: "Further Education" (episode # 4.7) 1994


Theatre credits[edit]

  • Agamemnon
  • The Sorcerer's Apprentice
  • Cymbeline
  • Four Dogs and a Bone
  • The Priory
  • Tiger Country


  • The Last Great Wilderness (2002)


  • Hallams Foe Pas (2007/8)


  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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