Alison Peebles

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Alison Peebles (born 1953) is a Scottish actress, director, and writer in theatre, film, and television. She is a co-founder of Communicado, a Scottish theatre company.

Early life[edit]

Peebles trained as a painter at Edinburgh College of Art.


In 1983, she co-founded Communicado, a Scottish theatre company, with Gerry Mulgrew and Rob Pickavance.[1]

Peebles portrayed Lady Macbeth in Michael Boyd's celebrated 1993 production of Macbeth at the Tron Theatre in Glasgow, Scotland.[2]

She directed the film AfterLife, which won the Standard Life Audience Award at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in 2003.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Peebles appeared in the documentary Multiple, shown on BBC Scotland in February 2006, in which she revealed that she has multiple sclerosis.[4][5][6] Her Molly and Mack character, Mrs. Juniper, has been shown to use a crutch to get around.

Awards and honours[edit]

In 2016, Peebles was nominated for Best Supporting Actress at the 2016 BAFTA Scotland Film Awards.[7]


Year Title Role Company Director Notes
1987 The Hypochondriak Beline Royal Lyceum Theatre Company, Edinburgh John Matthews and Gerry Mulgrew Hector MacMillan's Scots translation of Molière's Le Malade imaginaire
1987 Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off Elizabeth Communicado Gerry Mulgrew play by Liz Lochhead
1993 Macbeth Lady Macbeth Tron Theatre, Glasgow Michael Boyd play by William Shakespeare




  • 2001 Nan (film short)
  • 2001 Tangerine (film short)
  • 2002-2003 Stacey Stone (TV series)
  • 2003 AfterLife (film)


Date Title Role Director Station
19 February 2002 A Hundred Miles[9] Bruce Young BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Play
7 January 2008 The Stanley Baxter Playhouse: The King's Kilt[10] Miss/Mistress MacEvoy Marilyn Imrie BBC Radio 4
16 January 2015 Take Me to the Necropolis[11] Gypsy Queen Kirsty Williams BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Play


Year Nominated Work Awards Category Result
2016 Where Do We Go From Here? British Academy Scotland Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated


  1. ^ "'It's really obvious that Ubu doesn't have any power'". The Scotsman. 2 November 2005. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  2. ^ Iain Glen, Review of Macbeth. Archived 27 January 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Headed in a new direction". The Scotsman. 20 January 2005. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  4. ^ "Multiple Sclerosis Resource Centre: Alison Peebles". Archived from the original on 17 June 2012. Retrieved 8 January 2012.
  5. ^ "MS in the Public Eye: Alison Peebles". Archived from the original on 23 December 2011. Retrieved 8 January 2012.
  6. ^ Allan, Vicky (6 September 2012). "Actress Alison Peebles: how I've dramatised my battle with MS". The Glasgow Herald. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  7. ^ British Academy Scotland Awards Full List of Nominations
  8. ^ Timblick, Simon. "Doctors spoilers: Will Bear Sylvester get ARRESTED?". What to Watch. (Future plc). Retrieved 18 May 2023.
  9. ^ Scottish Theatre Archive – A Hundred Miles
  10. ^ BBC – The Stanley Baxter Playhouse – The King's Kilt
  11. ^ BBC – Afternoon Play – Take Me to the Necropolis

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